Scholarships

An important part of preparing for college is figuring out how to pay for it. Below you will find information about scholarships, including deadlines, award amounts, and eligibility. For more funding strategies for college, consult the DO-IT publication College Funding for Students with Disabilities.

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarships are listed in order by deadline.

  • Application Due: February 25, 2024
    Description:

    The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund supports high school and college students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Scholarships may be applied to tuition costs, needed resources, and/or testing costs and will range from $500 to $2,500.

    Eligibility:
    Current and upcoming college students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia pursuing a career in STEM are eligible
  • Application Due: February 29, 2024
    Description:

    The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

    Eligibility:
    Washington residents with a high school diploma or equivalent by June 2017, pursuing a STEM major, enrolling full time in a Washington state college or university are eligible
  • Application Due: March 1, 2024
    Description:

    This award is up to $2,500.

    Eligibility:
    Masters or doctorate students with disabilities interested in library school are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2024
    Description:

    The American Association on Health and Disabilities awards $1000 to undergraduate/graduate students (at least a sophomore) with a disability pursuing studies related to the health and disability, such as, public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, and special education.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate (at least a sophomore) or graduate students with disabilities studying public health, disability studies, or health promotion.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2024
    Description:

    Applicant must be a CWU student with a documented accommodation on file with Disability Services and financial need as determined by the FAFSA or WASFA application. Apply in Scholarship Central app.

    Eligibility:
    Central Washington University student with documented disability and financial need.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2024
    Description:

    This award is intended for students with either a physical or a mental disability.

    Eligibility:
    Any student with a disability pursuing education requiring tuition.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2024
    Description:

    Ten awards of $1,000 are awarded to full-time college students with hemophilia who demonstrate scholastic achievement, community service, and financial need through an application and essay. The scholarship is in memorial of Eric Dostie, a five-year-old boy with hemophilia, who was tragically murdered but dreamed of inventing a hemophilia cure.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time college students who either have hemophilia or a similar bleeding disorder, or have a family member with a bleeding disorder.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2024
    Description:

    This scholarship is for any student with a disability enrolled in a post-secondary institution and nominated by an Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) member. The award amount is $1,000.00 and will be payable via check to the award recipient.

    Eligibility:
    Current full-time postsecondary student in the US with a disability and nomination by an ATHEN member with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Application Due: March 4, 2024
    Description:

    The Jennifer Leigh Soper Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship provides at least one $500 scholarship per year to benefit college-bound students with cystic fibrosis.

    Eligibility:
    Students enrolled full time in an accredited college or university with cystic fibrosis are eligible
  • Application Due: March 7, 2024
    Description:

    The prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, applying to study abroad programs or internships for credit with a diverse background.

    Eligibility:
    U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, applying to study abroad programs or internships for credit with a diverse background, including, but not limited to high financial need, students with disabilities, STEM field majors
  • Application Due: March 13, 2024
    Description:

    This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and have a financial need. The amount of this renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 per year, up to $20,000. The scholarship is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors with a disability, planning to attend an undergraduate program with a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business or related field, with at least 3.0 high school GPA.
  • Application Due: March 15, 2024
    Description:

    Students with hearing impairments are eligible for this $1,000 to $10,000 scholarship.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate/graduate students with bilateral hearing loss that was diagnosed before age 4 who use Listening and Spoken Language for primary communication.
  • Application Due: March 15, 2024
    Description:

    Three students with visual impairments will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship. This competitive scholarship is available to full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time college students with low vision.
  • Application Due: March 15, 2024
    Description:

    Scholarships are open to any college-age undergraduate with PKU who is on diet treatment. Residents of any country are eligible to apply, but the application must be in English or translated into readable English.

    Eligibility:
    Current and upcoming undergraduate students with PKU and on a diet treatment are eligible
  • Application Due: March 15, 2024
    Description:

    The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation anticipates awarding approximately $100,000 in scholarships in 2022. This scholarship is for students who will be attending a college in the United States as a freshman during 2022-2023. Applicants should have demonstrated outstanding personal achievements, academic merit, leadership qualities and/or community service. Special consideration will be noted for applicants who have parents that are United States veterans or are in the U.S. military; students with financial need; or applicants with parents who did not attend college.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming college freshman with a minimum GPA of 3.7 and minimum SAT score of 1300 or ACT score of 27.
  • Application Due: March 15, 2024
    Description:

    UCB will award 30 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 3 scholarship of up to $10,000 to people living with epilepsy, their family members, and their caregivers pursuing higher education.

    Eligibility:
    People living with epilepsy, their family members, or their caregivers who are pursuing higher education.
  • Application Due: March 21, 2024
    Description:

    This scholarship seeks to support students with a diagnosis of developmental or intellectual disabilities so they can pursue higher education. To apply, submit a 400-600 word essay about how you plan to further your education, what fields of study you plan to explore, and what you hope to accomplish after pursuing higher education.

    Eligibility:
    Any high school senior who has a diagnosis of developmental or intellectual disability may apply for this scholarship, but students in Oregon will be preferred.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2024
    Description:

    The Gateway Hemophilia Association selects the recipients of scholarships ranging in value, with a maximum value of $3,000, which can be renewed for an additional three years through a reapplication. Scholarships are awarded to college students with a bleeding disorder.

    Eligibility:
    Eastern Missouri and southern Illinois residents with hemophilia, vWD, or a bleeding disorder. Must be enrolled in community college, junior college, four-year college, university, or vocational school.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2024
    Description:

    Thirty awards ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 will be given to qualifying students who are legally blind in both eyes.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time students enrolled in post-secondary institutions who are legally blind in both eyes.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2024
    Description:

    The scholarship supports students with one of the following circumstances: Students in foster care, guardianship or group homes or emancipated minors not in the care, custody or control of their birth parents. Students in foster care for the majority of his/her life and not in contact with biological parents for a significant period of time. Applicants must submit proof of their status as described above. or,
    Applicants can be students with physical disabilities. Applicants must provide a doctor’s report describing the disability and the limitation to their ability to work.

    Eligibility:
    High school seniors or graduates age 21 or younger, enrolled in an accredited post-secondary school in Washington state. Must also have residence in Spokane County.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2024
    Description:

    This $1,000 award is meant for students with bilateral hearing loss.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor's degree are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2024
    Description:

    The Ability Center of Greater Toledo awards $20,000 in scholarships to students with disabilities pursuing a post secondary degree who are residents of Ohio's Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Defiance, Williams Counties or Michigan's Monroe or Lenawee Counties.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate or graduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA and residents of Ohio's Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Defiance, Williams Counties or Michigan's Monroe or Lenawee Counties.
  • Application Due: April 1, 2024
    Description:

    The Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students who are blind or visually impaired, and to Chicago Lighthouse employees, especially those who are disabled and/or Veterans. Applicants must be Illinois residents attending any school of higher education, or students from other states attending school in Illinois, to obtain accredited certifications, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.

    Eligibility:
    Blind/visually impaired Illinois students pursuing postsecondary education with a minimum 2.5 GPA, and Chicago Lighthouse employees.
  • Application Due: April 1, 2024
    Description:

    Varghese Summersett is a Fort Worth criminal defense law firm that focuses on state and federal criminal matters. The special needs scholarships can be used offset the cost of camp, tutoring, classes, secondary education, post-secondary education or tools to help the students learn and flourish.

    Eligibility:
    Applicant must have proof of diagnosis of Autism or Down Syndrome.
  • Application Due: April 2, 2024
    Description:

    The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship was established from a bequest given to AGI by Harriet Evelyn Wallace, who was one of the founding members of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS). This scholarship is for the support of female graduate students in the United States studying the geosciences. A new scholar is named each year, and every scholar is eligible for up to two years of support. The current annual award is $5,000.

    Eligibility:
    Female current and admitted graduate students studying geoscience with at least a 3.25 undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 graduate GPA; must be a US citizen/permanent resident.
  • Application Due: April 4, 2024
    Description:

    The Dan Archwamety scholarship was established to give hope, affirmation, and financial assistance to young people on the autism spectrum who plan to continue their schooling after high school. A scholarship of up to $500 is available this year for an individual with a diagnosis of ASD. The scholarship must be used toward completing an accredited post-secondary course of study (educational or vocational). Applicant must be currently admitted / registered for the program.

    Eligibility:
    The money must be spent on a post-secondary course (educational or vocational); has a diagnosis of ASD; needs to be already admitted to a secondary program
  • Application Due: April 7, 2024
    Description:

    Lime Connect and BMO Capital Markets will award $10,000USD (students in the US) or $5,000USD (students in Canada) to full time college students with a disability pursuing business/commerce, computer science, engineering, math, physics, statistics, or a related discipline, with preference given to those interested in a career in Financial Services with a focus on Capital Markets.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students in four-year universities in US or Canada, pursuing a business/commerce, engineering, math, physics, statistics or a related discipline.
  • Application Due: April 7, 2024
    Description:

    The scholarship is open nationally to high school seniors who have a hearing loss that requires the use of hearing aids in their daily life. The scholarship recipient, selected based on an essay, will receive two state-of-the-art ReSound Hearing Aids and a $1000 scholarship to their college or vocational school of choice. Cochlear users are eligible but will only receive the financial award.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors who have hearing loss, requiring either the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants.
  • Application Due: April 7, 2024
    Description:

    The scholarship will award one student per school year with $1,000 towards the student’s college or vocational school of choice and ZoomText Screen Enhancement software.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors who are visually impaired, requiring the use of visual aids other than glasses are eligible to apply.
  • Application Due: April 13, 2024
    Description:

    The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.

    The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 13, 2024
    Description:

    The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor's degree program in the fall.

    Eligibility:
    Must be a high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor's degree program in the fall with at least a 3.0 GPA and a learning disability.
  • Application Due: April 14, 2024
    Description:

    Candice's Sickle Cell Fund, Inc. has been established to raise awareness among the public concerning sickle cell disease. Our goal is to help alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Tri-State Area (NY/NJ/CT) with sickle cell disease by providing three scholarships annually in the amount of $1500 ($750 presented in September, and $750 presented in January). Each applicant must submit a 250-word essay type-written in double-spaced format to include how sickle cell disease has affected their life and education. Each applicant should also include what their educational goals are and how they expect to achieve them, in addition, what person has been instrumental in their lives to help them persevere.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors with sickle cell disease in the Tri-State Area who can commit a minimum of 5 hours during the year and write a 250-word essay are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2024
    Description:

    Currently enrolled US undergraduate or graduate students with cystic fibrosis can apply for an award ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students with cystic fibrosis; must be a US citizen.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2024
    Description:

    This $500 award will be given to qualifying students with any type of disability.

    • You must be a current Washington, Oregon or California resident.
    • You must be attending higher education during the funding cycle following your application (2021-2022 School Year.) This includes college, university, community college, or vocational school. You may be pursuing any type of degree within these institutions.
    • You must be enrolled and provide enrollment verification to INCIGHT.
    Eligibility:
    Students with disabilities at a post-secondary institution are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2024
    Description:

    The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation provides annually, renewable college scholarships to students with Type 1 Diabetes beginning their undergraduate studies of up to $10,000 to be used toward tuition, student fees, and books. Scholarships are renewable for up to a maximum of four years.

    Eligibility:
    High school seniors with childhood diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes and actively participating on an organized athletics team; U.S. citizen; minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2024
    Description:

    The goal of the Foundation is to provide young people challenged with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) the financial ability to pursue a college education. The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation provides annually, renewable college scholarships to undergraduate students of up to $10,000 to be used toward tuition, student fees, and books.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors with childhood diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes are eligible
  • Application Due: April 19, 2024
    Description:

    The Susanna and Lucy DeLaurentis Memorial Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to college-bound high school seniors with a chronic disease or other serious challenge to physical or mental health.

    Eligibility:
    College-bound high school seniors with a chronic disease or other serious challenge to physical or mental health.
  • Application Due: April 20, 2024
    Description:

    This scholarship seeks to support students with physical disabilities who are dedicated to pursuing higher education. To apply, tell us how being part of the disabled community has impacted your worldview and how you can use your experience to positively impact your future endeavors.

    Eligibility:
    Any high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who has a physical disability may apply for this scholarship.
  • Application Due: April 22, 2024
    Description:

    The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) awards up to 40 $3,000 scholarships to full-time students across the autism spectrum pursuing full-time post-secondary, undergraduate education, or vocational training.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time post-secondary students on the autism spectrum.
  • Application Due: April 26, 2024
    Description:

    Award amount of $5,000.

    Eligibility:
    Applicant must have sibling with cystic fibrosis.
  • Application Due: April 26, 2024
    Description:

    The Boomer Esiason Foundation awards up to $5,000 quarterly to people living with cystic fibrosis and those students who are the children of parents with cystic fibrosis (living or deceased) who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate/graduate students living with cystic fibrosis or the children of parents with cystic fibrosis.
  • Application Due: April 30, 2024
    Description:

    BVA’s Kathern F. Gruber scholarships are available to spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blind and low vision veterans to assist them with their higher education tuition. These military dependent scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit through an application process that is evaluated by a committee. The Gruber scholarships for veterans’ dependents are for one year only but recipients can re-apply and receive the award up to four times. The blind or low vision veteran family member is not required to be a BVA member for the spouse, child, or grandchild to receive a scholarship.

    Eligibility:
    Candidates must have already been accepted for admission or be attending an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited institution of higher education or business, secretarial, or vocational training schools as a full-time student
  • Application Due: April 30, 2024
    Description:

    All high school students with autism attending a post-secondary program in the 2021-2022 academic year may apply. In addition, all current college students with autism may apply as well who will be attending a post-secondary program in the 2021-2022 academic year. This scholarship has no geographic restrictions meaning it’s open to all upcoming and current college students with autism in the U.S and internationally! If you were selected in a previous year and/or weren’t selected you may reapply as long as you are still attending college in the 2020-2021 academic year. Just make sure to send us a new original application and essay!

    The winning applicant will receive a $500 dollar scholarship to be used to pay for their post-secondary education.

    Eligibility:
    Postsecondary Program Accepted in or Attending (I.E College, Community College, Vocational Program, etc.); Autism Diagnosis
  • Application Due: May 1, 2024
    Description:

    Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. is excited to offer an annual $500 college scholarship. This will be the easiest 500 words or more essay to write in the world. Why? Because it can be on any topic or subject.

    Eligibility:
    Students with a medically-documented blood disorder or cancer diagnosed before the age of 18 are eligible
  • Application Due: May 1, 2024
    Description:

    The Scholarship will be awarded to qualified youngsters seeking to further their education by attending college. The amount of the scholarship is up to $5,000. At least four scholarships will be awarded in 2017. John Lepping was extremely proud of disabled students who mustered the courage and determination to finish their college education despite their setbacks. This scholarship will help to deter the costs of college for disabled individuals who may not have the resources due to overwhelming medical costs.

     

    Eligibility:
    Students with a disability living in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) are eligible
  • Application Due: May 15, 2024
    Description:

    Four scholarships will be awarded to post-secondary students with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease, caregivers of a child or adult affected by a bleeding disorder; or immediate family members in the same household affected by a bleeding disorder. At least one of the scholarships is awarded to an applicant pursuing health-related education.

    Eligibility:
    Post-secondary students with a bleeding disorder, caregivers of someone with a bleeding disorder, or immediate family members of someone with a bleeding disorder.
  • Application Due: May 15, 2024
    Description:

    $20,000 to be distributed in awards of $500 to $3,000 to students who have been affected by a bleeding disorder. Applicants pursuing a career in the health field will be considered.

    Eligibility:
    Any student attending a post-secondary institution is eligible.
  • Application Due: June 1, 2024
    Description:

    Three $1,000 awards will be will be given to students with spina bifida, transverse myelitis, or a spinal cord injury.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time U.S. college students with spina bifida, spinal cord injury, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy.
  • Application Due: July 1, 2024
    Description:

    The Mandy Wagner Foundation awards scholarships of $500 and $1000 to senior high school students or college students living with cystic fibrosis. 

    Eligibility:
    Senior high school students or college students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, 1030 SAT score, or 22 ACT score.
  • Application Due: July 31, 2024
    Description:

    ABC Law Centers is proud to offer our Disability Advocacy Scholarship! Our firm will award one annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to an undergraduate, graduate, or law student planning to pursue a law or public policy career focused on disability advocacy.

    Eligibility:
    An undergraduate, graduate, or law student planning to pursue a law or public policy career focused on disability advocacy.
  • Application Due: July 31, 2024
    Description:

    Auger & Auger is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship, given twice a year, to assist with tuition and expenses at a qualifying undergraduate institution. Applicants will be judged on their academic merits as well as the content of the application and essay they provide.

    Eligibility:
    Current graduating high school seniors with acceptance to an accredited school or current undergraduate at an accredited institution in the US with at least a 2.8 GPA.
  • Application Due: December 15, 2024
    Description:

    One applicant each from the United States and Canada will be selected, who uses a manual or power wheelchair, or a mobility scooter, to be awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time U.S. undergraduate/graduate students who use mobility equipment, such as power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
  • Application Due: December 31, 2024
    Description:

    Designed for people who wish to earn a Sport Pilot license. Applicants must be able to provide proof of disability from their attending physician, be at least 17 years of age, a U.S. citizen, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to operate the controls of the training aircraft. Special controls will be available for Able Flight Scholars as needed. Scholarship applications are accepted at any time and reviewed on a continuing basis. Training takes place  from mid-May to early July of each year.

    Eligibility:
    Must be able to provide proof of disability from their attending physician, be at least 17 years of age, a U.S. citizen, have a valid driver’s license.