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 24, 2019
    Description:

    ACI helps Autistic students learn to make their college campuses better for people with disabilities. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. During ACI, all participants go to the U.S. Capitol to talk to their Senators and Representatives about policies important to the disability community.  After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college.

    ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 15th to June 22nd, 2019.  ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.

    Eligibility:
    Be on the autism spectrum; you do not have to have an official autism diagnosis to apply. Be a student at a college or university with at least one year left before you graduate.
  • Application Due: February 28, 2019
    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, 2019
    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, 2019
    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 28, 2019
    Description:

    The program is available to those who will be enrolled in an undergraduate program or vocational school in the fall of 2017. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and leadership. Both single year and multi-year awards are made, generally for $1000 per year.

    Eligibility:
    Students enrolled in an undergraduate program or vocational school in fall 2017 with a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester are eligible
  • Application Due: March 29, 2019
    Description:

    This $1,000 award is intended for graduate-level students.

    Eligibility:
    Students who are pursuing advanced degrees in speech language pathology or audiology are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 29, 2019
    Description:

    Each year, The Board of Trustees and the Auxiliary to The Ability Center of Greater Toledo gives out $20,000 in scholarships to students with disabilities pursuing a post secondary degree.

    Eligibility:
    Live in NW Ohio and have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Application Due: March 29, 2019
    Description:

    Up to $5,000. Grants are awarded quarterly on the basis of demonstrated need and academic accomplishment. They are made directly to the academic institution to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees. This scholarship is for one year only.

    Eligibility:
    Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine
  • Application Due: March 29, 2019
    Description:

    This scholarship is for any student with a disability enrolled in a post-secondary institution. The award amount is $1,000.00 and will be payable via check to the award recipient.

    Scholarship applicants will be notified of their award status during the month of May 2019.

    Eligibility:
    Enrollment in a post-secondary institution in the United States; must have a disability; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2019
    Description:

    Essay contest for college students with disabilities who are enrolled as full-time students in a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Length of the essay must not exceed 1000 words. We offer two scholarships per school year of $2,000.

    Eligibility:
    Essay contest for college students with disabilities who are enrolled as full-time students in a two- or four-year accredited college or university.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2019
    Description:

    The GuildScholar program awards scholarships of up to $10,000 each to students who are legally blind.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming college students are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2019
    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 are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2019
    Description:

    $1,500 scholarships will be given to qualifying students with learning disabilities and who have artistic talent.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 1, 2019
    Description:

    Awards ranging from $500 to $3,500 will be given to qualifying students who are legally blind. All of the following awards can be found on the AFB web application:

    • The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship: Four scholarships of $2,500 each to undergraduates or graduates who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired.
    • The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship: Two scholarships of $2,000 each to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.
    • The R.L. Gillette, Gladys C. Anderson, and Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship: One scholarship of $3,500 given to a female undergraduate student studying music.
    • The Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship: One scholarship of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired.
    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 1, 2019
    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. For more information, email scholarship@incight.org.

    Eligibility:
    Students with disabilities at a post-secondary institution are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 1, 2019
    Description:

    The Linda Cowden Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship of $1,000 that will be awarded to a Deaf or hard of hearing person who has been accepted into a program to continue his or her education past the high school level, academically, or vocationally.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 1, 2019
    Description:

    The HSC Foundation and the American Association of People with Disabilities is now accepting applications for a paid twelve-month fellowship position with the organizations’ disability youth transition and collaboration work. This fellowship is ideal for a person with a disability who has an interest in youth career transitions and employment solutions.

    Eligibility:
    Anyone who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is eligible.
  • Application Due: April 4, 2019
    Description:

    This $500 Autism Society award is intended for students with autism.

    Eligibility:
    Students attending a post-secondary institution are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 8, 2019
    Description:

    The Aimee Melissa Davis Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to remember Aimee. Scholarships are given to graduating seniors from a high school within Travis, Williamson or Hays Counties, living with a diagnosis of Type I Diabetes (insulin-dependent) with financial need and academic potential.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating seniors from a Travis, Williamson or Hays County high school with a diagnosis of Type I Diabetes are eligible
  • Application Due: April 8, 2019
    Description:

    Students with cystic fibrosis can apply for an award ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 14, 2019
    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, 2019
    Description:

    Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to a student that will be an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and will be playing a competitive sport in college.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming freshman with Type 1 diabetes who will be playing a competitive sport in college are eligible
  • Application Due: April 15, 2019
    Description:

    This program provides $3000 for students who are interested in noninvasive technology for deaf/hearing communication.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate student, graduate student, permanent US residency, minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) are eligible
  • Application Due: April 15, 2019
    Description:

    The Novo Nordisk Scholarship awards four $5,000 scholarships to students that will be incoming freshmen with Type 1 diabetes.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students with Type 1 diabetes are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2019
    Description:

    Sponsored by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, The Jay Franke Scholarship awards two $5,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen with Type 1 diabetes and pursuing an arts degree (music, theatre, dance).

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students with Type 1 diabetes pursuing an arts degree are eligible
  • Application Due: April 15, 2019
    Description:

    Sponsored by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, The Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship awards eleven (11) scholarships at $5,000 each, five (5) scholarships at $4,000 each and five (5) scholarships at $3,000 each will be awarded to students that will be incoming freshmen with Type 1 diabetes.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students with Type 1 diabetes are eligible.
  • Application Due: May 1, 2019
    Description:

    A $500 award will be given twice annually to full-time students with physical disabilities.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: May 1, 2019
    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, 2019
    Description:

    At least twenty awards ranging from $500 to $3,000 will be given to students with hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease; or is a caregiver of a child or adult affected by a bleeding disorder; or has a sibling or parent in the same household affected by a bleeding disorder.

    Eligibility:
    Any student attending a post-secondary institution is eligible.
  • Application Due: May 1, 2019
    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: May 6, 2019
    Description:

    Any student with autism or Asperger Syndrome is eligible for this $3,000 scholarship.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and trade school students are eligible.
  • Application Due: May 31, 2019
    Description:

    This program provides a scholarships ranging from $250 to $2,500 for students with disabilities (any major), health sciences students (any medical major) and special needs education. 

    Eligibility:
    Students with a disability, enrolling as a health sciences student, or any special education student currently attending a secondary school or has been accepted to a secondary school, technical college, junior college, 4-year college or university.
  • Application Due: June 9, 2019
    Description:

    Scholarships of up to $15,000 each will be awarded, dependent upon type of degree pursued. Applicants must be legal residents of the U.S. and diagnosed by a healthcare professional with one of the following: ankylosing spondylitis (AS), Crohn's disease (CD), hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), psoriasis (Ps), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ulcerative colitis (UC), or uveitis (UV). Qualified applicants must plan to enroll in undergraduate (associate's, bachelor's) or graduate (master's, MD, JD, doctorate) study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S. for the 2018-19 academic year.

    Eligibility:
    The AbbVie Immunology Scholarship is designed to provide financial support for exceptional students living with chronic inflammatory diseases.
  • Application Due: June 15, 2019
    Description:

    The Springboard Foundation's invitation to college students with disabilities to apply for 18 scholarships is now open. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and increase the attendance of full-time college/university students who have documented disabilities, completed 24 hours of college credit and an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and provide increased opportunities for gainful employment. 

    Since 2016, The Springboard Foundation awarded 22 general and STEM focused scholarships to college students with disabilities from four-year accredited colleges and universities around the country. This year, we have increased the number of scholarships offerings to 18.

    Eligibility:
    Have completed 24 hours of college credit and an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Application Due: June 30, 2019
    Description:

    Students can apply by writing an inspirational short story about animals/ pets. Upon sharing it with us, we will then share it online via Petazi websites. The winner of the $1200 prize will be the one whose entry/story receives the most likes after we post all the entries on our Petazi Facebook page.

    Eligibility:
    All students located and currently studying in the United States or Canada are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Valid statements of current academic status as evidence that candidates are currently attending college.
  • Application Due: July 2, 2019
    Description:

    Scholarships are provided to graduating high school seniors. Preference will be given to students with hearing or other physical impairments, financial need and students from Windsor, Colorado; Conroe, Texas; and Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Scholarship awards are $1,500 per semester (fall and spring only) for eight semesters or $12,000.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors are eligible to apply.
  • Application Due: July 31, 2019
    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 a minimum 2.8 GPA are eligible
  • Application Due: August 31, 2019
    Description:

    CHASA is proud to offer college and vocational school scholarships for students with a diagnosis of hemiplegia or hemiparesis due to any cause, or a diagnosis of pediatric stroke.

    Eligibility:
    Students under 25 years old attending a post-secondary institution affected by either childhood hemiplegia or hemiparesis before 18 years old are eligible.
  • Application Due: November 12, 2019
    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 -Have an overall 3.0 GPA -Demonstrate financial need -Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability. *ADHD is not accepted
  • Application Due: November 28, 2019
    Description:

    In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has committed $1 million over the next four years to Scholarship America to develop and implement a special scholarship program to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of their choice. This program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

    Eligibility:
    Students with an identified disability, minimum GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 scale or equivalent, enrolled in an undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the US for the entire 2018-2019 school year are eligible
  • Application Due: December 10, 2019
    Description:

    Earn a scholarship by writing a short essay about how your mobility technology has helped you overcome an issue or changed your life for the better.

    Eligibility:
    Uses mobility technology
  • Application Due: December 31, 2019
    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.
  • Application Due: December 31, 2019
    Description:

    Four scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 will be given to qualifying students who are legally blind.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time students enrolled in post-secondary institutions are eligible.