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: December 28, 2018
    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: December 31, 2018
    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, 2018
    Description:

    This scholarship is open to students who have been diagnosed with cancer themselves, as well as those who have stood by a loved one. Survivors, current cancer patients, and the allies of patients and survivors are welcome to apply. A single case of cancer can impact whole families or friend groups—often for years to come.

    Eligibility:
    Current or incoming undergraduate and graduate students from an accredited college in the US, with a minimum of 3.0 GPA and either a current/former cancer patient, or have stood by a loved one who was diagnosed with cancer.
  • Application Due: December 31, 2018
    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.
  • Application Due: January 1, 2019
    Description:

    Fill out template on website and send to livebellasoul@gmail.com: Bella Soul Neurological Disorder Application: Due December 31st, 2017 by 11:59pm

    Eligibility:
    Must be a full-time, enrolled college student living with a neurological disorder.
  • Application Due: January 4, 2019
    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 are eligible.
  • Application Due: January 15, 2019
    Description:

    Ten awards of $1,000 will be given to qualifying students with hemophilia who demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time college students are eligible.
  • Application Due: January 16, 2019
    Description:

    The AIA/AAF Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship provides financial assistance between $3,000 and $4,000. to minority and/or financially disadvantaged students who intend to pursue a professional degree in architecture.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate college students who are minorities studying in an NAAB Accredited Architecture program are eligible.
  • Application Due: January 18, 2019
    Description:

    The scholarships cover a part or all of an education ranging from G.E.D. to Ph.D. The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation supports the efforts of organizations working to stimulate education, research and direct care in the mental health field. A businessman and consultant, Mr. Baer personally faced mental health challenges during his lifetime and sought to alleviate the suffering of those living with mental illness. Though he attended Yale University, he was unable to complete his studies, so he returned to his hometown of St. Louis where he worked in the family business, the department store Stix, Baer & Fuller. Through his hard work, he was able to increase the family fortune and upon his death left it in trust to be distributed to programs that serve the mission of reintegration.

    Eligibility:
    Reintegration is an achievable goal and dreams are possible for those who have been touched by mental illness.
  • Application Due: January 30, 2019
    Description:

    This $1,000 award is intended for students with learning disabilities or ADHD.

    Eligibility:
    Students must be age 19 or under.
  • Application Due: January 31, 2019
    Description:

    Up to $8,000 in academic assistance and a full-time summer internship.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate students interested in atmospheric and oceanic sciences are eligible.
  • Application Due: January 31, 2019
    Description:

    Microsoft awards tuition scholarships and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines.

    Eligibility:
    Students from a diverse background pursuing a studies in computer science and other STEM-related fields are eligible
  • Application Due: January 31, 2019
    Description:

    The RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was established to reward students with learning disabilities who have shown determination, self-advocacy and success in overcoming their difficulties.

    Eligibility:
    College-bound graduating high school seniors with a documented learning disability and a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible
  • Application Due: February 15, 2019
    Description:

    Twenty scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 will be awarded to students who are legally blind.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: February 15, 2019
    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 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 Junior Scholarship is a one-year award of $3,500 ($2,500 from NASA and $1,000 from the university). OSGC will provide the funding to the university in the Fall. Contact your Campus Representative for additional information about how funds are dispersed at your school. 

    Eligibility:
    Scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate Juniors who are United States’ citizens, and who are studying in a STEM-related discipline at one of the member universities. Persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • 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:

    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: 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 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 American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. The Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship is for a female undergraduate or graduate student studying classical or religious music; applications open 12/15/18.

    Eligibility:
    Female undergraduate and graduate students studying classical or religious music who are legally blind 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:

    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 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 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