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 7, 2022
    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:
    Undergraduate or graduate students living in the U.S. with chronic inflammatory diseases.
  • Application Due: December 8, 2022
    Description:

    Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

    Eligibility:
    Current graduate student studying in eligible field of study researching and enrolled in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required) leading to Ph.D./Sc.D. degree at a not for profit US institute for higher education
  • Application Due: December 15, 2022
    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, 2022
    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, 2022
    Description:

    Awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 will be given to qualifying students who are blind or visually impaired.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: December 31, 2022
    Description:

    Three $6,000 awards and three $2,000 awards will be given to qualifying learning-disabled students.

    Eligibility:
    High school senior members with learning disabilities, who plan to continue their education after graduation, in recognition of their academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and service to others.
  • Application Due: January 13, 2023
    Description:

    Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students may receive between $1,000 and $5,000 from the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium.

    Eligibility:
    Community college students who have transferred to the University of Washington are eligible.
  • Application Due: January 20, 2023
    Description:

    The AIA/AAF Diversity Advancement Scholarship provides financial assistance between $4,000 and $20,000. 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 31, 2023
    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: February 1, 2023
    Description:

    This award is for students at CWU with a documented physical disability.

    Eligibility:
    Central Washington University students are eligible.
  • Application Due: February 1, 2023
    Description:

    This award is for women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in cybersecurity. Successful candidates must have overcome adversity, such as a learning disability, bullying, or discrimination. The award amount varies from $5,000 to $10,000. You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible.

    Eligibility:
    Applicants must be women studying information security and are undergraduates in their junior or senior years, or in a master's program. Scholarships are only available to students enrolled in the U.S.
  • Application Due: February 1, 2023
    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: February 5, 2023
    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: February 28, 2023
    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, 2023
    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 1, 2023
    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 31, 2023
    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: March 31, 2023
    Description:

    This scholarship is for young people who have learning differences. The P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship provides up to$1,000.00 financial award annually to one graduating high school senior who plans a career in the visual arts. Awards are sent directly to the college to be applied towards tuition. The scholarship may be renewed for up to three consecutive years based on eligibility. The amount of the award may vary from year to year.

    Eligibility:
    This scholarship focuses on students with language related learning disabilities..
  • Application Due: March 31, 2023
    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: April 3, 2023
    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 5, 2023
    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 15, 2023
    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, 2023
    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 15, 2023
    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 21, 2023
    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 23, 2023
    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: June 1, 2023
    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: June 15, 2023
    Description:

    This program provides $6000 for full-time undergraduate/graduate students. Through the program, recipients will propose and complete a research project on non-invasive technology for deaf/hearing communication.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate/graduate student, permanent US residency, minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Application Due: June 15, 2023
    Description:

    This scholarship of $1000 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.

    Eligibility:
    Current or incoming US undergraduate/graduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA; either a current/former cancer patient, or have stood by a loved one who was diagnosed with cancer.
  • Application Due: August 1, 2023
    Description:

    Six scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to full-time college students with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease, with each award exclusive to a specific demographic in the bleeding disorder community including women, men, inhibitor patients and immediate family members. 

    Eligibility:
    US resident, full-time college students with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease or their immediate family members.
  • Application Due: September 15, 2023
    Description:

    Vitality Medical's Student Disability Scholarship program is designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and want to make a significant impact on their school and community.

    Eligibility:
    Enrolled as a senior in high school or in undergrad and GPA 3.0 or higher; at least 16 years of age.