Paying for college is hard – and for students living with disabilities, it can be even harder. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of some of the top disability scholarships available to incoming and current college students. These college scholarships are meant to help dedicated students further their dreams of going to college, no matter what may be going on in their lives.
Many of these scholarships are offered yearly, so if the deadline has passed, bookmark the page, and be sure to follow up for the next eligibility period.
AbbVie Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship
Award: 40 awards of $3,000
Available to: Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year who have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis by a physician. Must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents.
American Council of the Blind Scholarship
Award: Approximately 20 awards of $1,000 - $4,000
Available to: Vocational, incoming freshman, and current undergraduate and graduate students who are legally blind. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA, and be involved in their local community or school.
Candice’s Sickle Cell Disease Scholarship
Award: Three awards of $1,500
Available to: College students with sickle cell disease in the tristate area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut).
AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability
Award: Maximum amount of $1,000
Available to: Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in their second year of school, or part or full-time graduate students who have a documented disability from a specialist. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Preference will be given to students who have a history of community service and students who are majoring in public health, disability studies, health promotion, or a similar field related to health and disability.
Shire 2017 ADHD Scholarship
Award: 55 awards of $2,000
Available to: Incoming or enrolled undergraduate (2 or 4-year) or graduate students enrolled at an accredited school who have been diagnosed with ADHD and are legal residents of the United States. Potential award recipients must complete a Confirmation of Diagnosis from a licensed healthcare professional.
NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
Award: Eight awards of $5,625
Available to: Students who self-identify as having any type of disability. Must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school (and plan to be enrolled in the fall semester) in the United States. Must be interested in a career in communications, media, or entertainment.
Organization for Autism Research Scholarships
Available to: Students across the autism spectrum who are or will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution or trade, technical, or vocational school in the United States. Must be enrolled full-time.
Jacob Trotter Memorial Scholarship
Available to: Students with autism spectrum disorder who have been admitted to an accredited post-secondary educational or vocational program of study. Must reside in a Wisconsin county and must be a current member of the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin.
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