Scholarship Opportunities

Please see below for a list of (mostly) disability-related financial opportunities:


Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarships for Students with Dyslexia:  The awards consist of $2500 to college students at 2-year or 4-year colleges to assist in their college finances and encourage them in their future career goals.  Applicants must have demonstrated financial need, dyslexia documentation, short statement and resume, and at least one successful term at the college level.  Deadline is March 1, 2017

Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilites:  $2,000 scholarship awarded to essay winner. 

The National Down Syndrome Society O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund scholarship:  Offering financial assistance to young adults (18+) with Down Syndrome who are taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs. Read more and download the application at their website. 

National Federation of the Blind student scholarships:  All levels, $3,000 and up. See website for details on application and national scholarships.

The American Foundation for the Blind:  Offers several scholarships. See the website for details on who may apply for each. 

Great Lakes National Scholarship Program:  $2,500 for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. 

"Access the World" Scholarship:  In partnership with MIUSA and in honor of the ADA, the study abroad organization CIEE pledged to provide 25 "Access the World" scholarships for U.S. college students with disabilities to study abroad. Now, only 5 out of the 25 scholarships remain! U.S. undergraduate students with diverse disabilities may apply for select CIEE programs in summer 2016.

The Independence Foundation $500 Scholarships:  Awarded to individuals with a significant physical disability. 

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship:  The scholarship seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education, which Sarah believed strongly in.  Deadline April 1st.

Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans:  Learn details and apply for several different scholarships. 

Little People of America Scholarships:  Primarily for those with dwarfism in college or technical school.  

Organization for Autism Research:  Offering numerous scholarships including Schwallie Family Scholarship Program, and others including life skills as well as college support.  Reopens December 2017.

National Federation of the Blind Ohio Scholarships:  For students, all levels. 

American Sign Language Teachers Association scholarships:  For those whose colleges have an ASL Honor Society, for students majoring or minoring in ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, or Interpreting. 

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation invites full-time students joining or currently enrolled in a graduate program in communication sciences and disorders to submit applications for graduate scholarships.  Scholarships are available to undergraduate seniors or students currently pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees.  Various funding opportunities available on their website.  Reopens early 2017.

2017-18 Peace Scholarships:  Every year, Rotary selects up to 50 individuals from around the world to receive fully-funded master's degree fellowships at one of its peace centers in the USA, Japan, England, Australia, and Sweden.  Fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. 

180 Medical Scholarship Program:  For those pursuing higher education and who have spinal cord injuries, Spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy).  

Association of Blind Citizens:  Assistive Technology Fund for up to 50% of A.T. purchase cost.  See details on their website. 

NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship:  The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to offer eight (8) scholarships to students with disabilities pursuing interests in the entertainment, media, or communications industries. Applications are due July 1, 2016.  Reopens April 10, 2017.

The 2016 Cooper Open Scholarship:  The Cooper Open will be presenting a scholarship this year to a student with Mitochondrial Disease that is attending higher education. Young adult Mitochondrial patients have unique medical needs, which can make attending college in a “typical” fashion difficult. Most scholarships require a specific amount of credits taken each semester in order to receive the funding. This scholarship fund would need to take the specific medical needs into consideration, not make course load a prerequisite. That way, if the patient needs to take only two classes a semester, they can.

Additional Scholarship Resources

Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide for Disabled Students - Multiple resources for students and parents from the AHEAD website. AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education!

Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities - From; a financial aid and scholarship guide for students with disabilities, one of the few comprehensive and simple-to-use directories of its kind.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Students with Disbailities -  From; this guide offers tips and insights for disabled college students, including legal rights, how to transition to campus life, and online resources and apps to help with specific disabilities. 

Fully Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities - From; the purpose of this guide is to provide disabled students with comprehensive information about how to pay for college as well as scholarships and other information that is specifically helpful for students with disabilities.