Scholarship Opportunities

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


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).  

1-800 Wheelchair Scholarship: $500. Two students receive this annual award, established in 2006 to raise awareness of mobility issues on college campuses. Must be postmarked by May 1.

Rotary 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. Application opens February 2019.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD):  College students and recent graduates with disabilities are invited to apply for summer internships with AAPD.  Interns will be placed in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Application deadlines are November 5, 2018 and December 5, 2018, depending on the internship.  

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability:  This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate students in an accredited university who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies related to health and disability. Applications are due November 15.

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

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. Application deadline is May 1, 2019.

(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.  Next competition opens in 2019.

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

Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is offering a scholarship to students with disabilities. Application deadline is December 1, 2018.

disABLEDperson 2019 National Scholarship Competition: $2,500 award for College Students with Disabilities. Applications are due March 23, 2019.

(The) Independence Foundation $500 Scholarships:  Awarded to individuals with a significant physical disability. Currently not accepting applications.

Kathern F. Gruber and Thomas H. Miller Scholarships: Blinded Veterans Association provides scholarships to spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans to assist them with their higher education tuition. Currently not accepting applications.

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.  Currently not accepting applications.

Karman Healthcare Mobility Disability Scholarship: Karman Healthcare is offering two $500 scholarships for currently enrolled students who have a mobility disability, excel academically and have a regard for disability awareness in America. Deadline to apply is September 1.

Little People of America Scholarships:  Primarily for those with dwarfism in college or technical school.  Currently not accepting applications.

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship: The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire recognizes and supports individuals diagnosed with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education. Application deadline is May, 31.

NASA Summer Internships for Students with Disabilities: The deadline for the Summer 2019 NASA internship application period is April 1, 2019.

(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. Application deadline is March 31.

NBC Universal 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. Application will open in April 2019.

Organization for Autism Research:  Offering numerous scholarships including Schwallie Family Scholarship Program, and others including life skills as well as college support. Application will open in December 2018.

Rise Scholarship Foundation, Inc. : Students with ADD or ADHD and an additional learning disability can apply for this $2,500 scholarship. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher to qualify. Application deadline is Jan 2019.

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.  Application deadline is April 1st.

Scooters 'N Chairs Scholarship: Students who use a manual or power wheelchair are invited to apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Application is now open. The recipient will be announced January 14, 2019.

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities. Wells Fargo is committed to empowering people with disabilities to obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in their chosen career path. To show that commitment, Wells Fargo is providing renewable scholarships of up to $2,500 for full-time students and up to $1,250 for half-time students. Deadline to apply is December 6, 2108 or until the first 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first.

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.