Scholarship Opportunities

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


180 Medical Scholarship Program:  A $1,000 annual scholarship for those pursuing higher education and who have spinal cord injuries, Spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy). Applications for next award accepted begining January 1st, 2021.

1-800 Wheelchair Scholarship: Two $500 annual awards, one per student. Established in 2006 to raise awareness of mobility issues on college campuses. Application must be postmarked by May 30, 2020.

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. The 2022-23 application will be available in February, 2021.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internship:  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 for the Summer of 2021 will be posted in the Fall.  

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. SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19 PANEDEMIC.

(The) American Foundation for the Blind & The American Council of the Blind:  Offers scholarships ranging from $2,000 - $7,500. See the website for details on who may apply for each. 2021 Application Deadline Not Yet Announced

American Sign Language Association Honor Society Scholarships:  For students majoring or minoring in ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, or Interpreting. Awards range between $1,750 - $2,500. 2021 Application Deadline Not Yet Announced

(The) American Speech-Language-Hearing FoundationOffers a range up grants to researchers and graduate students, see site for more details and on eligible research fields and grant amounts. 2021 Application Deadline Not Yet Announced

Association of Blind Citizens:  Assistive Technology Fund for up to 50% of A.T. purchase cost.  See details on their website. Applications must for Spring 2021 must be received by Dec. 31, 2020.

Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD): Offers resources, membership, and various services to students and educators in the disabled community.

disABLEDperson 2019 National Scholarship Competition: $2,000 award for College Students with Disabilities. See website for futher details. Applications are due October 14, 2020.

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, 2020.

Little People of America Scholarships:  Scholarships are available for those with dwarfism in college or technical school.  2021 application deadline TBA.

NASA Summer Internships for Students with Disabilities: NASA offers several internship and fellowship opportunities for students with disabilities. Please see their website for more information. 2021 application deadline TBA.

(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. 2021 application deadline TBA.

National Federation of the Blind student scholarships:  All levels, $3,000 and up. See website for details on application and national scholarships. 2021 application deadline TBA.

NBC Universal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship:  The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to offer eight (8) scholarships of $5,625 each to students with disabilities pursuing interests in the entertainment, media, or communications industries. 2021 application deadline TBA.

Organization for Autism Research:  Offering $3,000 awards to students with autism, as well as information on other applicable scholarship opportunities. Applications will open in December 2020 for the OAR award.

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship:  In memorium of Sarah Gaulin, this scholarship seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education, which Sarah believed strongly in.  Application deadline not yet announced, see page for links and further details.

Scooters 'N Chairs Scholarship: Students who use a manual or powered wheelchair are invited to apply for this $1,000 scholarship, offered every semester. Application deadline is November 30, 2020, with the recipient announced December 6, 2020.

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. Applications will open in October, 2020.

Additional Scholarship Resources

Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide for Disabled Students - Multiple resources for students and parents from the Association on Higher Education and Disability. 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. NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, not all scholarships listed may be current.

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. Includes links to several available scholarships. NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, not all scholarships listed may be current.

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.  Includes definitions and a list of available scholarships. NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, not all scholarships listed may be current.