Scholarship Opportunities


New Scholarship Opportunity - 10/26/16

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has committed $1 million over the next four years to Scholarship America to develop and implement a special scholarship program to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of their choice. - Grant and Scholarship opportunities

Vitality Medical Scholarship


4/13/15 - Scholarship Opportunity for Communication or Media-related Degrees

2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announced that it is accepting applications for the 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship. AAPD is offering four scholarships, which can be used for for the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2015, to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing communication or media-related degrees. Each recipient will receive $5,625 for the tuition and fees at their college or university.
Students will need to provide the following items to apply for the scholarship:
  • Completed 2015 NBC Universal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship application (download from the AAPD website here)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Two 300-350 word essays answering the following questions:
    • What inspired you to pursue a communications/media related degree?
    • How will you use your degree to positively impact the disability community?
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor, academic advisor, or mentor
All applications and supporting materials should be emailed to by 5:00PM on Friday, April 24, 2015 in an accessible format.


1/21/14 - 

Eligible applicants must be the individual, spouse or dependents of:

A former or currently employed uniformed peace officer in the United States who was wounded, disabled or suffered serious injury in the line of duty.


11/30/12 - New Scholarship opportunities (click here)


8/29/12 - Scholarship Opportunity

Fall 2012 National Scholarship Competition Register for this scholarship Important! You need to "Sign up now" on as a community member!

disABLEDperson, Inc. is excited to announce our Fall 2012 nationally based scholarship competition for college students with disabilities! This competition begins on August 17, 2012 and ends on October 19, 2012 for the award of $2000.00 (two thousand dollars)!

To participate, follow these simple steps: Write an essay with no more than 750 words (prompt can be found below). Click on the “Register Now” link below. Fill out the form completely and paste your essay into the form.

A few reminders: Please keep in mind that the form must be filled out completely. We cannot accept incomplete or fraudulent forms. Spelling and grammar is imperative. Please submit carefully edited drafts only.

In order to qualify, the student must be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited college or university in the United States of America. They must be a full-time student and U.S. citizen (minimum of 12 credits for undergraduate, 9 credits for graduate). Unfortunately, we are not able to award scholarships to high school students or college students who are not attending classes full-time.

Upon winning, the student will prove disability through their Disability Student Services department. We define disability as described under the ADA: “A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such an individual.” A record of such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.

Be sure to submit your entry before the October 19, 2012 deadline. The winner will be announced on our website on October 31, 2012. All decisions made by disABLEDperson, Inc. are final.

The essay question for this competition is: “What is your current field of study and upon completion, what challenges to you foresee as you enter the work force”?

Note: any essay exceeding 750 will be disqualified.



04/16/2012 is proud to announce up to FOUR 1,250.00 Cash Scholarships for Spring 2012.

ANY student (future or current) that has been accepted or attends a community college, technical/trade college, or university may apply.

Click the following link for more information:

09/21/2011 - For additional scholarship opportunities click this link.

For a downloadable copy of scholarship opportunities, click here (in Word .doc format).


General Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

(This link opens up to many scholarship opportunities)


Joyce Walsh Junior Scholarship for the Handicapped
Awarded to disabled instrumentalists or vocalist members of NFMC who are U.S citizens ages 12-18.
National Federation of Music Clubs
1336 North Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2481


Panasonic Young Soloists Award
Awarded to vocalists or instrumentalists under age 25 who are permanently disabled and interested in studying music.
Very Special Arts
Attn: Education Office
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C. 20566
TDD: 202-737-0645


Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program
The Horatio Alger Association provides financial assistance to students in the United States who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education. Restricted to U.S. citizens. Application Requirements include application, essay, references, and transcript.
Contact: Scholarship Coordinator
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
99 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22314


Louise Nacca Memorial Trust
One-time award available to student who has a visual, hearing or physical impairment. May be used at any post-secondary institution. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must demonstrate financial need. Applicant must be enrolled full or part-time at a two-year or four-year or technical institution or university. Applicant must be hearing impaired, physically disabled, or visually impaired. Restricted to U.S. citizens.
Contact: Louise C. Nacca Memorial for Educational Aid for the Handicapped Trust c/o First Union National Bank
190 River Road NJ3132
Summit, NJ 07901
Fax: 908-598-3583


Central Intelligence Agency: Undergraduate Program
"CIA Summer Internship Program"
Summer employment for seniors who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and are going to be offered employment with the Central Intelligence Agency after graduation. Open to undergraduate students, particularly minorities and people with disabilities, who have completed one or two years of college-level academic study. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Must be over 18 years of age at time of application. Send cover letter with a resume and an unofficial copy of transcripts.

Personnel Representative
PO Box 12727
Arlington, VA 22209-8727


Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities


Anne Ford Scholarship
The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree. The ideal candidate is a person who has faced the challenges of having a learning disability and who, through perseverance and academic endeavor, has created a life of purpose and achievement. Visit website for deadline information. Applicant must be enrolled full-time at a four-year institution or university, and be learning disabled. Restricted to U.S. citizens.

National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.
381 Park Avenue South
Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016-8806


P. Buckley Moss Society Harbison Award
Scholarships available for high school seniors with learning disabilities for higher education.
601 Shenandoah Village Drive, Suite 1C
Waynesboro, VA 22980


Landscape Architecture Foundation
13 scholarships and internship programs to study landscape architecture at any accredited university. The scholarship is open to undergraduate or graduate landscape architecture students. Some awards are only open to women, minorities, or students with disabilities. Please contact the web site for scholarship information or call, if you cannot access the web or download the information.
American Society of Landscape Architects
636 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3736
Fax: 202-898-1185


Scholarships for Students with Physical Disabilities


Venture Student Aid Award for a Physically Disabled Student
Cash awards for further education for physically disabled students ages 15 to 40. Award is based on financial need and student's ability to benefit from further education. Amount of award is set by board each year. Apply to local chapter or send self-addressed stamped envelope for more information. Award is limited to boundaries of Venture organization: U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan and Korea.
Venture Clubs of the Americas
2 Penn Center Plaza, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1883
Fax: 215-568-5200


National Amputation Foundation Scholarships
Renewable award for students who have a major limb amputation. Must attend a U.S. college and must have a letter from the college indicating full time attendance at the college. Submit letter from doctor confirming amputation. Send self-addressed stamped envelope for application.
National Amputation Foundation, Inc.
38-40 Church Street
Malverne, NY 11565
Fax: 516-887-3667


1800Wheelchair Scholarship
This program awards monies to assist undergraduate students with their academic pursuits. To qualify, students must be enrolled undergraduate in "good standing" at an accredited college/university maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and a legal resident of the U.S. or hold a valid student visa. Applicants will be asked to submit an essay. Details can be found at the 1800Wheelchair website:


Scholarships for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired


Recording for the Blind/Learning through Listening
This program provides three scholarships for high school seniors who are learning disabled. The award is based on academic achievement, leadership, enterprise, and service to others. Financial need is not a factor.
Blind/Learning through Listening
20 Rozelle Road
Princeton, NJ 08540


Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to legally blind women who are U.S citizens to study religious or classical music in college.
American Foundation for the Blind
Attn: Scholarship Committee
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001


NFB Humanities Scholarship
For students (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Master's, Doctoral) studying Art, English, Foreign Languages, History, Humanities, Philosophy or Religion. Applicant must be legally blind and pursuing a full-time course of study. Selection is based upon academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need.


NFMC Music for the Blind Composition Awards
National Federation of Music Clubs
1336 North Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2481


R.L. Gillette Scholarship
Awarded to College Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior studying Literature or Music. Applicant must be a woman who is legally blind and is a U.S. citizen. Selection is based upon transcript, three recommendations, and personal statement.


Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships
Scholarship is awarded annually to a college student who is blind and visually impaired. All applicants must be current members of USABA. Applicant must be enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year or technical institution or university. Applicant must be visually impaired. Restricted to U.S. citizens.


United States Association for Blind Athletes
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-630-0422 Ext. 13
Fax: 719-630-0616


Floyd Qualls Memorial Scholarships
Award available to undergraduate, graduate, vocational or technical students who are legally blind in both eyes. Submit certificate of legal blindness and proof of acceptance at an accredited post-secondary institution.
American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-467-5085


National Federation of the Blind: Computer Science
"Computer Science Scholarship" The scholarship is awarded to legally blind people pursuing postsecondary education. Selection is based on academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. Unsuccessful applicants are urged to reapply.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee
805 Fifth Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112
(515) 236-3366


National Federation of the Blind: Rickard
"Howard Brown Rickard Scholarship" The scholarship is open to legally blind people pursuing postsecondary education in the areas of Law, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, or Natural Science. Selection is based on academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. Unsuccessful applicants are urged to reapply.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee
805 Fifth Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112-1653


Scholarships for Students who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired


Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship Award
Several scholarships for applicants who were born with profound or severe hearing loss (of at least 60dB) or have experienced such a loss before acquiring language. Must use speech or speech reading to communicate. Must be attending or have been admitted to a college or university that primarily enrolls students with normal hearing.
Financial Aid Coordinator
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007-2778


Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and Near Deaf
This is a special fund established by TPA in order to assist children and others with hearing loss or difficulty. Scholarship applicants need not be members of TPA to apply for assistance. All who need assistance can be eligible to receive help from TPA based on financial need. Restricted to U.S. citizens.
Travelers Protective Association of America
3755 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-3476
Fax: 314-371-0537


Sertoma Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Student
Twenty $1000 scholarships for hearing-impaired students or those with communicative disorders. Available for citizens of the U.S. and Canada. Minimum 3.2 GPA required.
Sertoma Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students
1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132
Fax: 816-333-4320


National Association of the Deaf: Stokoe
"William C. Stokoe Scholarship" - This scholarship is open to part-time or full-time graduate students who are deaf, studying a field related to sign language or the deaf community, who are committed to graduate studies in a field related to sign language or the deaf community. Must be a graduate student developing a special project on these topics.
Stokoe Scholarship Liaison
National Association of the Deaf
814 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500
(301) 587-1788
TTY: (301) 587-1789
Fax: (301) 587-1791


EAR Foundation: Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program
Awarded to high school seniors with severe to profound deafness who are mainstreamed into society in any field of study.
The EAR Foundation
1817 Patterson Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone Toll Free (voice/TDD): 1-800-545-HEAR
Phone (voice/TDD): 615-329-7807
Fax: 615-329-7935


Scholarships for Students with Psychological Disabilities


Lilly Reintegration Scholarship
Scholarships available to students diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, or a schizoaffective disorder. Must be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medications and psychiatric follow-up. Must also be U.S. citizen and actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegration efforts.
Lilly Reintegration Programs
PMB 1167, 734 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Fax: 312-664-5454


Scholarships for Students with Health Related Disabilities


Award of Excellence Asthma Scholarship Program

One-time award to high school seniors with asthma who are furthering their education in a post-secondary school. Must demonstrate academic excellence. Must be a United States citizen.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
611 East Wells
Milwaukee, WI 55202
Fax: 414-272-6070


Bill McAdam Scholarship Fund
Awarded to persons with hemophilia, von Willebrands, and other related hereditary bleeding disorders, their partners, spouses, parents, children, siblings, or other significant family members.
Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
22226 Doxtator
Dearborn, MI 48128
Phone: 313-563-0515


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Scholarship
Awards for young adults with cystic fibrosis to be used to further their education after high school. Awards may be used for tuition, books and fees.
Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation
2814 Grant Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Fax: 847-328-0127


Eric Dostie Memorial College Scholarship
Awarded to a person with a bleeding disorder (their sibling or child) to attend any accredited college or university. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Kelley Communications
21 Sawmill Way
Georgetown, MA 01833
Fax: 978-352-6254


Hemophilia Health Services Memorial Scholarship Fund
One-time award open to full-time students with hemophilia or another bleeding disorder. Scholarship may be used at any accredited, nonprofit college, university, or vocational/technical school. Selection based on academic achievement in relation to tested ability, involvement in extracurricular and community activities, and financial need.
Hemophilia Health Services
6820 Charlotte Pike
Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37209-4234
Fax: 615-352-2588


Immune Deficiency Foundation Scholarship

One-time award available to individuals diagnosed with a primary immune deficiency disease. Must submit medical verification of diagnosis. Available for study at the undergraduate level at any post-secondary institution. Must be U.S. citizen.
Immune Deficiency Foundation
40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 308
Towson, MD 21204
Fax: 410-321-9165


Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship
To support the financial needs of college students who are battling or have overcome cancer who display financial needs. Available to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
PMB #505, 4725 Dorsey Hall Drive
Suite A
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Fax: 410-964-0402


Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award
Award for students with epilepsy who excel academically and in extracurricular activities. Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or be a college senior entering first year of graduate school. Must be under the care of a physician for epilepsy to qualify.
Pfizer, Division of Warner-Lambert Company
Intra Med Educational Group
230 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 800-292-7373


Books on Scholarships


Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families 2002-2004
By Gail A. Schlachter and R. David Weber
ISBN 1-58841-042-0
495 pages, 2002, Hardbound, $40.00


Complete College Financing Guide 1995
By Marguerite J. Dennis, 3rd edition, Barron's Education Series, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, 1995.
ISBN 0-81201-635-1 ($14.95 plus $2.32 shipping in the US or $15.69 for overseas shipping).
282 pages. 1-800-645-3476 or write to Barron's, 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.


Dollars for College - Students with Disabilities
Garrett Park Press, Garrett Park, Maryland, 1997 ($6.95 + $1.50 shipping).
Approximately 70-90 pages long, this booklet is revised every 18 months. To order a copy, call 1-301-946-2553 or write to Garrett Park Press, PO Box 190, Garrett Park, MD 20896.