Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
If you're a student with disabilities or you know one, this post is for you. We've compiled seven scholarships dedicated to individuals with disabilities pursuing post-secondary education, though a few of these scholarships expand their eligibility a bit broader than that criteria. Prizes cap out at $12,000, and some submission requirements include medical confirmation of a certain disability. Take a look through the details below to get started.
Microsoft disAbility Scholarship
For students interested in the technology industry
Details: Submit a resume, academic transcript, two letters of recommendation, and three essays based on provided topics
Eligibility: Open to high school seniors living with a disability as defined by the World Health Organization planning to attend a U.S. 2 or 4-year college or university in Fall 2020 with a declared major in engineering, computer science, CIS, law, business, or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Prize: $5,000 per year, up to $20,000 total
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Sertoma Scholarship for Students Who Are Hard of Hearing Or Deaf
For students with hearing loss
Details: Submit the online application form, two letters of recommendation, a high school or college transcript, and a recent audiogram
Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens with a minimum 40dB bilateral hearing loss, as evidenced on audiogram by an SRT or PTA of 40dB, or greater in both ears who are pursuing or plan to pursue a bachelor's degree on a full-time basis at a college or university in the U.S. with a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 un-weighted scale.
Deadline: March 30, 2020
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship
For students with legal blindness
Details: Submit an application, which includes an essay, one letter of recommendation, your academic transcript, and proof of legal blindness, and an interview with your NFB affiliate president
Eligibility: Open to U.S. and Puerto Rican residents who are legally blind and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time course of study in a degree program at a U.S. college or university in Fall 2020. Must also participate in the NFB National Convention (finalists will receive assistance to attend)
Prize: 36 scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $12,000
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Will2Walk Foundation Scholarship
For those who suffered a spinal cord injury
Details: Submit an application, which includes several short answer questions. Scholarship funds can be used for fitness memberships, team dues, everyday living supplies, work-related equipment, educational expenses, or participation in a special event related to spinal cord injuries.
Eligibility: Open to students with a traumatic spinal cord injury
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Organization for Autism Research Scholarship
For students with autism
Details: Choose between two scholarship options. Both require completion of an application, which includes three short essay questions. One scholarship also requires two letters of recommendation.
Eligibility: Open to students with an autism diagnosis pursuing full-time education or vocational-technical training at a 2-year or 4-year school, a trade, technical, or vocational school, or in a cooperative life skills program
Deadline: May 4, 2020
ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Bi-Annual Scholarship
For those with cerebral palsy
Details: Submit a complete application, academic transcript, an essay or other creative project explaining how you have been affected by cerebral palsy, and a short explanation of what you plan to do with the scholarship funds
Eligibility: Open to high school seniors, current college students, and college graduates who have cerebral palsy and a GPA of at least 3.0
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Disability Care Center Scholarship
Includes those who support the disability community
Details: Submit a letter of recommendation and an essay between 500 and 1,500 words addressing the essay topic.
Eligibility: Open to U.S. legal residents enrolled full time in a U.S. college or university for the upcoming fall semester with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must have a debilitating condition, support the disabled, or plan on making a difference in the disabled community.
Deadline: August 1, 2020