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Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Scholarships include Microsoft disAbility Scholarship, Sertoma Scholarship for Students Who Are Hard of Hearing Or Deaf, National Federation of the Blind Scholarship, Will2Walk Foundation Scholarship, Organization for Autism Research Scholarship, ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Bi-Annual Scholarship, and Disability Care Center Scholarship.

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.

Prize: $1,000

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

Prize: $5,000

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

Prize: $3,000

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

Prize: $1,000

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.

Prize: $500

Deadline: August 1, 2020


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