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Scholarships for Individuals with Disabilities

College student talking with professor outsideIf you’re a student with disabilities pursuing higher education, you’ll want to review our list below. We’ve highlighted six different scholarships from organizations across the country, all dedicated to providing funds to individuals with disabilities for college. Scholarships are listed in order of deadlines – make sure to make note of scholarships for which you’re applicable, and apply on time. And if you’re not yet following us on Facebook or Twitter, do so. We publish scholarship opportunities there on a weekly basis.

Business Plan Scholarship from Fit Small Business

Any student who has written a business plan can talk about the process for a chance to win this scholarship.

Details: Applicants must submit a 500-1,000-word essay on “What I learned from writing a business plan.” Essays will be judged on originality, writing style, and quality of ideas.

Eligibility: Open to any student with a documented disability enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any college, university, or trade school in the U.S.

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Prize: $1,000


Foundation for Science and Disability Grant Program

Graduate students needing funds to work on a research project or thesis in a science field can enter this scholarship.

Details: Students must write a 250-word essay outlining professional goals and objectives and explaining how scholarship funds will be used. Students must also submit an application, a copy of a college transcript, a letter from an academic advisor, a letter from another faculty member, and proof of U.S. citizenship

Eligibility: Students must be a U.S. citizen, have a disability, and be accepted to or in a graduate degree program for mathematics, science, medicine, engineering, or computer science.

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Prize: $1,000 to be used in connection with a science project or thesis


Luke G Neurological Scholarship

Students living with a neurological disorder can apply for this scholarship by sharing their experience

Details: Applicants must write a 3-page essay on the victories and challenges of living with a neurological disorder, how they have learned from their struggles, and advice for others in a similar situation.

Eligibility: Students must have a neurological disorder and be enrolled as a full-time student

Deadline: December 31, 2017

Prize: $500-$1,000


Lighthouse Guild College Bound Scholarship

Legally blind students can get help paying for college by entering and winning this scholarship

Details: Students must submit proof of legal blindness and U.S. citizenship, copies of a school transcript and SAT/ACT results, three letters of recommendation, and two personal statements: one speaking to educational and personal goals, and another on the influence of a teacher

Eligibility: Students must be in high school and college-bound, legally blind, and a U.S. citizen

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Prize: Up to $10,000


Sertoma Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship

Students with hearing loss are eligible to win this scholarship.

Details: Students must two letters of recommendation, a transcript, a recent audiogram, and the scholarship application, which includes a listing of activities and awards and a 300-500-word personal statement explaining how the scholarship funds will be used to achieve personal goals.

Eligibility: Students must be U.S. citizens, have a minimum 40dB bilateral hearing loss in both ears, a minimum 3.2 GPA, and be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the U.S.

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Prize: $1,000

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This one requires some creativity. Students must submit a visual poem and written statement on overcoming a challenge to apply for this scholarship.

Details: Applicants must submit a visual poem on an 8.5 by 11-inch piece of paper using words and/or images on the theme of overcoming a personal challenge. A personal statement should accompany the poem, and the poem and essay combined must be between 500 and 1,000 words.

Eligibility: Students must be 16 years of age or older, enrolled in senior year of high school or as an undergraduate college student at a school in the U.S., and have at least a 3.0 GPA. There is no specific requirement in terms of disability.

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Prize: $500




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