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College Scholarships for Disabled Students

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Updated July 23, 2014

College scholarships for disabled students help to provide funds to cover the cost of attending a college or university. Depending upon availability, scholarships may be given once per year, per semester or per quarter. Application requirements vary from organization to organization, so be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before submitting an application for a scholarship.

If you represent an organization offering a scholarship to disabled students and wish to have it added to this list, send an email to: disability@aboutguide.com. Please put "Scholarship" in the subject line.

1. 180 Medical College Scholarships - for students with Spinal Injuries

180 Medical is offering 5, $1,000 scholarships beginning with the fall 2013 school year. Students attending a two-year, four-year, or graduate school program full time in the fall are eligible to apply. Applicants must be under a physician's care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, or neurogenic bladder.

Deadline: June 1, 2013.

2. American Association on Health and Disability - AAHD Scholarship

Scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year: Scholarships will be limited to under $1,000. The AAHD Board of Directors Scholarship Committee will evaluate each of the applicants and make a decision in December of each calendar year. The 2013 AAHD Scholarship Award will be awarded January, 2014. It is the discretion of the Scholarship Committee to determine how many scholarships will be awarded each year and the amount of each scholarship.

Applicant must be enrolled as a full time in an undergraduate school (freshman or greater status) or be enrolled part time or full time in a graduate school, and have a documented disability and provide documentation of their disability. (Applicants who have not yet graduated from high school will not be considered.)

Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited United States university.

Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, disability research, health promotion or a field related to disability and health.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2013.

3. AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship - for Wheelchair or Mobility Scooter Users

The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship is offered each year to help students meet the cost of books and tuition at their chosen college or university. One, $2,500 scholarship will be awarded for the 2013-2014 school year.

The requirements are as follows:

Must be enrolled at an accredited two or four year college within the United States

  • Must have one year of college experience.
  • Must use a manual or electric wheelchair or a mobility scooter.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Must complete application and submit response to essay question by the established deadline.
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid student visa.

Deadline: May 31, 2013

4. Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarships - for Learning Disabilities

The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarships provide financial assistance to graduating seniors with documented Learning Disabilities for their post-secondary education.

Requirements for the Anne Ford Scholarship are:

  • Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Provide documentation of an identified learning disability.
  • Be a United States citizen.

Requirements for the Allegra Ford Scholarship are:

  • Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a two-year community college, a vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with a learning disabilitiy.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Provide documentation of an identified learning disability.
  • Be a United States citizen.

Deadline: December 31st each year

5. Bridges Scholarships - for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Bridges offers two scholarships each year: The Linda Cowden Memorial Scholarship and the Minnie Pearl Scholarships:

The Linda Cowden Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship of $1,000

The Minnie Pearl Scholarship is a four-year, undergraduate scholarship open to D/deaf and hard of hearing students who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. The Minnie Pearl Scholarship will pay up to $1,000 per year, for four years, for a maximum of $4,000 per person. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 per year for four years, payable directly to the school, if a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is maintained. Bridges anticipates offering one scholarship per year.

Deadline: Varies. Contact info@hearingbridges.org for more current year deadline information.

6. Central Intelligence Agency - Graduate Scholarships

The Graduate Scholarship Program is extremely competitive. We ask that all applicants meet the following requirements:

  • US citizenship.
  • 18 years of age.
  • 3.0/4.0 scale college GPA or higher.
  • Full Time Student taking at least 9 credits per semester.
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more for applicants that have been listed as dependent (full-time student for at least five months of the year) for the previous tax year • If the applicant has not been listed as a dependent for the previous tax year, the household income ceiling is $35,000 or less.
  • After completing a 60 to 90 day work tour student should still have at least one year remaining of full time classes prior to graduation.
  • Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing both security and medical processing.

The following are desired, but not required, critical languages that the CIA are looking for: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Indonesian, Korean, Kurdish, Pushto (Pashtu), Persian (Farsi), Russian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu.

If you are eligible for this Program, please apply at least 12 months prior to your anticipated start date in order to allow for security processing. Qualified applicants will be contacted and asked to provide additional information.

Deadline: 12 months prior to anticipated need

7. Central Intelligence Agency - Undergraduate Scholarships

The CIA Scholar Program is extremely competitive. We ask that all applicants meet the following requirements:

  • US citizenship.
  • 18 years of age by April 1 of your senior year.
  • 1500 SAT (1000 Math & Critical Reading, 500 Writing) or 21 ACT scores or higher (high school students).
  • 3.0/4.0 scale high school or college GPA or higher.
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more.
  • Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing both security and medical processing.
  • Available to work in the Washington, DC area during your periods of employment.

Deadline October 15 for Summer, generally 12 months prior to anticipated need for other semesters

8. Georgia Council of the Blind Scholarship

The Georgia Council of the Blind offers a one-time $1,000 scholarship to one or more legal residents of the state of Georgia each year.

The requirements for the scholarship are:

  • Applicant must be legally blind or be financially dependent on a legally blind parent.
  • Be accepted into a post-secondary program of study at a two or four-year college, a vocational/technical school or a Master's or Doctoral program at an accredited institution.
  • Proof of legal blindness from an ophthalmologist or qualified professional in the field of blindness.

Deadline: June 15

9. Google Lime Scholarship - for Computer Science Students with Disabilities

"Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities.

"Recipients of the 2013 Google Lime Scholarship will each receive a scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Selected students will also be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, in 2013. All candidates will also be considered for software engineering internship opportunities wiht Google. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated passion for computer science - US$10,000 for those studying in the US and C$5,000 for those studying in Canada (based on tuition costs)."

Applicants must be:

  • Pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field (such as software engineering or electrical engineering with a heavy computer science course load).
  • Maintaining a strong academic performance.
  • (1) A current sophomore/second year or junior/third year undergraduate continuing studies in the 2013-2014 academic year; (2) an undergraduate senior/fourth year accepted to or enrolled in a graduate program in the 2013-2014 academic year; or (3) a current graduate student (masters or PhD) continuing studies in the 2013-2014 academic year. Candidates must be enrolled in a university in the United States or Canada (international students in the US and Canada are also encouraged to apply).
  • A student with a visible or invisible disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term, or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. We know that 90% of disabilities on campus are invisible, and candidates with all disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to and passion for computer science and technology.
  • Previous Google Lime Scholars are unfortunately not able to be considered.

Deadline: February 18, 2013 at midnight

10. Graeme Clark Scholarship - for Students with a Nucleus Cochlear Implant

The Graeme Clark Scholarship is available to individuals around the world who have a Nucleus cochlear implant. Recipients receive $2,000 per year for up to four years as long as a 2.5 GPA is maintained.

Requirements for the scholarship include:

  • Available to those currently completing their final year of high school, to mature aged students who have been accepted into a university, and to current undergraduate and graduate university students.
  • Scholarship applicants must have applied or be enrolled in an accredited college, university or technical school.
  • Scholarship applicants must receive a 2.5 GPA or better to enroll for and maintain the scholarship.
  • Three references.

Deadline October 1, 2013 (application postmark date)

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