Students with disabilities often need to overcome many obstacles in order to attend college. This may range from managing medication, paying for doctors visits, arranging additional academic support, or needing financial assistance to cover expenses. Luckily, a number of scholarships exist to help students with disabilities fund their college education. Some of these awards are disability-specific while other awards are more broad in nature. Check out the list below for some of the best disability scholarships:
Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships
This scholarship is open to students who have ADHD or a learning disability and who are in their final year in high school. The Allegra Ford scholarship provides eligible students with a $2,500 scholarship. In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must meet a number of criteria, which include: proof of learning disability or ADHD, high school senior status, intending to enroll in a college or vocational program, providing financial information to the scholarship committee, and be a citizen of the United States. The Anne Ford Scholarship provides $2,500 for four years, for a total of $10,000 in scholarship funding. In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must hold at lease a 3.0 grade point average and plan to attend a 4-year college or university. Additional information about these scholarships and the application process can be found at the following website: http://apply.ncld.org/res/p/EligibilityInfo/.
disABLEDperson, Inc. National Scholarship
This scholarship is open to any college student with a disability. The scholarship is worth $2,000. In order to apply for the award, students simply need to write a brief essay and register online. Students can register online at the following website: https://www.disabledperson.com/scholarships/17. During the registration process, students will be required to complete a brief application form online. In order to maximize your chance of winning, be certain to proofread all your work. The award is only open to college students who are attending a junior college or a traditional 4-year college within the United States. In order to be eligible, students must attend college full-time unless their disability prevents this. Winners will need to show proof of an ADA disability before funding is dispersed.
UBC Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program
This scholarship is unique in that it is open to individuals with epilepsy as well as their family members and caregivers. Each year, about 30 scholarships, each worth $5,000, will be awarded to the top applicants. In order to be eligible, students must have epilepsy (or have a family member or be a caregiver of an individual with epilepsy) =, be a U.S. resident, demonstrate extracurricular involvement and scholastic achievement, plan to enroll in a junior college, 4-year college, or a graduate program, and hold a high school diploma. In order to apply for this scholarship, students must submit a completed application by mid-April of the application year. Students are required to write a brief essay, solicit three letters of recommendation, provide an official transcript, and complete a medical history form. Additional information can be found at the following website: https://ucbepilepsyscholarship.com/ProgramInformation.aspx.