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There are a wide range of scholarships for students with
disabilities. These awards aim to lessen the costs of pursuing a two year or
four-year degree or vocational program.
Some scholarships are for people with any disability defined by the ADA, DSM-V, IDEA, or other governing body.
There are several other scholarships that help students with a specific disability. For example, students with autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, blindness or diabetes can apply.
There are other criteria to qualify for scholarships. Scholarship applicants with disabilities should be motivated. Also, giving back to the community is helpful to qualify for a scholarship.
In addition, grades and a high level of commitment to your goals are important for your application. You will also need to write a short essay as well as submit references.
The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) awards four athletes $500 each. The USABA Scholarship applicants must be legally blind, have a 2.5 GPA or higher and enrolled full time in college.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 19% of undergrads report having a disability. Of this total, 26% who were veterans reported having a disability.
NCES defines disability as a physical or mental condition. One that limits one or more major life activities. The disability also affects how we move, communicate, and learn.
If you are a student with a disability, a scholarship can be useful. Unlike taking out a loan, it is financial aid you do not pay back. As a result, it will help finance your college degree.
To help you narrow your search, here is a list of scholarships for students with disabilities that you might apply to. You can also take our Scholarship Match Quiz to find ones that line up with your goals and unique disability.
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The sources for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.