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What Kind of Scholarships for Students with Disabilities are There?

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 Unigo applicants must be legally blind, have a 2.5 GPA or higher and enrolled full time in college.

Why Disability Scholarships Are Important to Pay for College?

According to the Unigo, 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.

List of Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

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 Unigo to find ones that line up with your goals and unique disability.

ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Annual Scholarship

ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Annual Scholarship is for financial assistance designed to simultaneously increase awareness about cerebral palsy (CP) and celebrate the achievements of those with cerebral palsy. ABC Law Centers will award one scholarship per year in the amount of $1,000 to a student who has cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Scholarship will be presented to a single applicant. Applicants will need to submit all required application materials outlined below by the deadline of July...

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 31

USABA Scholarship Program

Founded by Dr. Charles Buell in 1976 USABA’s mission is to improve the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired. The I C You Foundation Valor Achievement Award is made possible through the generosity of the I C You Foundation and is awarded annually by USABA and the I C You Foundation, Inc. USABA is pleased to announce the 2020 USABA Scholarship Program, including the I C You Foundation Valor Achievement Award and the Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships. Both the Valor Achieveme...

Total: $2000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  July 31

Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who have been, or who have a family member who has been, diagnosed with a form of autism (including Asperger Syndrome). Students must submit an essay on topic related to autism in order to apply.

Total: $5000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 31

Anderson and Stowell Scholarship

Bella Soul is a nonprofit that aims to empower college students confronting chronic illness or disability through scholarships and emotional support. The Anderson and Stowell Scholarship is a $450 award for a college student living with a physical ailment, physical disease, and/or physical disability.

Total: $450 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 30

Anders Tjellström Scholarship

Cochlear is a business that offers hearing implants and hearing solutions. They also offer several prestigious scholarships in honor of the amazing innovators who developed our hearing solutions. One is the Anders Tjellström Scholarship. It honors its namesake who is an ENT with the Department of Otolaryngology at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Tjellström's doctoral work at the University of Gothenburg brought him into contact with Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a pioneer in the field of ...

Total: $8 Awards:  16000
Deadline:  September 30

Disability Scholarship

Independent Life Home Care is dedicated to improving the lives of disabled students, helping them live the most independent life possible. The $1000 Disabled Student Scholarship, offered by Independent Life Home Care, is open to disabled students currently enrolled in a college.

Total: $3000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  December 31

Newcombe Scholarships for Students

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation continues the legacy of Mrs. Newcombe, who was unable to attend college because of a visual impairment. To do this it partners with specific colleges and universities to help students with disabilities in their quest for higher education. No grants are made directly to individual students. Colleges and universities receive grants from the Foundation and are responsible for selection of recipients and for scholarship administration, following guidelines establ...

Total: $1385 Awards:  10

Hydrocephalus Association’s Scholarship Program

The Hydrocephalus Association’s Scholarship Program was established in 1994 to provide financial assistance to capable and promising young adults who live with the ongoing challenges and complexities of hydrocephalus. They offer a total of eleven scholarships annually in the amount of $1000 each. However, the number of awarded scholarships may vary each year depending on available funding.

Total: $11000 Awards:  11
Deadline:  April 15

Texas Resident with Autism

The Texas Resident with Autism scholarships will award $500 towards post-high school education, such as a 2-year or 4-year college, or vocational school.

Total: $1500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  April 16

The Jason Kulpa Special Needs Scholarship

The Jason Kulpa Special Needs Scholarship was created to assist parents or siblings of special needs children or adults. Parents and siblings of special needs children or adults are encouraged to apply.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 17

KFM Making A Difference for Autism Scholarship

KFM Making A Difference is an organization focused on spreading disability awareness and giving scholarships for students with autism to pursue a post-secondary education. Founded in 2009 by CEO and President Kerry Magro, the organization hopes to “make a difference” in the lives of all of those with special needs. The winning applicant will receive a $500 dollar scholarship to be used to pay for their post-secondary education.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 27

Adults with Autism Scholarship

The Adults with Autism Scholarship was created to provide financial support for eligible adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are pursuing a post-secondary education. Applications are competitive and the number of scholarships available depends upon the amount of funding available and the assessment of the scholarship review committee. The amount of the Adult with Autism Scholarship is typically $1,000.

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  April 30