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Disability-Related National
Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Resources

Updated: 04/17/2013

180 Medical Scholarships

http://www.180medical.com/scholarships
Offering scholarships to those with a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or transverse myelitis.

1800wheelchair Scholarship

http://www.1800wheelchair.com/scholarship/
1800Wheelchair.com offers an annual scholarship award to an undergraduate student. The scholarship is open to students of any major or concentration.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf

http://nc.agbell.org/page.aspx?pid=493
Financial aid and scholarship funds are available to applicants who meet the specific criteria for each award and may not be used for purposes other than what the award has stipulated.

AMBUCS Therapeutic Tricycles for Disabled Children

http://www.ambucs.com/

American Council of the Blind

http://www.acb.org/
Student must be legally blind and a U.S. citizen or resident alien. Approximately twelve scholarships are awarded per year.

American Foundation for the Blind, Inc.

http://www.afb.org/
Type in the word "scholarship" in the search engine to discover numerous funding opportunities.

American Speech Language Hearing Foundation

http://www.ashfoundation.org/grants/

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) offers several scholarship and grant competitions to graduate students and new and experienced researchers in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

For submission guidelines and application materials for funding opportunities, please visit the ASHFoundation Web site at www.ashfoundation.org.  Questions regarding scholarships and grant competitions should be addressed to the ASHFoundation office at 800-498-2071, ext. 8703 or by email to foundationprograms@asha.org.

AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship

http://www.ameriglide.com/scholarship/
The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship is a program offered to full time college students who use wheelchairs. Goal is to help provide financial assistance for books or other school related supplies to deserving mobility challenged students.

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship

http://www.ncld.org/about-us/scholarships-aamp-awards/the-anne-ford-and-allegra-ford-scholarship-award
The Anne Ford Scholarship is an award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
William & Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship

http://www.aerbvi.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=506
The Ferrell Scholarship is awarded to two selected applicants who are legally blind and are studying for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Association of Blind Citizens Scholarship

http://www.blindcitizens.org/abc_scholarship.htm
The Association of Blind Citizens will offer ten thousand dollars in college scholarships to legally blind individuals seeking a college degree.

Association of Blind Citizens Assistive Technology Fund

http://www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm
The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover a portion or partial of the retail price of adaptive devices or software.

Billy Barty Foundation

http://www.rth.org/bbf/
Sponsors a scholarship fund to help promising college students who have a medical form of dwarfism.

Blinded Veterans Association Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program

http://www.bva.org/services.html
Since the early '80s, BVA has offered spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.

Caremark Eric Delson Memorial Scholarship

http://www.caremark.com/portal/asset/Hemophilia_Scholarship.pdf
Up to three awards per year are given to students with hemophilia or some other bleeding disorder.

Christian Record Services Scholarships

http://www.christianrecord.org/site/services/scholarships.php
Partial scholarships are offered to legally blind young people striving to obtain a college education.

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities

http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/PDF/financial-aid.pdf
A six-page document by the University of Washington providing a good list of scholarships and resources for students with disabilities.

College Scholarships Available for Individuals with Parents with a Disability

http://www.lookingglass.org
Scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International Scholarship

http://www.cclvi.org/

CVS/Pharmacy Community Development Grants

http://www.cvscaremark.com/community
CVS/pharmacy supports the many communities we serve by providing non-profit organizations the opportunity to apply for a CVS/pharmacy Community Grant if the project falls within our funding guidelines. Requests for CVS/pharmacy Community Grants are accepted between January and October.

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation (CFSF)

http://www.cfscholarship.org/
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation (CFSF) is to provide an opportunity for young adults with CF to further their education at a college or vocational school.

Disability.gov

http://www.disability.gov
Disability.gov provides links to quality information on disabilities and related issues for people interested in disabilities, including but not limited to those with disabilities, families, employers, and service providers.

Disability Resources Monthly Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet

http://www.disabilityresources.org/
Includes links to financial aid and grants resources.

Disability RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_disabled.jhtml
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.

Disability Scholarships Posted By Disaboom

http://www.disaboom.com/scholarships/
This site lists scholarships and financial information that exist for people with disabilities ranging from financial aid for students with learning disabilities to scholarships for disabled veterans to grants for students with vision loss, hearing loss, and mobility impairments, among others.

Financial Aid for Eye Care

http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/financialaid.asp
Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The National Eye Institute, which supports eye research, does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, it does provide this directory of possible program assistance.

Financial Assistance for Prostheses and Other Assistive Devices

http://www.amputee-coalition.org/fact_sheets/assist_orgs.html
Courtesy of the National Limb Loss Information Center.

Foundation Center Reference Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

http://fdncenter.org/getstarted/guides/disabilities_indiv.html
If you are an individual with a physical or other disability, and you are looking for information on grants specifically for those with disabilities, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search.

FundsNet Disability Grants

http://www.fundsnetservices.com/searchresult.php?sbcat_id=5

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc

http://www.guidedog.org
This charity provides trained guide dogs to the blind at absolutely no charge. They also include training in using the dog and will pay for room and board, all equipment, and round trip transportation. For more information, contact: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc, 371 East Jericho Tpke., Smithtown, NJ 11787; Telephone: 800-548-4337; 631-265-2121.

Heartspring Award for Innovation and Creativity in Special Education

http://www.heartspring.org/resources/professionals/outstandingeducator/
http://www.heartspring.org/resources/professionals/outstandingeducator/teacheraward-07.pdf
Do you think you are or know someone that is an innovative professional of students with special needs? Are you that professional that thinks out of the box to get results for your kids? Do you know someone that gets the job done using creative measures? If so, Heartspring wants you to tell us, in your innovative, creative way how you do what you do to get results for children with special needs.

HEATH Resource Center

http://www.heath.gwu.edu/
George Washington University has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to operate the National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities, known as the HEATH Resource Center. The web page contains information about funding opportunities along with many other resources.

Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education

http://www.helenkellerfoundation.org/home.asp
Based on the legacy of Helen Keller, the Foundation strives to prevent blindness and deafness by advancing research and education. The Foundation aspires to be a leader in integrating sight, speech and hearing research with the greater biomedical research community, creating and coordinating a peer-reviewed, worldwide network of investigators and institutions.

Immune Deficiency Foundation Annual Scholarship Program

http://www.primaryimmune.org/patients_families/scholarship.htm
The Immune Deficiency Foundation is honored to award scholarships to undergraduate students living with primary immunodeficiency diseases who plan on completing their secondary education. The Eric Marder Scholarship Program is open to patients with a primary immunodeficiency as classified by the World Health Organization and is intended for undergraduate students attending or entering college or a technical training school.

Incight Scholarship

http://www.incighteducation.com/scholarships.php
$750 scholarships are available for those with documented disability (can be physical, learning, cognitive, etc.) and attending trade school, college or university full-time. Scholarship may be renewed up to four years. Visit web page for application information.

Informed Consumer's Guide to Funding Assistive Technology

http://www.abledata.com/abledata_docs/funding.htm
With the advent of new technology, more and more options exist to enable persons with disabilities to live independently, to achieve higher levels of education, to participate in activities of the workplace, and to engage in hobbies and recreational activities. This Informed Consumer Guide attempts to provide sources of information to help negotiate that maze. Researched and written by Anjanette Daigle, Stephen Lowe, Katherine Belknap and Lynn Halverson and produced by ABLEDATA, October 2001.


International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet Financial Aid Resources for Purchasing Assistive Technology

http://www.icdri.org/Finance.htm
Provides listings of resources in the US to help finance assistive technology such as wheelchair accessible vans, adaptive technology and computer programs as well as the accessories needed to help you achieve your goals.

Jewish Guild for the Blind GuildScholar Program

http://www.jgb.org/guildscholar.asp
The Jewish Guild for the Blind has created an annual scholarship program for college-bound high school students who are legally blind.

Jim Mullen Foundation and Computers for Schools

http://www.pcsforschools.org//partners/jimMullenForm.html
Do you have a disability? Are you in need of a computer? The Jim Mullen Foundation and Computers for Schools provide low-cost computers for people who have a disability in the US and Canada. Tell them who you are. Tell them the nature of your disability (along with verification from your doctor), and they will provide you with a free computer. They will attempt to provide you with the necessary adaptive hardware and software so that you will be most productive with your new computer.


Kaitlin Marie Bell Foundation

http://www.kmbfoundation.org/
A non-profit organization which supports the needs of medically and physically challenged children. We exist to increase lifestyle opportunities and quality of life for recipients by providing equipment and/or services that would not otherwise be affordable.

Lighthouse International Scholarship Awards

http://www.lighthouse.org/aboutus/lighthouse-events/scholarships-and-career-awards/
Lighthouse International's Scholarship Awards are designed to reward excellence, recognize accomplishments and help students who are blind or partially sighted achieve their career goals. There are four categories: College-bound Award, Undergraduate Award I, Undergraduate Award II and Graduate Award. For more information, contact Kelly Boyle at the Lighthouse, tel: (212) 821-9428; fax (212) 821-9703; e-mail: kboyle@lighthouse.org

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship

http://www.reintegration.com/resources/scholarships/apply.asp
The goal of the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship is to help people with schizophrenia and related schizophrenia-spectrum disorders to acquire the educational and vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into society, secure jobs and regain their lives. Sponsored by the Center for Reintegration.

Little People of America Scholarships, Medical Grants and Conference Assistance Grants

http://www.lpaonline.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=85959&orgId=lpa
LPA offers different types of grants and scholarships:
(1) Medical grants for help with medical expenses
(2) College and post-graduate educational and vocational grants
(3) First time national conference attendance assistance grants
(4) Adoption assistance grants. More information about adoption can be found on the Adoption web pages of this site.

Lucent Pioneer Organization Scholarship

No URL: For more information, call 1-888-999-5877
The Lucent Pioneer Organization offers scholarships to assist with tuition for physically and mentally challenged students in pursuit of education. (As defined in The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992). Students may apply each January and applications should be mailed to the nearest Lucent Technologies Pioneer office.

MilitaryVALoan.com Disability Scholarship

http://www.militaryvaloan.com/disability-scholarships.html
Every six months, one high school senior will be selected to receive a scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending school. Applicants should submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words about how they or someone they knew overcame disability to do something great. Potential award winners will be judged by the editorial staff of MilitaryVALoan.com and selected at two intervals within the year.


Minnie Pearl Ear Foundation Scholarship

http://www.earfoundation.org/downloads/minnie_pearl_scholarship_form.pdf
To qualify for the Minnie Pearl Scholarship, an applicant must
(1) Currently be a high school senior with a least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
(2) Be accepted, but not yet in attendance at a junior college, university, or technical school. Must attend on a full-time basis (12 hours per quarter or semester)
(3) Have significant (severe to profound) bilateral hearing loss.
(4) Be a mainstreamed hearing-impaired student.
(5) Be a United States Citizen


Mobility International USA National Clearinghouse on Disability
and Exchange Financial Resources for U.S. Residents

http://www.miusa.org/ncde/financialaid/us/?searchterm=funding%20sources
Financial aid publications, scholarship search engines, vocational rehabilitation and SSI information and international and local organizations offering scholarships, grants, and fellowships.

Mobility International USA National Clearinghouse on Disability
and Exchange Financial Resources for Non-U.S. Residents

http://www.miusa.org/ncde/financialaid/nonus/?searchterm=funding%20sources
A list of information for people with disabilities from outside the United States to find scholarships, grants, loans and other funding sources to participate in an international exchange program to the United States.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Brighter Tomorrow Grant

http://www.msfocus.org/Brighter-Tomorrow-Grant.aspx
\Recipients of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's Brighter Tomorrow grant have received car repairs, ramps, wheelchairs, walkers, eyeglasses, computers, appliances, televisions, furniture, therapeutic equipment, hobby supplies, retreats, and various home modifications.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Computer Grant Program

http://www.msfocus.org/Computer-Grant-Program.aspx
Computer Grant Program provides refurbished laptop or desktop computers for individuals with MS on limited or fixed incomes. For those who do not know how to use a computer, training may be provided. Applications are accepted from July 1 to October 1 of each year.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Homecare Grant Program

http://www.msfocus.org/Homecare-Grant-Program.aspx
The MSF understands the daily needs and challenges that must be met by individuals with MS and their caregivers. In order to meet these needs in the most timely and efficient manner, the MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program serves as a liaison between the patient and the local resources that are available to meet his or her specific needs. Should resources within the patient’s community be unavailable, direct support will be provided on a temporary basis through the MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Patient Services Directory

http://www.msfocus.org/how-to-get-help.aspx
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) is concerned with the physical, emotional, and social impact on people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families.

Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation

http://www.noboundariesff.org/index.php?page=services.html
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the MDFF continues to succeed in its mission: to provide adaptive equipment and emotional support to individuals and families affected by one of over 40 neuromuscular diseases. Some of the adaptive equipment provided by MDFF includes wheelchairs, hospital beds, van lifts, ramps for family homes, shower chairs, lift systems, communication devices and breathing machines. Support services, including clinical programs, home visits, and social outings, also help clients learn to live everyday with No Boundaries.

National Council of Jewish Women New York Section Scholarships

http://www.ncjwny.org/services_scholarships.htm
Awards competitive scholarships and "camperships" every year, including:
(1) The Jackson-Stricks Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to a physically challenged person for academic study or vocational training that leads to independent living.
(2) Karp-Sleppin Campership Program enables children to experience a month in the country at a summer camp.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

http://www.nfb.org/nfb/scholarship_program.asp?SnID=2084147270
Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study. In addition to these restrictions, some scholarships have been further restricted by the donor.

National Hemophelia Foundation Scholarships

http://www.hemophilia.org/NHFWeb/MainPgs/MainNHF.aspx?menuid=341&contentid=1567&rptname=women
The National Hemophilia Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships for women with bleeding disorders on an annual basis, depending on funding. This scholarship is designed to benefit women with bleeding disorders in their pursuit of post high school studies. The scholarship is inspired by the generosity of two extraordinary young women from the bleeding disorders community: Josephine Droney and Lindsey Hanson. For any additional questions, please contact Patrice Flax, Manager of Education, at 734-890-2504 or pflax@hemophilia.org

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/society-programs-and-services/scholarship/index.aspx
Application period : October 15 - January 15

National Resource Directory

https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.org/
An online partnership of "shared care" providing information on, and access to, services and resources for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, their families and families of the fallen, and those who support them from recovery and rehabilitation to community reintegration. It is maintained by the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. The information in the Directory is from federal, state and local governmental agencies; veteran service and benefit organizations; non-profit community-based and faith-based organizations; academic institutions, professional associations and philanthropic organizations.

NEC Foundation of America

http://www.necfoundation.org/
Makes cash grants to nonprofit organizations and programs with national reach and impact in one or both of the following arenas: science and technology education, principally at the secondary level, and/or the application of technology to assist people with disabilities.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.

http://www.opfund.org/programs/grant.html
Twice each year, depending on financial conditions, the Fund awards financial assistance to one or more 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charities that share our commitment to supporting an enhanced quality of life for individuals with disabilities, especially those served by members of the orthotics and prosthetics community.

Patient Advocate Foundation

http://www.patientadvocate.org/report.php
Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability. Patient Advocate Foundation offers direct patient services through this website, and can be contacted via E-mail at help@patientadvocate.org. Our toll-free number is 1-800-532-5274.

Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award

http://www.ncld.org/about-us/scholarships-aamp-awards/pete-aamp-carrie-rozelle-award
The Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award is given to a school or school-related program that addresses the educational and social/emotional needs of all children, including those with learning disabilities. Preference is given to programs that serve underprivileged and under- served communities, or programs that have demonstrated unique impact for students with LD.

Pfizer's Epilepsy Scholarship Award

http://www.epilepsy-scholarship.com/
One year award goes to 25 college students who have:
(1) Overcome the challenges of epilepsy
(2) Been successful in school
(3) Done well in activities outside the classroom or in the community
(4) Shown a desire to make the most out of college or graduate school

Pilot Dogs, Inc.

http://www.pilotdogs.org/
This charity gives its trained animals to the blind at absolutely no charge. They also include four weeks of training in using the dog and will pay for room and board, all equipment, and round trip transportation. For more information, contact: Pilot Dogs, Inc., 625 West Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215; Telephone: 614-221-6367; Fax: 614-221-1577

Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic Awards

http://www.rfbd.org/applications_awards.htm
Sponsors two awards competitions for outstanding students with print disabilities.

Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Students Available

http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/BlindAndVisulallyImpaired.jsp
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, has a variety of information resources available for blind and visually impaired students considering enrolling in or currently enrolled in education beyond high school, including the Student Aid Audio Guide, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid, Repaying Your Student Loans, and the Braille Bookmark.

Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities

http://www.educationcorner.com/student-disability-scholarships.html
A compilation by Education Corner.

Scholarships for Students With Disabilities

http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/ld.phtml
This page presents a short list of scholarships for students with learning disabilities. Due to the very large and growing number of students who claim to be learning disabled, such awards are often highly competitive. Courtesy of FinAid.

Social Security Administration Blind Or Have Low Vision Assistance

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10052.html

SpinLife Innovation in Motion Scholarship Program

http://www.spinlife.com/scholarship/
Provides up to two scholarships and is open to students who are manual or power wheelchair users enrolled at an accredited 4-year institution.

Spina Bifada Association Scholarship

http://www.sbaa.org/site/c.liKWL7PLLrF/b.2664425/apps/s/content.asp?ct=3727653
http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.liKWL7PLLrF/b.2642297/k.5F7C/Spina_Bifida_Association.htm
The Scholarship Fund awards four year and one year scholarships to young people born with spina bifida to pursue higher education.

The Travis Roy Foundation

http://www.travisroyfoundation.org/
The Foundation’s primary goal is to help spinal cord injury survivors and further research for a cure. Named after a Maine youth who became a quadriplegic after a freak collegiate hockey accident, the Foundation has distributed more than $2.5 million in individual and research grants. Individual grants have been used to modify vans and to purchase wheelchairs, computers, ramps, shower chairs, and other adaptive equipment to help paraplegics and quadriplegics live their lives.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) National Office Bellows Fund

http://www.ucp.org/ucp_general.cfm/1/11365

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) National Office Grants and Contracts Office

http://www.ucp.org/ucp_general.cfm/1/6619

United Student Aid Funds Access to Education Scholarship

http://www.usafunds.org/students/Pages/Access2EdSchol.aspx
Applications accepted December 15-February 15
Provides scholarship to students with an annual family income of less than $35,000. Up to 50% of awards will be targeted to applicants who are members of an ethnic-minority group or who have a physical disability.

World Institute on Disability Proyecto VisiĆ³n

http://www.proyectovision.net/english/opportunities/scholarships.html
A bilingual website that lists scholarships for students with disabilities. Some scholarships are for people with specific disabilities, such as impaired vision or mobility, while others are for people with any type of disability.