College Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities

There are many college scholarships aimed at helping students with learning disabilities

College can be just as financially strenuous as it is academically demanding, and while many institutions offer financial aid packages for their students, these packages are not always as relieving as students and parents need. Independent scholarships, then, are a fantastic way to get the additional financial security you may need in college. Scholarship programs can be as exclusive or inclusive as they want, the requirements for eligibility ranging from GPA, honors, extracurriculars, personal hobbies, heritage—even learning disabilities! As our schools become more aware and accommodating to different learning styles, more scholarships become available to help students with learning disabilities go to college. Help your child (and yourself!) with the sometimes overwhelming experience of college by using the aid of scholarships to ease the financial burden of a higher education. While many scholarships require the applicants to be incoming freshman in college, there are scholarships available for students of any standing with a learning disability—so start familiarizing yourself with them now!

 

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability

  • Annual Application Deadline: November 15
  • Website: www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/
  • Description: The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

  • Annual Application Deadline: November 13
  • Website: www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/#scholarship-318
  • Description: The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.

American Library Association Century Scholarship

  • Annual Application Deadline: March 1
  • Website: www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/#scholarship-318
  • Description: An annual scholarship of $2,500 that funds services or accommodation for a library school student(s) with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited library school. The scholarship will fund services or accommodations that are either not provided by law or otherwise by the university that will enable the student or students to successfully complete the course of study for a Master’s in Library Science and become a library or information studies professional.

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

  • Annual Application Deadline: December 4
  • Website: www.limeconnect.com/opportunities/page/google-lime-scholarship-program
  • Description: Access to knowledge is our thing. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, we don't want anything to stand in the way. That's why Google is proud to support the work of Lime Connect since 2008. 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.

The John Lepping Memorial Scholarship: Disabled Youth

  • Annual Application Deadline: May 1
  • Website: www.lepfoundation.org/applications
  • Description: The Scholarship will be awarded to qualified youngstersseeking to further their education by attending college. The amount of the scholarship is up to $5,000. John Lepping was extremely proud of disabled students who mustered the courage and determination to finish their college education despite their setbacks. This scholarship will help to deter the costs of college for disabled individuals who may not have the resources due to overwhelming medical costs. Applicant must reside in New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarships

  • Annual Application Deadline: March 1
  • Website: www.dyslexicadvantage.org/dyslexic-advantage-programs/karine-eide-awards
  • Description: The Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarship awards are open for application. These awards are given to college students with dyslexia attending 2-year and 4-year universities to assist them in their academic and career goals. After March 1st, applications will no longer be accepted. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need, dyslexia documentation, short statement and resume, and at least one successful term at the college level. A total of $40,000 will be given out in sets of $2500. 

LEAD Foundation Dottie R. Walker Scholarship

  • Annual Application Deadline: March 5
  • Website: www.leadcolorado.org/programs/scholarships/
  • Description: A $1,000 award given to a Colorado resident, with an identified learning disability or AD/HD, who is pursuing a post-secondary degree. The ideal candidate has faced the challenges of having a learning disability and understands the importance of advocacy and self-knowledge in overcoming those challenges. Please note LEAD Class students are excluded from applying for this award.

Pine Cone Foundation Scholarship

  • Annual Application Deadline: May 15
  • Website: pineconefoundation.org/scholarship/
  • Description: The Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) is a 501c3 that awards scholarships to financially-disadvantaged community college students with documented learning disabilities in the Sacramento area. The PCF scholarship program assists eligible students with documented learning disabilities who demonstrate academic promise, plan to enroll at a PCF partner institution and meet the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) criteria. The award monies support students specifically with purchasing books and prescription glasses, as well as covering health, student center, parking permit and Universal Transit Pass fees.

RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

  • Annual Application Deadline: January 31
  • Website: risescholarshipfoundation.org/rise-award/apply-now/
  • Description: The mission of The RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is to recognize and reward students with learning disabilities that have overcome learning challenges, achieved academic success in their formative school years and will continue their educational journey by pursuing an undergraduate degree at a college or university.

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo Scholarships

  • Annual Application Deadline: March 31 (check website for 2017)
  • Website: www.abilitycenter.org/we-can-help/living-with-a-disability/center-resources/scholarship-application/
  • Description: Ensuring that people with disabilities have opportunities to achieve higher education and the accompanying rewards is important to The Ability Center. Therefore, the Center provides college scholarships to students with disabilities and a permanent address in Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Defiance, and Williams counties in Ohio and Monroe or Lenawee counties in Michigan.

The Anne Ford Scholarship

  • Annual Application Deadline: November 13
  • Website: ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/#scholarship-320
  • Description: The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall.

 

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