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General Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

The ELA Scholarship
Provides financial assistance to women with physical
disabilities who are enrolled in a graduate program in a college or university in the United States.

Joyce Walsh Junior Scholarship for the Handicapped
Awarded to disabled instrumentalists or vocalist members of NFMC who are U.S citizens ages 12-18.
National Federation of Music Clubs
1336 North Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2481

Panasonic Young Soloists Award
Awarded to vocalists or instrumentalists under age 25 who are permanently disabled and interested in studying music.
Very Special Arts
Attn: Education Office
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C. 20566
TDD: 202-737-0645

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program
The Horatio Alger Association provides financial assistance to students in the United States who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education. Restricted to U.S. citizens. Application Requirements include application, essay, references, and transcript.
Contact: Scholarship Coordinator
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
99 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22314

Louise Nacca Memorial Trust
One-time award available to student who has a visual, hearing or physical impairment. May be used at any post-secondary institution. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must demonstrate financial need. Applicant must be enrolled full or part-time at a two-year or four-year or technical institution or university. Applicant must be hearing impaired, physically disabled, or visually impaired. Restricted to U.S. citizens.
Contact: Louise C. Nacca Memorial for Educational Aid for the Handicapped Trust c/o First Union National Bank
190 River Road NJ3132
Summit, NJ 07901
Fax: 908-598-3583

Central Intelligence Agency: Undergraduate Program
"CIA Summer Internship Program"
Summer employment for seniors who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and are going to be offered employment with the Central Intelligence Agency after graduation. Open to undergraduate students, particularly minorities and people with disabilities, who have completed one or two years of college-level academic study. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Must be over 18 years of age at time of application. Send cover letter with a resume and an unofficial copy of transcripts.
Personnel Representative
PO Box 12727
Arlington, VA 22209-8727

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
As a result of an endowment fund established by the late Rick Dudley, a Maryland advocate with a disability, the Salisbury (Maryland) University Foundation has established a scholarship for graduate students with disabilities to attend this Eastern Shore school. For information about other scholarships for students with disabilities, visit the HEATH web site.

Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities

Anne Ford Scholarship
The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree. The ideal candidate is a person who has faced the challenges of having a learning disability and who, through perseverance and academic endeavor, has created a life of purpose and achievement. Visit website for deadline information. Applicant must be enrolled full-time at a four-year institution or university, and be learning disabled. Restricted to U.S. citizens.
National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.
381 Park Avenue South
Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016-8806

P. Buckley Moss Society Harbison Award
Scholarships available for high school seniors with learning disabilities for higher education.
601 Shenandoah Village Drive, Suite 1C
Waynesboro, VA 22980

Landscape Architecture Foundation
13 scholarships and internship programs to study landscape architecture at any accredited university. The scholarship is open to undergraduate or graduate landscape architecture students. Some awards are only open to women, minorities, or students with disabilities. Please contact the web site for scholarship information or call, if you cannot access the web or download the information.
American Society of Landscape Architects
636 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3736
Fax: 202-898-1185

Scholarships for Students with Physical Disabilities

Venture Student Aid Award for a Physically Disabled Student
Cash awards for further education for physically disabled students ages 15 to 40. Award is based on financial need and student's ability to benefit from further education. Amount of award is set by board each year. Apply to local chapter or send self-addressed stamped envelope for more information. Award is limited to boundaries of Venture organization: U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan and Korea.
Venture Clubs of the Americas
2 Penn Center Plaza, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1883
Fax: 215-568-5200

National Amputation Foundation Scholarships
Renewable award for students who have a major limb amputation. Must attend a U.S. college and must have a letter from the college indicating full time attendance at the college. Submit letter from doctor confirming amputation. Send self-addressed stamped envelope for application.
National Amputation Foundation, Inc.
38-40 Church Street
Malverne, NY 11565
Fax: 516-887-3667

1800Wheelchair Scholarship
This program awards monies to assist undergraduate students with their academic pursuits. To qualify, students must be enrolled undergraduate in "good standing" at an accredited college/university maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and a legal resident of the U.S. or hold a valid student visa. Applicants will be asked to submit an essay. Details can be found at the 1800Wheelchair website:

Scholarships for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Texas Tuition Exemption for Blind/Deaf Students
Renewable award aids certain blind or deaf students by exempting them from payment of tuition and fees at public colleges or universities in Texas. Must be a resident of Texas. See more information on SSD's Tuition Exemption page for Blind students.

Recording for the Blind/Learning through Listening
This program provides three scholarships for high school seniors who are learning disabled. The award is based on academic achievement, leadership, enterprise, and service to others. Financial need is not a factor.
Blind/Learning through Listening
20 Rozelle Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® Will Honor Members with Scholarships
The Regional Unit of Texas of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D®) will be honoring its members by providing scholarship awards for up to $1000 to show support to students who consistently strive to do their best. Students who are RFB&D members in Texas and meet the eligibility criteria must send their applications postmarked no later than Friday, December 15, 2006.

To apply, students must have a specific print disability, be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in high school or a freshman or sophomore in college and have an overall grade average of 3.0 or above, or show considerable improvement in grades. A panel of RFB&D teachers and volunteers will review the applications and the winners will be honored at The Regional Unit of Texas' 35th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon on Feb. 16, 2007 held in Austin, Texas. For more information, see the Web site

Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to legally blind women who are U.S citizens to study religious or classical music in college.
American Foundation for the Blind
Attn: Scholarship Committee
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001

NFB Humanities Scholarship
For students (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Master's, Doctoral) studying Art, English, Foreign Languages, History, Humanities, Philosophy or Religion. Applicant must be legally blind and pursuing a full-time course of study. Selection is based upon academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need.

NFMC Music for the Blind Composition Awards
National Federation of Music Clubs
1336 North Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2481

R.L. Gillette Scholarship
Awarded to College Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior studying Literature or Music. Applicant must be a woman who is legally blind and is a U.S. citizen. Selection is based upon transcript, three recommendations, and personal statement.

Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships
Scholarship is awarded annually to a college student who is blind and visually impaired. All applicants must be current members of USABA. Applicant must be enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year or technical institution or university. Applicant must be visually impaired. Restricted to U.S. citizens.

United States Association for Blind Athletes
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-630-0422 Ext. 13
Fax: 719-630-0616

Floyd Qualls Memorial Scholarships
Award available to undergraduate, graduate, vocational or technical students who are legally blind in both eyes. Submit certificate of legal blindness and proof of acceptance at an accredited post-secondary institution.
American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-467-5085

National Federation of the Blind: Computer Science
"Computer Science Scholarship" The scholarship is awarded to legally blind people pursuing postsecondary education. Selection is based on academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. Unsuccessful applicants are urged to reapply.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee
805 Fifth Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112
(515) 236-3366

National Federation of the Blind: Rickard
"Howard Brown Rickard Scholarship" The scholarship is open to legally blind people pursuing postsecondary education in the areas of Law, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, or Natural Science. Selection is based on academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. Unsuccessful applicants are urged to reapply.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee
805 Fifth Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112-1653

Austin Council of the Blind
College Scholarship Application Year 2007-08
Five to six scholarships are given each year in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500 to blind and visually impaired students. Click here to open the pdf application.

Lois Ford LaBauve Scholarship
This scholarship is given in memory of Lois Ford La Bauve. Ms. La Bauve was a Texas schoolteacher for many years and always displayed a passion for learning.

At least one scholarship for a minimum of $500 will be awarded in 2009. If funding is available, additional scholarships and/or scholarships of a larger monetary value will be awarded. Applications are reviewed during the spring semester. Scholarship is awarded in the fall semester. For more information, view this PDF.

Scholarships for Students who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired

Texas Tuition Exemption for Blind/Deaf Students
Renewable award aids certain blind or deaf students by exempting them from payment of tuition and fees at public colleges or universities in Texas. Must be a resident of Texas. See more information on SSD's Tuition Exemption page for Deaf students.

Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship Award
Several scholarships for applicants who were born with profound or severe hearing loss (of at least 60dB) or have experienced such a loss before acquiring language. Must use speech or speech reading to communicate. Must be attending or have been admitted to a college or university that primarily enrolls students with normal hearing.
Financial Aid Coordinator
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007-2778

Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and Near Deaf
This is a special fund established by TPA in order to assist children and others with hearing loss or difficulty. Scholarship applicants need not be members of TPA to apply for assistance. All who need assistance can be eligible to receive help from TPA based on financial need. Restricted to U.S. citizens.
Travelers Protective Association of America
3755 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-3476
Fax: 314-371-0537

Sertoma Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Student
Twenty $1000 scholarships for hearing-impaired students or those with communicative disorders. Available for citizens of the U.S. and Canada. Minimum 3.2 GPA required.
Sertoma Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students
1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132
Fax: 816-333-4320

National Association of the Deaf: Stokoe
"William C. Stokoe Scholarship" - This scholarship is open to part-time or full-time graduate students who are deaf, studying a field related to sign language or the deaf community, who are committed to graduate studies in a field related to sign language or the deaf community. Must be a graduate student developing a special project on these topics.
Stokoe Scholarship Liaison
National Association of the Deaf
814 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500
(301) 587-1788
TTY: (301) 587-1789
Fax: (301) 587-1791

EAR Foundation: Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program
Awarded to high school seniors with severe to profound deafness who are mainstreamed into society in any field of study.
The EAR Foundation
1817 Patterson Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone Toll Free (voice/TDD): 1-800-545-HEAR
Phone (voice/TDD): 615-329-7807
Fax: 615-329-7935

Scholarships for Students with Psychological Disabilities

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship
Scholarships available to students diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, or a schizoaffective disorder. Must be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medications and psychiatric follow-up. Must also be U.S. citizen and actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegration efforts.
Lilly Reintegration Programs
PMB 1167, 734 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Fax: 312-664-5454

Scholarships for Students with Health Related Disabilities

Award of Excellence Asthma Scholarship Program
One-time award to high school seniors with asthma who are furthering their education in a post-secondary school. Must demonstrate academic excellence. Must be a United States citizen.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
611 East Wells
Milwaukee, WI 55202
Fax: 414-272-6070

Bill McAdam Scholarship Fund
Awarded to persons with hemophilia, von Willebrands, and other related hereditary bleeding disorders, their partners, spouses, parents, children, siblings, or other significant family members.
Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
22226 Doxtator
Dearborn, MI 48128
Phone: 313-563-0515

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Scholarship
Awards for young adults with cystic fibrosis to be used to further their education after high school. Awards may be used for tuition, books and fees.
Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation
2814 Grant Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Fax: 847-328-0127

Eric Dostie Memorial College Scholarship
Awarded to a person with a bleeding disorder (their sibling or child) to attend any accredited college or university. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Kelley Communications
21 Sawmill Way
Georgetown, MA 01833
Fax: 978-352-6254

Hemophilia Health Services Memorial Scholarship Fund
One-time award open to full-time students with hemophilia or another bleeding disorder. Scholarship may be used at any accredited, nonprofit college, university, or vocational/technical school. Selection based on academic achievement in relation to tested ability, involvement in extracurricular and community activities, and financial need.
Hemophilia Health Services
6820 Charlotte Pike
Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37209-4234
Fax: 615-352-2588

Hemophilia Resources of America
One-time award for persons with hemophilia or Von Willebrand disease. Sons and daughters of those afflicted are also eligible.
Hemophilia Resources of America
45 Route 46 East, Suite 609, Box 2011
Pine Brook, NJ 07058
Phone: 973-276-4944

Immune Deficiency Foundation Scholarship
One-time award available to individuals diagnosed with a primary immune deficiency disease. Must submit medical verification of diagnosis. Available for study at the undergraduate level at any post-secondary institution. Must be U.S. citizen.
Immune Deficiency Foundation
40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 308
Towson, MD 21204
Fax: 410-321-9165

Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship
To support the financial needs of college students who are battling or have overcome cancer who display financial needs. Available to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
PMB #505, 4725 Dorsey Hall Drive
Suite A
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Fax: 410-964-0402

Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award
Award for students with epilepsy who excel academically and in extracurricular activities. Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or be a college senior entering first year of graduate school. Must be under the care of a physician for epilepsy to qualify.
Pfizer, Division of Warner-Lambert Company
Intra Med Educational Group
230 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 800-292-7373

UT Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

(ESA-NOSEK) Margaret Nosek Scholarship
For students who will be at the senior, master, or doctoral level in the next academic year. They must certify that they have a disability that causes a significant functional limitation in one or more major life activities. Applicants must provide evidence of ambition to pursue a career in research in any academic area. Preference will be given to traditionally underrepresented groups. Applicants must send a description of current research and anticipated outcomes to The Texas Exes, Director of Scholarships, P.O. Box 7278, Austin, TX 78713; or e-mail to Specific financial needs relating to this research should be included.

Carole L. Patterson Scholarship (for UT students only)
For students with physical disabilities that are enrolled in at least six hours at UT Austin, with preference given to mobility impaired students. Applicants must have at least a minimum 2.5 UT GPA. Financial need may be used to distinguish among applicants.

Books on Scholarships

Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families 2002-2004
By Gail A. Schlachter and R. David Weber
ISBN 1-58841-042-0
495 pages, 2002, Hardbound, $40.00

Complete College Financing Guide 1995
By Marguerite J. Dennis, 3rd edition, Barron's Education Series, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, 1995.
ISBN 0-81201-635-1 ($14.95 plus $2.32 shipping in the US or $15.69 for overseas shipping).
282 pages. 1-800-645-3476 or write to Barron's, 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.

Dollars for College - Students with Disabilities
Garrett Park Press, Garrett Park, Maryland, 1997 ($6.95 + $1.50 shipping).
Approximately 70-90 pages long, this booklet is revised every 18 months. To order a copy, call 1-301-946-2553 or write to Garrett Park Press, PO Box 190, Garrett Park, MD 20896.

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