College Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

College scholarships for students with disabilities can help a great many people attend school a lot easier. There are hundreds of thousands of people in our country today that suffer from some form of disability. Many foundations, organizations, and companies have set up specific monetary rewards that can help these individuals attain a high quality of life by attending college through various types of scholarships for the disabled. Disability scholarships are not sparse. There are plenty out there for those who take the time to look and apply.

When applying for a disability scholarship it is important to remember a few things that will apply to all programs. In any situation, scholarships need to be applied for. If you don’t apply for the disabilities scholarships, then you can never be awarded with it. Most disability scholarships can be obtained fairly easily if you simply follow the application instructions exactly. While some instructions are more complex, others are quite simple. Remember, if you need help filling out forms or coming up with documentation, do not hesitate to ask. Your future may depend on if you get the scholarship or not.

There are many different scholarships for disabilities that can easily be attained by individuals who need them to pay for college. It is important to start looking at what’s available before an individual plans to start school. Some scholarships will have to be applied for when the student in still in high school, while others need to be applied for while the student is in college. Gathering information is always the best first step to take.

For those who have learning disabilities, the Anne Ford Scholarship has learning disability scholarships which provides ten thousand dollars to a deserving high school senior. This money can be used to pursue any field of study at any accredited institution. For those with specific disorders, there are many specific disability scholarships available.

The American Council for the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind are two organizations that provide blind college scholarships for students with disabilities that suffer with some type of visual impairment. Award amounts vary depending on the program that a student applies for, but all scholarships in this area require proof and documentation of legal blindness.

There are various different disability deaf scholarships available to students who are deaf or near deaf. The Minnie Pearl program offers money to high school seniors that are in a mainstream school system while dealing with deafness.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association also offers hearing scholarships for college students with hearing disability impairments wishing to pursue a college degree.

Various organizations offer college money to students who have psychological disabilities. Many local autism groups are proud to offer college autism scholarships to students with documented autism. Likewise, there are many groups that offer schizophrenia scholarships for students that have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Scholarship is one example.

Physical impairments can place a great deal of strain on a student who wished to attain a college degree. For this reason there are many scholarships available to those with these diseases and disorders. The Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation provides money for students with this condition. They offer Cystic Fibrosis Scholarships for students who suffer from this condition.

No matter what the disability is, there are specific grants scholarships for the disabled that can help a student attain their goals. A college degree can make all the difference in the world when it comes to the quality of life. This is why these college scholarships for students with disabilities are so important to those who receive them each year.

*Basic guidelines for disabilities scholarships

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155 Responses

  1. NDUBUEZE says:

    I am a male and deaf from Nigeria.l am a student of Federal College of Edu Special oyo,Oyo state.Am now 200Level.l wish get your scholarship.After that,l will enter university by God’s grace.Would you Text me?,please.Thanks.

  2. Nnaemeka says:

    I am a hearing impaired young man who just finished B.Sc program. I am applying for a master degree program at University of Alberta. However, my headache now is how to secure funding for the study. I am a Nigerian. Can you assist me in getting scholarship or other forms of funding. I should be glad if you can be of some assistance. Regards.

  3. admin says:


    read about government bursaries which would be perfect for where you live.

  4. edgar says:

    am 19 years old my right leg was oesteolysed & became short
    l have managed to complete my highschool in uganda
    am looking for university scholarship from you people

  5. admin says:


    apply to the Davis scholarship and look into African bursaries.

  6. Alicia says:

    Where do we submit the applications for the scholarships to?

  7. admin says:


    to submit any application to any scholarship on this website you must go directly to the scholarship sponsors website to apply.

  8. Allison says:

    I am paralyzed in my left arm how do I go about applying for scholarships with that dissability

  9. admin says:


    you can apply to any disability scholarship which requires ‘any’ disability to apply – apply to those firstly. Also read about these paralyzed scholarships and contact these organizations to see if you would qualify to apply for them. Read also about government disability scholarships.

  10. josh westmoreland says:

    how do i apply for disability schlorships?

  11. admin says:


    by going directly to the scholarships sponsors website and applying there online or via mail once you print out their application. We provide links sometimes in the disability scholarship articles we write about sometimes, not always. If a link is not in our article then this means that the scholarship sponsor changes the URL every year and we don’t put it in the article anymore..

  12. Gail says:

    My daughter has a condition called amniotic band syndrome. She was born without her right arm. Which scholarship is best to apply for?

  13. admin says:


    we don’t know of any specific disability scholarship for your condition but you should apply to any disability scholarship where the criteria is: applicants must have any documented disability to apply. There are many of them. You will find many on our website too. See the below as an example of one you can apply to.

    Foundation for Science and Disability, Inc.
    The Foundation for Science and Disability has a science student grant fund available to fourth-year undergraduate students (accepted to graduate/professional school) and graduate students who have some physical disability. Awards of $1,000 each will be made to college or university students for special purposes in connection with a science project or thesis in any field of mathematics, science, engineering, or computer science.

    Foundation for Science and Disability, Inc.
    115 Brainard Ave.
    La Grange, IL 60525
    Phone: (708) 352-1091

  14. Wanda says:

    I have myasthenia gravis and in may of 2011 I graduated from my B.A in Hotel & Tourism Administration in Puerto Rico. I will like to know if there is any scholarship to do the Master degree for me but online. I graduate with 3.74 in the B.A. Thanks

  15. admin says:


    contacting organizations which support myasthenia gravis like the MGFA would be the way to look for those specific scholarships. There is none written about on our website at this time.
    Also read about a myasthenia gravis scholarship.

  16. R-Taz says:

    My 19 year old friend is graduating high school this year. His right hand/lower arm were taken off by a chipper when he was 14. He would like to acquire a doctorate in botany, specifically studying medicinal plants in the rain forest. Can you help???

  17. admin says:


    your friend has a disability and he can apply to any disability scholarship which requires a disability of some type. There are many of them. As far as loss of limb scholarships and this is the case, we recommend that you contact organizations which support people who have have this disability to see if they can assist with student aid of some type. Read more at amputee scholarships.

    There are many college scholarships for high school seniors offered and they are one of the most abundant in terms of student aid.

  18. Elka says:

    My 14 year old son has Aspergers Syndrome, severe, he needs specialized people because he is very smart and talented but lack social skills. were can I get help for him , and a Scholarship for the Autism spectrum. thank you

  19. admin says:


    there is not a whole lot of sponsors other then organizations which specialize in Aspergers Syndrome and Autism – target those places for student aid. You want to look for all organizations which provide support for Autism/Aspergers Syndrome. Check out these places for student aid programs.

    Read more about autism scholarships.

    You son will be eligible for all the general type disability scholarships – meaning you can only apply to them if you have ANY disability. Apply to as many as you can.

  20. Treasa says:

    I have a rare disorder called Klippel Trenaunay syndrome and I was wondering if there might be anything that I can qualify for?

  21. admin says:


    we don’t have any information for student aid on this condition. The best advice that we can give is to search for companies which provide support for conditions like this, or similar and see if they have any student aid programs to apply to. Since you do have a disability you will be able to apply to any and all disability scholarships which call for any type of disability to apply to it. There are many, especially at colleges and universities.

  22. Alec says:

    I have degenerative disk disease and some other back problems, is there anything I qualify for?

  23. Samantha says:

    My name is Samantha, I am a 25 year old single mother. My daughter is 20 months old. I am disabled and have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. I am having difficulty paying for all my classes, books, baby sitters, and other bills. Everything has been so overwhelming, but I want to keep moving forward and attending college. I only have 4 semesters left to complete 3 computer related associate degrees. Can you help point me in the right direction for scholarships. Thank you.


  24. admin says:


    apply to any disability scholarship programs which only requires you to have a disability of some kind. There are lots of them which we write about and are included in our website. Contact any organization which supports your particular disability. Go to which may help you.

  25. John says:

    My daughter has a reading disability and we are wondering if their are any scholarships for this?

  26. Rick Bluhm says:

    I have an 18 yr old daughter at home. She had a tracheotomy until age 12. After decannulation, she can breath, but with very limited performance. Also with her current condition of bi-lateral vocal chord paralysis, she cannot speak very loud. I’m just starting this search for her. Anything to accelerate my search would be appreciated. Any Scholarship programs tailored for her? Loving Father…

  27. admin says:


    search for this type of scholarship by going to websites which provide support to tracheotomy patients. Go to to try and find some which you can contact. Apply to any disability scholarship which requires any disability to apply. Search for ‘tracheotomy scholarships’ in your favorite search engine.

  28. Nikki says:

    I am 22 and I have Tourettes. I am trying to find somthing to help me out with school. Any help? Thanks!

  29. admin says:


    apply to any general disability scholarships which just require a disability of some type. Also visit websites which provide support for Tourettes such as the National Tourette Syndrome Association to see or inquire via their contact webpage to see if they sponsor a student scholarship.

  30. Kali says:

    Hi! I am 18 and I have Dystonia which is a neurological movement disorder. Is there a scholarship for this? Thanks for your time!

  31. admin says:


    go to Dystonia scholarships to read on one. Visit websites which provide support for people with Dystonia to see if they offer a scholarship program specifically for Dystonia students such as the American Dystonia Foundation as well as others. Check websites that also provide support for people with neurological disorders too. You may be surprised at how much you find.

  32. lisa says:

    I have a son with traumatic brain injury and severe seizures. I am looking for scholarships for his brother how is a senior in high school who is an honor student. Are there scholarships for the siblings of disabled children?

  33. admin says:


    read more at college scholarships for high school seniors. There are many scholarships he can apply to that will require an essay which exhibits how he has overcome obstacles or dealt with a difficult situation. This will be a strong essay which will give him a very good chance of winning these types of scholarships. As far as specific scholarships for the siblings of disabled children – we are not aware of any. This doesn’t mean they don’t exist though and it shouldn’t prevent you from looking further. We will look for some and if found post them once we do.

  34. james says:

    My son is add and has had a hard time getting through school. He made good enough on his sat to get a scholarship
    but just couldn’t make the grades to keep it. He would like to go to a welding school.
    Any ideas for him?

  35. admin says:


    I would send him to welding school. Maybe this is what he really wants to do. Search for the organizations which support welding related issues to see if they have a scholarship for welding program such as the AWS scholarship to name one.

  36. crystal says:

    I am a student at Phoenix University I much older than those on the forum. I have just been diagnose three years ago with bone disease. I have been attending Phoenix University since 2008 and recieve a Associated of Arts degree and thought it would be great to contuine with my BA in Adminstration Long Term. With only six class left I was told that I exceeded my limited for student loans from the Gov. and have to pay out of pocket cost if I would like to continue. I need help I only get a small amount of income from disablity and I am the soul provider for my family. It’s hurting me very much that i have to stop my classes because I am unable to pay. Can anyone give me some advice , 52 years old and disable.

  37. kristin says:

    I am a senior in high school and have been diagnosed with dysautonomia, pots, and orthostatic hypertension. With this condition it is hard to get a job for saving up for college due to how unpredictable it is… What kind of scholarships are available?

  38. admin says:


    you can navigate our website and see what disability scholarships you are a good fit for and then apply to them. General disability scholarships would be a good fit for you. These are disability scholarships that the main requirement is that you must have a documented disability to apply. We are not aware of any specific scholarships with your conditions. Search for foundations or organizations which provide support for the conditions you have. Many of them have student aid programs to apply to. Search for ‘support groups (or companies or programs) for dysautonomia’ or etc…. Read more about guaranteed college scholarships.

  39. admin says:


    read more about scholarships for moms which may help and also unknown scholarships. You may want to also search out organizations which provide support for your condition. Many times they have student aid programs for students with your condition. Read also more about government student loans which have student loans with no cosigner needed.

  40. Alma says:

    My daughter is visually impaired she has what s call cornea dystrophy I was wondering if she qualify for any type on schoolarships ? Thank you

  41. admin says:


    the various blind scholarships or visually impaired scholarships may apply for your daughter. look into them. Also search for foundations or companies that provide support for cornea dystrophy. Search for ‘cornea dystrophy support companies too. Many times they have scholarship programs which can be applied to.

  42. Paula says:

    When my son was very little they thought he had a hearing disorder. After many hearing test he was diagnosed with Auditor Processing disorder. He has been in speech therapy since the age of 18months and still struggles with his speech. He is able to communicate fine and is a average student. Do you know of any scholorships for speech impairments or autiotory processing disorders?

  43. admin says:


    read more at speech scholarships. Also look for organizations which provide support for people who have speech impediments. There are many of them and some may offer scholarships to apply to.

  44. The Shire ADHD Scholarship says:

    The Shire ADHD Scholarship recognizes and supports individuals with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school, or technical school.
    The Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation to assist in the transition to higher education.
    Fifty recipients will be selected in 2013, based on community service, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and a personal essay describing how ADHD has impacted their lives.
    Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, sponsors the Scholarship as part of its work to support patients who are diagnosed with ADHD, their families and the professionals who help them.
    This Scholarship is intended for US citizens of any age who are accepted to or attending an approved college, university, vocational, or technical school as an undergraduate student for the academic year 2013 – 2014 who have been diagnosed with ADHD and are under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.

    Applicant must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws.
    At the time of submitting this application, each applicant must be diagnosed with ADHD and under the care of a licensed health care provider for ADHD, although no specific future or ongoing plan of management or treatment for applicant’s ADHD is required in order for applicant to be eligible for the Program.
    All paper applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked by March 27, 2013. Online applications including the letter of recommendation must be submitted by March 27, 2013, 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
    For information on the Shire ADHD Scholarship Program, including the full rules and regulations, please visit

  45. Andrea says:

    My beautiful daughter has a “cognitive learning impairment” her IQ is around a 71 and she suffers petit mal seizures. She is socially a 17 yr old & can learn very well just not in the way our school systems insist on teaching. She loves animals & wants to work w/sharks. She will graduate from high school next year. Is there help for her? Thank you?

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