Disability Scholarships for Graduate Students

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Disability Scholarships for Graduate Students

We normally write about disability scholarships for undergraduates, but there are organizations which offer disability scholarships for graduate students as well.

Graduate students face a financial uphill battle to continue their education today, so these awards are sometimes necessary to continue their educational goals.

The very first place to look for disability scholarships for graduate students would be the very same ones that disability undergraduate students receive awards from. Many have programs for graduate students to apply to as well. You may have to ask them to find out if it’s not easily seen on their website; as is mostly the case.

Sometimes the disability scholarships offered by some organizations will be for BOTH graduate as well as undergraduates to apply to.

Graduate Disability Scholarships

The American Council of the Blind, the American Foundation for the Blind, and the Blind Veterans Association all have graduate disability scholarships for visually impaired graduate students ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 for the visually impaired.

Also; Lighthouse Guild & Learning Ally have vision impairment student financial awards all the way up to $10,000.

For students with any disability whatsoever they can apply to the Google Lime Scholarship Program, the Insight Scholarships, the graduate disability scholarships from Foundation for Science & Disability, AAHD Scholarship Program and the student financial scholarships from the AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities).

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation has disability graduate scholarships up to $5,000 who will be studying communication sciences & disorders.

The Anders Tjellstrom Scholarship is for Baha System recipients in the US & Canada and has an award up to $2,000 per year.

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Scholarship is up to $2,000 for female students with a physical disability enrolled in a US colleges.

There is the Keaton K. Walker Scholarship Fund for University of Utah students with physical disabilities & visual impairments with different monetary awards every year.

The Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys has an annual Achievements and Abilities Scholarship for a purpose of increasing awareness about Cerebral Palsy (CP) with a graduate disability scholarship up to $1,500.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing has deaf scholarships for attending an accredited University for graduate students with this disability.

Graduate students with hemophilia B can apply to the Emergent B More Scholarship. This will cover trade schools as well.

Graduate students can apply to the Mary Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award for the blind or vision impaired.

Female Jewish students who are physically impaired can apply to the Jackson Stricks Scholarships worth up to $2,500.

Alpha One has a $2,000 Powering Education Scholarship for students with disabilities living in Main who are graduate students.

Deaf students can apply to the Millie Brother Scholarship for hearing Children of Deaf Adults sponsored by CODA. There are two $3,000 scholarships offered each year.

People living with epilepsy can apply to The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program with awards up to $5,000 to (30) deserving students.

The Business Plan Scholarship for Students with Disabilities is worth $1,000 for those disabled graduate students who wrote a business plan for their class, competition, or starting their own business.

Graduate Deaf students can apply to the Gallaudet University Alumni Association scholarship for awards to college.

Cystic Fibrosis graduate students can apply to the Elizabeth Nash Foundation for awards from $1,000 to $2,500.

The University of Illinois has lots of scholarships for disabled students and is certainly worth a look at – http://disability.illinois.edu/campus-life/delta-sigma-omicron/dresdso-achievement-and-leadership-awards. Certain colleges and universities are more progressive then others when it comes to their disability programs for disabled students. UI is one of the better ones.

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students supports disability students across Canada as well as graduate students. This should be researched as a potential source of support for graduate students looking for help in this area. Go to: http://www.neads.ca/en/ for more.

The Concussion Awareness Scholarship is for $1,000 and can be applied to if students are attending a college. This award builds awareness to the long term dangers brought about by concussions.

Special education students can apply to the Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship & the Judith Cary Scholarship for disability graduate students too.



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6 Responses

  1. mattramzzz says:

    Finally!!! Thank you. Do you have any idea if there are non-competitive research grants that available to researchers with ld’s?

  2. admin says:


    can’t help you on this question…

  3. shehbaz says:

    sir how iam apply

  4. admin says:


    go directly to the scholarship sponsors webpage to apply. Usually there is a link in the article.

  5. Thank you so much for the information, I have Osteoarthritis and am a Graduate student at a online University. I hope to be successful in obtaining a scholarship. Thank you again.

  6. admin says:


    apply to those scholarships you feel you match up to the scholarship criteria. Search for organizations which provide support for your disability. Many times they have educational awards you can apply to. Apply to general disability scholarships too; meaning that you just have to have any disability to apply to them.

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