Unknown Disability Scholarships for Epilepsy

 

True Epilepsy is a debilitating condition that can get in the way of almost anything, but some of these unknown disability scholarships for epilepsy can help you get past the disorder and move on to bigger and better things.

This disorder is a bit different than other disabilities. Instead of the term epilepsy being used to describe a particular condition, this term encompasses’ almost twelve different seizure disorders. Because seizures affect the brain so much, it may seem like the sufferer will fall to a low quality of life and will not be able to pursue things such as college. This is where the importance of an epilepsy scholarship lies.

These disability scholarships provide a vital link to college that many students with this disorder need. It is not easy to go through life with a disorder that can interrupt at any time, in any place. Because the brain is involved, it may be difficult to complete any course of study. Epilepsy college scholarships are offered because numerous people with the disorder have risen above these challenges to attain their own college degree.

 

While there are many different epilepsy scholarships for disabled people available, local epilepsy centers or foundations are the best place to start looking. Different metropolitan areas or states offer different types of awards. Normally these epilepsy awards are granted to those with epilepsy that have high merit in their current academic pursuits. These recipients must also be of high character and be able to show the positive nature in which the monies will be used. Sometimes, these people will also have to show the organization of the effect that they have on the community. Leaders and mentors are always in demand, regardless of their conditions.

Big corporations also offer scholarships for epilepsy. Pfizer, the drug manufacturer offers twenty-five different epilepsy scholarships each year. These Pfizer epilepsy scholarships for disabled go to students in high school that have applied for graduate school. The only restriction to this disability award is that the students must be under a doctor’s care for the epileptic disorder. Students who apply are required to fill out an epilepsy scholarship application and send in a transcript as well as two letters of recommendation. Educational resources and foundations are also good places to look for scholarships.

 

The Keppra Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program provides financial support to people who are living with the disorder. What makes this epilepsy scholarship unique is the fact that money from this program can go either to the disabled person or the parents and caregivers of said person. There are thirty epilepsy scholarships in all, each worth five thousand dollars. To those who suffer from this disorder, or those who care for these people, this money can make all the difference in the world. With so many different resources out there, it is very important to find what you qualify for before you give up on college. We all know that college is pricey these days, and it can often be out of reach for those with disabilities. Some of these little known disability epilepsy scholarships make it attainable to everyone with this disorder. Reaching for your dreams only takes the patience and research into these financial programs.

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28 Responses

  1. Zahra Barzin says:

    My mother had meningitis in 1985 which developed into “partial complex seizures”. I have been one of her caregivers since I was 12 years old (now I am 18). Her ability to work and drive has changed and they are concerned about how to finance my tuition. My grade point average in high school is now 3.25 and I have already been accepted into my #1 college choices to study “Graphic Design”. College is so expensive so I am searching for grants/scholarships to help finance my education. Please let me know how I can apply for help. Thank you, Zahra

  2. admin says:

    Zahra,
    first thing you can do is to go to Student Loan Scholarship and apply at the free scholarship search engine. There are many out there which charge a fee to search for scholarships, but this one is free and as good as you can get. There are other helpful suggestions for college students you can apply to for free also. From there go to The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, and the George Snow Scholarship Foundation, and The American Association of Care Giving Youth to get more information on your situation. I’m sure one if not all can offer you assistance on what you are looking for. Just email them to gey more information and they will respond. Since you are already accepted by your college of choice, pay a visit to the financial aids office there and talk to them. They may have many options for you to explore.
    Good Luck and I will have more info on this subject down the road.
    DisabilityScholarships.us

  3. Donna Mayfield says:

    Our son has had seizures since he was 2 years old.He is now,17.He graduates in May and wants to attend Tennessee Technology Center of Whiteville.He has had a hard time with the seizures and still has them every 7 to 10 days. He is very interested in computers.Any help with his schooling would be very much appreciated.Thank You.

  4. admin says:

    Donna,
    first things first; contact the ennessee Technology Center of Whiteville finacial aids office (since your son wants to attend college there) and inquire into what type of scholarships grants they have for epileptic conditions or disability scholarships they offer. Fill out all there required applications to get the scholarship grant ball rolling. Contact your state of Tennessee department of education offices to. I also recommend following the above comments to search for a student loan scholarship. You must indicate your sons disability when asked on their online application form. This place will do a fast and easy free scholarship search for you. They are the one of the best kept scholarship search services on the web today.
    Also; as mentioned in this website the Keppra Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program and the Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship should be explored to see if you qualify too.
    Let me know how you do and if you come up with something else be sure to come back and post it so it can help someone else who could benefit from your findings.

  5. Michael White says:

    I am a 43 year old man living with epilepsy since the age of 16. I am a paramedic who now teaches paramedic school and recently went back to college myself to pursue a bachelor degree in Organiztional Leadership. I am working part-time while going to school in southern California. I was just wondering if there are any scholarship opportunities out there for someone like me. I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask, the squeaky wheel gets the grease right?

  6. admin says:

    Michael,
    first check into the financial aids office of where you attend college and inquire into their disability scholarships program.
    Secondly, the above article states:
    “While there are many different epilepsy scholarships available, local epilepsy centers or foundations are the best place to start looking. Different metropolitan areas or states offer different types of awards. Normally these epilepsy awards are granted to those with epilepsy that have high merit in their current academic pursuits. These recipients must also be of high character and be able to show the positive nature in which the monies will be used. Sometimes, these people will also have to show the organization of the effect that they have on the community. Leaders and mentors are always in demand, regardless of their conditions.”
    You seem to fit this description…check into the local epilepsy centers or foundations.
    Thirdly, check also into how to find a student loan scholarship and click the link “Find Free College Money” to see if your eligible for a disability scholarship through this gigantic scholarship search engine. It’s one of the best “free” search engines today and produces very good results.

    Good luck and let us know how it turned out!

  7. Ok so I have epilepsy and think I require for some or most described above but I don’t see where I could apply for some of them at, can someone help me or send me a link to me.

    Thanks

  8. admin says:

    Cassidy,
    Go to The Keppra Family Epilepsy Scholarship to apply to this epilepsy scholarship & go to Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarships to apply for this one.

    Good Luck!

  9. Brooke says:

    I have epilepsy and have a degree. I have been teaching special needs and typical children for the past five years but want to change careers. I want to study to be a radiological tech. , however I have to bring up my GPA from my first college before I apply to the other. therefore, I need to go to community college for a little bit, but I am considered an out-of -state student at the comm. college….making the fees too much. I have volunteered with the foundation and plan on volunteering at the local hosipital for experience. I need help on where I should turn for finances. I plan on taking one or two classes a semester because I am working, as well. Any suggestions??????

  10. admin says:

    Brooke,

    the very first place I would contact is the financial aids office to the college/school you are presently attending and set up a person to person appointment to discuss all your options for college fincial aid. Make sure you discuss your disability with the financial aid manager and see what ‘disability scholarships/grants or aid’ you may qualify for. Grants are great ways to pay for college. There is the Pell Grant which is the most popular. Also go to scholarship search to do a fast and easy online scholarship search to start off. It’s free and one of the best scholarship search engines today. Your last step would be a no cosigner student loan program. This site explain some of the good government programs which we highly recommend.

  11. Kristen says:

    My name is Kristen and i have epilepsy and i graduate may of 2010, i am in need of a scholarship can you please help me?

  12. admin says:

    Kristen,

    go to epilepsy scholarships to read more on. Also go to student loan scholarship search and do a quick free scholarship search. You also want to call the financial aids office of the college you will to attend to set an appointment – face to face to discuss your options about what ‘disability scholarships/grants/aid’ they may have. You’ll be glad you did this because you will get the ball rolling in the right direction.

  13. Alison says:

    My twin sister and I both have epilepsy. She is going to San Diego State University along with my mom (who is a returning student) and I am currently at a junior college but a applying to San Diego State University for Fall 2011. I have applied for financial aid, but they say that my parents should be able to pay. They do not take into consideration the cost of health care, three college tuitions, books, expenses (especially living in California which is just about bankrupt). Is there anything we can do? We cannot seem to find any help anywhere and don’t know what to do.

    Thank you,
    Alison

  14. admin says:

    Alison,

    you must apply to all scholarship programs where you feel you come close to meeting their criteria; not only disability scholarships but others too! Many students fail to look into poetry scholarship contest where if you win you usually can use the money for anything you want – in your case college tuition. Poetry scholarship contest can be won by anyone not only those who are poem experienced. Try some unknown scholarships which come from being creative. There is also federal work study programs which we highly recommend because they work better then most expect and are work flexible too.

    Read up on guaranteed scholarships which most colleges have. Guaranteed scholarships are that if you have high ACT or SAT score or some other past achievement you are guaranteed scholarship money. You must ask the college directly about these programs.

    Also go to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) -they recently announced several grants.

    Go to RSA Scholarship in Rehabilitation to see if this may be of help.

    Go to Government Disability Scholarships for College to read more helpful information.

    Also try a Fulbright Scholarship and more Fulbright Scholarship Program information. Also go to disability Fulbright scholarship program.

  15. Shova Baral says:

    Iam shova Baral with physical disability .i wanna get scholarship for MBA as i have completed my bachelors degree.and i belong to poor family background from Nepal. i would be heartly thankful and greatful if somebody could help me.

  16. admin says:

    Shova,

    these are my top choices for you.

    Go to the VLIR Scholarship and see if this helps. Go to Fulbright Scholarships and more Fulbright Scholarships for disabilities.

    Go to the government disability student aid website and read up as much as you can to help with your particular situation. No cosigner student loans may also work for you too if you need them in the end.

  17. Christian b. says:

    Hi, my name is Christian and I was wondering If I can receive any type of scholarship. Because I’m trying to finish college. I did very good my freshman year of college without any seizures. But my 2nd year of college, I struggled with seizures and was unable to keep a passing grade in 2 of my classes. Now, I’m going back to college but I was wondering if I could receive any type of scholarship for epilepsy to help me with tuition even If my GPA dropped. Do I have to have a passing GPA in order to receive any type of epilepsy scholarship?

  18. admin says:

    Christian,

    Read about Pfizer Epilepsy scholarships. Look into government disability scholarships too. Look into need based grants such as the Federal Pell grant. Student loans without a cosigner are also a good option since they are government sponsored.

  19. H. Charlie Miller says:

    What Pfizer epilepsy scholarships are available for those epileptic students who are going to graduate school ?

  20. admin says:

    Go to epilepsy scholarships. You can call : 1-800-292-7373 to see what graduate school scholarships they may have for you to apply to.

  21. Dylan says:

    Hi,
    I graduated high school on 2011. During the end of my senior year I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilipsy. The medical attention I had done took away from me leaving for college completely, as i had a lot of activity over the course of that summer. I am not able to go to the military, join the peace corps, work in the labor field, or even as a firefighter/police officer here on Maui. I believe college is my only option but I need some help in choosing the school and getting out and applying, as well as the funds to pay for it. Is there anywhere I can go for academic counseling and career planning? And how can I get a hold of them.

  22. admin says:

    Dylan,

    read more at – go to easiest scholarships you can find. Ask a local college in your area about academic counseling and career planning – junior colleges are good with this.

  23. Michele says:

    This past August I sent my daughter off to college. Happiness and excitement turned into fear and confusion. In December 2011 she suffered several seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy. This diagnosis turned her life upside down and her grades suffered. She has had difficulty getting used to the meds and the side effects while away at school. Where do I turn? She wants to continue attending school but her grades are not the best at this time for some scholarships. Where can I finds scholarships to assist?

  24. admin says:

    Michele,

    contacting organizations which support epilepsy is a good way to find out about their student aid programs. Many have them. If they don’t they can sometimes recommend those places which do via their contact page to contact them. Go to:

    http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/

    http://www.epilepsy.com/

  25. Stephanie says:

    I have generalized epilepsy. It is a genetic disorder and through high school got in trouble because they normally thought I wasn’t paying attention or lazy. I went to college for two years and was unable to do the work I went to school for. It was to dangerous. I now work in a car factory and they keep telling me do to my problem that they keep trying to put me on disability I want to work and do a job to help people and want so bad to work and go to school I want a normal life like everyone else but need help starting in the right direction. Nobody I’d my family knows much about any of it and don’t know how to help but I try so hard to b normal. Hope to get some help thank you for anything anyone can do to help me find information on things I don’t want to give up and stay home. I want to at least work. I just think nobody understands what it is so they are scared or afraid of lawsuits if I get hurt I just am pretty bumbed and just don’t know what to do. Thanks for any information I can get.

  26. admin says:

    Stephanie,

    I would set an appointment with a college you are interested in attending and speak to the FinAids manager about your options for student aid. This will get you on the proper path about financial aid available for you. Read also about FAFSA, student loans without cosigner needed, and a list of scholarships for you to apply to. Apply to the ones where you are a good fit for. Other helpful reading is unknown college scholarships and easy scholarships to get.

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