This program is specifically for students who are blind. College students who are blind have the opportunity to apply to win one of 30 scholarships. The government disability scholarships are awarded nationally. Scholarships range in value from $3,000 each to $12,000. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Applications become available November 1st.
To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be legally blind in both eyes. Additionally, applicants must either be pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary course of study full-time. There is one scholarship reserved for a student who works full-time and attends school part-time. Recipients must participate in the NFB National Convention and all scheduled scholarship program activities. Along with the scholarship, winners will receive assistance in attending the NFB annual convention.
The American Council of the Blind also offers disability scholarships for students who are legally blind and attending school full-time. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3. In extenuating circumstances the GPA requirements may be adjusted. The deadline to apply is March 1st.
The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired also sponsors aid through the William & Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship. This is a $500 award that is given annually to two students who are legally blind. Applicants must be pursuing a career in service to visually impaired or blind persons. The latest date to apply is April 15th.
The Association of Blind Citizens awards seven $1,000 general education grants to students who are blind. The Association also offers a Technology Fund that offers grants to cover as much as 50% of the cost for software and adaptive devices for students who are visually impaired or blind.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities also offers several disability scholarships for students with learning disabilities. These scholarships include the Anne Ford & Allegra Ford Scholarships. These scholarships are for seniors in high school with plans to pursue an undergraduate degree and who have a learning disability. Scholarships are provided to two graduating seniors. The first Anne Ford scholarship was awarded in 2002. Applications become available in the summer. The deadline for submitting all application materials is December 31st. Each scholarship has a full value of $10,000. $2,500 is awarded per year for a total of four years.
Other government disability financial aid includes the Through the Looking Glass scholarship. These disability scholarships are specifically for children of parents who have disability. Through the Looking Glass is a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships for disabled students who have at least one parent living with a disability. There are fifteen $1,000 scholarships available. Separate eligibility requirements exist for high school seniors and college students.
To be eligible for the high school senior scholarships, students must be a high school graduate by the fall of 2012 and must have plans to attend either a two-year or four-year college or university. Applicants must also have at least one parent with a disability. College students must be currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college, must not be older than 21 years of age as of March 5th and must have at least one parent with a disability. All application materials must be received by March 5th.
Grants are also available through the Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation for young adults living with Cystic Fibrosis who are pursuing a higher education. Awards are granted on the basis of leadership, academic promise, and financial need. Each grant has a value of $1,000. The deadline to apply is March 21st.
Government disability scholarships and student financial aid is also available through The United Student Aid Funds’ Access to Education Scholarship. A $1,500 disability scholarship is awarded to students with a physical disability. Applicants should have an annual family income that is less than $35,000 per year. The deadline to apply is March 15th.