Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Resources for Students with Disabilities
American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship Program
AAHD provides a $1,000 scholarship for full-time students with documented disabilities who are enrolled in or accepted by a four-year university or graduate school. Preference is given to students in the field of public health, health promotion, and disability studies including disability policy and research. Applications must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct subject line by mid-November. For more information, contact Roberta Carlin at email@example.com or call (301) 545-6140 ext. 206.
American Association of People with Disabilities
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is dedicated to supporting and developing emerging leaders with disabilities in an effort to promote cultivation of leadership among Americans with disabilities. Internship programs for leadership cultivation and workforce recruitment of people with disabilities are available in various locations nationwide. Many internships are in Washington, DC.
American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. A list of grants and scholarships for students who are blind or visually impaired is provided.
Arts for Life! Scholarships
This annual scholarship program recognizes the creativity and artistic talents of high school students throughout Florida by awarding $1,000 scholarships to 25 Florida high school seniors who demonstrate academic and artistic excellence in the visual arts, music, dance, drama or creative writing. Students are judged on a sample of work and an essay explaining how the arts have had a positive influence on their lives.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this congressionally funded program is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, TX. Applications are accepted in the spring.
College Board Inspiring Minds - Easy Financial Planner
Understand all of your options when it comes to paying for college and get the latest information about college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing. Paying for a college education is no small undertaking. There are many questions to consider: what will it cost, how much can be saved, how much a family can afford to pay, how much a family can borrow, and what scholarships are available. The Financial Aid Easy Planner will help if you’re not sure where to start.
The de Moya Foundation Scholarships
The de Moya Foundation provides scholarships for students who are interested in the engineering and construction industries, who need financial support, tutoring, or employment support to succeed in preparing for competitive employment in the road and bridge construction industry.
Vocational/Technical Program Scholarship – $3,000 Awarded to a student who wishes to attend a vocational/technical certificate program and has a documented disability.Post-Secondary College Transition Program Scholarship – $5,000Awarded to a student who wishes to pursue a post-secondary college transition program, has a documented Intellectual Disability, is over 22 years of age and attends the Panther PLUS program at Florida International University.Job Coach Scholarship – $4,000Awarded to a student who has a documented disability and needs job skills training, job coaching and employment support.
Disability.gov Financial Aid
A quality education sets the foundation for future success and should be within reach of everyone. This Disability.gov Web page links to information on scholarships, grants, and loans for students with disabilities, including veterans and the military community, and for students who have a parent with a disability. Loans should be the last resort when considering financial aid.
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. This Web site provides information on federal and state aid and scholarships as well as disability specific scholarships and awards including hearing loss/deafness, visual impairments, physical/mobility impairments, learning disabilities and others.
Ed.gov Find Aid
The Department (ED) will provide more than $116 billion this year to help millions of students and families pay for postsecondary education. If you're exploring options for paying for college, you'll learn about the various kinds of financial aid (loans, grants, and work-study), how to apply, common myths, and more. Financial aid professionals at banks, colleges, guaranty agencies, and other postsecondary or lending institutions will want to see the online library of technical publications, regulations, and policy guidance on the administration of the student financial assistance programs. Disabled students have access to the same grants and scholarships as other students, but with a little digging they can find grants.
eHow Government Grants for Students With Disabilities
Finding money for college is a concern for many students and families. For those who have disabilities---ranging from physical to learning disabilities---it can be even tougher. Disabled students have access to the same grants and scholarships as other students, but with a little digging they can find grants.
Family Network on Disabilities - Jan LaBelle Scholarships
FND offers Jan LaBelle Scholarships of up to $15,000 for Florida residents with disabilities who are 16-24 years of age, meet income and other requirements, and are first-time students at academic or vocational institutions of higher learning. Applications are accepted from September through mid-November. Additional information, applications, and documentation requirements are available on the website.
Florida Council on Administration of Special Education (FL CASE) SE Landis M. Stetler ESE Leadership Scholarship
FL CASE sponsors this annual scholarship for Florida residents who (1) are enrolled in graduate or undergraduate ESE programs leading to certification or an ESE major and (2) intend to teach or work in an ESE position at the district level in Florida. Deadline for applications, which will be posted on the FCEC website, is early September. For more information, visit the FL CASE website at http://www.flocase.org/awards/.
Financial Aid Finder
The management team of Financial Aid Finder has been producing top-rated financial aid resources since 1993. A few years ago, it decided to bring these resources to the public for free. Financial Aid Finder believes that in today’s economic market students need all the help they can get in finding and evaluating college financial aid options to help them pay for their college and university education.
Florida Council of the Blind Scholarships
On-line applications for four scholarships of $750 to $2,500 and one scholarship of $500 are available from the Florida Council of the Blind and the Florida Council of Citizens with Low Vision, respectively. Applicants must be 1) blind or visually impaired and 2) attending high school or college or have been accepted by a college or university. Applications and supporting documents are made available in January with a mid-March submission deadline. For more information, e-mail Barbara Grill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-966-7056.
Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs
Contains information on State of Florida grant and scholarship programs administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance, including the Bright Futures Scholarship.
The Gardiner Scholarships
http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs /gardiner/ gardiner-faqs.stml
Scholarship funds can be used for a variety of educational supports. See the website for a complete listing.
As part of Google's ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, it is pleased to provide scholarships to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. It is hoped that these programs will also help in dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Deadlines vary with each scholarship.
Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Google hosts networking events designed to connect undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students with disabilities to best-of-class companies in the U.S. and Canada. Its corporate partners represent a variety of industries and have teamed up with Lime to source talent for the broad variety of full-time, internship and co-op opportunities they seek to fill in the intellectual marketplace. Google also works with its partners to provide scholarships for outstanding students with disabilities, such as the BMO Financial Group/Lime Scholarship and Internship Program and the Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities.
Guide to Federal Student Aid
This guide from the U.S. Department of Education provides information for students and families on applying for federal student aid to pay for post-secondary education. It explains the application process, the various federal loans, grants and work-study programs available, and how to apply for them. Also available in Spanish. This is a large publication that opens in PDF or html formats.
The HEATH Resource Center is an on-line clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. It has information for students with disabilities on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. It also has information on financial assistance, scholarships, and materials that help students with disabilities transition into college, university, career-technical schools, or other postsecondary programs. Applicable deadlines are provided on the Web site.
Lily Reintegration Scholarship
In order to be eligible for consideration for the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship, applicants must:
- Be diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizophreniform, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder
- Be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medications and psychiatric follow-up
- Be actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegrative efforts, such as clubhouse membership, part-time work, volunteer efforts or school enrollment
- Complete an application package that includes an application form, essay, transcripts (if applicable), recommendation forms from three references and school financial requirements.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) Grants
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) is a small foundation with a big mission: to help make Changes for the Better for the one-out-of-five Americans of student age who have physical, mental, or learning disabilities. The Foundation's impact is intended to be as broad and lasting as possible to serve the largest number of young people with disabilities. But it also focuses on the individual, on the small changes for the better that can make a big difference in people's lives.
National Center for Learning Disabilities Scholarships
NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. NCLD recognizes outstanding high school students with LD, general education teachers, schools or school-related programs, and artists of all ages who have LD. Deadlines vary. Please go to the Web site for specific information on each scholarship.
The National Down Syndrome Society Scholarship Opportunity
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is offering an exciting scholarship opportunity for students with Down syndrome through the O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund. The mission of the O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund is to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome - 18 and older - who are continuing to enrich their lives by taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs.
Read more and download the application here: http://www.ndss.org/OTEF
Questions? Email email@example.com or call 800-221-4602.
National Foster Parent Association Youth Scholarship
NFPA awards up to five scholarships per year to foster, biological, and adopted children of NFPA members for college, university, or vocational education. 2013 scholarship applications are due no later than March 15, 2013.
NFB Scholarships for College Students Who are Blind
Students who are blind and attending college in fall 2011 (freshmen through graduate students) may apply to win one of 30 awards, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000, in the National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program. In addition, each winner will be assisted to attend the NFB Annual Convention. This scholarship program is available solely to college students who are legally blind and living in the United States or Puerto Rico. Membership in the NFB is not required. All documents required from the applicants must be postmarked by the March deadline. The application form and full details on eligibility and requirements are available onlines. Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Scholarships
Each year the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of its applicants. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. The selection process takes into account the whole student - FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experiences, community service, leadership skills, and academics. More than 1,000 scholarships are awarded. Applications are available in mid-November. This is a yearly application.
O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund
The O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund offers financial assistance to adults - 18 and older - who have Down syndrome and wish to continue to enhance their lives by taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs. Students of all abilities are encouraged to apply. Deadline: March 15, 2016.
Ruby’s Rainbow is a non-profit dedicated to the higher educational needs of adults with Down syndrome, granting scholarships nationwide for post-secondary education, vocational or enrichment classes.
The organization is currently offering scholarships to individuals with Down Syndrome (18 years of age and up) seeking higher education or post-secondary enrichment classes. Scholarships are valued up to $4,000 per awarded individual. The deadline to apply is April 28th. Ruby Rainbow's mission is to help students achieve their dreams of higher education and independence, while showing the world just how cool and capable they truly are.
Read more and download the application here: https://rubysrainbow.org/apply-now/
Questions? Email Liz@rubysrainbow.org.
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