Here's a simple truth: any student working toward a college degree will have to work hard.
Sometimes, though, that path contains additional inherent challenges. Whether these challenges are physical, emotional, or cognitive in nature, a deserving student should have the opportunity to succeed in advanced education and, beyond that, the workplace.
The good news is that there is an expansive array of scholarships for people with disabilities.
Likewise, many universities offer financial aid opportunities as they actively recruit disabled students. There are also private organizations with money to give, and you may even find disability-oriented scholarships locally.
The trick is knowing where to look and how to apply.
Where to find grants and scholarships
There is an abundance of scholarship info available online. This is a bit of a blessing and a curse, really, because finding what you need can be a needle-in-a-haystack situation.
Spending too much time searching and not enough time finding can be discouraging.
Selecting a header will reveal boxes of individual scholarships. Click on View Scholarship for details and due dates.
NOTE: Many of these scholarships are offered annually. If the deadlines have passed for this year, you should still take note of these opportunities for next year. Set a calendar reminder to check back in several months.
The General Disability tab presents a variety of scholarships, some with equally unique application requirement s...
As with many scholarships, the criteria for application can be quite specific—like this one in the Hearing Impairments section:
Thepull-down for Learning & Cognitive Disabilities includes numerous scholarships for students with autism, dyslexia, traumatic brain injuries, and other conditions.
The Physical Disabilities tab also casts a wide net: scholarships for former athletes who’ve had a life-changing illness or accident, burn survivors, people with muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, and more.
The Visual Impairments tab also features a variety of scholarships that reflect different needs and interests.
The final drop down selection, Chronic Illnesses, encompasses conditions ranging from sickle cell anemia to narcolepsy.
The scholarships we've presented here are just a small sample of what's available.
Sure, some scholarship requirements are super-specific. For example, the R.L. Gillette Scholarship is intended for legally blind women pursuing a four-year undergrad literature or music degree. Now, that may not be you or someone you know, but it does reinforce that there a lot of scholarships out there. Whatever a person's situation, it's worth a look.
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