UI Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Braverman Scholarship

Under the auspices of the University of Iowa Foundation and the Office of Student Disability Services, the David and Rosalie Braverman Scholarship was created to encourage graduate or professional students with disabilities to advance their education at the University of Iowa. This fund was established in 1976 by David Braverman and his family to support various projects for persons with disabilities at the University of Iowa.

One scholarship will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. The recipient will be asked to attend a reception given in their honor and consent for their name to be included in a press release. Previous applicants and awardees are encouraged to apply. The 2020-2021 application is available here: 2020-2021 Braverman Scholarship Application.

Mayer Scholarship

Under the auspices of The University of Iowa Foundation and the Office of Student Disability Services, the Ramona Ann Mayer Scholarship was created to assist undergraduate students who have a disability to complete their education.  Under scholarship guidelines the preference is to award the scholarship to students who have physical disabilities. This fund was established in 2014.

Multiple scholarships will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. Previous applicants and awardees are encouraged to reapply. The 2020-2021 application is available here: 2020-2021 Ramona Ann Mayer Scholarship Application.

External Scholarships

180 Medical Scholarships

Offering scholarships to those with a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or transverse myelitis.

1800 Wheelchair Scholarship

1800Wheelchair.com offers an annual scholarship award to an undergraduate student. The scholarship is open to students of any major or concentration.  

ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship

This scholarship is for financial assistance designed to simultaneously increase awareness about cerebral palsy (CP) and celebrate the achievements of those with cerebral palsy. ABC Law Centers will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student who has cerebral palsy

American Association of People with Disabilities NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud to offer the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship. In 2017 the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship will offer eight (8) scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a career in the communications, media, or entertainment industry. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university.

American Association on Health and Disability

The American Association on Health and Disability is accepting applications for the Frederick J. Krause Scholarship for undergraduate (sophomore standing and above) and graduate students with disabilities who are majoring in a field related to disability and health. Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.

American Council of the Blind

Student must be legally blind and a U.S. citizen or resident alien. Approximately twelve scholarships are awarded per year.

American Foundation for the Blind, Inc.

American Speech Language Hearing Foundation

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) offers several scholarship and grant competitions to graduate students and new and experienced researchers in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship

The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship is a program offered to full time college students who use wheelchairs. Goal is to help provide financial assistance for books or other school related supplies to deserving mobility challenged students. 

Association of Blind Citizens Assistive Technology Fund

The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover a portion or partial of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. 

AvaCare Medical Scholarship

he AvaCare Medical Scholarship recognizes those who are working to better the lives of our customers, students who are pursuing a degree in the medical field, with a prize of $1000 toward college tuition. This scholarship is awarded annually to one submission that tells about an inspiring act of kindness.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the regions where they go.

Brickhouse Security College Scholarship

If you are a current or former uniformed law enforcement officer in the United States who was wounded in the line of duty, you may be eligible to receive this immediate-use scholarship. This $10,000 scholarship can be used for your child’s education, your education, or your spouse’s college education.

Caremark Eric Delson Memorial Scholarship

Up to three awards per year are given to students with hemophilia or some other bleeding disorder. 

Center for Reintegration Scholarship

The goal of the Baer Reintegration Scholarship is to help people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder acquire the educational and vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into society, secure jobs, and regain their lives. 

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship 

Open to students from all underrepresented backgrounds and all majors. Examples of ideal applicants include, but are not limited to, students from racial minorities typically underrepresented in higher education, first generation college students, women pursuing a degree in a STEM or typically male-dominated industries, students with disabilities, and or similar situations.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International Scholarship

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International offers three scholarship programs to students who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines found on their website.

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation (CFSF)

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation (CFSF) is to provide an opportunity for young adults with CF to further their education at a college or vocational school. 

Disability Care Center Scholarship

The Disability Care Center awards annual scholarships to students who are attending college institutions that suffer from a debilitating condition, support the disabled, or plan on making a difference in the disabled community.

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc

Hamilton Relay Scholarship

The Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity is available to high school seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. Hamilton Relay selects a recipient within each of the states where Hamilton is the contracted Telecommunications Relay Service and/or Captioned Telephone service provider. This opportunity is one of several ways the company gives back to the communities it serves.

HIE Help Center Scholarship

The HIE Help Center is pleased to offer an annual scholarship for a student (or a small team of students) who is committed to helping people with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)cerebral palsy (CP), or another neonatal injury. Being personally impacted by HIE or another disability is not a requirement, as the scholarship focuses on the applicant’s goals to support those who are affected. Students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply as well. A scholarship for the amount of $1,000 will be awarded each year to a student or small group of students collaborating on a project.

Iowa Compass - Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Beyond High School

Karman Healthcare Mobility Disability Scholarship

Open to all college, and university students with a mobility disability who use a wheelchair, or other mobility devices on a regular basis. This scholarship will apply to students this year who have excelled academically and those who have a regard for disability awareness in America. Deadline: September 1st.

Katara Scholarship Foundation - MO Residents with Learning Disability 

Missouri nonprofit 501c3 organization that provides college funding to students with learning disabilities who are residents of the state of Missouri. 

Learning Ally

Each year, Learning Ally offers two endowed scholarship awards for outstanding students with print and learning disabilities. The recipients of these awards are role models of success and inspiration to students throughout the country. The top three winners from each program receive a $6,000 scholarship award and participate at a national celebration.

MilitaryVALoan.com Disability Scholarship

Every six months, one high school senior will be selected to receive a scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending school. Applicants should submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words about how they or someone they knew overcame disability to do something great. Potential award winners will be judged by the editorial staff of MilitaryVALoan.com and selected at two intervals within the year.

Mobility Scooters Direct Scholarship Program

Mobility Scooters Direct provides a $1,500 scholarship each year to selected students who apply to the program. All applicants must meet certain criteria outlined below and submit an application via email or US mail. Applicants are also required to provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor or counselor from the school being attended by the applicant. One applicant will be randomly selected at the end of each year for a $1,500 scholarship.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Brighter Tomorrow Grant

Recipients of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's Brighter Tomorrow grant have received car repairs, ramps, wheelchairs, walkers, eyeglasses, computers, appliances, televisions, furniture, therapeutic equipment, hobby supplies, retreats, and various home modifications. 

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Computer Grant Program

Computer Grant Program provides refurbished laptop or desktop computers for individuals with MS on limited or fixed incomes. For those who do not know how to use a computer, training may be provided. Applications are accepted from July 1 to October 1 of each year.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Homecare Grant Program

The MSF understands the daily needs and challenges that must be met by individuals with MS and their caregivers. In order to meet these needs in the most timely and efficient manner, the MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program serves as a liaison between the patient and the local resources that are available to meet his or her specific needs. Should resources within the patient’s community be unavailable, direct support will be provided on a temporary basis through the MSF Home Care Assistance Grant Program.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Scholarships and Awards

The Anne Ford Scholarship is an award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree. 

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program 

National Hemophelia Foundation Scholarships

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program

National Spinal Cord Injury Association Scholarships

Provides a listing of scholarships available for students with mobility disabilities.

Pilot Dogs, Inc.

This charity gives its trained animals to the blind at absolutely no charge. They also include four weeks of training in using the dog and will pay for room and board, all equipment, and round trip transportation. 

Rehabmart.com Scholarship

Any student with a disability, anyone enrolling as a health sciences student, or any special education student who is currently attending a secondary school or has been accepted to attend a secondary school, technical college, junior college, 4-year college or University.  Matriculating students and non-matriculating students are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Sertoma Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

Students with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss, graduating from high school, or undergraduate students pursuing four-year college degrees in any discipline are eligible for the scholarship.

The Springboard Foundation

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide scholarships to full-time college/university students who have documented disabilities of any type, deemed to be protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act and/or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Foundation’s intent in providing these scholarships is to contribute to the increase in employment opportunities for college/university students with disabilities.

Updated 1/7/20