Student Disability Services Scholarships

David and Rosalie Braverman Scholarship (for grad and professional students)

Deadline: April 20, 2018

Link to Form: 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 graduation 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 of $2000 will be awarded for the 2018-2019 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.

Ramona Ann Mayer Scholarship (for undergraduate students)

Deadline: April 20, 2018

Link to Form: 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.

 Seven scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2000 each for the 2018-2019 academic year.   Previous applicants and awardees are encouraged to reapply.


Disability-Related National Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Resources

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

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

ADHD - Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire recognizes and supports individuals with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school, or technical school in the United States.  

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.
Type in the word "scholarship" in the search engine to discover numerous funding opportunities.

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.

For submission guidelines and application materials for funding opportunities, please visit the ASHFoundation Web site at  Questions regarding scholarships and grant competitions should be addressed to the ASHFoundation office at 800-498-2071, ext. 8703 or by email to

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. 

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship

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. 

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
William & Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship
The Ferrell Scholarship is awarded to two selected applicants who are legally blind and are studying for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. 

Association of Blind Citizens Scholarship
The Association of Blind Citizens will offer ten thousand dollars in college scholarships to legally blind individuals seeking a college degree. 

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. 

Baer 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. Sponsored by the Center for Reintegration.

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.

Blinded Veterans Association Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program
Since the early '80s, BVA has offered spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.

"Business Plan" Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited American College, University or Trade School with a documented disability may apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is open to students with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental and psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other disabling conditions.

Caremark Eric Delson Memorial Scholarship
Up to three awards per year are given to students with hemophilia or some other bleeding disorder. 

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.

Christian Record Services Scholarships
Partial scholarships are offered to legally blind young people striving to obtain a college education.

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities
A six-page document by the University of Washington providing a good list of scholarships and resources for students with disabilities.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

College Scholarships Available for Individuals with Parents with a Disability
Scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities. 

College Scholarships and Resources for Women

Concussion Awareness Scholarship
ANY graduate or undergraduate student (future or current) that has been accepted or attends a community college, technical/trade college, or university may apply. This "Concussion Awareness Scholarship" is available to all students not just student athletes.

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.

CVS/Pharmacy Community Development Grants
CVS/pharmacy supports the many communities we serve by providing non-profit organizations the opportunity to apply for a CVS/pharmacy Community Grant if the project falls within our funding guidelines. Requests for CVS/pharmacy Community Grants are accepted between January and October.

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. 

disABLEDperson Scholarship

National scholarship for college students with disabilities.

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. provides links to quality information on disabilities and related issues for people interested in disabilities, including but not limited to those with disabilities, families, employers, and service providers. 

Disability Resources Monthly Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet
Includes links to financial aid and grants resources.

Disability RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker. 

Financial Aid for Eye Care
Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The National Eye Institute, which supports eye research, does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, it does provide this directory of possible program assistance.

Financial Assistance for Prostheses and Other Assistive Devices
Courtesy of the National Limb Loss Information Center.

Foundation Center Reference Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
If you are an individual with a physical or other disability, and you are looking for information on grants specifically for those with disabilities, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search.

FundsNet Disability Grants

Grad School Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc
This charity provides trained guide dogs to the blind at absolutely no charge. They also include training in using the dog and will pay for room and board, all equipment, and round trip transportation. For more information, contact: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc, 371 East Jericho Tpke., Smithtown, NJ 11787; Telephone: 800-548-4337; 631-265-2121.

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.

Heartspring Award for Innovation and Creativity in Special Education
Do you think you are or know someone that is an innovative professional of students with special needs? Are you that professional that thinks out of the box to get results for your kids? Do you know someone that gets the job done using creative measures? If so, Heartspring wants you to tell us, in your innovative, creative way how you do what you do to get results for children with special needs.

HEATH Resource Center
George Washington University has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to operate the National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities, known as the HEATH Resource Center. The web page contains information about funding opportunities along with many other resources.

Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education
Based on the legacy of Helen Keller, the Foundation strives to prevent blindness and deafness by advancing research and education. The Foundation aspires to be a leader in integrating sight, speech and hearing research with the greater biomedical research community, creating and coordinating a peer-reviewed, worldwide network of investigators and institutions.

Immune Deficiency Foundation Annual Scholarship Program
The Immune Deficiency Foundation is honored to award scholarships to undergraduate students living with primary immunodeficiency diseases who plan on completing their secondary education. The Eric Marder Scholarship Program is open to patients with a primary immunodeficiency as classified by the World Health Organization and is intended for undergraduate students attending or entering college or a technical training school.

Incight Scholarship
$750 scholarships are available for those with documented disability (can be physical, learning, cognitive, etc.) and attending trade school, college or university full-time. Scholarship may be renewed up to four years. Visit web page for application information.

Informed Consumer's Guide to Funding Assistive Technology
With the advent of new technology, more and more options exist to enable persons with disabilities to live independently, to achieve higher levels of education, to participate in activities of the workplace, and to engage in hobbies and recreational activities. This Informed Consumer Guide attempts to provide sources of information to help negotiate that maze. Researched and written by Anjanette Daigle, Stephen Lowe, Katherine Belknap and Lynn Halverson and produced by ABLEDATA, October 2001.

(International) 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.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet Financial Aid Resources for Purchasing Assistive Technology
Provides listings of resources in the US to help finance assistive technology such as wheelchair accessible vans, adaptive technology and computer programs as well as the accessories needed to help you achieve your goals.

Iowa Compass Academic Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

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 Disability MyBioSource Inc. Scholarships

MyBioSource Inc. is proud to offer scholarships for High School Seniors, Undergraduates, Graduates as well as international students who have a learning disability who are enrolled in accredited colleges/universities. With these programs we are thrilled to part take in supporting education to students in all regions. 

Lighthouse International Scholarship Awards
Lighthouse International's Scholarship Awards are designed to reward excellence, recognize accomplishments and help students who are blind or partially sighted achieve their career goals. There are four categories: College-bound Award, Undergraduate Award I, Undergraduate Award II and Graduate Award. For more information, contact Kelly Boyle at the Lighthouse, tel: (212) 821-9428; fax (212) 821-9703; e-mail:

Lucent Pioneer Organization Scholarship

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The Lucent Pioneer Organization offers scholarships to assist with tuition for physically and mentally challenged students in pursuit of education. (As defined in The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992). Students may apply each January and applications should be mailed to the nearest Lucent Technologies Pioneer office.

Masters Guide

Graduate school and college guide for students with disabilities.  A full guide for choosing and applying at university, laws and regulations for students and getting financial aid through scholarships. 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 and selected at two intervals within the year.

Mobility International USA National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange Financial Resources for U.S. Residents
Financial aid publications, scholarship search engines, vocational rehabilitation and SSI information and international and local organizations offering scholarships, grants, and fellowships.

Mobility International USA National Clearinghouse on Disability 
and Exchange Financial Resources for Non-U.S. Residents
A list of information for people with disabilities from outside the United States to find scholarships, grants, loans and other funding sources to participate in an international exchange program to the United States.

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.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Patient Services Directory
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) is concerned with the physical, emotional, and social impact on people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families. 

MyBioSource Inc. Scholarships (learning disability)

MyBioSource Inc. is proud to offer scholarships for High School Seniors, Undergraduates, Graduates as well as international students who have a learning disability who are enrolled in accredited colleges/universities. With these programs we are thrilled to part take in supporting education to students in all regions. 

National Council of Jewish Women New York Section Scholarships
Awards competitive scholarships and "camperships" every year, including:
(1) The Jackson-Stricks Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to a physically challenged person for academic study or vocational training that leads to independent living.
(2) Karp-Sleppin Campership Program enables children to experience a month in the country at a summer camp.

National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division

National Hemophelia Foundation Scholarships
The National Hemophilia Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships for women with bleeding disorders on an annual basis, depending on funding. This scholarship is designed to benefit women with bleeding disorders in their pursuit of post high school studies. The scholarship is inspired by the generosity of two extraordinary young women from the bleeding disorders community: Josephine Droney and Lindsey Hanson. For any additional questions, please contact Patrice Flax, Manager of Education, at 734-890-2504 or

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program

NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships

NEC Foundation of America
Makes cash grants to nonprofit organizations and programs with national reach and impact in one or both of the following arenas: science and technology education, principally at the secondary level, and/or the application of technology to assist people with disabilities.

Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.
Twice each year, depending on financial conditions, the Fund awards financial assistance to one or more 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charities that share our commitment to supporting an enhanced quality of life for individuals with disabilities, especially those served by members of the orthotics and prosthetics community.

Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability. Patient Advocate Foundation offers direct patient services through this website, and can be contacted via E-mail at Our toll-free number is 1-800-532-5274.

Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award
The Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award is given to a school or school-related program that addresses the educational and social/emotional needs of all children, including those with learning disabilities. Preference is given to programs that serve underprivileged and under- served communities, or programs that have demonstrated unique impact for students with LD.

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. For more information, contact: Pilot Dogs, Inc., 625 West Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215; Telephone: 614-221-6367; Fax: 614-221-1577

Rehabmart Scholarship

Rehabmart is owned and operated by Occupational and Physical Therapists - we would like to show our gratitude to the health care profession by offering scholarships to students with disabilities, health science students, or anyone majoring in special needs education. 

We have created a $25,000 scholarship fund for:

  • Students with a Disability (of any major)
  • Health Sciences Students (any medical major)
  • Special Needs Education

Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Students Available
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, has a variety of information resources available for blind and visually impaired students considering enrolling in or currently enrolled in education beyond high school, including the Student Aid Audio Guide, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid, Repaying Your Student Loans, and the Braille Bookmark.

Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities
A compilation by Education Corner.

Scholarships for Students With Disabilities
This page presents a short list of scholarships for students with learning disabilities. Due to the very large and growing number of students who claim to be learning disabled, such awards are often highly competitive. Courtesy of FinAid.

Social Security Administration Blind Or Have Low Vision Assistance

Spina Bifada Association Scholarship
The Scholarship Fund awards four year and one year scholarships to young people born with spina bifida to pursue higher education.

Summit Disability Law Group Scholarship

The Travis Roy Foundation
The Foundation’s primary goal is to help spinal cord injury survivors and further research for a cure. Named after a Maine youth who became a quadriplegic after a freak collegiate hockey accident, the Foundation has distributed more than $2.5 million in individual and research grants. Individual grants have been used to modify vans and to purchase wheelchairs, computers, ramps, shower chairs, and other adaptive equipment to help paraplegics and quadriplegics live their lives.

United Student Aid Funds Access to Education Scholarship
Applications accepted December 15-February 15
Provides scholarship to students with an annual family income of less than $35,000. Up to 50% of awards will be targeted to applicants who are members of an ethnic-minority group or who have a physical disability.

Women's Scholarships

World Institute on Disability Proyecto Visión
A bilingual website that lists scholarships for students with disabilities. Some scholarships are for people with specific disabilities, such as impaired vision or mobility, while others are for people with any type of disability.


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