Find Scholarships for Students With Disabilities

There are many scholarship programs for students with learning disabilities, designed to meet their unique qualifications and learning needs.

The Learning Disability Association of America (LDA) sponsors scholarships for students with learning disabilities in many states and has lists of additional resources.

As with any application process, be alert to possible scams and do not apply to any scholarship program that requests application fees or other fees. Also be mindful of application deadlines and requirements, as they can vary. 


The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Awards

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The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships ​offer financial assistance to graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities seeking post-secondary education. The scholarships, named for a mother and daughter, are granted to two students as two separate scholarships.

The Anne Ford is a four-year scholarship in the amount of $10,000, disbursed as $2,500 per school year for a student pursuing a bachelor's degree. The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is an award of $5,000 given over two years ($2,500 each year) to a student of a two-year community college, vocational-technical school, or specialized post-secondary program.


Judith Cary Scholarship

This scholarship of up to $1,000 is awarded to a person seeking a certification, bachelor's degree, or master's degree in special education. Founded by the P. Buckley Moss Society in 1999, the scholarship is named for the late Judith Cary, a high school teacher who worked for the Moss Society, a nonprofit organization focused on children's education for students with learning barriers. 


P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship provides up to $1,000 awarded annually to one high school senior with financial need, a verified language-related learning difference, and who plans a career in visual arts. The scholarship can be renewed for up to three years, and students attending two- and four-year degree programs are eligible.


Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award (SAA)

This award is available to legally blind and visually impaired students who will receive a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a four-year college or university in the United States. Awards of between $1,000 and $6,000 are given, and there are academic performance requirements to be eligible.


Baer Reintegration Scholarship

Baer Reintegration Scholarships are for students with either schizophrenia,
schizo-affective disorder, or bipolar disorder. The scholarships are designed to provide financial assistance for educational opportunities including GED programs, trades, vocational or technical certifications, associate, bachelor's, and graduate degrees. 


Millie Brother Scholarship for Hearing Children of Deaf Adults (CODA)

This $3,000 scholarship is for hearing children of deaf parents and is available for undergraduate studies.

These are one-time awards, but students may reapply multiple times if they were not a previous winner. 

7 Scholarship Awards

This organization offers several scholarships of $250-$500 to students enrolled in nursing programs who serve people with disabilities or who have disabilities themselves.


Hydrocephalus Association Scholarship Program

This award is for teens, young adults, and adults with hydrocephalus. Several scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are offered annually. 


Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Scholarship Program

This organization provides a variety of $3,000 scholarships to students across the autism spectrum who are pursuing full-time, post-secondary, undergraduate education or vocational-technical training. 


Sertoma Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship

Funded by Oticon Inc., the Sertoma organization offers multiple $1000 scholarship awards to students with bilateral hearing loss who are pursuing four-year degrees.


Travelers Protective Association (TPA) Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired

The TPA scholarship is funded through a trust and is awarded annually to students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

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