Educational Grants for Disabled Students
About 40 million Americans have some sort of physical or mental disability, and students with disabilities represent approximately 11 per cent of all postsecondary students in the United States. For general information about educational resources for disabled people at all stages of their education students should refer to the website of the Office on Disability in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (www.hhs.gov/od). Disability.gov also provides excellent information and ideas for starting a funding search. There are thousands of different scholarships available to those with disabilities, and most of them come from private organizations. Some of them are available to students with any disability, and some are targeted to students with a particular disability.

General Grants for Disabled Students

 

This list includes funding opportunities for students with any disability. Some of these awards are intended for students who are studying a particular subject or who intend to enter a particular profession. This list in intended to give students a good place to begin research and to stimulate creative thinking about possible funding sources.

 

  • The American Association on Health and Disability (www.aahd.org) offers scholarships to for undergraduate and graduate students. Preference is given to students studying public health and disability studies.
  • Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies of the American Library Association offers the Century Scholarship to students with disabilities pursuing a Masters of Library Science degree. The website for more information is www.ala.org/ascla.
  • The Institute of International Education awards the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to students with disabilities who intend to study abroad for one year at the longest. The website is www.iie.org/GILMAN.
  • The National Future Farmers of America organization awards generous grants to physically disabled students studying any area of agriculture. To find more information on these B.R.I.D.G.E. Endowment Scholarships visit https://www.ffa.org/programs/grantsandscholarships/Pages/default.aspx#.
  • The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation, in conjunction with Microsoft, awards a Disabled War Veterans Scholarship grant to veterans who are disabled as a result of wounds received in the line of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. The website is http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/military.
  • The Google Lime Scholarship for Disabled Computer Science Students is a very generous grant available to college juniors and seniors who are studying computer science and computer engineering. More information is available at www.limeconnect.com.
  • The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation awards the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship to student filmmakers with disabilities. More information on this generous grant can be found at www.emmysfoundation.org.
  • The USAFunds Access to Education Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors and college students attending or planning to attend a college, university, vocational school or community college. The website for more information is www.usafunds.org.

Grants for Students with Specific Disabilities

 

The following organizations are among those that offer grants and scholarships for visually-impaired students:

 

  • Lighthouse International Foundation (www.lighthouse.org)
  • American Council of the Blind (www.acb.org) and the individual state chapters.
  • National Federation of the Blind (www.nfb.org)
  • Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (www.cclvi.org)
  • The Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Award program (www.rfbd.org)

 

These organizations are among those which are good funding sources for students with hearing and speaking impairments.

 

 

 

These organization offer grants and scholarships to students with mobility issues, including amputees.

 

 

For students with learning or mental disabilities, these organizations are sources of grants and scholarships.

 

 

These organizations are just a few of those that offer grant and scholarship assistance to students with chronic health issues.

 

 

 

 

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