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Disabled Students: Supplemental Sources of Financial Aid

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American Council of the Blind
Scholarship Office
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 720
Washington, D.C. 20005

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately 20 scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500 to students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Deadline: March 1

American Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
Scholarship Committee
ATTN: Associate Director of Program Services
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001

A variety of scholarships are available to students who are declared legally blind in both eyes. Only one application needs to be submitted for all scholarships.

Deadline: April 30

Scholarship Awards Committee
3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Tel: 202.337.5220
TTY: 202.337.5221
Applicants must have been diagnosed with a moderate to profound hearing loss prior to acquiring spoken language. Applicant's hearing loss must be bilateral and in the moderate to profound range. Applicants must be accepted at or enrolled in an accredited law school or masters/doctoral program in public policy or public administration as a full-time graduate student.
Deadline: Various

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

Scholarships and grants for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Deadline: Various

Birth Injury Scholarship
Attn: Michael Becker
134 Middle Ave
Elyria, OH 44035

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Recipient is currently attending an accredited college or university, or entering college in the fall of 2014.
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA in either high school or undergraduate transcripts.

Deadline: August 10

Injury Lawyer News - Disability Scholarship

Injury Lawyer News believes strongly in helping students achieve their goals of higher education, especially when they are faced with challenges such as physical and learning disabilities. As advocates of higher education, we are proud to give back to the community through the Injury Lawyer News Disability Scholarship Award.
The scholarship award is available to all pre-law and law school students. Students must be accepted to or already attending an accredited US college or university or accepted to or attending a fully accredited US law school. In addition, the scholarship is only available to students with a medically documented disability, which can be either a physical disability or a learning disability.
Deadline: December 31

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Chairperson Patti Chang, Esq.
410.659.9314, extension 2415

Each year the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the fall of the year of application. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need.

Deadline: March 31

Paralyzed Veterans of America Law Student Scholarship ​

ATTN: Debra L. Luszietti​-Myers, Esq.
Paralyzed Veteran of America
Office of the General Council
801 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Paralyzed Veterans of America originally founded the scholarship program in 1986. Since that time, we have awarded over $300,000 in scholarships. This program was originally devised to provide some financial reprieve for Paralyzed Veterans members and their families so that they may achieve their goals in the academic arena. The result of this competitive process is a monetary scholarship to assist them in reaching their post-secondary educational goals

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be either a Paralyzed Veterans member, the spouse of a Paralyzed Veterans member, or an unmarried child (under 24 years of age) who is dependent (as defined by the IRS) on the member for principal support
  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States
  • Applicant must be accepted and enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited US college or university
Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in April 2015

The University of Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities
G-664 Haven Hall
505 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045

A variety of scholarships are available to current University of Michigan students with disabilities who register with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Students will receive information as long as they are registered. Scholarships are not restricted by type of disability, and as such are also available to students with "non-physical" disabilities such as learning disabilities.

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