Disabled Students: Supplemental Sources of Financial Aid
Each listing has its own criteria but deadline dates, selection conditions, application processes, and other details change more quickly than we can update this page. Please contact each individual source for complete, up-to-date details.
American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 720
Washington, D.C. 20005
Deadline: March 1
Website: American Council of the Blind
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.
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
ATTN: Associate Director of Program Services
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
Deadline: April 30
Website: American Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
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.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
Scholarship Awards Committee
3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Website: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
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.
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
Website: Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
Scholarships and grants for students who are blind or visually impaired.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Chairperson Patti Chang, Esq.
410.659.9314, extension 2415
Deadline: March 31
Website: National Federation of the Blind
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.
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
Deadline: N/A (Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in April 2015)
Website: Paralyzed Veterans of America
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
The University of Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities
G-664 Haven Hall
505 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045
Website: The University of Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities
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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