This list is not intended to be a complete listing of all organizations which provide financial assistance, nor is it intended to be an endorsement of any organization or publication. All of the sources included are nationwide in scope.
College Resources for Students with Disabilities:
A user-friendly guide that explores legal provisions as well as a comprehensive listing of scholarships and grants designed specifically to support their higher education pursuits.
Has an online guide to financial aid for students with disabilities. The guide includes a curated list of more than 85 disability-specific scholarships, strategies for utilizing state and local financial aid resources, and an overview of loan forgiveness and reduction options. Also has a Self-Advocacy Handbook for Students with Disabilities available online.
American Council of the Blind
Provides scholarships to blind post-secondary students annually. Also publishes a listing of other scholarships available to blind and visually impaired students.
American Foundation for the Blind
1401 S. Clark St., Suite 730
Arlington, VA 22202
Scholarship information page: https://www.afb.org/about-afb/events-and-awards/afb-scholarships
Scholarship contact person:
Aaron Preece, Scholarship Coordinator
Telephone: (304) 710-3034
E-mail: [email protected]
Publishes a guide to college resources for students with disabilities that includes a section on scholarships.
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
Toll-free: 1- 844-460-0625
Offers the Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program, which awards three students an individual prize of $3,000. This competitive scholarship is available to full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines.
Dirk Derrick Law Firm
The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. The Dirk Derrick Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an auto accident has had on their life as well as their journey to overcome those challenges.
Students applying must submit an essay where you explain, present, inspire, or otherwise convince us as to why you deserve to win this scholarship. Keep submissions to 5 paragraphs and 600 words maximum. The winning submission will be one which clearly conveys a non-fictional story of your life before and after an auto accident.
Has list of useful resources for international students with disabilities studying in the United States; also useful for American students.
Has “The Fully Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities” available on its web site, https://www.goodcall.com/education/fully-accessible-guide-paying-college-students-disabilities/. It also includes a list of disability-specific scholarships and rights for students with disabilities who are attending college.
250 W. 64th St.
New York, NY 10023
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: https://lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/scholarships/
National Federation of the Blind
Cayte Mendez, Chairperson, NFB Scholarship Committee
200 E. Wells St. at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2415
Fax: (410) 685-5653
Web site: https://www.testprepreview.com/
“An Introduction to College Scholarships” provides information about applying for scholarships and practice entrance tests. View it at https://www.testprepreview.com/college-scholarships.htm.