Scholarships for people with disabilities can help make it easier to afford a college education. College can be costly, and repaying student loans after graduation might make saving money difficult.
Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of to help people with disabilities pursue higher education. We have put together a list of some of the best places to apply for scholarships to help lighten the load to afford college.
180 Medical Scholarship Program
180 Medical is a nationwide medical supply company specializing in catheter, ostomy, and incontinence supplies. They provide quality products, education, and service to help turn lives around. Part of their service is giving back, and that is why they provide students the opportunity to apply for the 180 Medical Scholarship.
The 180 Medical Scholarship helps those living with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or an ostomy pursue their goal of higher education. Each year, 180 Medical awards seven recipients $1,000 scholarships.
For more information about the 180 Medical Scholarship opportunity, including complete eligibility requirements, visit https://www.180medical.com/scholarships/.
180 Medical Ron Howell Caregiver Scholarship
180 Medical also offers a caregiver scholarship opportunity to college students that are unpaid while caring for a loved one full-time in the home. One student is awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
For more information about the 180 Medical Ron Howell Caregiver Scholarship opportunity, including full eligibility requirements, visit https://www.180medical.com/caregiver-scholarship/.
Microsoft Disability Scholarship
The Microsoft Disability Scholarship is a renewable scholarship opportunity for high school seniors with disabilities including visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, speech, or other disability. These students must be planning on attending college to pursue a career in the technology industry. Each student has the potential to receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years.
For requirements, information on how to apply, or questions, visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx.
Google Lime Scholarship
Google partners with Lime Connect, a non-profit organization that represents the largest network of high-potential university students and professionals, including veterans, who have disabilities in the world. The Google Lime Scholarship is awarded to computer science students with visible and invisible disabilities each year. $10,000 is given to those studying in the United States, and $5,000 is given to those studying in Canada.
For complete eligibility requirements, criteria, and when to apply, visit https://www.limeconnect.com/programs/page/google-lime-scholarship.
1800Wheelchair.com Scholarship Fund
1800Wheelchair.com offers a $500 scholarship each year to two deserving students who explore mobility issues on campus, overcoming personal challenges, or other related topics.
For criteria and how to apply, visit https://www.1800wheelchair.com/scholarship/.
Will2Walk Scholarship Program
The Will2Walk Scholarship Program awards $5,000 to individuals with a traumatic spinal cord injury due to a single, catastrophic event. The scholarship can cover expenses related to products and services such as educational assistance, medical supplies, adaptive equipment, therapy, personal growth and development, and more.
The Will2Walk Scholarship Program overview, application process, and terms and conditions can be found at https://will2walk.org/scholarship-program/.
American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program
The AAHD Scholarship is awarded annually to a disabled student that is at least a sophomore and pursuing studies related to health and disability and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities. The $1,000 scholarship is for only one deserving student.
The program criteria, funding information, and application requirements can be found at https://aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/.
Disability Awareness Scholarship
MilitaryVALoan.com offers a $1,000 scholarship to one recipient each year that is ready to begin college, accepted into a program, or is currently enrolled. The Disability Awareness Scholarship is awarded to someone that has overcome their disability or has worked with disabled persons to help them achieve something great.
To find more information about the application process, visit https://www.militaryvaloan.com/disability-scholarships.html.
Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship
Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship is aimed at helping college students at least 18 years old with Down syndrome achieve their dreams of independence and higher education. Students are evaluated based on their personal values, accomplishments, goals, community impact, and vision of their life. Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarships can be re-applied for each year and range from $1,000 to $10,000.
For application instructions, eligibility requirements, and scholarship expense criteria, visit https://rubysrainbow.org/scholarship-application/.
Organization for Autism Research Scholarships
The Organization for Autism Research offers three $3,000 scholarships each year to autistic students enrolled in educational programs at a university, college, trade, or vocational school. These scholarships are designed to benefit students with autistic disorders by helping to better their lives through education.
All three scholarships and their corresponding application links can be found at https://researchautism.smapply.org/res/p/scholarship/.
Although this is not a comprehensive list of all scholarships for people with disabilities, it does provide a place to start. Many other scholarships for people with disabilities who are already enrolled in school or looking to further their education are available. Grants and financial assistance and support services are other options.
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