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Scholarships for Students Challenged with an Illness or Disability

Scholarships for Students Challenged with an Illness or Disability

Students prove, time and time again, that anyone can accomplish educational goals with the right motivation.

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 13, 2014

For any student, the work and rigors of attending college courses is a challenge on a daily basis. For students challenged with illness, handling these additional obstacles is truly admirable.

Award opportunities for students living with, challenged by or have overcome illness exist to help such students achieve their goals. Such students prove, time and time again, that anyone can accomplish educational goals with the right motivation and determination.

Check out the following scholarships for students challenged by an illness or disability:

PAF Scholarship for Survivors
Award: $3,000
Deadline: March 14, 2014
Available To: College Freshman through College Senior

Provided by the Patient Advocate Foundation, the PAF Scholarship for Survivors is available to undergraduate students who have been diagnosed with, and/or been actively treated for, a life threatening disease within the past five years.

You must be under the age of 25 to be eligible for this award. An essay is required.

Learn more information about the PAF Scholarship for Survivors.

PBTF One-Year Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Available To: College Freshman through Grad Student, 5th Year

The PBTF One-Year Scholarship is available to current college students who have survived a primary malignant or non – malignant central nervous system brain and / or spinal cord tumor.

You must have been diagnosed at or before age 19 to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the PBTF One-Year Scholarship.

Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Available To: College Freshman

The Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors with a certified language-related learning disability.

This award is for post- secondary education and you must be nominated by a P. Buckley Moss Society member to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship.

Powering Education Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Deadline: April 1, 2014
Available To: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5

The Powering Education Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are living with disabilities.

You must have attended high school in the state of Maine and have at least a “B” average GPA to be eligible for this award.

You must also submit a 500- to 1000-word essay on how your disability has helped shape your view of the world and you as a person.

Learn more information about the Powering Education Scholarship.

Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarship
Award: $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Available To: College Freshman

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarships are available to high school seniors who are living with type one diabetes.

You must be actively involved in the diabetes community to be considered for this award. You must also demonstrate exemplary academic performance and participation in community and / or extracurricular activities or sports.

Learn more information about the Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarships.

Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation Award
Award: $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Available To: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation Award is available to high school seniors and college students who have been impacted in some way by leukemia or lymphoma.

You must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation Award.

Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Available To: College Freshman through College Senior

The Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students who have been impacted by multiple sclerosis.

You must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship.

Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Available To: College Freshman through College Senior

The Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship is available to full-time students who have a clinically significant bilateral hearing loss.

You must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a college or university in the United States, be a U.S. citizen, and have a minimum 3.2 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship.

Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund
Award: $1,000
Deadline: July 15, 2014
Available To: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund is open to full- time undergraduate and graduate students who are HIV positive or have AIDS.

You must be accepted into or enrolled in a U.S. college or university to be eligible for this award.

A doctor’s letter, transcripts, college acceptance letter, three letters of recommendation, and essay are required.

Learn more information about the Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: July 31, 2014
Available To: College Freshman through College Senior

The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Scholarship is available to students who were diagnosed with cancer or had a recurrence of cancer between the ages of 13 and graduation from high school and underwent treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiation.

You must be a U.S. citizen, and be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree at an accredited post-secondary institution to be eligible for this award.

Preference will be given to students who are still undergoing treatment, students with permanent effects of treatment, and students starting their post-high school educations.

Learn more information about the Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Scholarship.

GuildScholar Award
Award: $15,000
Deadline: September 15, 2014
Available To: College Freshman

Provided by Jewish Guild for the Blind, the GuildScholar Award is available to college-bound high school students who are legally blind.

Election criteria includes: proof of legal blindness, academic excellence, financial need, leadership, community service, and scholarship.

You must also be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the GuildScholar Award.


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