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

January 12, 2016

Scholarships for Students Challenged with an Illness or Disability

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:

Mouse Hole Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 16-18
Award Amount: $1,000

Sponsored by Blind Mice Mart, the Mouse Hole Scholarship is open to visually impaired students and to sighted students with visually impaired parents.

You must submit a four- to fifteen- page essay describing where you are in your life in the year 2020.

You must be attending a college or university degree program in the United States.

Learn more information about the Mouse Hole Scholarship.

CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies; 25 Available

Sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), the CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship is available to students who are living with a disability and planning to study abroad through the Council on International Educational Exchange Program.

You must describe why you want to study abroad and any efforts you have made in advocating on disability issues or how you will use this opportunity to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities to be eligible for this award.

You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Learn more information about the CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship.

James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Years 1 through 5
Award Amount: $5,000

Sponsored by Cancer Monthly, LLC, the James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students at colleges/universities in the United States.

To be considered, you must submit an essay on the use of alternative medical approaches in the treatment of cancer.

Some suggested topics for your essay are: Why are alternative therapies used by cancer patients when they are not FDA approved? Should cancer patients and doctors be able to use whatever treatments they like in treating cancer? Should medicinal medicine and folk knowledge have any relevancy in cancer?

It is estimated that it costs over $400 million to bring a new cancer drug to market. Does that establish roadblocks for the testing and approval of alternative therapies?

Get more information on the James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Chairscholars Foundation Florida Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 100% of Tuition

The Chairscholars Foundation Florida Scholarship is open to seriously disabled students attending public schools in the Florida counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Volusia, Sarasota, and Polk.

You must have at least a “C” average and be eligible for your school’s free or reduced lunch program to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the Chairscholars Foundation Florida Scholarship.

Robert B. Betts Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Robert B. Betts Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship is open to physically-challenged students at Hofstra University.

Learn more information about the Robert B. Betts Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship.

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