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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 09, 2015

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:

Help America See Scholarship

Deadline: 3/29/15
Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: $500

Sponsored by the Foundation for Sight and Sound, the Help America See Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are considered totally blind or legally blind and have low vision, or are visually impaired.

A 500- to 1,500-word essay is required.

Get more information on the Help America See Scholarship.

disABLEDperson Inc. National Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

Sponsored by disABLEDperson Inc., the disABLEDperson Inc. National Scholarship is available to full-time college students who are living with disabilities.

To be considered, you must submit an essay of 1000 words or less answering the following question: “What is the current state of the Social Security Disability Income Program?”

Get more information on the disABLEDperson Inc. National Scholarship.

IES Abroad Disability Grant

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: $750

Sponsored by the Institute for the International Education of Students, the IES Abroad Disability Grant is available to students with disabilities who are interested in studying abroad.

Get more information on the IES Abroad Disability Grant.

Powering Education Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available To: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

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 1,000-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.

CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: Varies

Provided 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 about the CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship.

Incight Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The Incight Scholarship is available to full- time students with disabilities who are attending a post-secondary school in the United States.

You must be a resident of Oregon, Washington or California to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Incight Scholarship.

LI2Day Walk Scholarship

Deadline: 4/10/15
Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: $2,500

Sponsored by the Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, the LI2Day Walk Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors residing in Nassau and Suffolk County.

You must be residing with a parent or guardian who is a breast cancer survivor or other women’s cancer, or resided with a parent or guardian whom you lost to breast cancer or other women’s cancer to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the LI2Day Walk Scholarship.

PBTF One-Year Scholarship

Deadline: 4/20/15
Available To: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Sponsored by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, 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.

Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/15
Available To: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: $1,000

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

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available To: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: $1,000

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.

Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

Sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind, the Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are legally blind.

You must be studying rehabilitation and / or education of the blind or visually impaired and be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this award.

Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Get more information on the Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship.

Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/15
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $500

Sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind, the Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship is open to full-time graduate students who are legally blind.

You must be a U.S. citizen and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship.

Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: 7/15/15
Available To: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year
Award Amount: $1,000

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.

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.


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