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Scholarships for Students with Disabilities and Illnesses

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Kathryn Knight Randolph

April 08, 2022

Find scholarships for students with disabilities and illnesses to help make your college dream a reality.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities and Illnesses
For any student, the work and rigors of attending college is a challenge on a daily basis. For students challenged with a disability or 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, determination, and access to resources. Check out the following scholarships for students challenged by a disability or illness:

Medexus B More Scholarship

Deadline: 4/28/22 Available to: College and Graduate Students Award Amount: Varies The Medexus B More Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students. You must be living with hemophilia B to be eligible for this award. Learn more about the Medexus B More Scholarship.

Hope for the Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/22 Available to: Varies Award Amount: Varies The Hope For The Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship is available to the legal spouses and caregivers of post - 9/11 veterans who have sustained combat-related injuries and/or has a 100 percent permanent and total VA disability rating to include Individual Unemployability. Learn more about the Hope for the Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship.

Help America Hear Scholarship

Deadline: 5/1/22
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000 The Help America Hear Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have a hearing loss, which requires the use of hearing aid(s) in their daily life. A 500 to 1500 - word essay is required. Learn more information about the Help America Hear Scholarship.

Team See Possibilities Global Scholars Program

Deadline: 5/2/22
Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Award Amount: $5,000 The Team See Possibilities Global Scholars Program is open to students who are legally blind. Learn more information about the Team See Possibilities Global Scholars Program.

Mouse Hole Scholarship

Deadline: 5/15/22
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000 The Mouse Hole Scholarship is available to visually impaired students and to sighted students with visually impaired parents. To be considered, you must submit a six to fifteen - page essay on the following topic: "The year is 2032. You have just received an invitation to your 10 - year high school reunion. Thoughts of the past fly through your head. What are these memories?" Learn more information about the Mouse Hole Scholarship.

NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

Deadline: 5/19/22
Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Award Amount: $5,625 The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who self - identify as a person with any type of disability. You must be pursuing a career in the communication, media, or entertainment to be eligible for this award. Learn more information about the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship.

Lime Connect Pathways Scholarship

Deadline: 5/30/22
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000 The Lime Connect Pathways Scholarship is available to high school seniors in the U.S. and Canada who are living with disabilities. Learn more information about the Lime Connect Pathways Scholarship.

Little People of America Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/22
Available to: Undergraduate Students
Award Amount: Varies The Little People of America Scholarship is available to undergraduate students. You must have a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism, or be the immediate family member of someone with dwarfism to be eligible for this award. Learn more information about the Little People of America Scholarship.

FACES College Scholarship

Deadline: 6/27/22
Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Award Amount: $2,500 The FACES College Scholarship is available to students who suffer from epilepsy or a seizure disorder. You must demonstrate financial need to be considered for this award. Learn more information about the FACES College Scholarship.

Kaela Anderson Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors & Undergraduate Students
Award Amount: Varies The Kaela Anderson Memorial Foundation Scholarship is available to high school seniors and current undergraduate students who are afflicted with Moebius syndrome. To be considered, you must submit a maximum two - page essay that describes your educational goals including the degree to which your physical disability has influenced your life. Learn more about the Kaela Anderson Memorial Foundation Scholarship.

Neilsen Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies Available to: College Students (at participating colleges) Award Amount: Varies The Neilsen Scholarship Program is open to students at selected colleges who are living with a spinal cord injury. You must be attending one of the Sponsor's partner institutions and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to be considered for this award. Learn more about the Neilsen Scholarship Program.

Attending College with a Disability or Illness

Students searching for and attending colleges who have a disability or illness will find that most college campuses will work with them to be as accommodating as possible. For instance, a student with a life-threatening peanut allergy may find that their college will designate a residential hall or certain eateries on campus as peanut-free zones. A student that is wheelchair-bound may find that their campus has special housing that provides handicap access to their room, bathroom, and study area. Additionally, students with a disability or illness can advocate through proper channels for their college or university to make changes that will benefit them and improve their quality of life on campus. The National Center for College Students with Disabilities is a federally-funded entity that exists to help students navigate finding a college based on their specific needs, securing aid to pay for college, and handle problems that may arise once they are a student. Their site provides training handbooks and webinars to teach students and their families how to navigate working with a college in order to improve their on-campus experience. This resource is especially helpful to those students who may experience a new disability or illness while in college. While being diagnosed with a new disability or illness in college is uncommon, it’s not unheard of. Colleges have undoubtedly experienced this within their student body in the past and are diligent and compassionate about caring for students through their diagnosis. Whether you start your college career with a disability or illness, or are diagnosed after you arrive, it’s important to keep your professors and Resident Assistant’s (RA) informed of your condition. They will undoubtedly understand if you need to miss classes, or will serve as a help to you if you need assistance in your living unit. You’ll also want to keep in touch with the campus health center and find a specialist – if necessary – near your college campus. For students living with disabilities and illnesses on a college campus, community is so important to physical, mental, emotional, and academic success. However, the success is all your own. To navigate a college campus and attend college classes with the challenges that having a disability or illness may create is nothing short of amazing. You’ve got this!

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