There are many disability scholarships available worldwide, providing financial assistance for students with a physical, sensory or learning disability, or a mental health condition. Read on for a selection of scholarships for students with disabilities, categorized by country.
Scholarships are a great way to help finance a college education because they are essentially free money students can use to pay tuition, purchase books and supplies, and help with room and board.
Below, we’ve included lists of scholarships specific to some disabilities, as well as a section for general scholarships.
Scholarships for students with to study in the US and Canada
- AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability – Scholarships for students with disabilities, who must be US citizens enrolled full-time as undergraduate or graduate students at any accredited US university. You should be pursuing a degree related to health and disability.
- Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) College Scholarship Program – Merit-based scholarships for full-time students who are deaf or hard of hearing to study an undergraduate degree at a mainstream college or university. A limited number of scholarships are also available for students pursuing a graduate degree. Open to students from both within and outside the US.
- Baer Reintegration Scholarship – Scholarships for US citizens who suffer from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder and are currently receiving treatment for their illness. Eligible programs include high school equivalency programs, trade or vocational school programs, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees.
- Flora Marie Jenkins Memorial Disability Scholarship – A scholarship for a disabled US student who has either been accepted or is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in the US. To apply, you’ll need to submit an essay explaining the impact your disability has had on your life.
- Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) Educational Scholarships – Four categories of scholarship aimed at supporting students with blood disorders, including the Medical/Healthcare Services Educational Scholarship, aimed at those studying for a career in the medical field.
- Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship – Scholarships for disabled high school seniors from any country to study an undergraduate program in a US university or technical college. You must have a passion for technology, show financial need and declare a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business, or a related subject.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships – Scholarships for two high school seniors from the US with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are about to undertake post-secondary education.
- Google Lime Scholarship Program – Scholarships for disabled students from any country to study at any level at a Canadian or US university. You must be studying a computer science/computer engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field.
- Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program – Scholarships for legal residents of Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, or Québec who have ADHD, to study at any accredited higher education institution in one of the aforementioned provinces.
- DisabilityAwards.ca – A searchable portal of financial awards for disabled students from Canada.
Disability scholarships in Europe
Scholarships for students with to study anywhere in Europe:
- Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities – Scholarships for students who are either currently enrolled or intend to be enrolled in a European university as a full time bachelor’s, master’s or PhD student. You must be studying computer science, computer engineering, informatics, or a closely related technical subject.
Scholarships for students with to study in United Kingdom
- Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP) – A charity which works to enable disabled people to learn how to fly. You can apply if you’re a UK resident, over 18, not in full-time education and allowed to drive by the DVLA.
- Goldsmiths Disabled Students’ Scholarships – Scholarships for UK nationals to study an undergraduate degree at Goldsmiths, University of London.
- Oxford-Wadham Graduate Scholarship for Disabled Students – Open to home, EU and overseas students, this scholarship provides 100% of the home/EU tuition fee rate and a grant for living costs to study a master’s degree (full-time or part-time) at Wadham College, University of Oxford. Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic ability, and there is no separate application process – you simply need to submit your application for graduate study by the appropriate January deadline for your course.
- Snowden Trust Grants – The UK charity Snowden Trust awards grants for students with physical or sensory disabilities, of any nationality, to study at a UK college or university.
- Student Health Association Bursaries – Bursaries are available for disabled students who are either not eligible or were rejected when they applied for the UK government’s Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA, only available to UK students living in England). You must have attempted to apply for the DSA and provide the result of your application. You must also have started your course before applying for a grant.
- University of Westminster Access Scholarship – A scholarship for a disabled student from the UK/EU who is enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree at the university.
Scholarships for students with to study in Australia and New Zealand
- Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund – This scholarship is for Australian residents of any age with a disability, and provides funding for both formal and informal education.
- Australian National University scholarships and bursaries – Australian National University offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships for disabled students from Australia.
- University of Melbourne – The university lists a range of scholarships and other forms of financial aid for disabled students, including some external scholarships. Some of these are only available for Australian residents.
- University of Auckland June Opie Fellowship – Scholarships for disabled citizens/permanent residents of Canada, Australia or New Zealand to study at postgraduate level at the university.
- University of Canterbury Disability Scholarships – The University of Canterbury in New Zealand offers three scholarships for students with disabilities; one for doctoral students, one for master’s students and the Educ8 Scholarship.
- University of Waikato Disability Scholarships – Various scholarships open for applications from both prospective and currently enrolled students at the University of Waikato (New Zealand)
Scholarships for students with specific disability to study anywhere in the world
Scholarships for students with Attention Deficit Disorder
Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship – The Michael Yasick Scholarship recognizes students diagnosed with ADHD who are accepted to or enrolled in a two- or four-year undergraduate program. The award includes a year of ADHD coaching services to help students with the challenges and opportunities they may encounter in life.
Rise Scholarship Foundation, Inc. – Five students diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and an additional learning disability receive this award annually, which assists students who learn differently from the traditional student. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher to qualify.
Scholarships for students with Autism
Autism Delaware – This scholarship is designed specifically for adults on the autism spectrum who wish to pursue a postsecondary education. Applicants must complete a cover letter describing why they are pursuing a degree and their employment plans after graduation.
Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship – Named for a 14-year-old boy with autism who wandered away from school and did not make it home alive, this scholarship is for high-achieving students diagnosed with autism or who have a close family member with autism. Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited university or college.
Kelly Law Team Autism Scholarship – Open to anyone with autism, two scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing a secondary education. Applicants submit an inspirational essay explaining how the scholarship will benefit them. Stories are placed on the Kelly Law Team website and winners are selected based on which story receives the most attention.
KFM Making a Difference – This scholarship was developed by Kerry Magro, a national motivational speaker who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. Kerry holds a master’s degree in strategic communications and management. He dreams of helping others with autism experience educational success.
Organization for Autism Research – Two nonrenewable scholarships for students on the autism spectrum are provided through the Organization for Autism Research. Eligible individuals are full-time students working toward certification or accreditation in a particular field.
Scholarships for students with General Disabilities
1-800 Wheelchair Scholarship – Two students receive this annual award, established in 2006 to raise awareness of mobility issues on college campuses. Applicants must complete a creative application, based on the current year’s requirements.
AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability – Applicants for this scholarship are juniors in college with a diagnosed disability who are pursuing a degree related to health and disability including public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering and audiology.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation – Graduate students with a disability who are or will be enrolled in communication sciences and disorders are eligible for this scholarship underwritten by the Leslie Londer Fund. Twenty general scholarships are given.
Baer Reintegration Scholarship –Designed for students diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, applicants must be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease and be actively involved in rehabilitative efforts. Awards are based on academic success, an essay, references and other requirements.
Bella Soul Scholarships – Bella Soul gives scholarships to college students with a chronic illness or physical disability. It also provides a community page on its website to support those students.
BMO Capital Markets Lime Connect Equity Through Education Scholarship – In an effort to foster a diverse workforce, this scholarship provides people with disabilities the opportunity to develop themselves through education. Applicants must submit a resume as well as an essay about their career goals and why they should receive the scholarship.
Business Plan Scholarship – This scholarship requires applicants to write an essay about the process of writing a business plan. Essays are judged by the co-founders of Fit Small Business on originality, writing style and quality of ideas.
Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities – Google designed this scholarship for students with disabilities that require long-term or recurring support that impacts one or more major activities considered to be daily functions. This is a one-time award for undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students.
Hydrocephalus Association Scholarship Program – The Hydrocephalus Association has a number of scholarship opportunities for promising young adults who live with the disease. The organization adds scholarships as it grows.
Incight Scholars – Residents of Oregon, Washington and California are eligible for this renewable award for students with a documented disability. Applicants should demonstrate service to the community and the ability to overcome obstacles.
Injury Lawyer News Annual Disability Scholarship – Pre-law and law students with a medically documented disability (either physical or learning) may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be accepted to or already attending an accredited university or law school in the U.S.
Lorraine Nelson Herrick Scholarship – This scholarship from the University of Colorado, Boulder College of Arts and Sciences is designed for a student with a solid academic record who has a disability. Special consideration is given to Colorado residents with multiple sclerosis who are anthropology majors.
Louise J. Snow Endowed Scholarship Fund for Disabled Students – Offered through the University of Utah, this scholarship is designed for students who have a documented disability and who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship – Awarded to promising high school students with financial need who plan to attend a vocational or academic college. This nonrenewable scholarship is designed for students declaring a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business or a related field.
Newcombe Scholarships for Students with Disabilities – The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation provides grants for students with disabilities who have documented financial need. These grants are paid directly to the students’ educational institutions.
Ralph G. Norman Scholarship – Available to Arkansas residents only, this scholarship provides help to young adults with learning difficulties so they can experience educational success. Two scholarships are rewarded each year.
Science Graduate Student Grant Fund – The Foundation for Science and Disability aims to provide opportunities for graduate and professional students with disabilities pursuing degrees in science, engineering, mathematics, technology and pre-medical/dental areas.
Scholarships for students with Hearing Impairment
AG Bell College Scholarship Program – Full-time students with pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss that is moderately severe to profound who are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree are eligible. This is a merit-based scholarship and is very competitive.
Anders Tjellstrom Scholarship – This award is open to Baha System recipients in the U.S. and Canada and was developed to help individuals further improve themselves by continuing their education. Applicants should be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student and must maintain a 2.5 grade point average to keep the scholarship.
Graeme Clark Scholarship – Individuals who have received a Nucleus Cochlear Implant are eligible for this renewable award. The scholarship was founded by Professor Graeme Clark, who was committed to finding solutions for the hearing impaired.
Linda Cowden Memorial Scholarship – Named in memory of Linda Cowden, an administrative assistant and liaison to area deaf clubs for 10 years, this scholarship is awarded to a student who is deaf or hard of hearing and who has been accepted into a postsecondary institution. Applicants must live in one of the 16 counties of Tennessee that Bridges serves.
Sertoma Scholarship for the Hard of Hearing of Deaf – This scholarship for students with a minimum 40dB bilateral hearing loss in both ears may be used to cover tuition, books and supplies. Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis at a college or university in the U.S.
Scholarships for students with Learning & Cognitive Disabilities
Agee Memorial Dyslexia Scholarship Fund – This scholarship for Eastern Kentucky University students is awarded to two recipients each year (one incoming freshman and one continuing student) who have a diagnosed reading disorder (dyslexia). Applicants write an essay explaining how they have worked to overcome the effects of a learning disability.
Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship – The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time award to a high school senior applying to a two-year community college to take a vocational tech program or specialized program for students who have learning disabilities. The recipient must demonstrate perseverance and be committed to achieving his or her academic goals.
Allina Health Scholarship for People with Disabilities – This scholarship assists people who have a sensory impairment or physical disability as they pursue educational goals or gain technical expertise beyond high school. Applicants must identify how the award would support their career goals.
Anne Ford Scholarship – Successful candidates for the Anne Ford Scholarship must be a graduating senior in high school who will attend a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and be involved in school and community activities.
Bennett A. Brown Scholarship – Provided by Georgia State University, this scholarship is for students with language-based learning disabilities who are registered at the Margaret A. Stanton Office of Disability Services at Georgia State. Successful candidates are incoming freshmen who demonstrate financial need.
DREAM Institute’s Higher Education Assistance Program (HEAP) – The HEAP Scholar Award Scholarship is for Oklahoma students with learning disabilities who are pursuing a higher education degree at an Oklahoma college or university. Recipients are eligible to receive academic tutoring, and scholarship funds may go to tuition, fees and books.
Landmark College Scholarships – Landmark College is one of only two colleges in the country specifically for students with learning disabilities. Multiple scholarships are available for students and are based on financial aid and merit.
Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa – Three Iowa seniors with learning disabilities are awarded scholarships each year to assist them in pursuing a postsecondary education.
Liff Family Foundation Scholarship – Full-time undergraduate students with learning disabilities enrolled at Indiana University, Bloomington may apply for this need-based award. Preference is given to residents of Davidson County.
- Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship – Graduating high school seniors interested in a career in the visual arts are eligible for this need-based award. Applicants must show a certified language-related learning difference and an artistic talent.
Scholarships for students with Physical Disabilities
AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to one full-time college student each year who uses a manual wheelchair, power wheelchair or mobility scooter. Successful candidates will have at least one year of college experience and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
Chair Scholars Foundation – Students attending Edinboro University of Pennsylvania or University of Tampa are eligible for this award. Candidates must have a serious physical challenge, which may or may not require the use of a wheelchair for mobility.
Craig H. Nielsen Scholarship Fund for Students with Disabilities – Established in 2008, this scholarship provides funds for tuition, books and fees for students with spinal cord injuries. Preference is given to students in a business-related major or those studying law.
DREAM Institute’s Higher Education Assistance Program (HEAP) – The HEAP Scholar Award Scholarship is for Oklahoma students with physical disabilities who are pursuing a higher education degree at an Oklahoma college or university. Awards are based on financial need and intended to fill in the gap where funding is lacking. Eligibility is renewed annually.
Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is available to female graduate students with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a U.S. college or university. The awards are awarded on an objective basis.
Keaton K. Walker Scholarship Fund – The University of Utah provides this scholarship to graduate and undergraduate students with physical disabilities, with preference given to those with visual impairments. Students must make satisfactory scholastic progress and demonstrate a determination to overcome physical limitations.
Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys – Designed to both increase awareness of cerebral palsy and celebrate the achievements of those affected by it, this scholarship is awarded to students enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must write an essay reflecting on how cerebral palsy affects their lives.
Scholarships for students with Speech Disorders
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation – Underwritten by the Leslie Londer Fund, this scholarship is awarded to a graduate student with a disability. Recipients must not have received a prior award from the ASHFoundation.
National Stuttering Association Scholarship – This award, given by the National Stuttering Association, goes to students with a speech disorder who can demonstrate financial need. Applicants must submit an essay explaining their particular situation and how much financial assistance they need.
Scholarships for students with Visual Disabilities
American Foundation for the Blind – The AFB administers multiple annual scholarships for students who are legally blind. Applicants must submit proof of their blindness, transcripts, an essay and two letters of recommendation. Some scholarships have additional requirements. Some are available only to either undergraduate or graduate students.
Lighthouse Guild – Up to 20 merit-based scholarships are awarded each year to high school students getting ready to attend college. An additional scholarship is given to a graduate student. Applicants must submit proof of legal blindness, two personal statements, three letters of recommendation and copies of transcripts and test scores.
Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards – This award is for a legally blind student who has been registered as a Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) for at least a year and will be seeking a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
National Federation of the Blind – There are more than 30 merit-based, national scholarship opportunities available through the National Federation of the Blind. To be eligible, students must attend a postsecondary institution full time and attend the NFB national convention.
United States Association of Blind Athletes – Awarded to one legally blind male and female student each year, this scholarship is for students enrolled in a two- or four-year college, university or technical school who have a cumulative grade point average or 2.5 or better and are current members of USABA.
Federal Aid, Assistance and Advocacy Resources for students with specific disability
Resources for students with specific disability
Disability.gov – This is a complete resource guide to everything students with disabilities might need when applying for financial assistance. From emergency preparedness to housing, technology to transportation, this guide covers the gamut of questions and challenges students might have at school.
DSSHE-L – This mailing list provides regular and timely information about the legal responsibilities of institutions under the Americans with Disabilities Act. To subscribe, email the service with “subscribe DSSHE-L” in the message body.
Federal Student Aid – While designed for all students, those with disabilities can also find information specific to them. Learn how to qualify for specific types of aid and find out which states have specialized programs for students with disabilities.
FinAid – Have questions about enrollment status? This website can answer these questions and others so students are on top of regulations and informed of their rights.
Financial Aid for Persons with Disabilities and their Families – This book is a comprehensive guide to scholarships, fellowships, grants and other avenues of financing a college education.
HEATH Resource Center – Partnered with the George Washington University, HEATH is a clearinghouse and information exchange about educational resources for students with disabilities.
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet – The ICDRI provides additional scholarship opportunities, job resources and compliance information. And it’s run by people who have disabilities, so they can empathize with students looking to further their education.
National Directory of Financial Assistance Programs for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities – Developed for Canadian students with disabilities, this website provides information about loans and grants as well as employment assistance.
U.S. Client Assistance Program – Funded by the federal government, this website provides a list of assistance, information and advocacy for people with disabilities who are receiving or applying for services under the Rehabilitation Act.