Chapter 2: Education
Section 6: Scholarships and Financial Aid
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
3417 Volta Pl., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is a lifelong resource, support network and advocate for listening, learning, talking and living independently with hearing loss. Through publications, outreach, training, scholarships and financial aid, AG Bell promotes the use of spoken language and hearing technology.
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650,
Arlington, VA 22201-3354
800-424-8666 Toll Free
Variety of scholarships for blind and visually impaired students.
American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Ste. 1102
New York, NY 10121
800-232-5463 Toll Free
For students who are blind or visually impaired.
1201 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20525
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: After successfully completing a term of service, AmeriCorps members who are enrolled in the National Service Trust are eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. The award is $4,725 for a year of full-time service, and is prorated for part-time. Follow this link, www.americorps.org/for_individuals/benefits/benefits_ed_award.asp, to veiw the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award webpage.
Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship
P. Buckley Moss Society
74 Poplar Grove Lane
Mathews VA 23901
800-430-1320 Toll Free
For high school seniors with learning disabilities. The scholarship is $1,500 and goes to one high school senior with a certified language-related learning difference who is pursuing post-secondary education. It is renewable for up to three additional, consecutive years.
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
1703 N. Beauregard St., Ste. 440
Alexandria, VA 22311
877-492-2708 Toll Free
William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship: The Ferrell Scholarship is awarded to two selected applicants who are legally blind and are studying for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired.
Blinded Veterans Association
477 H St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-2694
800-669-7079 Toll Free
BVA offers spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.
Christian Record Services
P.O. Box 6097
Lincoln, NE 68506-0097
Partial scholarships are offered to legally blind young people striving to obtain a college education. Scholarships are given on a limited basis to those who qualify.
45 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10023
The College Board Scholarship Search online tool helps students locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match their education level, talents, and background. Students complete the brief questionnaire and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from the database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 BILLION in available aid.
805 S.W. Broadway, Ste. 1600
Portland, OR 97205
CollegeNET, Inc. provides more than 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. The website also has a database to search for scholarships by keyword or profile.
Council of Citizens with Low Vision
2200 Wilson Blvd Ste. 650
Arlington VA 22201
800-733-2258 Toll Free
Check their website for information.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
6931 Arlington Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
800-344-4823 Toll Free
Follow this link, www.cff.org/LivingWithCF/Scholarships/, to see the programs available for those with Cystic Fibrosis.
Disability Awareness Scholarship
MilitaryVALoan.com offers scholarships in support of disability awareness. Every year, a prospective or current college student will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending school. Applicants should submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words about how they or someone they knew overcame disability to do something great.
444 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 3000
Chicago, IL 60611
800-327-8932 Toll Free
FastWeb, a free Internet scholarship search service that helps students make the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college, and finding jobs and internships.
Each FastWeb user answers a detailed questionnaire about themselves. The site then uses this data to generate a personalized suite of information of scholarships, colleges, internships, jobs, and more. At the heart is FastWeb's scholarship database - a comprehensive and accurate compilation of national, community, and college-specific scholarships available anywhere. Updated continuously, FastWeb's database contains over 1.3 million scholarships worth over $3 billion.
Federal Financial Aid and College: An Overview for Students with Disabilities
HEATH Resource Center
2134 G St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052-0001
HEATH's annual popular resource guide contains completely updated and revised information to help individuals with disabilities to seek and obtain financial assistance for postsecondary education.
The guide describes federal financial aid programs, state vocational rehabilitation services, and regional and local sources. A listing of nationally awarded grants and a pre-college checklist to organize the search for funds complete the guide. Follow this link, www.heath.gwu.edu/files/active/0/creating_options_2007.pdf, to review the guide.
Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)
800-433-3243 Toll Free
Federal Student Aid's core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance-grants, loans and work-study programs -for education beyond high school.
- Grants are a type of financial aid that do not have to be repaid.
- Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest.
- Work-study lets you earn money while enrolled in school to help pay for education expenses.
Check out the "Funding Your Education" section for a detailed information about college financing. Follow this link, http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/funding.jsp, to the "Funding Your Education" webpage.
Follow this link, www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/DCS/index.html, to the "Guide for Defaulted Borrowers" to find comprehensive information developed by the FSA Collections section. Clicking on various tabs within that publication will give you information about how to remove your loan from default, what to do if you have a dispute about your loan's default status, and how to get answers to questions you might have.
FinAid, The Financial Aid Information Page
P.O. Box 2056
Cranberry Township, PA 16066-1056
Website with much of the financial aid and scholarship information a student needs. There is no fee to use this site.
Foundation for Science and Disability
Dr. Richard Mankin USDA-ARS
1700 SW 23rd Dr
Gainesville, FL 32608
The Student Award Program of FSD helps to increase opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and pre-medical/dental areas for graduate or professional students with disabilities. FSD has established a Science Graduate Student Grant Fund, which is available to fourth year undergraduates (who are disabled and have been accepted to a graduate or professional school in the sciences) and graduate science students who have a disability. Awards of $1000 each are made to qualified college or university students with a disability in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering. Awards are given for an assistive device or instrument, or for some other special need.
Four Directions Summer Research Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers
c/o Elena Muench
1620 Tremont Street 3-014.04
Boston, MA 02120
Summer research program for undergraduate or graduate Native Americans interested in medicine or biomedical research. There are no fees for participants, and transportation and lodging are paid. Stipends are provided to cover other costs.
Gallaudet University Alumni Association - Graduate Fellowship Fund
Gallaudet University -Alumni Office
800 Florida Ave., NE,
Washington, DC 20002-3695
For doctoral students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Immune Deficiency Foundation
40 W. Chesapeake Ave., Ste. 308
Towson, MD 21204
800-296-4433 Toll Free
The Immune Deficiency Foundation awards scholarships to undergraduate students living with primary immune deficiency diseases. It is intended for undergraduate students attending or entering college or a technical training school. Follow this link, whttp://www.primaryimmune.org/patients_families/scholarship.htm, to visit the Immune Deficiency Foundation scholarship webpage.
Lilly Reintegration Scholarship
The Center for Reintegration, Inc.
310 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068-3251
800-809-8202 Toll Free
For students with schizophrenia and related disorders. Follow this link, www.reintegration.com/resources/scholarships/apply.asp, to view the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship webpage.
National AMBUCS, Inc.
P.O. Box 5127
High Point, NC 27262
800-838-1845 Toll Free
National AMBUCS, Inc. awards scholarships to therapy students in their junior/senior year in a bachelor's degree program, or a graduate program leading to a master's or doctoral degree.
Awards range from $500 to $1,500 annually. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000. Students must be accepted in an accredited program by the appropriate health therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and hearing audiology. Assistant programs are not eligible.
Awards are based on financial need, US citizenship, commitment to local community, demonstrated academic accomplishment, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
200 East Well Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
NFB gives 30 scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships:
- must be legally blind, and
- must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States' institution in the 2008 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and
- must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities.
National Hemophilia Foundation
116 W. 32nd St., 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10001-3212
800-424-2634 Toll Free
Listing of academic scholarships for students with bleeding disorders. Follow this link, www.hemophilia.org/NHFWeb/MainPgs/MainNHF.aspx?menuid=53&contentid=36, to go to the National Hemophilia Foundation scholarship webpage.
Oklahoma College AssistanceProgram (OCAP)
P.O. Box 3000
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-3000
The Oklahoma College Assistance Program (OCAP) provides college access, financial aid awareness, personal finance and student loan management programs and services that benefit students, parents, schools, and community partners.
Oklahoma Foundation for the Education of Blind Children and Youth, Inc.
P.O. Box 1306
Muskogee, OK 74402
Nonprofit foundation promoting quality educational services for blind and visually impaired children and youth statewide. Provides mini-grants for student educational needs not met by other sources. Scholarship program.
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program
P. O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850
800-858-1840 Toll Free
The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG) is a need-based grant program for Oklahoma residents who attend eligible colleges, universities and career technology centers in Oklahoma. Awards are approved for full-time or part-time undergraduate students.
Currently, the maximum annual award is the lesser of 75 percent of enrollment costs or $1,000 for students attending public colleges, universities or career technology centers, and $1,300 for students attending eligible private colleges or universities. One-half of the award is disbursed in the fall semester, and one-half is disbursed in the spring semester. Funds are released to eligible students by campus officials after eligibility has been confirmed. Follow this link, www.okhighered.org/student-center/financial-aid/otag.shtml, to the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program webpage.
Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship Program
1633 Broadway, 25th Fl.
New York, NY 10019
800-232-7373 Toll Free
The Parke-Davis Scholarship Program administers 16 scholarships annually for students with epilepsy. Each scholarship is worth $3,000. Applicants must be currently under a physician's care for treatment of epilepsy and must be taking anti-epileptic medication.
Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award Center
c/o Adelphi Eden Health Communications
30 Irving Place, 10 Floor
New York, NY 10003
800-292-7373 Toll Free
A 1-year, $3000 scholarship honoring 25 outstanding students who have Overcome the challenges of epilepsy, been successful in school, done well in activities outside the classroom or in the community, and shown a desire to make the most out of college or graduate school.
Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic
20 Roszel Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540
800-221-4792 Toll Free
866-732-3585 Toll Free
The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards are presented to RFB&D members who are college seniors and blind or visually impaired, in recognition of extraordinary leadership, scholarship, enterprise and service to others. The awards are given to a total of nine students who are chosen by a selection committee. RFB&D gives three top winners $6,000 each; three special honors winners $3,000 each; and three honors winners $1,000 each. Follow this link, www.rfbd.org/applications_awards.htm, to the RFB&D webpage.
Sallie Mae Student Loans
P.O. Box 9500
Wilkes-Barre PA 18773-9532
888-272-5543 Toll Free
The company primarily provides federal and private student loans, including consolidation loans, for undergraduate and graduate students and their parents. In addition, Sallie Mae offers comprehensive information and resources to assist students, parents, and guidance professionals with the financial aid process.
1912 E. Meyer Blvd.,
Kansas City, MO 64132
$1,000 scholarship to cover tuition, books and supplies. The funds may be used for any term, including the summer term, during the awarded academic school year.
Spina Bifida Association (SBA)
4590 MacArthur Blvd., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
800-621-3141 Toll Free
The SBA Scholarship Program offers two different programs, one one-year scholarship and one four-year scholarship, for people living with Spina Bifida. Follow this link, www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.liKWL7PLLrF/b.2644815/, to go directly to the SBA webpage for scholarships.
VSA Arts John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
800-444-1324 Toll Free
The VSA arts International Young Soloists Award annually recognizes outstanding young musicians with disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. All types of music are accepted - country, classical, jazz, rap, rock, bluegrass, world, etc. A committee of distinguished music professionals selects the award recipients who receive $5,000 and the opportunity to perform in Washington, D.C. Follow this link, www.vsarts.org/x22.xml, to go to VSA's webpage for this program.
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