Disabled Student Grants

There are many grants for college available to disabled students. These come from a variety of organizations, from the federal, state and local governments to private organizations and non-profit advocacy groups. If you are disabled, experiencing financial hardship, and wish to pursue higher education, you should consider looking at some of these grants and scholarships.

An education is an important part of getting ahead in the world today, especially if you suffer from a physical or mental disability, and having that degree will get you farther in life than you might otherwise be able to go.

It may be difficult to find information on these grants and scholarships online. Read on for a full summary of all the grants you may be eligible to receive.

National Grants

These grants are available to anyone living anywhere in the United States. They are not college- or state-specific, and are given either by the federal government or national organizations. These grants will likely make up about half of the total money you receive for your college education, and each grant is generally a good chunk of money.

National grants tend to be easier to get, because they tend to be awarded based on needs rather than based on merit or the quality of a grant application essay. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but in general, national grants are more about filling out extensive forms and documentation.

Federal National Grants

Federal national grants are usually strictly based on how well you meet and can prove your eligibility as well as how much financial need you have. It may be difficult to find all the necessary paperwork to send these forms in, but once you have it all on hand, they are quite easy. You don’t usually need to express your creativity in any way through essays or short answers the way you might with a private or locally based grant organization.

Private National Grants

These grants are given by national corporations or non-profits interested in maintaining a positive relationship with or advocating for disabled students. While many non-profits and charity groups are based within a particular state, many are also national, making them a good choice when applying for disabled student grants. They tend to be merit-based in addition to requiring extensive forms, so get out that essay and put on your thinking cap to answer questions on the application form in a way that shows off your best sides.

Private grants tend to require relatively good grades and may also need you to list examples of extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership qualities. These grants will likely represent the majority of your college funding.

State and Local Grants

Local and state grants will tend to make up the other half of your college fund. These grants consist of offerings by businesses, charity groups and government advocacy programs found within your state. They typically only apply to schools within the state they’re given, and oftentimes money will only be applied to particular colleges or types of college, e.g. state schools or community colleges.

State and Local Government Grants

Many state government programs offer grants for disabled students to attend state colleges. These programs are much like federal and national programs in that they tend to be needs-based and require the completion of many official forms. These grants are for varying amounts of money, depending on the scope of your state’s particular disability advocacy program.

Private State and Local Grants

While these grants tend to be for relatively small amounts of money, your goal is to try to receive a lot of them so you can fund your college education. You do this by applying to grants for specific programs, colleges or fields.

You may also want to develop a stock essay that you can tweak only slightly to demonstrate your commitment to academic excellence, as most state and local grants will be awarded based on merit. You have to really want to go to college in order to get many of these grants.

Keep Applying

Additionally, you need to be aware that you may only receive about 10% of all the grants for which you apply. Don’t let this dishearten you, as the truth is, you are still receiving a significant amount of money for the time you spend.

Think of writing applications for grants as an hourly job, and given the average grant of about $500, the average amount of time you spend per application of about 1 hour, and a success rate of about 10%, you’re still making $50/hour, on average, toward your college education. This is a significant amount of money, and you should definitely take the time to do it. A college education is the single most valuable thing you can possess in this job market.

Read on for a list of available disabled student grants. Keep in mind that this list, while comprehensive, does not account for every available grant. Do your own research in addition to using this resource to have the best chance of receiving disabled student grants.

This list is organized by type of disability. Be sure to check the “Any” category as well as your specific disability category. If you don’t see your disability, check the “Chronic Health & Other” category at the end of the list. Good luck!

List of Grants: Any/Multiple

American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship

The AAHD Scholarship grant, awarded by the AAHD, consists of up to $1,000 for any students with disabilities interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies. Preference will be given to students entering the fields of public health or disability studies.

Applications are due by November 15 of each year. You can find more information at the AAHD website.

American Minority/Disadvantaged Architect Scholarship

The American Minority/Disadvantaged Architect Scholarship grant, awarded by the American Architectural Foundation, consists of between $500 and $2,500 for any high school seniors and college freshmen with financial need and proof of disability or minority status, who are also planning to study architecture at a program accredited by the NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board).

Applications are due by January 15 of each year. You can find more information at www.aia.org.

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies Century Scholarship

The ASCLA Century Scholarship grant, given by the American Library Association, consists of up to $2,500 for students with disabilities who are attending an ALA-accredited library school and studying Library Science on the graduate level. Applications are due by March 1 of each year. You can find more information at the ALA website.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program grant, given by the Institute of International Education, consists of up to $5,000 for students with disabilities who plan to study abroad for at most one academic year. Applications are due by March 1 of each year. You can find more information at the IIE website.

B.R.I.D.G.E. Endowment Scholarship

The B.R.I.D.G.E. Endowment Scholarship grant, awarded by the National Future Farmers of America Organization, consists of up to $5,000 for currently enrolled college students who are physically disabled or handicapped and pursuing a two- or four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applications are due by February 22 of each year. You can find more information at www.ffa.org.

Disabled War Veterans Scholarships

The Disabled War Veterans Scholarship grant, awarded by the AFCEA Educational Foundation and sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation, consists of $2,500 for honorably discharged U.S. veterans, reservists and National Guard members who are disabled as a result of wounds received in the line of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Applications are due by April 1 and November 15 of each year. You can find more information at the AFCEA website.

disABLEDperson National Scholarship

The disABLEDperson National Scholarship grant, given by disABLEDperson, Inc., consists of up to $1,000 for current college students currently living with any medically documented disability. Applications are due by March 4 of each year. You can find more information at www.disabledperson.com.

Google Lime Scholarship for Disabled Computer Science Students

The Google Lime Scholarship for Disabled Computer Science Students grant, awarded by the Google Corporation, consists of up to $10,000 for disabled college juniors and seniors who are seeking degrees in computer science or computer engineering. In addition to the grant money, students will be invited to attend the Google Scholars retreat in Mountain View, CA.

Applications are due by February 6 of each year. You can find more information at www.limeconnect.com.

Incight Scholarship

The Incight Scholarship grant, given by the Incight Education foundation, consists up a variable amount of money for any full-time student at an accredited postsecondary educational institution who also has a medically documented disability of any kind. Applications are due by April 1 of each year. You can find more information at Incight Education’s website.

John Weir Scholarship

The John Weir Scholarship grant, awarded by the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, consists of up to $1,000 for disabled graduating high school seniors living or attending school in Washtenaw, Livingston or Monroe Counties in Michigan who are planning to attend a two- or four-year postsecondary educational institution.

This scholarship is open to seniors with any disability, including but not limited to: developmental, physical, visual, hearing, cognitive or developmental disabilities as well as chronic health conditions such as cancer.

Applications are due by February 15 of each year. You can find more information at www.annarborcil.org.

Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship

The Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship grant, awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, consists of up to $10,000 for student filmmakers with disabilities. It will be given to a student writer, producer or director who is disabled. Applications are due by January 11 of each year. You can find more information at www.emmysfoundation.org.

Science Student Grant Fund

The Science Student Grant Fund grant, awarded by the Foundation for Science and Disability, consists of up to $1,000 for students seeking funding for graduate studies in Mathematics, Medicine, Engineering, Science or Computer Science. Applications are due by December 1 of each year. You can find more information at www.stemd.org.

Students of Parents with Disabilities Scholarship

The Students of Parents with Disabilities Scholarship grant, given by the Through the Looking Glass foundation, consists of a variable amount of money for graduating high school students or current college students whose parents have physical, mental or other medically documented disabilities.

Applications are due by March 1 of each year. You can find more information at www.lookingglass.org.

USAFunds Access to Education Scholarship

The USAFunds Access to Education Scholarship grant, awarded by the USAFunds program, consists of up to $1,500 per year for high school seniors, incoming college students or currently enrolled college students with a documented physical or learning disability. Students must be attending or planning to attend a two- or four-year college, university or vocational school, and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

Applications are due by February 15 of each year. You can find more information at www.usafunds.org.

Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship grant, given by the Tourism Cares foundation, consists up to $5,000 for current undergraduate or graduate students with physical or sensory disabilities who are pursuing degrees in the fields of travel or tourism. Students must maintain cumulative GPAs of at least 2.5.

Applications are due by April 1 of each year. You can find more information at www.tourismcares.org.

List of Grants: Visual

Christine H. Eide Scholarship

The Christine H. Eide Scholarship grant, awarded by the Lighthouse International foundation, consists of up to $500 per semester or $1,000 per year for legally blind undergraduate or graduate students in any major or concentration.

Applications are due by September 2 and January 2 of each year. You can find more information at www.lighthouse.org.

FCB Scholarship Program

The FCB Scholarship Program grant, given by the Florida Council of the Blind, consists of between $750 and $2,500 for legally blind students in Florida who are planning to attend a Florida university or college. Students must demonstrate academic and leadership excellence.

Applications are due by March 31 of each year. You can find more information at the FCB’s website.

Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program

The Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program grant, given by the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International, consists of up to $3,000 for full-time college students who are visually impaired and who meet certain academic guidelines. Applications are due by March 1 of each year. You can find more information at cclvi.org.

John Hebner Memorial Scholarship and Others

The John Hebner Memorial Scholarship and Other Grants, given by the American Council of the Blind, consist of variable amounts of money for legally blind full-time college students or part-time students who are working full-time. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 is generally required for the John Hebner Memorial Scholarship as well as other scholarships offered by the ACB. Applications are due by March 1 of each year. You can find more information at acb.org.

NFB Scholarship Program

The NFB Scholarship Program grant, given by the National Federation of the Blind, consists of between $3,000 and $12,000 for blind scholars who have demonstrated recognizable academic or social achievement. Applicants must be legally blind in both eyes and planning to attend a full-time course of study at a US institution. Students must also participate in the NFB national convention.

Applications are due by March 31 of each year. You can find more information at www.nfb.org.

List of Grants: Hearing/Speaking

Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship

The Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship grant, given by the AG Bell Corporation, consists of between $1,000 and $10,000 for college and graduate students with hearing loss. Applications are due by March 15 of each year. You can find more information at the AG Bell Corporation’s website.

Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship

The Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship grant, given by the Moss Society, consists of up to $1,500 per year for a high school senior or currently enrolled undergraduate student with a language-related learning disability. Applications are due by March 31 of each year. You can find more information at the Moss Society’s website.

Annual Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired

The Annual Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired grant, given by the Travelers Protective Association of America, consists of a variable amount of money for current students who are either deaf or near deaf. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and amount granted is based on amount of hearing loss. The grant money may be used for cochlear implants, interpreters and assistive devices as well as education.

Applications are due by March 1 of each year. You can find more information at www.tpahq.org.

Communicative Disorders Scholarship

The Communicative Disorders Scholarship grant, given by the Sertoma Service to Mankind foundation, consists of up to $1,000 for students who have been accepted into graduate programs to study speech language pathology at a college accredited by the ASHA. Applications are due by March 30 of each year. You can find more information at www.sertoma.org.

Marion Huber Learning through Listening Award

The Marion Huber Learning through Listening Award grant, given by the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Award Program, consists of up to $6,000 for high school students with learning disabilities who are pursuing a two- or four-year degree. Applicants must demonstrate extraordinary leadership and academic excellence and possess a sterling record of service to the community.

Applications are due by March 1 of each year. You can find more information at www.rfbd.org.

Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award

The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award grant, given by the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Award Program, consists of up to $6,000 for blind or visually impaired high school students who are pursuing a two- or four-year degree. Applicants must demonstrate extraordinary leadership, academic excellence and possess a sterling record of service to the community.

Applications are due by March 1 of each year. You can find more information at www.rfbd.org.

List of Grants: Mobility/Amputee

1800Wheelchair.com Scholarship

The 1800Wheelchair.com Scholarship grant, awarded by the website www.1800wheelchair.com, consists of up to $500 for disabled undergraduate students with any major or concentration. Preference will be given to students with mobility disabilities.

Applications are due by June 30 and December 15 of each year. You can find more information at the scholarship website.

AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship

The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship grant, awarded by the AmeriGlide Corporation, consists of up to $500 for a full-time college student in any major or concentration who uses a wheelchair. Applications are due by June 6 and December 31 of each year. You can find more information at the AmeriGlide website.

ChairScholars Foundation Scholarship

The ChairScholars Foundation Scholarship grant, awarded by the ChairScholars National program, consists of up to $20,000 for physically disabled high school seniors or college freshmen at any college or university. Grants will be awarded based on demonstrable leadership capabilities, academic excellence and personal motivation to make a meaningful contribution to society.

Applications are due by February 15 of each year. You can find more information at chairscholars.org.

Missing Limbs Entrepreneur Scholarship Program

The Missing Limbs Entrepreneur Scholarship Program grant, given by the Missing Limbs Entrepreneur foundation, consists up to $1,000 for graduating high school seniors with upper-extremity limb difference who plan to attend a two-year or four-year academic institution.

Applications are due by April 1 of each year. You can find more information at the scholarship’s website. Check back in January of 2012 for information about the 2012 Missing Limbs Entrepreneur Scholarship.

Peg-Leg Pirate Scholarship for Amputee Students

The Peg-Leg Pirate Scholarship for Amputee Students grant, given by the Ye Notorious Krew of the Peg-Leg Pirate organization, consists of between $1,000 and $2,000 for current amputees seeking education at an accredited college, university, trade school or community college. Applications are due by March 15 of each year. You can find more information at www.peglegpirate.org.

List of Grants: Learning/Mental

All Kids Can Scholars Program

The All Kids Can Scholars Program grant, given by the Autism Society of America in conjunction with CVS, consists up to $1,000 for an individual with autism currently attending a postsecondary educational institution. Applicants will be judged based on their academic record, letters of recommendation and a personal essay.

Applications are due by March 31 of each year. You can find more information about the All Kids Can Scholars program or other grants offered by the ASA at www.autism-society.org.

Anne Ford Scholarship

The Anne Ford Scholarship grant, awarded by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, consists of up to $10,000 for an outstanding high school senior with a learning disability who demonstrates deep commitment to completing a college degree. Applications are due by December 31 of each year. You can find more information at www.ncld.org.

LDA-IA Scholarship

The LDA-IA Scholarship grant, given by the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa, consists up to $1,000 for Iowa high school students with medically documented learning disabilities who are currently applying for post-secondary education within the state. Applications are due by March 31 of each year. You can find more information at the LDA-IA website.

Novotni Scholarship for ADHD Students

The Novotni Scholarship for ADHD Students grant, given by the Novotni College Scholarship Fund, consists of between $1,000 and $5,000 per year for undergraduate students with ADHD who have been accepted to or who are currently attending an accredited college or university. Applications are due by March 15 of each year. You can find more information at www.add.org.

Ralph G. Norman Scholarship

The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship grant, given by the Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas, consists up to $2,500 for any young adult with a learning disability. Applications are due by April 29 of each year. You can find more information at ldarkansas.org.

Scholarship for Students with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

The Scholarship for Students with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome grant, given by the AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities) organization, consists of up to $500 for current high school and college students with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

Applications are due by March 14 of each year. You can find more information at the AHEADD’s website.

Shire ADHD Scholarship Program

The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program grant, given by the Shire US Inc. company, consists of up to $2,000 for students with ADHD who plan to pursue higher education. In addition to the money, award recipients will also receive one free year of ADHD coaching services through the Edge Foundation.

Applications are due by March 30 of each year. You can find more information at www.shireadhdscholarship.com.

List of Grants: Chronic Health & Other

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship

The Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship grant, given by Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation (CFSF), consists of up to $1,000 for high school students who have been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Students must demonstrate educational excellence, leadership abilities and financial need. Applications are due by March 21 of each year. You can find more information at www.cfscholarship.org.

Elizabeth Nash Foundation Scholarship Program

The Elizabeth Nash Foundation Scholarship Program grant, given by the Elizabeth Nash Foundation, consists up to $2,000 for current undergraduate and graduate students with cystic fibrosis who are studying at accredited colleges and institutions. Applications are due by April 5 of each year. You can find more information at www.elizabethnashfoundation.org.

Eric Marder Scholarship Program

The Eric Marder Scholarship Program grant, given by the Immune Deficiency Foundation, consists of a variable amount of money for high school seniors seeking postsecondary education or undergraduate students living with any primary immunodeficiency disease as classified by the World Health Organization.

Applications are due by March 31 of each year. You can find more information at primaryimmune.org. Check back with the website in January for more information.

Family Rheumatoid Arthritis Scholarship Program

The Family RA Scholarship Program grant, given by UCB, Inc. consists of up to $10,000 for high school students, undergraduates and graduates who are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or whose immediate family members have been diagnosed with RA. Applications are due by March 18 of each year. You can find more information at www.reachbeyondra.com.

Florida Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Scholarship

The FCPA Scholarship grant, given by the Florida Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, consists up to $1,000 for a Florida high school student with a cleft lip, palate or other craniofacial anomaly who has been admitted to a Florida undergraduate college or university.

You must be nominated by a current member of the Association. Applications are due by March 31 of each year. You can find more information at www.floridacleft.org.

Hydrocephalus Association Scholarship

The Hydrocephalus Association grant, given by the Hydrocephalus Association, consists up to $500 for any young adult with hydrocephalus applying for or currently enrolled in any postsecondary educational institution. Applications are due by April 1 of each year. You can find more information at the Hydrocephalus Association’s website.

L. Marie Heard Education Scholarship Program

The L. Marie Heard Education Scholarship Program grant, given by the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, consists of up to $2,500 for current college or trade school students affected by any ectodermal dysplasias. Applications are due by March 7 of each year. You can find more information at nfed.org.

Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Scholarship

The Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Scholarship grant, awarded by the Center for Reintegration, consists of a variable amount of money for any individual diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizophrenia-related disorders. It is designed to assist the individual in reintegrating through attaining a certificate or degree at an accredited postsecondary education institution.

Applications are due by January 31 of each year. You can find more information at www.reintegration.com.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship

The National MS Society Scholarship grant, awarded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, consists of between $1,000 and $3,000 for any high school seniors with MS, seniors whose parent or guardian has MS, or adults seeking first-time enrollment in a post-secondary institution.

Grants will be awarded based on financial need and academic record, as well as on a personal essay discussing the personal impact of Multiple Sclerosis. Applications are due by January 13 of each year. You can find more information at the National MS Society website.

Pennsylvania/New Jersey Sickle Cell Scholarship

The PA/NJ Sickle Cell Scholarship grant, given by the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region, consists of up to $1,000 for high school students in Pennsylvania or New Jersey who currently suffer from or who have currently given blood for individuals suffering from Sickle Cell Disease.

Applications are due by March 15 of each year. You can find more information at www.redcrossblood.org.

Sacks for Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship

The Sacks for Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship grant, awarded by the Boomer Esaison Foundation in conjunction with Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., consists of up to $1,000 for every sack recorded during NFL Monday Night Football games. It will be awarded to college students who demonstrate academic excellence as well as daily adherence to cystic fibrosis therapy.

Applications are due by January 13 of each year. You can find more information at www.sacksforcf.com.

Salvatore E. Quinci Foundation Scholarship

The Salvatore E. Quinci Foundation Scholarship grant, given by the Salvatore E. Quinci Foundation, consists up to $2,000 for graduating high school seniors who have already been accepted into an accredited university, college or trade school. Students must have hemophilia or another bleeding disorder. Applications are due by April 1 of each year. You can find more information at www.seqfoundation.org.

Spina Bifida Scholarship Program

The Spina Bifida Scholarship Program grant, given by the Spina Bifida Association, consists of up to $2,000 for current college students currently living with spina bifida. Applications are due by March 3 of each year. You can find more information at the scholarship program’s website.

Students with Craniofacial Differences Scholarship

The Students with Craniofacial Differences Scholarship grant, awarded by the Cleft Palate Foundation, consists of up to $500 for any full-time college student with medically-documented craniofacial differences.

Grants will be awarded based on academic success, leadership skills and community involvement. Preference is given to first-year undergraduates and graduates in fields of study related to managing craniofacial anomalies. Applications are due by February 1 of each year. You can find more information at www.cleftline.org.

TACCLD Scholarship

The TACCLD Scholarship grant, awarded by the Transition and Communication Consortium on Learning Disabilities, consists of up to $1,000 for Ohio resident high school students with learning disabilities who are pursuing a two or four year degree. Applications are due by February 26 of each year. You can find more information at the TACCLD website.

Ulman Cancer Fund

The Ulman Cancer Fund grant, given by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, consists up to $2,500 over two semesters for graduating high school seniors who have been diagnosed with cancer or whose immediate family members have been diagnosed with cancer.

Students must demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. Applications are due by March 30 of each year. You can find more information at the Ulman Cancer Fund’s website.

Conclusion

Ultimately, going to college and finding a successful job should be the dream of every hardworking American citizen. If you are disabled, your differing abilities may make it more difficult to pursue this dream.

These grants are designed to help you overcome those difficulties. Whether you are physically disabled due to blindness, deafness or some other form of impairment or whether you suffer from health or mental disabilities, you deserve a shot at college just as much as the next person. Consider applying for these disabled student grants to help you get a leg up in the world!

12 Responses to “Disabled Student Grants”

  1. jeanette sherrill -bennett says:

    i am a single mother with digeneretive disc dease and multple cronic issues from sever asthma to GERD and most promonit is a TBI (trmatic brain injury) issues with memory and multi tasking.

  2. Jacquelyn Landry says:

    I am a single mom, and fulltime college student. I also have a prosethic leg,and also have nf, Please give any information on grants that may help me. I am lost when it comes to knowing who to contact.

  3. Steven Peck says:

    I am an individual with schizoaffective disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome who lives in rural Minnesota. I also am on a fixed, low income, getting less than $10,000 per year. My dream is to be a professional, classical animator. I was going to Academy of Art University until May 2011, when I resigned because of the economic costs of going to school. I am looking for multiple grant sources for the mainstay of my tuition.

    Any assistance is duly appreciated and most beneficial. Thank you.

  4. Carla says:

    I am a disabled student. I am not an american ciizen but strongly willing to studyfor a PhD in the USA. Can I get one of the scholarships mentioned above?The tuitions fees seemto be hardly affordable for no-US people…
    thanks anyway for your great help!

  5. Beverly says:

    Im a freshman college student. I have borderline personality disorder, manic depressive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety. College is extremely expensive for me. Can you tell me some of the scholarships i can get?

  6. Robert says:

    I am right arm above the elbow amputee.I am US citizen, full time employee working on entry level position.
    I am a freshman, full time student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Human Services Program.
    Since I also work full time, 40 hours/ 5days a week, because of my income, I am not eligible for financial aid.
    Well, I lost my arm 9 years ago and it was very difficult for me to function without my right arm and hand ( my right arm was primary, I am still struggling when handwriting using left hand).
    However, I forced myself to learn new skills, completed vocational trainings, improved my English and I was able to find full time employment. I have to confess that even though I pretend I am fine and do not complain to my co workers, employer, college professors, etc,….working full time and studying is more difficult and requires more self determination, sometimes even physical pain than if I would have two arms, didn’t use prostheses, deal with phantom pain, pain from harness after long day wearing heavy prosthese…
    I think that it’s not fair that people like me, who are asurvivors, are determined to make their future better, work full time, because of their income are not eligible for financial aid and most scholarships. We are being punished for working much harder than others.
    Just to be clear, I was working hard (physical work) till I was 33. After I lost my arm in incident, ( I didn’t get rich, hense- receive any insurence money ), I learned new skills,applied and was accepted for low paid position and now I work hard as a case worker. After 7 years of employment and two raises I make high 30′s . Well, life in NYC , rent and education is very expensive,.. I am 42 yo now.
    Anyway, I did some research and was able to find that actually I may be eligible for scholarship.

    I should also mention here that I am a very good student , so far I didn’t get lower grades than ” A”.

    Please let me know if I would be eligible for this scholarship, and if so how should I follow up.

  7. Jimmie Fleener says:

    I have degenerate disc disease which has disabled me. I started college at Arkansas Tech University on August 28 of 2013. I’m looking to try to get some grants to help pay for my studies. I’m taking Business Technology my major is Supply Chain Management. I have a 3.8 GPA. I’m trying to better things for my family. I have a 11 month old son that has changed my life and is the reason why I’m going back to school. I would appreciate any help or information to help me on my quest for a better life.

    Thank You

  8. mandy mcclure says:

    My name is Mandy M Mcclure. I am a 36 year old single mom and I have a.d.h.d. bipolar disorder, O.C.D. , P.T.S.D., borderline personality disorder, and much more like these. I am on diability that isn’t even enough to cover bills. I have been attending a La college online. My goal is to finish college and provide us with a better future. Oh. I forgot, I also have a low immune system and chronic Mrsa, with back problems too.I am also a recovering addict with over five years without a drink or drug. Anyway, I am trying to continue in my college, online. As I live in what I consider a bad place, The border of Mexico, in south texas . I have no friends or family for support here. And also need help to figure out a way to get closer back home. I apologize. I am trying. Im very upset. I had to do appeals (two) with my school already due to having a pulmonary embolism and high risk pregnancy after that. I almost lost my life. I have trudged through now the last couple of semesters with a current gpa of 3.0, which would be better if I were closer to my home school to which I go online. However, I did not expect to still be on academic plan after two semesters of a and b grades. but I was. And this semester, I contracted a strain of MRSA which made me too sick to even see, as I had oit accompanied with constant episodes of hives where I had swollen eyes . I never found proper medical care here. It had reached my bloodstream. It would have been fatal , if I had not found my new oriental medicine doctor who gives me treatment and alternative immunity meds. So, my instructors, the disability head at the school and the Deans all rejected me counseling through the illness( as far as , should I drop one class? I am very ill. It was ignored . So, needless to say, I have not made my 2.5 gpa and cannot receive aide . Its not my fault.I spent endless nights awake , trying to catch up and also asking for assistance, and missed it. I am asking for anyone who can please guide me, as I thought that I would be able to finish school this upcoming year, and the head office simply said “we cannot help you “,I am praying for someone to contact me . I need this education so badly. Please, I am not a bad student. I am finally better. I only need a little guidance and assistance in paying to get my financial aide back for the next semester. I am lost here, as I said, no family or friend. PLease, If you know anyone, or anything that can help me pay for my college, which I would pay back even, please, My email is mmcclure717.mm@gmail.com,,,any servies to even relocate me to Dallas area also?I am asking for some advice , for someone to care, as I will spend my career helping others, as a counselor. My phone number is 956-800-7607, I would not be against work , or work study either, however, Im far from campus and cannot afford daycare. and getting help here in the rio grande valley for me? IMPOSSIBLE!!!I do not fit in here. If anyone has any idea how I can get help to get started for the upcoming term, please, Im open for anything.,and will repay.AND TO ALL OF U THAT ALSO NEED HELP< you are all in my prayers. Bless you all. I wish I could help myself and all of you too!!!!!it will be okay,,I know it will . PLease do not give up!!!

  9. Tracy says:

    I have a 17 year old daughter who’s dream is to go to college. In 2012 she was in an accident that left her with many medical problems she had to over come and she has a traumatic brain injury. She also has ADHD. After her accident she returned to high school and tried to finish but the teachers wouldn’t follow her 504 plan or other intervention and educational specific needs she was bullied by other students and so she went to get her GED and scored exceptionally high on it . If there is any help available for her to go to college I would be so thankful for any information. We live one Georgia if that info will help . Thank you .

  10. casandra says:

    Has anyone ever heard of grants for students who suffer from chronic mono/Epstein Barr or chronic fatigue syndrome? Especially if that student plans to travel abroad? I am looking for extra help to make my time less stressful as stress is what makes the mono come out again and again. Please send me any info you may have. thanks,

  11. Madeline says:

    I am a 58 year ole widow living on a fixed income. (SSI) I have Chronic Liver disease as well as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Due to the severity of my illnesses I have been struggling to achieve my goals. I am currently in an accredited 4 year university and my classes are online, which gives me much flexibility. I majoring in Business Administration. I have 100 credits and all my financial aid will stop in May 2014. I am in need of achieving my Bachelors degree from my present school here in Ohio. with one semester remaining if the funds will be available. God has brought me a long way and I refuse to give it all up now. Please keep me in your Prayers for my success that has been a long time coming.

  12. Eva Lee says:

    My daughter went to college as a National Merit Finalist. Around the middle of her first semester we discovered that she had Social Anxiety Disorder. Going to class is extremely difficult for her and her anxiety has further led to development of IBS, also making sitting in class difficult. In two years, she has achieved senior status, but has changed her major. She plans to continue for three more years, but she’s recently lost her scholarships due to GPA. She needs a 3.0 and has a 2.87. Are there any scholarships that can help her get through the next few years and finish out her psychology and neuroscience degree?

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