Disability Based Scholarships


The American Council of the Blind administers more than two dozen scholarships and grants for outstanding, legally blind, full-time students. A minimum GPA of 3.3 is generally required, but made be adjusted under extenuating circumstances. The application deadline is March 1. http://acb.org/scholarship

The American Foundation for the Blind maintains a number of scholarship and grant opportunities based on financial need. For example, the Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship awards one $500 scholarship to a full-time graduate student. The Ferdinand Torres Scholarship awards one $2,500 grant to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, with a strong preference for new immigrants in the New York City area. The application may be completed on-line. The deadline is March 31. https://www.afb.org/section.aspx?Documentid=2962

The National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program provides need-based assistance in varying amounts to legally blind students enrolled in a full-time degree program. The application deadline is March 31. https://nfb.org/scholarships

The Association of Blind Citizens awards three $1,000 general education grants for blind students. The Association’s Assistive Technology Fund provides grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of adaptive devices and software for blind and visually impaired students. For more information about application deadlines and eligibility requirements, please see the website. http://www.blindcitizens.org/abc_scholarship.htm

The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAA)  Applicants must be legally blind, have been registered as an RFB&D member for at least one year, have received or will receive a degree from an accredited college or university in the US in the coming academic year, and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. https://www.learningally.org/about-learning-ally/awards/


Ulman Cancer Fund’s National College Scholarship Program was established to support the financial needs of young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and are seeking a higher education.  Several scholarships are available and most have a localized geographic focus. http://www.ulmanfund.org/scholarship.aspx

Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education offers scholarships for college-bound and college students between the ages of 17-24. http://www.lifehappens.org/scholarship-program-rules/

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation provides scholarships to young adults affected by cancer. http://www.collegiatecancer.org/news/1-latest/168-scholarship-applications-now-being-accepted-for-2012-2013.html

SAMfund offers scholarships to young adults between 17-35 years of age. http://www.thesamfund.org/what-we-do/grants/

Cancer Survivors Fund Scholarships awarded to cancer survivors and based on academic qualifications of candidates and hardship. http://www.cancersurvivorsfund.org/ScholarshipEligibilityRequirements.htm

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors provides scholarships for cancer patients/survivors under the age of 25. http://www.patientadvocate.org/index.php?p=69

Cancer For College awards scholarships to young adult cancer survivors and patients. http://cancerforcollege.org/CFC_Application.html


The Elizabeth Nash Foundation (ENF) awards scholarships to assists persons with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. This program is open to individuals with CF who are in-going or current undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited US-based college or university.http://elizabethnashfoundation.org/scholarshipapply.html


The Alexander Graham Bell Association’s George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy provides $5,000 awards each year to three full-time graduate students. Grantees must be attending law school or be enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration. http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/SearchResults.aspx?search=scholarships


The Lilly Reintegration Scholarship supports students who receive medical treatment with bipolar disease, schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, and schizoaffective disorder. http://www.reintegration.com/resources/scholarships/apply.asp