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Scholarships for Disabled

Disabled Scholarships

Disabled persons are usually gifted and talented individuals who can excel acadmeically despite their physical limitations.  However, the high healthcare expenses and rising cost of education makes it difficult for them to fulfill their dreams by getting college education and become valuable contributors to this society.  But there is an abundance of scholarships and financial aid for disabled students. 

ELA Foundation Scholarships

ELA Scholarships are available to women graduate students with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university in the United States. These scholarships are awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. Scholarships range between $500 and $2,000.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The student must be a woman with a physical disability who is accepted to a graduate program working towards a Masters degree or above in an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • The student must be active in a local, state, or national disability organization - either in person or electronically - which is providing services and/or advocacy for people with disabilities.
  • The student must be willing, as an ELA Scholar, to network with the ELA Board of Directors and previous ELA Scholarship recipients on our listserv. This will enhance the ELA Scholar's support base in professional and advocacy arenas.
  • The student must be willing, as an ELA Scholar, to update the ELA Foundation with an annual letter on September 1st of each year on her progress in her academic and/or working career.

Disabled War Veterans Scholarships

The AFCEA Educational Foundation offers Disabled War Veterans Scholarships of $2,500 each.  The Scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from Microsoft employees with matching funds from Microsoft Corporation.  The Scholarships are offered to active-duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists, and National Guard personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations. 

1-800-Wheelchair Scholarship Fund
A $500 scholarship to a high school or undergraduate student is awarded. The preference is given to students with mobility disabilities.

CIA's Scholarships

The disabled Ssudents interested in normal office jobs can qualify for CIA's scholarships as well.  Once selected, the student will be given an annual salary; a benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, and retirement; and up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies. Student will be required to work at an Agency facility during summer breaks and to maintain full-time college status during the school year with a minimum cumulative 3.0/4.0 GPA. CIA will pay the cost of transportation between school and the Washington, DC area each summer and provide a housing allowance.

Federal Government's Financial Support for Disability

Federal government has several grants, loans and scholarships to support disabled students while they purusing their education.  

Alabama Scholarships for Dependents of Blind Parents ACHE offers Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services managed full tuition scholarships to the children and spouses from the families in which the head of the family is blind and has a financial need. Varies Varies Montgomery