Chapter 2. Section 6

Chapter 2: Education

Section 6: Scholarships and Financial Aid

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Visit Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Website


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.

3417 Volta Pl., N.W.
Washington , DC 20007







American Council of the Blind (ACB)

Visit American Council of the Blind (ACB) Website

National organization of blind individuals, families and other supporters. Provides issue information, advocacy, publications, job listings, Internet radio and web site. ACB has 51 state and regional affiliates and 20 national special interest and professional affiliates. The state/regional groups meet statewide once or twice yearly and many of these organizations also have local chapters. Many of these local chapters meet monthly. The national special interest affiliates meet annually during the ACB national convention and many of these groups have state/metropolitan chapters.

Offers a variety of scholarships for blind and visually impaired students.

2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650,
Arlington , VA 22201



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American Foundation for the Blind

Visit American Foundation for the Blind Website


A national nonprofit organization serving blind individuals, organizations that serve them and the general public. Areas of program activity include information collection and dissemination (including research and publications), issue and policy research and analysis, education of the public and policymakers on issues of importance to the blind, and production of talking books and other accessible materials. Legislative and issue updates provided in Words from Washington on AFB web site or by email. Catalog of publications available online.

Offers scholarships for students who are blind or visually impaired.

2 Penn Plaza, Ste. 1102
New York , NY 10121





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Visit AmeriCorps Website


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,, to veiw the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award webpage.

1201 New York Ave., NW
Washington , DC 20525







Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship

Visit Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship Website


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.

P. Buckley Moss Society, 74 Poplar Grove Lane
Mathews , VA 23901



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Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Visit Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Website

An international professional association of individuals working in the fields of education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired. Promotes professional excellence through support of those who provide services to people with visual impairments. Provides advocacy for specialized, quality services for blind children and adults. Administers professional certification program. Provides training and professional development opportunities. Publications and resources available.

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.

1703 N. Beauregard St., Ste. 440
Alexandria , VA 22311



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Blinded Veterans Association

Visit Blinded Veterans Association Website


BVA Field Service Program uses a nationwide network of blinded veterans to find veterans who are experiencing vision loss and to provide counseling and link these veterans to the variety of services that may be needed. Employment assistance can also be provided.

BVA offers spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.

477 H St., N.W.
Washington , DC 20001



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Christian Record Services

Visit Christian Record Services Website


Summer and Winter - National Camps for Blind Children - Offers summer and winter camps nationwide for blind and visually impaired people ages 9-65. Camp information and application forms are on their website.

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.

P.O. Box 6097
Lincoln , NE 68506





College Board

Visit College Board Website

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.

45 Columbus Ave.
New York , NY 10023




Visit CollegeNET Website

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.

805 S.W. Broadway, Ste. 1600
Portland, , OR 97205





Council of Citizens with Low Vision

Visit Council of Citizens with Low Vision Website

Check their website for information.

2200 Wilson Blvd Ste. 650
Arlington , TX 22201

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Visit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Website


The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Follow this link,, to see the programs available for those with Cystic Fibrosis.

6931 Arlington Rd.
Bethesda , MD 20814



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Disability Awareness Scholarship

Visit Disability Awareness Scholarship Website

Email: 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.



Visit FastWeb Website

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.

444 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 3000
Chicago , IL 60611

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Federal Financial Aid and College: An Overview for Students with Disabilities

Visit Federal Financial Aid and College: An Overview for Students with Disabilities Website


HEATH's annual popular resource guide contains completely updated and revised information to help individuals with disabilities to seek and obtain financial assistance for post secondary 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 precollege checklist to organize the search for funds complete the guide.

HEATH Resource Center
2134 G St., N.W.
Washington , DC 20052





Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)

Visit Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) Website

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.



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FinAid, The Financial Aid Information Page

Visit FinAid, The Financial Aid Information Page Website

Website with much of the financial aid and scholarship information a student needs. There is no fee to use this site.

P.O. Box 2056
Cranberry Township , PA 16066





Foundation for Science and Disability

Visit Foundation for Science and Disability Website


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.

Dr. Richard Mankin USDA-ARS
1700 SW 23rd Dr
Gainesville , FL 32608





Four Directions Summer Research Program

Visit Four Directions Summer Research Program Website


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.

Brigham and Women's Hospital
1620 Tremont Street 3-014.04 c/o Elena Muench
Boston , MA 21206





Gallaudet University Alumni Association - Graduate Fellowship Fund

Visit Gallaudet University Alumni Association - Graduate Fellowship Fund Website

For doctoral students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Gallaudet University -Alumni Office
800 Florida Ave., NE,
Washington , DC 20002



Immune Deficiency Foundation

Visit Immune Deficiency Foundation Website


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 to visit the Immune Deficiency Foundation scholarship webpage.

40 W. Chesapeake Ave., Ste. 308
Towson , MD 21204

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Learning Ally

Visit Learning Ally Website

While Learning Ally remains a leading provider of audiobooks – including the world’s largest library of audio textbooks – the organization has become a critical resource to not only students in need, but also their parents, families, and educators.

From delivering parent services, webinars and tools for managing a learning difference to providing links to support networks, certifiers and professionals in the field of learning disabilities, their goal is provide a community of support – online, on the phone and in person. They help parents manage the challenges that come with supporting a child with a reading and learning disability.

20 Roszel Rd.
Princeton , NJ 08540

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Lilly Reintegration Scholarship

The Center for Reintegration, Inc. - Lilly Secretariat
PMB 327, 310 Busse Highway
Park Ridge , IL 30068

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National AMBUCS, Inc.

Visit National AMBUCS, Inc. Website


National AMBUCS, Inc., is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

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.

P.O. Box 5127
High Point , NC 27262

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National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Visit National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Website

The National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

The NFB's products and technology programs provide tools of independence for the blind and serve as models of consumer leadership in designing and implementing innovative services. Blind consumer leaders from throughout the United States take the lead in setting priorities and in promoting the use of new devices which hold promise. Much of the work, such as evaluation of technology at the International Braille and Technology Center and other programs of the Jernigan Institute, is carried out in conjunction with engineers and developers who work as partners with the Federation. Direct link: .

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.
200 East Well Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore , MD 21230





National Hemophilia Foundation

Visit National Hemophilia Foundation Website


The National Hemophilia Foundation is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for bleeding and clotting disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research.

Bleeding disorders is a general term for a wide range of medical problems that lead to poor blood clotting and continuous bleeding. Doctors also call them terms such as coagulopathy, abnormal bleeding and clotting disorders. When someone has a bleeding disorder they have a tendency to bleed longer. The disorders can result from defects in the blood vessels or from abnormalities in the blood itself. The abnormalities may be in blood clotting factors or in platelets.

Listing of academic scholarships for students with bleeding disorders. Follow this link,, to go to the National Hemophilia Foundation scholarship webpage.

116 W. 32nd St., 11th Fl.
New York , NY 10001



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Oklahoma College AssistanceProgram (OCAP)

Visit Oklahoma College AssistanceProgram (OCAP) Website


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.

P.O. Box 3000
Oklahoma City , OK 73101





Oklahoma Foundation for the Education of Blind Children and Youth, Inc.

Visit Oklahoma Foundation for the Education of Blind Children and Youth, Inc. Website


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.

P.O. Box 1306
Muskogee , OK 74402





Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program

Visit Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program Website


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.

P. O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City , OK 73101



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Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship Program


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.

C/o IntraMed
1633 Broadway, 25th Fl.
New York , NY 10019



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Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award Center

Visit Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award Center Website

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.

c/o Adelphi Eden Health Communications
30 Irving Place, 10 Floor
New York , NY 10003

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Sallie Mae Student Loans

Visit Sallie Mae Student Loans Website

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.

Mail Correspondence
P.O. Box 9500
Wilkes-Barre , PA 18773



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Visit Sertoma Website


$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.

1912 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City , MO 64132





Spina Bifida Association (SBA)

Visit Spina Bifida Association (SBA) Website


The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida. SBA is the only national voluntary health agency solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect. Its tools are education, advocacy, research, and service.

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,, to go directly to the SBA webpage for scholarships.

4590 MacArthur Blvd., N.W.
Washington , DC 20007



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VSA Arts John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Visit VSA Arts John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Website


An international organization offering arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts. A variety of programs are offered through VSArts state affiliate organizations. Provides an online art gallery for the work of artists with disabilities. Sponsors arts festivals, Legacy art program for older adults, playwright discovery award, Young Soloists Award, arts programs for children, and events that showcase the talent of artists with disabilities. Provides an arts, disability and education searchable database with links to resources nationwide.

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.

2700 F Street, NW
Washington , DC 20566



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