Scholarships External [Non UWW]

Disability-Related Scholarships and Awards

This page lists disability-related scholarships from regional and national organizations; please note that this is not an exhaustive list.  These organizations are not affiliated with the University or the University of Wisconsin system.  The resources listed provide regularly updated information about financial aid opportunities. Please send comments, corrections, and new information to


Incight Go Getter Scholarship  
Must be resident of (have permanent address in) California, Oregon, or Washington.  Application deadline is April 1, 2016.

Chewning Legal, LLC.

A $500 scholarship reserved for graduating high school seniors in Wisconsin, who plan on attending a 4-year college or university and has a parent or parents who are currently receiving SSDI or SSI (Social Security Disability or Income). Scholarship deadline is April 30, 2016.

Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) Scholarship

The Transition Improvement Grant is now accepting applications for four 2016 scholarships.  TIG will be awarding four $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating high school students with a disability pursuing further education.  Students must be graduating in the Spring of 2016, and be a student receiving special education services.  Students must complete and submit the online application and essay questions to be considered.  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. March 31, 2016.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Now is the time to think about how the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program can help get YOU overseas! To encourage diversity, the program strongly urges undergraduate students with disabilities to apply for its scholarships, which can help cover the costs of study abroad expenses or disability-related support while you're abroad.  View deadlines here.

NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

Open to 2nd year Associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with an interest in the entertainment, media, or communication industries. Applications are due by July 1, 2016.

Hearing Loss/Deafness

Graduate Fellowship Fund
Gallaudet University Alumni Association
202-651-5060 (Voice/TTY)
For graduate students.  Applications due by April 20, 2016.

Hard of Hearing and Deaf Scholarship
Sertoma International
Also has a scholarship for graduate students in audiology or speech-language pathology programs.

Visual Impairments

ACB Scholarship
American Council of the Blind
Applications due by March 1st, 2016.  Also has a list of additional scholarships primarily aimed toward students with visual disabilities.

AFB Scholarships
American Foundation for the Blind
Has multiple scholarships available.  Applications due by April 1st, 2016.

CCLVI Scholarships
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
Applications due by March 1st, 2016.  They also offer an award of free video magnifiers; applications for this award are due by April 20th, 2016.

CRS Scholarship
Christian Record Services for the Blind
No scholarship being offered for the 2016-2017 school year.

Lighthouse Scholarships
Lighthouse International
Has one scholarship for undergraduate students and one for graduate students; applications for each are due by March 31st, 2016.

NFB Scholarships
National Federation of the Blind
Applications due by March 31st, 2016. 

Online Colleges Scholarships and Resources

A list of scholarships available to people with visual impairments.

Physical/Mobility Impairments
Applications due by May 30th, 2016.

National MS Society Scholarship Program
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Scholarship will re-open October 2016.

SBA Scholarship Program
Spina Bifida Association of America
202-944-3285 ext. 23
Lists a variety of scholarships.

Health Impairments

HFA Educational Scholarship
Hemophilia Federation of America
Offer multiple scholarships; applications are due by April 30th, 2016. Also has a list of scholarships offered by other organizations.

IDF Scholarship Program
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Lists two different scholarships; applications for the Eric Marder scholarship are due by April 30th, 2016.

National Hemophilia Foundation
800-424-2634 ext. 3700
Lists a variety of scholarships.

Scholarships for Survivors Program
Patient Advocate Foundation
Applications due by February 27th, 2016.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
888-393-3863 (FUND)
Applications due by March 11th, 2016.

Learning Disabilities/ADHD

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship
National Center for Learning Disabilities
The Allegra Ford scholarship is for students attending a two-year college, vocational/technical training program, or program specialized for students with learning disabilities; the Anne Ford scholarship is for students attending a four-year university.

P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship 
P. Buckley Moss Society
Applications due March 31st, 2016. There is also a scholarship for pursuing Special Education or a "special needs certification."

Learning Ally National Achievement Awards
Must be a member of Learning Ally for at least a year to qualify.  Applications are due by April 30th, 2016.

Hydrocephalus Association
Has multiple scholarships available.  All applications due by April 30th, 2016. 

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship
Applications due by March 9th, 2016.

Mental Health

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship
For persons with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder.  Applications will reopen in early October 


Affordable Colleges Online has some good information about scholarships for students with disabilities, as well as advice about financial aid services.