Center for Students with Disabilities

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


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). 

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. 

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.

Hearing Loss/Deafness

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
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.

CCLVI Scholarships
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
They also offer an award of free video magnifiers.

CRS Scholarship
Christian Record Services for the Blind

Lighthouse Scholarships
Lighthouse International
Has one scholarship for undergraduate students and one for graduate students.

NFB Scholarships
National Federation of the Blind

Online Colleges Scholarships and Resources

A list of scholarships available to people with visual impairments.

Physical/Mobility Impairments

National MS Society Scholarship Program
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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
Also has a list of scholarships offered by other organizations.

IDF Scholarship Program
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Lists two different scholarships.

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

Scholarships for Survivors Program
Patient Advocate Foundation

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
888-393-3863 (FUND)

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
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.

Hydrocephalus Association
Has multiple scholarships available.

Mental Health

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship
For persons with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder.


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