If you have a spinal cord injury or any form of paralysis and want to start college, or if you are interested in returning to school post-injury, there are more scholarships available for you than ever before. You may have to apply to several scholarship opportunities in order to make a significant dent in your tuition bill, but scholarships will add up, and they can help cover a significant portion of your tuition costs. Make sure to do your research on what scholarships are available for people with disabilities, and pay extra attention to deadlines on each scholarship’s information page to ensure you do not miss an important date. Below are a few of the many different scholarships available for people with disabilities.
– ChairScholars Foundation
This foundation provides scholarships for college or vocational training to low-income students with severe physical disabilities.
– AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship
The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship is offered to full-time college students who use a manual wheelchair, power wheelchair, or mobility scooter. This is a $2,500 scholarship that goes towards tuition and books. Additionally, the school of the selected applicant receives a free swimming pool lift for their campus.
– Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship Program
This is a scholarship designed to assist paralyzed veterans (or the spouse or dependent child of a paralyzed veteran) in reaching their post-secondary educational goals. The Paralyzed Veterans of America will award $1,000 scholarships to full-time students and $500 scholarships to part-time students. Scholarship funds are released solely in the name of the university, not the scholarship applicant.
– Swim with Mike Scholarship
The Swim with Mike Scholarship grants up to $5,000 annually as assistance for attending a four-year or graduate-level institution of higher education. For consideration, high school or collegiate athletes must have sustained a life-changing accident or illness, including paralysis, blindness, amputation, or a severe head injury.
– Google Lime Scholarship
To be eligible for the Google Lime Scholarship, you must have a physical disability and be studying computer science. Up to $10,000 is given to each recipient of this scholarship.
– American Association on Health and Disability Scholarships
Each year, the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) grants several $1,000 scholarships to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a documented permanent physical disability attending any U.S. accredited institution. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability research, disability studies, health promotion, or any other field related to disability/health.
– Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Scholarships
The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation awards $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships annually to two or three high school seniors with neurological disabilities who will be pursuing post-secondary education after graduation.
– Chanda Plan Foundation Scholarships
Chanda Plan Foundation awards annual scholarships of up to $5,000 as financial assistance for graduating high school seniors seeking to pursue a higher education at an accredited U.S. institution. Eligible applicants must have a physical disability or paralysis.
– Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Scholarship for Women
The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Scholarship for Women presents up to $2,000 to female graduate students with physical disabilities who are currently enrolled in any U.S. university in a master’s program.
– Todd Brown Memorial Medical Scholarship
The Todd Brown Memorial Medical Scholarship program grants five $1,000 scholarships annually to disabled students attending a two-year, four-year, or graduate school program. Qualified applicants must be under a physician’s care for a spinal cord injury and must be attending school full-time.
– NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship offers eight scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a career in the communications, media, or entertainment industry. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university.
– 1 800 Medical College Scholarship Program
Students attending a two-year, four-year, or graduate school program full-time in the fall are eligible to apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be under a physician’s care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy). Seven applicants that are legal residents of the United States will be selected as recipients.