With many more women with disabilities entering higher education than in the past, many may be interested in the scholarships designed specifically for them, as well as other scholarships available to all students with disabilities, male and female. These students may find themselves in a more difficult financial situation than other students. This is mainly due to the high medical costs they face on a daily basis. In addition to the specific scholarships for women with disabilities and for all students with disabilities, women with disabilities can also be supported by the standard scholarships that apply to all students.
Ethel Louise Armstrong-Stiftung
The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation awards scholarships exclusively to female students. These students must be enrolled at a university or college in the United States. Those who grant the money want to be objective and non-discriminatory. The amount granted can vary from $500 to $2,000 per year.
Those seeking such a scholarship must:
- have a physical disability
- be woman
- Be a graduate student
- Attend an accredited US college or university
- Get involved with a national, local or national disability organization. Such participation may be made electronically or in person. Any organization that a student wishes to volunteer with must provide advocacy or other services for people with disabilities.
- Assuming the student will be an ELA grantee, they will need to work with current alumni and grantees, as well as the ELA Board of Directors. This involvement will bring benefits to the program for politicians and community professionals.
- The candidate must update the ELA annually with a letter describing the progress of his/her professional and academic career.
Interested applicants must apply by June 1 of each year at 5:00 p.m. A completed application must be mailed in an envelope to the ELA Foundation office at 2460 North Lake Ave. PMB #128, Altadena, CA 91001.
While the Anne Ford Scholarship is open to all students with disabilities, women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Only US citizens are eligible.
The program is administered by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Incorporated (NCLD). Applicants must be students with intellectual disabilities and attend public or private secondary schools. You should already have demonstrated a high level of aptitude. You must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and be pursuing a bachelor's degree. You have to prove your disability. In determining whether qualifications have been met, NCLD considers financial need.
Those most likely to receive a scholarship are students with learning disabilities who have strong career aspirations with a college degree. They must have persevered, be willing to embrace new opportunities, and have a perspective shaped by their experiences in their upbringing, society, friends, and family.
While they should be aware of how their learning disabilities are affecting their lives, they should be able to stand up for themselves and be willing to contribute to society to help all people with learning disabilities improve their opportunities. In addition, they must be content with being role models for other people with learning difficulties.
Documents to be submitted include a financial statement, personal statement, application form, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, evidence of a learning disability, and test results.
For information, contact the National Center for Learning Disabilities at: 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401, New York, NY 10016. Telephone numbers are: 212-545-7510, fax: 212-545-9665, toll-free: 888-575-7373. The application deadline is December 31st. The awards for the 2011-2012 school year will be announced in mid-April.
You can also get information fromncld.org.
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This scholarship is awarded once a year to a high school graduate with a proven learning disability. A total of $2,500 will be awarded to anyone enrolled in a technical education program, trade school or community college, or a special program for students with learning disabilities.
The student most likely to receive an award is the one who, despite having a learning disability, has participated in community and school activities, persevered, and worked hard to achieve personal goals. As a student with a learning disability, she needs to be her own advocate, continue her education beyond high school, and have clear and realistic goals. She must also have a genuine financial need.
To apply, a student must provide a high school diploma, complete an application form, provide proof of disability, provide a financial statement, and provide three letters of recommendation.
As with the Anne Ford Scholarship, information can be obtained fromncld.org.
Aimed at people with disabilities, these scholarships are awarded to those who believe that a career in the aviation industry can improve their lives. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Although becoming a pilot is challenging, there are people, including the disabled, who are up to the challenge. Students must spend countless hours learning to fly and a lot of time at school learning on the ground as well.
Candidates must be committed to the long term and flexible in terms of time. They have to travel for training for five weeks, usually in June or May. Candidates must have a flexible schedule, allowing for up to five weeks of travel to a training center.
Those denied admission following a medical evaluation by the FAA will not be considered until medically approved by the FAA. This is true, although no FAA medical exam is required for this program.
There are four types of scholarships:
- Full Scholarships. This one is for anyone aiming for a sport pilot license. Applicants must prove their disability with a medical certificate. Applicants must have proof of their treating physician's disability, be at least 17 years old, be a United States citizen, hold a driver's license, and be physically able to operate the controls of a flight training device. An application is possible at any time of the year.
- Return bags to flight bags. These are for those who were pilots and then became disabled.
- Flight Training Challenge Scholarships. This is for those who do not wish to obtain a license and will only benefit if dual training is offered.
- Vocational Education Grants. These grants are for individuals who wish to earn a repair certificate issued by the FAA. This applies to light aircraft and includes an FAA maintenance rating or dispatcher license. Instead, the Scholarship Committee may allow the candidate to use the money for educational expenses related to an educational career.
Applicants are required to write an essay describing how they believe the scholarship will change their lives. They will be interviewed near where they live. The semi-finalists for the Flight Training Challenge and Return To Flight grants will receive telephone interviews. Winners will be notified.
This program includes flight training, ground training and other testing, and provides money for accommodation and travel expenses. Those applying for full scholarships must travel for four or five weeks for training. Those applying for the Flight Training Challenge or Return To Flight scholarships must travel to receive a week's training.
The program includes a 35 to 40 hour flight training program as well as extensive ground study. For information seeableflight.org.
Scholarships for the blind and visually impaired
A large number of scholarships are awarded to blind or visually impaired students. Women can apply. Some of the organizations awarding the scholarships are:
- The American Council of the Blind (ACB), Scholarship Office, 1155 15th Street N.W., Suite 720, Washington, DC 20005, Telefon: 800-424-8666. o Seite éwww.acb.org.
- The American Foundation for the Blind Information Center, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001, Telephone: 212-502-7661. the website iswww.afb.org.
- Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). Information is available atwww.aerbvi.org. Two $750 grants are awarded annually to those who wish to serve the blind or partially sighted and are required to be blind by law.
- AER Ferrell Scholarship Fund, 4600 Duke Street, Suite 430, Alexandria, VA 22397, Telephone: 703-823-9690. the website iswww.aerbvi.org.
- Blind Veterans Association (BVA), Blind Veterans Association, 477 H Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001-2694. Telephone: 202-371-8880. the website iswww.bva.org.
- Christian Record Services, Christian Record Services, 4444 South 52nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68516. Telefon: 402-488-0981. O Seite é:www.christianrecord.org.
- The Jewish Braille Institute of America, Incorporated, The Jewish Braille Institute of America, Incorporated, 110 East 30th Street, Nova York, NY 10016, Telefon: 212-889-2525. O Seite é:www.jbilibrary.org.
- Lighthouse International, Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022, Telefon: 212-821-9428. Die Webseite ist:www.lighthouseguild.org.
- The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301-4005, Telefon: 603-225-6641, Standort:nhcf.org.
- Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Scholarship Office, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, Telefon: 609-452-0606, Website:rfbd.org.
- VSA (Very Special Arts), VSA, 1300 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036, Telefon: 800-933-8721, Standort:vsarts.org.
For more information, seeafb.org.
All awards are for the blind or partially sighted, however there are differences between the grants. women are entitled. For some, the main qualification is a visual impairment. Some are for spouses or children of those who served in the military. Some are aimed at those who want to provide educational or rehabilitation services for blind or partially sighted people. One is for those who wish to study Judaica. At least one is for those looking to make a career change. Some are only for those living in a specific area. One is for singers or instrumentalists.
National Association for the Blind
The National Federation for the Blind awards 30 scholarships annually ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 to students not only in the United States but also in Puerto Rico.
To receive the money, students must:
- Live in the District of Columbia, United States or Puerto Rico.
- Be legally blind.
- Pursuing a full-time post-secondary degree from an institution in the United States. One exception is that the award is given to someone who works full-time and attends school part-time.
- The winner of the award must attend the national convention of the National Association for the Blind. She must also participate in all scholarship program activities.
Information and application can be found belownfb.org.
This program is offered by the Jewish Blind Guild for blind students. Students can apply at the end of their freshman year of high school. If they get an award, it's in the last year. A total of 12 to 16 scholarships are awarded each year. The donation amount is between 12,000 and 15,000 US dollars.
Applicants must have all information to administer the program by September 15 of the student's final year. The award ceremony will take place in mid-December. Actual prizes will be awarded by June 15th. To apply, students must:
- provide proof of blindness.
- Apply online.
- provide proof of citizenship.
- Provide SAT and ACT scores.
- Provide two 500-word personal statements about personal and educational goals.
- Submit three letters of recommendation on the candidate's educational achievements.
Information and a link to online registration can be found atjgb.org.
universities and colleges
Several colleges have special programs for the disabled:
- George Mason University: Contact the Disability Resource Center atods.gmu.edu.
- George Washington University: Contact Disability Support Services atgwired.gwu.edu. A brochure entitled “Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities” can be requested.
- Western Michigan University: Offers scholarships for students with disabilities. You must be pursuing a degree in rehabilitation science to receive help. The information is inwmich.edu.
- Gallaudet University: This college for the deaf and hard of hearing can be contacted atgallaudet.edu.
Several schools offer technology support to help students with disabilities attend and scholarships for individuals. Donations can be used for subtitling devices in many institutions. Some schools offer video conferencing for students with disabilities.
National Association of the Deaf
The National Association of the Deaf holds an annual College Bowl competition at various universities and colleges. Students from each school's teams compete for scholarships and a trophy.
Until recently, three schools participated: the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT) in New York; Gallaudet University in Washington, DC; and California State University at Northridge (CSUN). The competition has been expanded to any university or college with a significant number of deaf students.
The winners became teachers, scientists and lawyers. They also became advocates for other deaf and hard of hearing people. This year, July 3-7, the first competition open to other schools will be the 2012 NAD Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The final will take place on July 5th.
Participating students must be full-time students who are students of four-year universities and colleges or junior colleges. Each school will have a team of four members. Information is available atnad.org.
Billy Barty Foundation
Prizes are offered for those suffering from dwarfism. Prices are $1,000. Information is available atwww.aie.org.
Local churches and religious organizations
Your local church can be a resource. Many local churches and religious organizations offer grants or scholarships to freshman students.
The Chamber of Commerce
Many local chambers of commerce offer grants and scholarships, particularly for those pursuing a business degree.
clubs and societies
If you or your parents are members of an organization such as the Elks or a local union, money may be available through this medium for your education.
employer of your parents
Sometimes your parents' employer offers grants and scholarships. You won't know until you ask.
Grants from educational institutions
The local college or university you wish to attend can help you with this. Many of these institutions give grants to help with the cost of an education that is more than what a student and their parents can afford with their credit, savings, and income.
Some of these are merit grants or awards. They are based on a person's academic performance. Some awards are given based on financial need. Some awards are given without regard to financial circumstances. Some grants or scholarships even offer special privileges. Some require special commitments.
For information about these grants and scholarships, contact your local college or university’s scholarship office.
Scholarship for Academic Competitiveness
This scholarship and any monies from a Pell scholarship may not exceed the cost of attending the school. Each year that the funds provided by the government are insufficient to cover the normal amount granted for the number of students available, the amount granted is reduced for each student.
To qualify for this federal program, a student must:
- Get a Pell grant
- You must be an eligible non-citizen or citizen of the United States.
- Go to school at least part-time.
- You are in your first or second year of a degree or a one-year or longer certificate program. A certificate program must take place at a four- or two-year college.
- Meet other listed qualifications.
A student must also be in an accredited degree program. Qualifications can include things like four years of English, three years of science, three years of mathematics including algebra and another sixth form class, one year of non-English languages and three years of social studies. A list of educational requirements is published each year.
For information seeestudantil.ed.gov.
O National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant
This grant is also known as the National SMART Grant. It is only available during an undergraduate student's third and fourth years (or fifth year in a five-year program).
Only students who are at least enrolled part-time and who are also entitled to a federal Pell scholarship are eligible. Students must have a major in physics or computer science, technology, mathematics, or a critical foreign language. A candidate must have a GPA of 3.0 or better in their major. Students receive this scholarship in conjunction with a Pell Grant. Students must be qualified non-citizens or citizens of the United States.
A student can receive up to $4,000. The amount awarded with a Pell Grant cannot exceed the total cost of care. If there are enough students that the program fee is not enough to pay everyone the typical amount, everyone gets proportionately less.
Information is available atestudantil.ed.gov.
This is a government grant program available not only to the general public but also to disabled people, including women with disabilities. Disabled women can qualify if they have financial needs, and the grant can be as high as $5,500, which can significantly reduce students' educational expenses. While a college loan must be repaid, Pell Grants do not.
Money from this program is given to students who have a real financial need. The amount awarded each year can vary depending on how much money the government has allocated. There is no maximum amount of money that can be borrowed. How much each student can receive depends on several factors:
- How much your family can contribute. (Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated based on parent and student income and wealth.)
- Whether the student attends the school part-time or full-time. (Full-time students get more, but part-time students can get 3/4 and even less than part-time students. There aren't many other federal programs that give money to students who attend less than part-time students.
- The student's cost of attending college.
While the program is primarily intended for undergraduate students, some graduate students may be offered money if they are pursuing teaching credentials.
To apply for a scholarship, a student must complete a free Federal Student Aid Application Form (FAFSA). Those who fill out the form may be eligible for other types of assistance. The government will forward the form to the school you wish to attend, which will tell you whether or not you will be eligible.
Scholarships for women pursuing degrees in underrepresented fields
There are a variety of scholarships available for women who wish to study in underrepresented fields. These are for all women who meet certain qualifications, including women with disabilities. Some are federal grants. Some specifically state that they will not disqualify applicants because of a disability. In some cases, a course is represented at several faculties.
Some of the following scholarships are run by private organizations while others are run by the public. Some of the eligible programs are Law, Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Medicine and Business. Many of the women in these fields are actively serving other women. Many of these areas have traditionally been male dominated. Some of the prizes are:
- The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to freshman and sophomore students studying math or science. This is available to second- and third-year students pursuing a science or math major. Candidates need above-average GPAs. Preference will be given to individuals who intend to continue their studies in a postgraduate course in the same field.
- Ford Foundation Minority Doctoral Fellowship. This is awarded to university graduates pursuing a degree in engineering, science or mathematics, particularly those interested in working with minorities and women.
- National Association of Black Nurses. This provides educational and professional support for African American nurses. Students must be employed and pursuing a degree in nursing. There are nearly a dozen scholarships and grants available to students in a four-year program. Prize money ranges from $500 to $2,000 per year.
- The National Consortium of Physical Sciences. The program supports scholarships in the natural sciences. It should bring variety. Minorities and women must study in accredited schools and be enrolled in pre-doctoral programs to be eligible. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Graduates aim for a career in geology, astronomy, computer science, mathematics or chemistry.
- Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards. The money is provided by the National Science Foundation. The recipients study natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or engineering.
- Regent's Health Scholarship for Medicine and Dentistry. New York State students are eligible for scholarships to enter dental and medical schools. Recipients will be women and minorities. Students must apply to programs in New York and serve in the state for a specified period of time after graduation.
- American Association of College Women (AAUW). This program gives preferential scholarships to economically disadvantaged women and to women returning to college after a family or career.
- Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting. Women receive money if they pursue a master's degree, four- or two-year degree in accounting or finance. Money is given based on merit and need.
- The American Society of Women Accountants. This program offers scholarships and fellowships for women for undergraduate, two-year, and four-year graduate programs in accounting or finance. Smaller grants are awarded for travel and industry certifications.
- The Davis Program at Wellesley College. This is awarded to women older than the traditional college age at this well-known college. Those who may apply include those who never went to college, working women and those returning to the workforce.
Going to college can be intimidating because of the expense and work involved. Women who also have a disability experience even more stress due to pressure and financial hardship. The programs listed in this article and others listed online and in various colleges can help you in your educational journey.