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BYU Scholarships

Students with disabilities may qualify for scholarships dedicated specifically to them. Most of these awards can be applied for through BYU’s main Financial Aid website. Students must be registered with the UAC and have met with a coordinator in order to be notified and considered for the following scholarships.

  • Dayna Lynn Ahern Scholarship: The Dayna Lynn Ahern Scholarship is generously funded by Don and Carolyn Ahern in memory of their daughter, Dayna Lynn Ahern. This scholarship is first and foremost intended for UAC clients who have epilepsy. Consideration may also be given to clients who have another neurological condition (e.g., traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, etc.). The amount awarded to each scholarship recipient will vary depending on the number of qualified applicants and the amount of funding available each year. Please watch for an email from the University Accessibility Center in March that will include a link to the application as well as the specific deadline for that year (usually mid-April). 

 

  • University Accessibility Center Scholarship: The University Accessibility Center Scholarship is generously funded by Keith and Carol Jenkins. The scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, is awarded to approximately 15 students during an annual banquet held every March. Please watch for an email from the University Accessibility Center in November that will include a link to the application as well as the specific deadline for that year (usually in early December).

 

  • General University Disability Scholarship: Please visit the Scholarships website. Select the semesters and/or terms for which you wish to be considered. Follow the instructions, being sure to fill out the "Scholarships for Students with Disabilities" section under the "Disability" tab. Application is due March 1st.

 

Note that all awards for disability scholarships are dependent on having current documentation of disability on file at the UAC. The documentation form can be found here. 

 

Off-Campus Scholarships

GENERAL DISABILITIES AND CAREGIVER

 

American Association on Health and Disability ScholarshipApplicant must have a disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act, and must provide documentation to verify this. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, health promotion or a field related to disability and health. Due 15 Nov 2018.

Needy Meds Scholarship DatabaseThis website is a database that you can use to find available scholarships based on your disability. There are also some scholarships available for students who have a family member with a disability. Due dates vary.

HIE Help Center Scholarship: Must be committed to helping people with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy (CP), or another neonatal injury. Must have a GPA of at least 2.75 to receive the $1,000 scholarship. Due 31 Jul 2019.

Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award: Must write a play script that explores the human experience of living with a disability. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Due Dec 1, 2018.

Frederick J. Krause Scholarship: Must be diagnosed with a physical, mental, or emotional disability. Must be currently enrolled at college, at least a junior. Preference given to those majoring in a field related to improving quality of life for persons with disabilities. American Association Health and Disability. Due 15 Nov 2018.

Tony Coelho Media Scholarship: Must self-identify as an individual with any type of disability, including mental illness. Must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student. Must be pursuing a degree in communication or another media-related field. Demonstrate good academic standing and leadership qualities. American Association of People with Disabilities. 2019 applications will open in Apr 2019.

Young Soloists Awards: Must have physical or mental disabilities that limit one or more of their major life activities. Must be instrumentalists or vocalists no older than 25 years of age. Must submit musical recordings to VSA Arts. Due 31 Dec 2018.

BLINDNESS AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award: Must be visually impaired - legally blind. Registered as a Learning Ally member for one year. 3.0+ GPA. For senior, master's or doctoral study. Demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership and service orientation. Learning Ally. Due 30 Jun 2018.

TAER Professional Preparation Scholarships: Must be a resident of Texas, but enrolled at a college in any state. Must be interested in majoring in a field related to rehabilitation or education of people with visual impairments. Demonstrate financial need for this $1,000 scholarship. Due 1 Mar 2019.

William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship: Must be legally blind - vision of 20/200 or less in best eye or 20 degrees or less in visual field. Must study in college and be in the field of services for the blind or visually impaired.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarships: Must be visually impaired - legally blind in both eyes. Major/career interest in humanities/liberal arts. Demonstrate financial need, high academic achievement and service orientation. Due 1 Nov 2018.

ABC Scholarship Program: Must be visually impaired - legally blind. College freshmen. Due 1 Nov 2018.

DEAFNESS AND HEARING IMPAIRMENT

Graeme Clark Scholarship: Must have received a Nucleus cochlear implant. Pursuing min 3-yr undergrad degree. Demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to leadership and humanity. Cochlear Americas. Due 30 Sep 2019.

TPA Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and Near Deaf: Must suffer from deafness or hearing impairment. Must need financial assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, treatment or specialized education. Due Quarterly: Mar 31, Jun 30, Sep 30, and Dec 31​.

Sertoma Scholarships for Students who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf: Must be hearing impaired - min 40dB bilateral hearing loss. 3.2+ GPA. Demonstrate high academic achievement, depth of character, seriousness of purpose and service orientation. Due May 2019

Millie Brother Scholarship: Must be graduating high school senior. Must be hearing children of deaf parents. Children of Deaf Adults, International. Due first Friday in April.

EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES

ADHD College Scholarship Program: Must be diagnosed with ADHD. Accepted/attending college/ university. Due 30 March.

J.C. Runyon Moving Forward Scholarship: Must be diagnosed with behavioral disorders or mental illnesses. Demonstrate great motivation for succeeding at college. Due 1 Mar 2019.

Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award: Must be a college student living with mental illness who wish to pay it forward by encouraging dialogue about mental health on campus and eliminate the stigma around emotional disabilities. JED Foundation. Due 16 Mar 2018.

Drake Davis Foundation Scholarship: Must have overcome a mental health diagnosis and be dedicated to helping with the prevention of suicide. Must be a graduating high school senior. Due 7 Apr 2018.

Lilly Moving Lives Forward Reintegration Scholarships: Must have schizophrenia, schiophreniform, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder and receiving treatment. Involved in reintegrative efforts such as work, school, or volunteer programs. Center for Reintegration, Inc. Due 18 Jan 2019.

Paradigm Malibu Depression Treatment Education Scholarship: Must have experienced depression and/or receiving treatment. Must be currently enrolled in college. Due 15 Dec 2018.

LEARNING DISABILITIES

Anne and Allegra Ford Scholarship Program: Must have a learning disability. High school students. Academically successful. Have financial need. National Center for Learning Disabilities. Due 12 Nov 2018.

Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award: Must be learning disabled. Registered as a Learning Ally member for one year. 3.0+ GPA. High school senior. Demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership and service orientation. Learning Ally. Due 30 June 2018.

Challenge Met Scholarship: Must have learning disabilities. Must be licensed amateur radio operator enrolled in college. American Radio League Foundation. Due 14 Feb 2019.

PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship: Must have cerebral palsy, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The $1,000 check will be made payable to the school, with rare exceptions in which the check is made payable to the student. Due 31 July 2019.

Scooters 'N ChairsMust be a manual or power wheelchair user, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Recipient of $1,000 scholarship package will be announced January 14. Due 27 Dec 2018.

Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarship DatabaseThis website is a database of scholarships for students with cystic fibrosis. Due dates vary.

Cancer for College Scholarships: For low-income, high achieving cancer survivors. Due 31 Jan 2019.

Flicker of Hope Foundation ScholarshipsMust be a burn survivor. Due 1 July 2018.

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program: Must have epilepsy, or be family members/caregivers of persons with epilepsy. Due 26 Mar 2018.

Kermit B. Nash Academic Scholarship: Must be a high school senior with sickle cell disease. Must be a member of SCDAA. 1 award for a total of $20,000 for 4 years. Award will be disbursed at $2,500 per semester (Fall and Spring) based on academic status. Due 20 May 2018.

Little People of America ScholarshipsMust be affected by dwarfism. Due dates vary.

MedPro Rx Inc. Education is Power ScholarshipsMust have a bleeding disorder (hemophilia A, B, or von Willebrand disease). A minimum of 20 scholarships will be awarded ranging in value from $500-$2,500 to the winning candidates. Due 1 Jun 2016.

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation ScholarshipMust have cystic fibrosis. Two one-year award of $2,500 will be granted to the winner. Due 21 March 2018.

Elizabeth Nash FoundationMust be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 and are awarded annually. Due 8 April 2018.

Eric's FundMust have a primary immune deficiency disease. Opens 1 Feb 2019.

Ulman Cancer FundApplicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling or spouse. Scholarship winners will be awarded a total of $2500 over two academic semesters. Due 1 March 2019.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation ScholarshipMust be diagnosed with cancer, or have lost a parent to cancer. Opens March 2019.

Patient Advocate FoundationAvailable to students under the age of 25 who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, or other chronic, life-threatening, debilitating disease within the past five years. Award amount is $3,000 up to four consecutive years, if student adheres to program guidelines. Due 23 Feb 2019.

Elaine Chapin Fund: Must have multiple sclerosis. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of financial need, academic standing and the impact with which multiple sclerosis has affected their lives. Due 30 Apr 2019.

Factor One Source FAST Pharmacy ScholarshipMust be diagnosed with a bleeding disorder to be considered for the $5,000 award, must be diagnosed an immunodeficiency to be considered for the $2,500 award, and must be diagnosed with any complex or chronic condition listed on their website to be considered for the $1,000 award. Due 1 Jun 2018.

PreJax Foundation Scholarship: Must be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or have a parent diagnosed with MS. Due 30 Apr 2019.

Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship: Must have been diagnosed with hemophilia A or B. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Due 4 May 2018.

General Hemophilia Scholarships: Requirements and award amounts vary. This link brings you to a list of scholarships available to anyone with hemophilia. Due dates vary.

Ina Brudnick Scholarship Award: Must have undergone ostomy surgery or are suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. 24-yrs old or younger. Planning to attend university. Great Comebacks Award Program. Due 15 Jul 2018.

Dirk Derrick Car and Truck Accident Injury Scholarship: For any current or soon-to-be undergrad who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. Due 15 Dec 2018.