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Financial Aid/Scholarships

BYU-Sponsored 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.

 

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. 

 

Other Funding Sources

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

Vocational Rehabilitation is a state and federal program under Workforce Services. Their goal is to “assist eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain employment and increase their independence.” Though they are not a typical scholarship program, they can sometimes provide funding for tuition, books, assistive technology, and other school-related expenses as this can be a pathway to employment. Generally, a participant who has been deemed eligible for these types of services would have an ongoing, working relationship with a rehabilitation provider until they graduate from their academic program and obtain employment.

ABILITY FIRST UTAH

Ability First Utah seeks to help individuals with disabilities to live independently in their home or community. They provide information and referral services, assistive technology resources (including equipment loan or equipment funding services), youth transition (ag 14-24), advocacy, nursing home transition services, and peer support.

 

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 November 2019.

Disabled Student Scholarship: For any disability (mental or physical) that interferes with school or your quality of life. Awarded amount of $500. Deadline: 1 August 2019.

Equity Through Education Scholarship: For all disabilities. Must be pursuing a degree in business/commerce, computer science, engineering, math, physics, statistics or a related discipline. Awarded amounts of $5,000 and $10,000. Deadline: 14 October 2019.

Flora Marie Jenkins Memorial Disability Scholarship: A general disability scholarship that ony requires a documented disability. Awarded amount of $5,000. Application opens November 1st and closes April 30th .

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 November 2019.

Google Lime Scholarship Program: For computer science and computer engineering students with disabilities. For undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Awarded amount of $10,000. Opens Fall 2019.

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 July 2019.

Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award: Must write a play script that explores the human experience of living with a disability. The play must be performed by a university prior to the scholarship application being submitted. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Due: 1 December 2019.

Mays Mission Scholarship: Individual must have a documented significant disability and be enrolled in a four-year study program. Must have also received a score of 18 or better on the ACT or 870 on the SAT. Amount varies. Application date: June 30th.

Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship: Requires a visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, speech or other disability. Student must declare an approved major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business or a related field. Award amount varies between $5,000 and $20,000 and is renewable. Application closes March 1st annually.

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.

Swim with Mike Scholarship: For disabled athletes who sustained a life changing accident or illness (e.g. paralysis, blindness, cancer, amputation, head injuries). Awarded amount varies and is renewable. Deadline: May 1st.

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. Due: 6 June 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 December 2019.

 

BLINDNESS AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

ACB Scholarship Program: Must be visually impaired - legally blind. College freshmen. (The link is only available while the application is open.) Open 1 November 2019.

Lighthouse Guild: For students who are leagally blind. The amount varies. Deadline: March 31st annually.

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 September 2019.

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 November 2019.

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. Application currently closed.

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.

 

DEAFNESS AND HEARING IMPAIRMENT

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the DHH College Scholarship Program: For those who use cochlear implants and hearing aids. Amount varies between $1,000-$10,000. Deadline: March 3th.

Anders Tjellstrom Scholarship: Scholarship applicants must be a Baha or Nucleus Cochlear Implants recipient. Awarded amount is worth $2000 per year for up to four years. Open: March 31st and closes September 30th annually.

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: Sepember 30th annually.

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.

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: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st​.

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. Open: 1 November 2019

 

EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES

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 April 2018.

J.C. Runyon Moving Forward Scholarship: Must be diagnosed with behavioral disorders or mental illnesses. Demonstrate great motivation for succeeding at college. Open: 1 August 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: 15 March 2019.

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. Open: 1 October 2019.

Paradigm Malibu Depression Treatment Education Scholarship: Must have experienced depression and/or receiving treatment. Must be currently enrolled in college. Due: 15 December 2019.

 

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: November 2019.

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

Gemm Learning Dyslexia Scholarship: For students with dyslexia. Award amount of $1000. Deadline: 16 July 2019.

Joseph James Morelli Scholarship: This scholarship supports high school and college students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or dyscalculia, who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Amount of $2500. Deadline: March 14th annually.

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 September 2019.

Rise Scholarship: Must be diagnosed with a learning disability. Award of $2500 or a $500 Honorable Mention Award. Due date to be announced for 2020.

 

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

American Autism Association: A list of various of scholarships and grants available for individuals with autism, well as for family members who have a sibling or a child with autism.

Iconic Displays: For US citizen who have been diagnosed with ASD and are enrolled in an accredited school. Awarded amount of $750. Due dates vary.

Media Works: For individuals who have been diagnosed with ASD. Award of $500. Deadline: January 2020.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Scholarship: For individuals diagnosed with ASD, any severity on the spectrum. Amount of $3,000. Deadline: May 6th annually.

Rise Scholarship: For individuals who have been diagnosed with ASD. Award of $2500. Due date to be announced for 2020.

SunWise Capital Autism Scholarship: For college students who have been diagnosed with ASD. Award of $500. Deadline: January 2020.

Super Scholar: A list of 20 scholarships specific to individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

 

PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
Autoimmune Diseases:

Abbvie Immunology Scholarship: For those with an inflammatory disease. Specifically: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn's disease (CD), Psoriasis (Ps), Ulcerative colitis (UC), Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), Psoriatic arthritis (PsA), Uveitis (UV). Scholarships of up to $15,000 are awarded, dependent up the type of degree pursued. Application will open in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Student Research Fellowship Awards: Restricted to students studying Health and Medical Sciences, especially IBDs. Awarded amount of $2,500. Due: 15 March 2020.

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. Open: 1 November 2019 - 30 April 2020.

Eric's FundMust have a primary immune deficiency disease. Open: 1 February 2020.

Jay Cutler Athletic Scholarship: For incoming freshmen with Type 1 diabetes, who will be playing a competitive sport in college. Award amount of $5,000. Deadline: 15 April 2020.

PreJax Foundation Scholarship: Must be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or have a parent diagnosed with MS. Open: 1 January - 30 April 2020.

 

Blood Disorders:

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 May 2020.

Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship: Must have been diagnosed with hemophilia A or B. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Due May 2020.

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.

Hemophilia Federation of America Educational Scholarships: This group offers three scholarships. Deadline May 31st.

  • If YOU have Hemophilia:  Must be an Inhibitor, has Hemophilia (A or B), has a bleeding disorder; must be US Citizen; Seeking a post-secondary education from a college, university or trade school. Award of $2,000.
  • If your child, sibling or parent has Hemophilia or another bleeding disorder; May or may not have a bleeding disorder themselves; Seeking a post-secondary education from a college, university or trade school. Award of $2,000.
  • If you are pursuing a degree in the medical/healthcare services field: Must have a bleeding disorder or be related to someone with a bleeding disorder; Must be pursuing a degree in the medical/healthcare services field. Award of $4,000.

Lawrence Madeiros Scholarship: For bleeding or other chronic disorders. Amount varies. Continuously accepting applications.


Cancer:

Cancer for College Scholarships: For low-income, high achieving cancer survivors. Due 31 January 2020.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation ScholarshipMust be diagnosed with cancer, or have lost a parent to cancer. Open March-May 2020.

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. Open Fall 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 February 2020.

 

Cystic Fibrosis:

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

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation ScholarshipMust have cystic fibrosis. Two one-year award of $2,500 will be granted to the winner. Opens 15 January 2020.

Elizabeth Nash FoundationMust be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 and are awarded annually. Due 8 April 2020.

Jill M. Balboni Memorial Scholarship: For students with Cystic Fibrosis. Award amount of $5,000. Deadline: 23 March 2020.

 

Injury-Related:

Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship: Must be a US Citizen that has sustained injuries from a car or truck accident or been affected by someone else’s accident. Awarded amount of $1,000. Deadline: 1 August 2019.

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 December 2019.

Disabled War Veterans Scholarship: Available to active-duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists, and National Gaurd personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations. Awarded amount of $2,500. Scholarships are given out twice annually. Due dates vary.

Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship: For students with limb amputation. Awarded amount varies. Deadline: 31 August 2019.

 

Mobility/Neurological:

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.

AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship: Must use a manual or electric wheelchair, or a mobility scooter. Awarded amount of $2,500 and a free swimming pool lift for the applicant's school. Continually accepting applications for both Fall and Spring time deadlines.

CHASA Scholarship for Childhood Stroke Survivors: Candidates must be affected by childhood hemiplegia or hemiparesis due to any cause or by pediatric stroke, or be currently diagnosed with hemiplegia or hemiparesis or pediatric stroke. Awarded amount of $3000. Deadline: 31 August 2019.

Little People of America ScholarshipsMust be affected by dwarfism. Due 1 May 2020.

Mobility Scooters Direct Scholarship: For disabilities that limit mobility. Awaarded amount of $1200. Deadline: 10 December 2019.

Scooters 'N Chairs: Must be a manual or power wheelchair user, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Awarded amount of $1,000. Due: 1 June 2019.

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship: One-time scholarships to people living with epilepsy, their family members and caregivers who are pursuing higher education. Awarded amounts of $5,000 or $10,000. Deadline varies.

Will2Walk: Applicants must have a traumatic spinal cord injury. Awarded amount of $5,000. Applications available for May 1 and October 1.