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.
GENERAL DISABILITIES AND CAREGIVER
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. http://web.kennedy-center.org/Education/KCACTF/awards/Playwriting/JKSmith. Due November.
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. www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/. Due 15 Nov.
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. http:// www.aapd.com/what-we-do/education/higher-education/Scholarships/scholarships.html. Due 24 April.
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 musical recordings. VSA Arts. http://education.kennedy-center.org//education/vsa/programs/soloists_award.cfm. Due 29 Jan.
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. www.learningally.org. Due 15 March.
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. http://www.txaer.org/scholarships--awards.html. Due Feb.
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. www.aerbvi.org. Due 15 Feb.
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. www.nfb.org/scholarships. Due 31 March.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarships Must be legally blind in both eyes. May require a certain field of study or other special traits. Demonstrate academic excellence, community service and financial need. National Federation of the Blind. www.nfb.org. Due 31 March.
ABC Scholarship Program Must be visually impaired - legally blind. College freshmen. www.acb.org. Various due dates.
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. www.cochlearamericas.com. Due 31 Aug.
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. www.tpahq.org. Due 1 March.
Sertoma Hearing Impaired Scholarships Must have clinically significant (40dB) bilateral hearing loss. 3.2+ GPA. Sertoma. www.sertoma.org/scholarship Due 1 May.
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. www.sertoma.org/scholarship. Due 15 June.
Millie Brother Scholarship Must be graduating high school senior. Must be hearing children of deaf parents. Children of Deaf Adults, International. www.coda-international.org. Due first Friday in April.
EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES
ADHD College Scholarship Program Must be diagnosed with ADHD. Accepted/attending college/ university. www.shireadhdscholarship.com. Due 30 March.
CVS/All Kids Can Be Scholars Program Must be an autistic student completing a post-secondary program. Autism Society of America. www.autism-society.org. Due 31 March.
J.C. Runyon Moving Forward Scholarship Must be diagnosed with behavioral disorders or mental illnesses. Demonstrate great motivation for succeeding at college. www.jcrunyonfoundation.org/ application_process/. Due 1 May.
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. https://www.jedfoundation.org/student-voice-award/. Due 16 March.
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. www.drakedavis.com/scholarship.html. Due 7 April.
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. www.reintegration.com/. Due 24 Jan.
Paradigm Malibu Depression Treatment Education Scholarship Must have experienced depression and/or receiving treatment. Must be currently enrolled in college. https://paradigmmalibu.com/annual-depression-treatment-education-scholarship/. Due 15 Dec.
Anne and Allegra Ford Scholarship Program Must have a learning disability. High school students. Academically successful. Have financial need. National Center for Learning Disabilities. http://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/. Due 31 Dec.
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. https://www.learningally.org/NAA/Application. Due 15 March.
Challenge Met Scholarship Must have learning disabilities. Must be licensed amateur radio operator enrolled in college. American Radio League Foundation. www.arrlf.org. Due 1 Feb.
Accredo's Hemophilia Health Services Must have hemophilia or related blood disorder. Demonstrate academic merit, extracurricular activities and financial need. Accredo's Hemophilia Health Services. www.hemophiliahealth.com. Due 1 May.
Kevin Child Scholarship Must have hemophilia A or B. High school seniors or undergraduate students. National Hemophilia Foundation. https://www.hemophilia.org/Community-Resources/Scholarships/Kevin-Child-Scholarship. Due 1 June.
Project Red Flag Academic Scholarship for Women with Bleeding Disorders Must be female with a bleeding disorder. Demonstrate participation in community service or volunteer work pertaining to bleeding disorders. http://www.admissionglobal.com/detail/project-red-flag-academic-scholarship-for-women-with-bleeding-disorders-2399.aspx. Due 20 May.
Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarship Must have cystic fibrosis. Pursuing undergrad/graduate degrees. Demonstrate financial need, scholastic achievement, character, leadership, and community service. https://www.esiason.org/cf-living/scholarships. Due 15 March, 15 June, 15 Sept, 15 Dec.
Cancer for College Scholarships Must be current or former cancer patient or amputee. Enrolled in college. Agree to media coverage. www.cancerforcollege.org. Due 1 Feb.
Chair Scholars Foundation National Scholarships Must be physically challenged and financially disadvantaged. B+ average. Under age 21, high school senior or college freshmen. www.chairscholars.org. Due 15 Feb.
Flicker of Hope Foundation Scholarships Must be a burn survivor. High school seniors or undergraduate students. Demonstrate academic performance, community service and economic need. www.flickerofhope.org. Due 1 June.
Keppra Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program Must have epilepsy, or be family members/caregivers of persons with epilepsy. Demonstrate academic achievement, participate in extracurricular activities, and be positive role models. Hudson Medical Communications. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarships/keppra-family-epilepsy-scholarship-program. Due 20 May.
Kermit B. Nash Academic Scholarship Must have sickle cell disease. High school senior. 3.0+ GPA. Demonstrate leadership and community service. Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. http://www.collegexpress.com/scholarships/kermit-b-nash-academic-scholarship/2016733/. Due 20 May.
Little People of America Scholarships Must be affected by dwarfism. Must be involved with Little People of America. Must be college student or younger. http://www.lpaonline.org/college-scholarship-applications. Due 22 April.
MedPro Rx Inc. Education is Power Scholarships Must have hemophilia or von Willebrand disease. Must be entering or attending college. Must have participated in community service or volunteer work. http://usascholarships.com/medpro-rx-education-is-power-scholarship/. Due 1 May.
Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Must have cystic fibrosis. Demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills and financial need. High school seniors or college undergraduates. www.cfscholarship.org. Due 21 March.
Elizabeth Nash Foundation Scholarship Program Must have cystic fibrosis. Pursuing bachelor's degree or higher. Demonstrate scholastic achievement, character, leadership, community service, service to cystic-fibrosis-related causes and financial need. www.elizabethnashfoundation.org. Due 8 April.
Eric Marder Scholarship Program Must have a primary immune deficiency disease. Admitted or currently enrolled at university. Demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Immune Deficiency Foundation. http://www.ericsfund.org/.
The Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship Must have a parent with cancer or lost a parent to cancer. Must show financial need, community service participation, commitment to education and career goals, and how they've used their experience to help others. https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/all/marilyn-yetso-memorial-scholarship/3369. Due 1 April.
The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship Must have a parent with cancer or lost a parent to cancer. Must show financial need, community service participation, commitment to education and career goals, and how they've used their experience to help others. http://ulmanfund.org/scholarships/. Due 1 April.
National Collegiate Cancer Foundation Scholarship Must be diagnosed with cancer. Must demonstrate financial need and a "win-win" attitude. www.collegiatecancer.org. Due dates vary.
Scholarships for Survivors Must have been diagnosed with or be actively treated for life-threatening illness in the past 5 years. 3.0+ GPA. Must participate in community service. Must be under 25 years old. Patient Advocate Foundation. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarships/scholarshipsfor-survivors. Due 30 March.
National MS Society Scholarship Program Must have multiple sclerosis. Must be high school senior or graduate planning on attending college. www.nationalmssociety.org. Due 13 Jan.
Soozie Courter Sharing a Brighter Tomorrow Hemophilia Scholarship Must have been diagnosed with hemophilia A or B. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. http://www.hemophiliavillage.com/hemophilia-scholarship-program. Due 15 July.
Mike Hylton and Ron Niederman Scholarships Must have hemophilia or von Willebrand disease, or a family member to one who does. Must have physician diagnosis and letters of recommendation. Factor Support Network Pharmacy. https://www.hemophilia.org/Community-Resources/Scholarships/Mike-Hylton-and-Ron-Niederman-Memorial-Scholarships. Due 30 April.
Millie Gonzales Memorial Scholarships Must have hemophilia or von Willebrand disease, or a family member to one who does. Must have physician diagnosis and letters of recommendation. http://www.collegexpress.com/scholarships/millie-gonzales-memorial-scholarships/5000672/. Due 30 April.
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. http://www.admissionglobal.com/detail/ina-brudnick-scholarship-award-2322.aspx. Due dates vary.