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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. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply. 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 Banquet 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). Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

 

  • 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, be sure to fill out the "Scholarships for Students with Disabilities" section under the "Disability" tab. Only undergraduate students may apply.

 

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

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 2020.

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: 18 October 2020.

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 2020.

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 2020.

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 2020.

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 2020.

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: May 2021.

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 2020.

 

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 2020- February 2021.

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 November 2020.

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. Opens November 2020.

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. Due August 2020.

 

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. Opening Soon.

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. Open: May-June 2021.

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 2020

 

EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES

Drake Davis Foundation ScholarshipMust have overcome a mental health diagnosis and be dedicated to helping with the prevention of suicide. Must be a graduating high school senior. Due: April 2021.

J.C. Runyon Moving Forward Scholarship: Must be diagnosed with behavioral disorders or mental illnesses. Demonstrate great motivation for succeeding at college. Open: August 2020.

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: March 2021.

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 2020.

 

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. Open: September 2020.

Challenge Met Scholarship: Must have learning disabilities. Must be licensed amateur radio operator enrolled in college. American Radio League Foundation. Due: 31 January 2021.

Gemm Learning Dyslexia Scholarship: For students with dyslexia. Award amount of $1000. Deadline: 31 October 2020.

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. Opens: January 2021.

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 November 2020.

 

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Media Works: For individuals who have been diagnosed with ASD. Award of $500. Deadline: January 2021.

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

SunWise Capital Autism Scholarship: For college students who have been diagnosed with ASD. Award of $500. Deadline: January 10 2021.

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 2020.

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 2021.

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 2020 - 30 April 2021.

Eric's FundMust have a primary immune deficiency disease. Open: 1 February 2021.

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 2021.

PreJax Foundation Scholarship: Must be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or have a parent diagnosed with MS. Open: 1 January - 30 April 2021.

180 Medical College Scholarship Program: Must have spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, and/or urostomy). Open 1 January- 1 June 2021

 

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. Open 1 January- April 30, 2021.

Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship: Must have been diagnosed with hemophilia A or B. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Due June 2021.

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 31, 2021.

  • 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. Open November 1, 2020- January 31, 2021.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation ScholarshipMust be diagnosed with cancer, or have lost a parent to cancer. Due July 15, 2020.

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 2021.

 

Cystic Fibrosis:

Boomer Esiason Foundation Scholarship DatabaseThis website is a database of scholarships for students with cystic fibrosis. Temporarily Halted Due to Covid.

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation ScholarshipMust have cystic fibrosis. Two one-year award of $2,500 will be granted to the winner. Opens 15 January 2021.

Elizabeth Nash FoundationMust be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 and are awarded annually. Due April 2021.

Jill M. Balboni Memorial Scholarship: For students with Cystic Fibrosis. Award amount of $5,000. Deadline: 23 March 2021.

 

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 2020.

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.

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. Open:1 September 2019- 31 August  2020.

 

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 2021.

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 2020.

Little People of America ScholarshipsMust be affected by dwarfism. Due 1 May 2021.

Mobility Scooters Direct Scholarship: For disabilities that limit mobility. Awaarded amount of $1200. Deadline: 10 December 2020.

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: 31 November 2020.

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.

Sitemap Digital Marketing Scholarship: Applicants must submit a 350-700 work essay about a challenge they have overcome. Due: 31 October 2020

 

If you know of other scholarships that should be added to this list, please email uacvol@byu.edu for review