Educational Scholarships Available for Students with Disabilities

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf

Alexander Graham Bell Association provides scholarships specifically for individuals who use speech and residual hearing and/or speech reading as their mode of communication.

Contact information:

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, DC 20007-2778
Tel: 202.337.5220
Fax: 202.337.8314
TTY: 202.337.5221

American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) awards scholarships annually to legally blind students in undergraduate, graduate, technical and vocational studies. The awards are only for studies in the United States. Awards are given on The national and state level. Deadline to apply is March 1 of each year.

Contact information:

1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 800.424.8666 or 202.467.5081

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

AER offers a financial aid program for people who are legally blind “the William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship”. Applicants must be studying at the post secondary level for a career in the field services to people who are blind or visually- impaired. Scholarships are available in even-numbered years. The deadline to apply is April 15 of even numbered years.

Contact information:

1703 N. Neauregard Street, Suite 440
Alexandria, VA 22311
Tel: 877.492.2708
Fax: 703.671.6391

Christian Record Services Inc.

Christian Record Services provides scholarships to students who are legally blind. Applicants must be planning an undergraduate program in the United States which will enable independence and self-support. The deadline to apply is April 1 of each year.

Contact information:

4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516-1302,
Tel: 402.488.0981
Fax: 402.488.7582

Council of Citizens with low Vision International (CCLVI)

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision offers two scholarships programs. The Carl Foley Graduate Scholarship Program is for graduate students attending one of several colleges that offer a degree in the field of low vision. Applicants need not be visually- impaired. However, the application needs to be made through the school directly. The Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program is available to full-time college students with low vision and who meet academic guidelines. The CCLVI scholarships are for students with low vision who are attending college. Guidelines, application forms, and certification of low vision forms are available from January through April for downloading from the website. The deadline to apply is April 15.

Contact information:

1155 15th NW, Suite 1004 (affiliated with American Council of the Blind)
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 800.733.2258

Jewish Braille Institute International

Jewish Braille Institute provides scholarships to blind and visually- impaired students preparing for professional careers in Jewish service.

Contact information:

110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 800.433.1531 / 212.889.2525
Fax 212.689.3692

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Each year the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be legally blind and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time postsecondary course of study.</P

Contact information:

1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Tel: 410.659.9314
Fax: 410.685.5653

P. Buckley Moss Society

The P. Buckley Moss Society offers the Judith Cary Memorial Scholarship for students who are pursuing eather an undergraduate or graduate degree in teaching special needs students. The Matt Harbison Award Scholarship for graduating high school seniors with a learning disability who has made arrangements to further their education.

Contact information:

601 Shenandoah Village Drive, Box 1C
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Tel: 540.943.5678
Fax: 540.949.8408

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD)

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is a national nonprofit organization that serves people who cannot read standard print because of visual, perceptual (including learning disabilities) or other physical disabilities. RFB&D offers the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Awards and Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards. The awards are for high school seniors who will be attending a 2 or 4-year vocational school. The deadline to apply is February 21.

Contact information:

20 Rozelle Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Tel: 866.732.3585

Spina Bifida Association of America

The Spina Bifida Association of America provides scholarships for individuals with Spina Bifida.

Contact information:

4590 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20007-4226
Tel: 800.621.3141 or 202.944.3285
Fax: 202.944.3295

Schwab Learning

Schwab Learning offers contact information for organizations who give scholarships and other kinds of financial assistance for students with learning disabilities.

Contact information:

1650 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel: 800.230.0988 or 650.655.2410
Fax: 650.655.2411

Tourism Cares for Tomorrow

The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate travel and tourism student with a physical or sensory disability. The student must be enrolled at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university in the United States or Canada.

Contact information:

585 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021
Tel: 781.821.5990
Fax: 781.821.8949

Venture Student Aid Award/ Soropimist International of the Americas Students with Disabilities Scholarship

Venture Student Aid Award/ Soropimist International of the Americas offers scholarships for students with physical disabilities who wish to pursue further education at any accredited institution worldwide. The deadline to apply is December 31.

Contact information:

1709 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6103
Tel: 215.893.9000
Fax: 215.893.5200
Contact Nancy Nardone, Venture Coordinator at

Very Special Arts Young Soloists Award

The Young Soloists Award is an annual competition for outstanding music students, soloists or group performers with disabilities under the ages of 25. The winners perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and receive a cash award to further their musical education. Awards are given to U.S. performers and individuals from other countries.

Contact information:

1300 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 2003
Tel: 800.933.8721 or 202.628.2800
Fax: 202.737.0725
TTY: 202.737.0645
Contact: Dani Fox

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