When searching for scholarships, it’s truly important to do your research to see what is out there. For those with learning disabilities such as ADD, you may find there are quite a few options available to you. Here are just a few scholarships you might want to consider applying for.
DisABLEDperson, Inc. Scholarship
Every spring, disABLEDperson, Inc hosts the National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities. Worth $2,000, applying students are asked to submit a 1,000 word essay on that year’s particular question. 2017’s essay topic was “How will the Trump Administration’s policies affect the disABILITY community?”
The disABLEDperson, Inc scholarship is only for students who are currently attending college. Full time is generally required, but if your ADD prevents you from attending full time, you may still apply as long as you have supporting documentation. Winners are announced about two weeks after the deadline.
More information about the scholarship from disABLEDperson, Inc can be found here.
Learning Disorders Resource Foundation Awards
The Learning Disorders Resource Foundation has three awards for students with learning disabilities and financial need. More commonly known as the LDRF Awards, applicants are required to be attending college, not in their senior year of college, and be working towards at least nine credits per semester. Documentation of the learning disability and a demonstrated financial need are also required with the application.
Unlike many other scholarships, the LDRF Awards provide assistance in a different way. Awards can include a Chromebook Laptop with various applications to help with schoolwork an an iPad Mini and an iTunes gift card to buy accessibility apps. For students that haven’t demonstrated financial need, they may still be eligible for an iTunes gift card or other technology.
Learn how you can apply for the LDRF awards online.
850 students have received scholarships from Incight since 2004. The award is for $500 and can be renewed each year. To apply, you must have a documented disability that is defined by the ADA or another governing body. This includes specific learning disabilities. If you are awarded the Incight Scholarship, you will be asked to either volunteer at a Incight event twice or complete 30 hours of community service. However, applicants should note that eligibility recently changed: only students who are attending college in Oregon or Southwest Washington may apply.
Students must also be attending college full time after their application, so seniors in high school can apply. As with the disABLEDperson, Inc scholarship, if your disability keeps you from attending college full time, you can still apply as long as you provide documentation.
Students can learn more about the scholarship here.
If you have ADD or another learning disability, these three programs are great places to start when you begin your hunt for scholarships. You can find more by visiting online scholarship databases, talking to your college, and visiting with your high school counselor. There may also be options for scholarships located within your city, state, or region of the country. Don’t stop with these three!
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