Scholarships for Students with ADHD

According to recent statistics, around 11% of adolescents suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The diagnosed are disproportionately young millennials, a subject that has led to public figures, from psychologists to rapper Kendrick Lamar, referring to our generation “Generation ADHD.”

This term glosses over the debilitating effects of the disorder. These effects cannot be cured totally but can be treated with certain pharmaceuticals. Students with ADHD have a harder time than their peers. The disorder affects their classroom performance and concentration levels. To try to level the playing field for students affected by ADHD, several organizations offer scholarships for students with ADHD. Here are a few scholarship options to consider for students who deal with ADHD:

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Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award

Deadline: TBD for 2021

Amount: $1,000

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities hosts the Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award for students with a learning disability or ADHD. The award celebrates students who have made an impact on their school or community. If you know a student who fits this description, consider nominating them for this award! The organization flies the winner and their family out to the Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Benefit, where they receive the award.

Google Lime Scholarship

Deadline: TBD for 2021

Amount: $10,000

Google and Lime partnered to form the Google Lime Scholarship to help computer science students with a visible or invisible disability. Currently, only undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Google and Lime also invite winning students to the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat. Google will consider you for a software engineering scholarship.

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

Deadline: TBD for 2021 (Opens Fall 2020)

Amount: $5,000

Two of the myriad of scholarships offered by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), the Anne Ford Scholarship and the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship supply financial and communal support to students with ADHD. Interested students can apply through the NCLD’s website, which houses numerous eligibility requirements. Some of these include a commitment to higher education, participation in local community activity, and the demonstration of financial need.

While both scholarships are similar in their eligibility checklists, the Ford Scholarship, which is centered on leadership, also asks that applicants be role models or willing to speak up for their peers. The Ford Scholarships ask for applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and to provide documentation from a professional regarding their disorder. While both scholarships tend to go to students with ADHD, any student with a similar documented learning disability is encouraged to apply.

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