Loans and Grants for The Disabled

grants for disabled peopleThe cost of a college education has been steadily increasing in the past decade. There are so many fees to take care of in addition to tuition- including books, room and board. It is always a good idea to check out as many resources as possible to reduce the financial impact. For people with disabilities, the process can be even more challenging. That’s why it helps to find loans and grants for the disabled. Disability school grants can mean the difference between a stressful college experience and one that is well-planned.

There are various school grants for the disabled including private programs and special services.

Private Programs

ChairScholars Foundation

The ChairScholars Foundation sponsors three disability school grants for low-income students with severe physical disabilities.

ChairScholars has provided 502 scholarships in the Florida Scholarship Program. The program is open to students from grades 7-11 attending Florida public schools. The grants are given as prepaid tuition scholarships. Qualifying students must be eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program and carry at least a B academic average. Applications are accepted at:

ChairScholars Foundation, Inc.
Attn: Caroll Vick, Program Director
16101 Carencia Lane
Odessa, FL 33556

The National Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors and undergraduate college students in the continental U.S. Grants include tuition money of up to $20,000 to be used for any college or university the applicant chooses. There have been 304 recipients of the National Scholarship Program grant so far.

Applicants in need of school grants for the disabled must have a serious physical challenge that affects their daily routine. They also must be able to prove their financial need. Applicants are expected to prove that they made a past social service contribution in their community. Each year the foundation chooses between 15 and 20 new students who are each given an annual amount of between $1000 and $5000. The maximum combined grant award is $20000.

This grant has stringent requirements which include but are not limited to three letters of recommendation, a detailed essay, and a clear photograph.

The New York Metropolitan Scholarship Program provides up to $20,000 to public school students in the Greater New York area to be used for tuition at their choice of colleges or universities. There have been 11 recipients since the program was instituted in 2010.

The RiSE foundation awards an annual scholarship to students with learning disabilities who have shown determination is overcoming their disabilities to achieve educational success. It is open to high school students who have received an LD diagnosis. The deadline is in February of each year.

Loans and Grants for the Disabled/ Legally Blind 

The Guild Scholar Award is sponsored by The Jewish Guild for the Blind. It is awarded annually to legally blind high school seniors planning to attend a U.S. college or university.  Interested individuals must apply their junior year of high school. The scholarships are for $15,000 and are awarded to between 12 and 16 students. Applications must include proof of blindness, proof of U.S. citizenship and academic transcripts along with three letters of recommendation. Further guidelines can be accessed at the grant website. The entire application process is to be completed online.

  • The Scholarship and Career Awards

Lighthouse International sponsors the Scholarship and Career Awards which are awarded to seven legally blind students from anywhere in the U.S. There are three separate grant programs. Information about each program’s guidelines is at the website. The awards are each in the amount of $1000.

  • Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults sponsors the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship that provides $12000 for tuition assistance in a post-secondary course of study in the United States. It is given in memory of an international advocate for the blind.

There are numerous programs that provide loans and grants for the disabled. It is important to do research as soon as possible in order to be able to apply for disability school grants before school begins as there are strict deadlines that must be met for submission.

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