Financial Support: Education

(If you are aware of any other financial supports available for education not listed here, please email that information to NOND.)

1800wheelchair Essay Contest

According to the more than 50 students who entered the Scholarship Essay Contest, being disabled while attending school means facing both social and physical obstacles. Building on previous scholarship essay themes, entrants were asked to write an essay explaining how they have experienced help - either giving or recievcing. This year's crop of essays included stories of volunteerism and heroic, in-the-moment action. One older student with children wrote about how they cared for a special needs child, while younger college age students wrote about the sacrifice of a parent. Joseph Piekarski, founder of, commented “With the fourth iteration of this scholarship program, I'm truly touched by the personal stories we recieved. Previous years we asked students to analyze their surroundings, this year was different. We asked for personal stories and the community responded with in an open and touching way.”

Accredo’s Hemophilia Health Services

Education is a value that Accredo’s Hemophilia Health Services strives to cultivate. HHS was founded on the principles that “Information is empowering and choices are life-giving.” Education helps us weigh our options and make informed decisions, inspires us to be creative, and moves us to improve the world in which we live. Since 1995, the HHS Memorial Scholarship Program has been awarding scholarships to persons with hemophilia and related bleeding disorders so they can continue their higher education. The scholarship program was established to memorialize former employees: Cindy Beck, Jim Stineback, Michael Moses, Osborn DeWitt, Ricky Hobson, Scott Tarbell, and Tim Haas. These individuals served the hemophilia and bleeding disorders community in a variety of professional and volunteer roles.

Alexander Graham Bell / College Scholarship Awards Program

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) offers several scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study. This is a highly competitive program; in 2008, 243 applications were received for 27 awards. You can strengthen your application by:
* Adhering to the eligibility criteria and the submission guidelines
* Preparing your application and essay in a thorough and thoughtful manner (neatness counts!)
* Completing every section of the application
* Submitting a recent audiogram or MAPping report
* Thoughtfully selecting those who will submit recommendations for you and requesting that they follow the guidelines for these letters

American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind offers scholarships and awards to outstanding blind students. All legally blind, full-time students admitted to academic and vocational training programs at the post-secondary level are encouraged to apply for one of these scholarships. Part-time students who are working full-time are also invited to apply for the John Hebner Memorial Scholarship. A cumulative grade point average of 3.3 is generally required, but extenuating circumstances may be considered for certain scholarships. Applicants must be legally blind in both eyes.

Christian Record Services

Partial scholarships are offered to legally blind young people striving to obtain a college education. Scholarships are given on a limited basis to those who qualify.

Eric Marder Scholarship Program of The Immune Deficiency Foundation

The Immune Deficiency Foundation is honored to award scholarships to undergraduate students living with primary immunodeficiency diseases who plan on completing their secondary education. The Eric Marder Scholarship Program is open to patients with a primary immunodeficiency as classified by the World Health Organization and is intended for undergraduate students attending or entering college or a technical training school. The Eric Marder Scholarship Program of the Immune Deficiency Foundation is made possible by donations to a scholarship fund to honor Eric Marder, a vibrant young man whose life was cut short at the age of 28 by complications of Common Variable Immune Deficiency. This scholarship program not only honors Eric's memory, it also helps students who also have primary immunodeficiency diseases attend college and pursue their dreams. The scholarship deadline will be March 31, 2009.

Federal Student Aid FAFSA

Free application for Federal Student Aid.

Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship

The Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students was established in 1991 for San Francisco State and San Jose State University students to receive a quality education in pursuit of a professional career in business, humanities, arts, and the sciences. After Mr. Schoettler’s death in 2001, the California State University received a $4.8 million bequest from his estate to expand the existing financial aid program for visually impaired students to all 23 CSU campuses. Mr. Schoettler, who himself was blind, was a businessman from Mountain View, California. is your TOTAL resource for college money! Finding money for college can be a real challenge. At, we're here to help you find the money you need from all available funding sources. From one of the largest scholarship search engines on the web to our student loan options, is the place to get the money you need for your education.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree. The ideal candidate is a high school senior who has faced the challenges of having a learning disability; is committed to completing a college degree and setting career goals; has demonstrated perseverance; embraces new opportunities; has a well-rounded perspective shaped by experiences in school, in the community, and with family and friends; understands how LD affects his/her life and recognizes the importance of self-advocacy; believes in contributing to society in a way that increases the opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities; and will feel comfortable serving as a role model for others who struggle with LD.

National Federation of the Blind

Each year at its national convention in July, the NFB gives a broad array of thirty scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.  All applicants for these scholarships:
  1. must be legally blind (PDF document) in both eyes, and
  2. must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and
  3. must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States' institution in the 2009 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and
  4. must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities. (Read "More Than Just Money for School" by Anil Lewis [available November 15th])

Pfizer’s Epilepsy Scholarship Award

A 1-year, $3000 scholarship honoring 25 outstanding students who have:
• Overcome the challenges of epilepsy
• Been successful in school
• Done well in activities outside the classroom or in the community
• Shown a desire to make the most out of college or graduate school

Proyecto Vision

A bilingual website for Latinos with disabilities. The list includes scholarships that are specifically aimed at Latinos and students with disabilities. The scholarships listed here include scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies. Most of them are available nationwide. If the deadline for a scholarship has already passed, but the scholarship is a good fit for you, follow the link to its website and get more information about it. These scholarships are awarded annually, and you may be able to apply for it next year.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®

Each year, RFB&D sponsors two awards programs for outstanding students with print disabilities: The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award (SAA) and The Marion Huber Learning Through Listening® (LTL®) Award

Spina Bifida Association (SBA) Scholarship Program

The application process for the 2009 Spina Bifida Association (SBA) Scholarship Program is now open. We want to thank everyone in advance for their interest in our scholarship program and we look forward to receiving your completed applications. SBA is very proud of our efforts in this area. All students living with Spina Bifida are encouraged to apply.

Timothy Wiese Memorial Scholarship

Provides financial support for continuing SFSU students with disabilities who are in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or above) who are either undergraduate students enrolled in at least 6 units or graduate students who are enrolled in at least 4 units. Criteria:
* Must be registered with the SFSU Disability Programs and Resource Center
* Must have financial need as assessed by FAFSA
* If student does not have min. GPA, may qualify by showing potential for academic success.

William & Dorothy Ferrell

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) proudly offers two scholarships, named in honor of William & Dorothy Ferrell. The scholarships are awarded in the even number years.