by Gail Ann Schlachter, R. David Weber, 2006, Reference Service Press.
People you meet through MDA activities can be great sources for tips and referrals for the many considerations involved in navigating the college selection process. The resources below have been shared by members of our community and are provided as a starting point as you begin your exciting journey from high school to your desired level of higher education. Please remember that connecting with people on MDA’s National Facebook page is a great way to get guidance and advice from people who have firsthand experience with the transition from high school to college
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- Scholarships & Financial Aid Resources and Publications
- Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources
- College Planning Resources and Publications
- College Planning
Scholarships & Financial Aid Resources and Publications
edited by Elizabeth A. Olson, 1997, Garrett Park Press.
edited by Elizabeth A. Olson, 1997, Garrett Park Press.
DO-IT serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington and the U.S. Department of Education.
Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources
The small nonprofit, founded by a college professor and minister who has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, offers academic scholarships to individuals who want to pursue higher education beyond the bachelor’s degree level. Limited grants for in-home care also are available to people with physical disabilities. The deadline for academic scholarships is July 1 of each year; deadlines for quality-of-life grants are May 1 and Nov. 1 of each year.
HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a list of the scholarships and loans offered to students interested in health professions and/or working in underserved areas.
To apply, students must be at least 16; enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university; a legal resident of the U.S.; in good academic standing; and must complete an application essay. Preference will be given to students with mobility disabilities.
Learn more about loans, scholarships and financial aid for students with disabilities.
An award is given to a person with a disability or a visual impairment, who is 25-35 years old, a US citizen, and a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. He/she can be attending any accredited institution and pursuing studies in instrument or voice.
Contact: Bonnie Lanes, Scholarship America, (800) 537-4180 ext. 629
Financial aid for students with an annual family income of less than $35,000. Up to 50 percent of awards will be targeted to applicants who are members of an ethnic-minority group or who have a physical disability.
Scholarships for students who have parents with disabilities; 10 awards go to high school seniors or college students; applicants must be 21 or younger.
Assists students who are manual or power wheelchair users in their academic endeavors. Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate at an accredited four-year educational institution.
Scholarship awarded to an outstanding nursing student with a disability.
Scholarships for Latinos and students with disabilities.
The ChairScholars Foundation provides scholarships for college or vocational training to low-income students with severe physical disabilities.
The Lucent Pioneer Organization offers scholarships to assist with tuition for physically and intellectually challenged students in pursuit of education. Students may apply each January, and applications should be mailed to the nearest Lucent Technologies Pioneer office.
Resources for students with disabilities in need of financial assistance.
The site offers links to several scholarship resources, including the Incight Scholarship, which is given to students entering and attending college. It can be renewed annually for up to four years, and is available nationally for any trade school, college or university within the United States.
Information about financial aid resources for students with disabilities.
Provides a listing of scholarships available to students with disabilities.
Offered to full-time college students who use wheelchairs; provides financial assistance for books or other school-related supplies.
College Planning Resources and Publications
Provides links to Internet resources for college-bound teens with disabilities (updated April 2011).
Access E-Learning is a tutorial of the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech. This tutorial is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice3 labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students.
CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.
Provides resources and tools for students, parents/families and professionals.
Resource provides comprehensive information about preparing for college, paying for college and campus life.
Your state vocational rehabilitation (VR) office helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and retain employment. Vocational rehabilitation programs are custom-designed for each individual.
Investigates complaints of disability discrimination in educational settings.
The center helps guide students with disabilities and their families as they plan for life after high school.
National clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. The clearinghouse provides information on educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, transition, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-training schools, adult education programs, independent living centers and other training entities after high school for individuals with disabilities. Numerous publications are available upon request.
DO-IT serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers.
An international professional organization that provides training and sells materials related to disabilities in higher education.