Getting a higher education can be difficult without financial assistance, especially for students with disabilities. The D Center has compiled a list to help you find ways to fund your education; many scholarships are annual. Remember, the only way to guarantee that you won’t get a scholarship is if you don’t apply! So, apply, apply, and apply.

If you have any scholarships you’d like to add, please e-mail Please note that due to the website designs, some of these scholarships may not be fully ADA accessible. If that is the case and there is a scholarship you are interested in, please e-mail with the name of the scholarship so that we can offer an alternative format.

Students with Disabilities

General Disabilities

ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award (Deadline: February 8, 2015)

In 2008, the ASCLA Leadership and the ASCLA Professional Achievement Awards were combined into one award – the ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award. The first combined ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award was presented in 2009. This prestigious award is presented to one or more ASCLA members (personal or organizational) exemplifying leadership and achievement in one or more of the following areas: consulting, library cooperation, networking, statewide services and programs and state library development.


Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship (Deadline: February 18, 2015)

Shire is sponsoring an ADHD Scholarship to recognize students who are legal residents of the United States who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and who are accepted to or enrolled in a 2- or4-year undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, technical school, trade school, or vocational school located in the US for the academic year 2015-2016.

All paper applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked by February 18, 2015. Online applications including the letter of recommendation must be submitted by February 18, 2015, 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.


OAR Scholarship Program (Deadline: May 1, 2015)

OAR’s scholarship program provides non-renewable $3,000 scholarships to students across the autism spectrum. OAR is pleased to invite applications from persons with an autism diagnosis (DSM-IV or later criteria) pursuing full-time, post-secondary, undergraduate education or vocational-technical training in any of the following:

  • Four-year undergraduate college or university
  • Two-year undergraduate college
  • Trade, technical or vocational school
  • Cooperative life skills programs


American Council of the Blind Scholarship (Deadline: March 1, 2015)

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

AG Bell College Scholarship Program (Deadline: March 13, 2015)

Thanks to generous donations from individuals over the years, AG Bell is able to offer several scholarships for full-time students who have a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, use listening and spoken language, and who are pursuing a bachelors, masters or doctorate (not law or public policy) degree at an accredited mainstream college or university. This is a merit-based scholarship program and award selection is extremely competitive; over the past six years approximately 12% of applicants were selected to receive an award.

The deadline for applications is March 13, 2015. All materials must arrive together in one package by 5:00 p.m. local time on March 13, 2015. Only transcripts sent directly from the educational institution will be accepted separately from the application.

Sertoma Scholarship for the Hard of Hearing or Deaf (Deadline: May 1, 2015)

Sertoma’s Scholarship for the Hard of Hearing or Deaf, is the leading funder of scholarships for hard of hearing or deaf students since the program’s inception in 1994. Students with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss, graduating from high school, or undergraduate students pursuing four-year college degrees in any discipline are eligible for the scholarship.

TSA Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired (Deadline: N/A)

The Travelers Protective Association of America established the Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired in 1975 to provide financial aid to people who suffer deafness or hearing impairment and who need assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment or specialized education as well as speech classes, note takers, interpreters, etc. and in other areas of need that are directly related to hearing impairment.

Disability Studies

Deaf Studies & American Sign Language

ASL Scholarship Program (Deadline: May 8, 2015)

The ASL Honor Society is proud to sponsor the first nationwide scholarships available to students majoring or minoring in ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, and Interpreter Preparation. Minimum scholarship award is $1,250.00. Scholarships are offered to students who will begin college in the fall, or are currently enrolled. Applicants must have an active chapter of the ASL Honor Society on campus to be eligible. Under no circumstances will scholarships be awarded to students from campuses that are not members of the ASL Honor Society.

Applications available here on December 1, 2014. Application deadline is May 8, 2015.

Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington

ANN: Disability History Association Graduate Student Scholarship (2015) (Deadline: N/A; on a rolling basis)

Announcing Disability History Association Graduate Student Scholarship

As part of our commitment to promoting the work of disability historians, DHA is proud to announce this year’s graduate student scholarship to attend professional academic conferences. This award is not restricted by the geographic location or type of professional academic conference. The fellowship committee will award either 2 applicants $250US [or equivalent] or one applicant $500US [or equivalent], depending on strength of proposals and need. The Association will cover expenses to convert currencies if necessary.

To apply for this scholarship applicants should provide a one-page (roughly 250- words) cover letter outlining when, where, and what kind of conference will be attended. Applicants should clearly explain their reason for wanting to attend the conference and what benefits are anticipated by this experience. For example, a candidate may have been accepted to present a paper or may want to interview for jobs at the conference; another may want to do both or may want to learn more about subjects presented that relate to his/her own work.

This year’s award covers Spring 2015 through Fall 2015. Applications may be submitted now and will be considered in a rolling admissions process. Please send applications to Susan Burch:

Chris Bell Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: April 5, 2015)

The Chris Bell Memorial Scholarship honors the life and scholarship of Chris Bell, disability scholar and activist, former Society for Disability Studies president and co-founder of the SDS People of Color Caucus. In his article “White Disability Studies” (in the Disability Studies Reader) Bell makes a strong case for including issues of race within the field of disability studies. His essay “To Act is to be Committed” discusses the challenges of activism with/in the academy. Chris’s work explored issues of race, disability, AIDS, illness, class and sexuality. At the time of his death in 2009, he was an ARRT Fellow at the Center for Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies at Syracuse University. The Chris Bell Memorial Scholarship seeks to support people of color and non-white racial minorities doing scholarly work in the field of disability studies with preference for those whose work aligns with Chris’s commitment to intersectionality, identity politics and activism.

The Chris Bell Memorial Scholarship is funded through the generosity of an anonymous donor who shares Bell’s commitment to diversifying both SDS and disability studies. The scholarship carries a member-match requirement. If you share Bell’s vision as described above, consider making a donation that enables SDS to match donor funds.


  • Be an official presenter (confirmed by the SDS Conference program committee) at the Society for Disability Studies 2015 annual conference
  • Self-identify as a person of color or of a non-white racial minority; and
  • Self-identify as a low-income, student, or international participant of the conference.

Dependent on need, the scholarship will help cover some of the costs of travel to and participation in the Society for Disability Studies annual conference. We expect to award 1-2 awards of $500 to $1,000 each. Recipients are warmly encouraged to attend both the People of Color Caucus Meeting and the SDS Business Meeting (see program booklet for scheduling details).

Harlan Han Awards for Disability Studies (Last year’s announcement, check back for 2015)

The Disability Studies Program is pleased to announce that there will be funds from the Harlan Hahn endowment available to the University of Washington community. Students, faculty, and staff from all three UW campuses are invited to submit a proposal for one of the two types of awards ($500 – $5,000):

I) Student Scholarship for UW undergraduate and graduate students

II) Research Award for UW faculty and staff

The Pamela E. Yee Gender and Disabilities Studies Award (Deadline: March 31 for consideration in time for departmental graduation ceremony; May 31 for consideration in time for the annual Fall Reception)

Amount: $500 to be split between a Graduate and Undergraduate Student at UW

This award is given annually to an undergraduate and graduate student for a written and/or visual project on any topic that most successfully integrates gender and disabilities studies.

Nomination: Nominations for this award can be made by GWSS Faculty, the GWSS Undergraduate Advisor, or GWSS Peers. Graduate Nomination Form 2015 (PDF), Undergraduate Nomination Form 2015 (PDF)

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