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: March 1, 2016)

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: March 9, 2016)

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 March 9, 2016. Online applications including the letter of recommendation must be submitted by March 9, 2016, 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.


OAR Scholarship Program (Deadline: May 2, 2016)

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, 2016)

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

AG Bell College Scholarship Program (Deadline: January 22, 2016)

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 January 22, 2016. All materials must arrive together in one package by 5:00 p.m. local time on January 22, 2016. 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: End of each quarter, March 31, 2016)

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

Disability Humanities Summer Institute (Deadline: February 14, 2016)

Thanks to the generosity of their partners and sponsors, DHSI is able to offer a number of tuition scholarships for their courses. Thesescholarships are open to all, and cover tuition costs with the exception of a small, non-refundable administration fee. Furthermore, additional tuition scholarships are available specifically for this course.


Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington

Chris Bell Memorial Scholarship (Information for 2016 coming in February)

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 (All materials completed by: June 30, 2016)

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)

Study Abroad

Benjamin A.Gilman International Scholarship (Deadline:Summer 2016 and Fall/Academic Year 2016-17 applications are both due
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by 11:59pm (central)


The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Program is pleased to announce that the online application is open for
students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs and
international internships during the summer 2016 and fall/academic year
2016-17 terms.  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students
who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.
All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.  For more information about
the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources,
including subscription to Gilman Advisor Newsletters, please visit the
Gilman website at

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