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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Many local, state and national organizations offer financial assistance to students with special needs. OWC does not always control these funds. We try to keep the information updated, but occasionally some of the information may change. Funding resources may change their requirements and deadlines. For more information, all questions regarding these scholarships and grants should be directed towards the contact shown in the first column. The scholarships are sorted by categories which makes searching for scholarships a bit easier. However, do not discount one category because you think you may not meet the requirements. Review each scholarship carefully because you may find you meet the eligibility requirements. Scholarships highlighted in yellow are local OWC scholarships offered through the OWC Foundation.

Scholarship/Grant (Learning Description Disabilities)

Anne and Matt Harbison Award Contact: Buckley Moss Society 601 Shenandoah Village Drive, Suite 1C Waynesboro, VA 22980 (540) 9435678 The Award is a renewable annual grant of $1000 made to high school seniors with a learning disability who have made arrangements to further their college or university education.

http://mossociety.org/scholarshipsprograms/harbison.htm

Anne Ford Scholarship for CollegeBound Students with Learning Disabilities Contact: National Center for Learning Disabilities 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401 New York, NY 10016 (800) 5757373

The $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a promising high school senior with learning disabilities who plans to pursue a university degree at any accredited institution, in any field of study. Only US citizens are eligible.

http://www.ld.org/awards/afscholarinfo.cfm

Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Awards

Contact: Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic Annual Scholarships (800) 2214792

Awards are offered to high school seniors with a specific learning disability, such as dyslexia and ADHD who have been registered with RFB&D for at least one year prior to the required filing date. Applicants must be a member of the graduating class of a public or private high school in the United States or its territories, have an overall grade point average of B or above based on grades 10 through 12 and are planning to continue their formal education beyond high school at either a two or four year college. http://www.rfbd.org/offscholar.html

Scholarships/Grants (Visual)

American Council of the Blind Educational Scholarships Contact: American Council of the Blind th 1155 15 Street, NW, Suite 720 Washington, D.C. 10001 (800) 4248666 Provides scholarships annually to postsecondary students who are blind.

http://www.acb.org/

American Foundation for the Blind Scholarships Contact: American Foundation for the Blind 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300 New York, NY 1001 (800) 2325463

The Foundation awards 11 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students studying education or rehabilitation who are legally blind or visually impaired. Awards range fro $500 to $2500.

http://www.afb.org.html

Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships Contact: United States Association for Blind Athletes 33 N Institute Street Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 6300422

Two $500 scholarships are awarded to legally blind individuals (one male and one female) who have participated in USABA sports programs and have been current USABA members for the past two years. Students can be attending any accredited institution, pursuing any field of study. Selection is based on demonstrated academic record. Involvement in extracurricular/civic activities, academic goals and objectives and USABA involvement at various levels.

Christian Record Services Contact: Christian Record Services nd 4444 South 52 Street Lincoln, NE 68516 (402) 4880981

Scholarships in varying amounts are offered to legally blind young people who are planning to attend college on the undergraduate level to secure training that will enable independence and selfsupport.

http://christianrecord.org/Text/services/srv.php3?scholarships

Fort Walton Beach Lions Club Scholarship Endowment Contact: OWC Financial Aid Office 100 College Boulevard Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 7295370

The Ft. Walton Beach Lions Club provides a scholarship to assist a recent high school graduate or returning student who is visually impaired and is attending OWC. First preference will be given to a student from Okaloosa County.

http://www.owc.edu.financialaid/

Freedom Scientific Technology Award Program Contact: See website

Technology scholarships will be awarded annually to 50 high school and college students in the US and Canada who are legally blind and plan to continue their education at college/university or graduate school level. Students will receive vouchers in amounts of $1500 or $2500 to apply toward the purchase of Freedom Scientific's full line of products, including hardware, software, accessories, training and tutorials. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_news/ScholarshipInfo/home.htm

Kathryn F. Gruber Scholarship Program Contact: Blinded Veterans Association 477 H Street NW Washington, DC 200012694 (800) 6697079

The scholarship offers spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education.

http://www.bva.org/services.html

National Federation of the Blind of Florida (NFBF) Scholarships Contact: NFBF Scholarship Chairperson 121 Deer Lake Circle Ormond Beach, FL 32174 (904) 6776886

National Federation of the Blind of Florida awards five (5) scholarships in the amount of $500 to outstanding college students whom are legally blind.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

Contact: National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee Chairman 805 Fifth Avenue Grinnell, IA 50112 (515) 2363366

The National Federation of the Blind awards a broad array of 25 scholarships to legally blind students who are pursuing a fulltime postsecondary course of study. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. Award range from $3000 to $10,000.

http://nfb.org/

Sandestin Lions Club Scholarship Endowment Contact: OWC Financial Aid Office 100 College Boulevard Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 7295370

The Sandestin Lions Club Scholarship Endowment assists a student with a visual impairment or one who will pursue a degree in a field related to speech, sight or hearing impairments. First priority will be given to a South Walton or Freeport resident.

http://www.owc.edu.financialaid/

William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship Contact: Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired PO Box 22397 Alexandria, VA 22304 (703) 8239690

Two scholarships in the amount $500 are awarded to legally blind students attending any accredited institution. Selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, and intent to pursue a career in blind services.

[email protected] or http://www.aerbvi.org/

Scholarships/Grants

(Hearing)

Multiple scholarships are awarded to prelingually deaf or hardof hearing students who use speech and speech reading to communicate, and who are attending or have been admitted to a college or university program that primarily enrolls students with normal hearing. Awards range from $250 $1000. www.ag.bell.org/financialaid.html#scholarships

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) Scholarship Contact: Chair, CODA Scholarship Committee Programs in Deaf Studies 605 commonwealth Avenue Boston University Boston, MA 02215 (615) 3533205

The Millie Brother Scholarship is open to high school seniors who are hearing children of deaf parents. Eligible applicants compete for two $1500 scholarships.

http://www.codainternational.org/scholarship.htm

Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program Contact: EAR Foundation 2000 Church Street Box 111 Nashville, TN 37236 (800) 545HEAR

Multiple $2000 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors with severe to profound deafness who are mainstreamed into society. Applicants need to be accepted, but not yet in attendance at a junior college, university, or technical school. Applicants must attend on a full time basis. Must have a 3.0 GPA and be US citizens.

http://www.earfoundation.org

Sandestin Lions Club Scholarship Endowment Contact: OWC Financial Aid Office 100 College Boulevard Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 7295370

The Sandestin Lions Club Scholarship Endowment assists a student with a hearing impairment or one who will pursue a degree in a field related to speech, sight or hearing impairments. First priority will be given to a South Walton or Freeport resident.

http://www.owc.edu.financialaid/

Scholarships for Hearing ­Impaired Students Contact: Sertoma International 1912 East Meyer Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64132 (816) 3339300

Scholarships in the amount of $1000 are awarded annually to hard of hearing students pursuing a bachelors degree in any field of study at a four year college. Students must have a 3.2 GPA or at least 85% in all high school and college classes.

http://www.sertoma.org

The Geoffrey Foundation Contact: The Geoffrey Foundation PO Box 1112 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME 04046 (207) 9675798

The Foundation offers grants in varying amounts to college students who attend schools with other normal hearing students and communicate using spoken language. All grant applicants must be US citizens who plan to attend or enroll in a nondiscriminatory, independent, parochial or public college for hearing students on a full time basis in the forthcoming year.

Scholarships/Grants (Speech)

Infinitec Scholarship Award One $1000 scholarship and one $500 scholarship are awarded for full time, postsecondary education or training through two and four year undergraduate college programs or vocational, technical or fine arts training programs. Applicants must use an augmentative communication device or other technologybased alternative to oral communication. Qualifying communications devices and systems range along a continuum from simple picture boards to highly complex computerbased systems. http://www.cec.sped.org/

Contact: Foundation for Exceptional children 1920 association Drive Reston , VA 22091 (703) 6203660

Sandestin Lions Club Scholarship Endowment Contact: OWC Financial Aid Office 100 College Boulevard Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 7295370

The Sandestin Lions Club Scholarship Endowment assists a student with a speech impairment or one who will pursue a degree in a field related to speech, sight or hearing impairments. First priority will be given to a South Walton or Freeport resident.

http://www.owc.edu.financialaid/

Scholarships/Grants (Psychological)

Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Scholarship Contact: Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Scholarship Office 5 N Benton Street Palatine, IL 60067 (847) 7054970 or (800) 8098202 Multiple scholarships are awarded to students diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizophreniform or schizoaffective disorders who are currently in treatment with Zyprexa for the disease. Eligible educational programs are high school equivalency degrees, trade or vocational school degrees, associates degree programs, bachelor of arts and science and, undergraduate professional degree programs.

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Scholarships/Grants (Physical)

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Scholarship Contact: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America New England Chapter 220 Boylston Street Chestnut Hill ,MA 02467 (617) 9657771 The foundation awards two $500 scholarships to high school juniors and seniors with asthma or significant allergies who attend any accredited postsecondary institution, in any field of study. Selection is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and a one page essay.

http://www.asthmaandallergies.org/

CF Scholarship Foundation Contact: CF Scholarship Foundation 2814 Grant Street Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 3288639

The Foundation awards renewable $1000 to $3000 scholarships to young adults with Cystic Fibrosis who will be attending two or four year colleges or a vocational school. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership and financial need.

[email protected]

College Scholarship Program

Contact: American Cancer Society Florida Division 3709 W Jelton Avenue Tampa, FL 33629 (800) 4441410

This program awards multiple $2250 scholarships to Florida high school st seniors who have been diagnosed with cancer before their 21 birthday. Students must be a US citizen and be planning to attend a twoyear college or fouryear college or university. This scholarship is based on financial need, academic achievement, community service, recommendations and /or references, personal statement and SAT/ACT/GRE or other test scores. http://www2.cancer.org.state/fl/scholarship_factsheet.htm

Deb Richard Foundation Scholarship

Contact: The Deb Richard Foundation 125 Hidden Cove Lane Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

The Foundation will award two $5000 scholarships annually, one in Northeast Florida and one nationally, to graduating high school seniors with physical disabilities. Renewal of the scholarship is based on the student prudently working toward a degree and maintaining the necessary grades to remain in good standing at their college.

http://www.debrichardfoundation.org/drfapp.html

Eden Services Ann M. Martin Scholarship Contact: Autism Society of America 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300 Bethesda, MD 20814

A scholarship in the amount of $1000 is awarded to a qualified individual with autism to be applied toward the completion of an accredited postsecondary educational or vocational program of study.

http://www.autism.society.org/society/awards_2000.html#schools

Lilly for Learning Diabetes Scholarship

Contact: ELI Lilly and Company Lilly Corporate Center Drop Code 1625 Indianapolis, IN 46285 (888) 8854559

Multiple scholarships in the amount of $2500 are awarded to high school seniors and postsecondary students who have type 1 diabetes. Students must be attending or planning to attend school fulltime. This scholarship is based on academic achievement, essay, extracurricular activities, leadership experience or potential, community service, recommendations and/or references, and ACT/SAT/GRE or other test scores http://www.lilly.com/diabetes/scholarship/index.html

Max and Clara Pariser Award Contact: National Amputation Foundation 3840 Church Street Melverne, NY 11565 (516) 8873600

Awards in the amount of $125 are made to undergraduate students who are major limb amputees. Students must be attending an accredited college fulltime in any filed of study.

[email protected]

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Scholarships Contact: Learn MS 706 Haddonfield Road Cherry Hill, NC 08002 (800) Learn MS

The Multiple Sclerosis Association awards two $5000 scholarships and six $1000 scholarships to high school applicants and applicants who are enrolled in any accredited institution in the US and pursing any field of study. Selection is based on essay competition.

Newcombe Scholarships for Physically Disabled Students Contact: Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation 35 Park Place Princeton, NJ 08542918 (609) 9247022

Scholarships in varying amounts are awarded to students with physical disabilities. Scholarships are designed for students who have exhausted all other financial resources.

ParkeDavis Epilepsy Scholarship Award Contact: ParkeDavis Epilepsy Scholarship Award c/o Intramed 1633 Broadway, 25th Floor New York, NY 10019 (212) 8276547 or (800) 2927373

Multiple scholarships in the amount of $3000 are awarded to high school seniors who have applied to a college or university, and college students continuing with college or graduate school. Any field of study can be pursued by students. Applicants must be currently under a physician's care for the treatment of epilepsy and must be currently taking antiepileptic medication. [email protected]

Pilot International Foundation

PIF scholarships are disbursed to eligible applicants preparing for, or already involved in, careers working with people with disabilities/brain related disorders. http://www/pilotinternational.org/scholarships/scholarships.shtml

Solvay Pharmaceuticals Scholarship Program Contact: Creon 25 College Scholarship Program Solvay Pharmaceutical, Inc, 901 Sawyer Road Marietta, GA 30062 (404) 5785898 or (800) 3540026

The program offers 25 college scholarships to high school students with Cystic Fibrosis who are entering college. The amount of the scholarship is $5000 per year.

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Spinal Bifida Association of America Scholarship Fund Contact: Scholarship Committee c/o SBAA 4590 MacArthur Blvd NW, Suite 250 Washington, DC 20007 (800) 6213141

The Fund offers awards in varying amounts to persons born with spinal bifida who are attempting to achieve their full potential through higher education. Applicants must have spinal bifida, be a high school graduate or possess a GED, and be enrolled in or accepted by a college, junior college, and approved trade, vocational or business school.

http://www.sbaa.org/html/sbaa_scholarships.html

Dr. John Z. Jacoby, III, CF Young Adult Memorial Scholarship Program Contact: Cystic Fibrosis Association of Greater New York st 38 West 21 Street, Room 1106 New York, NY 100106906

The program offers$500 to $2000 grants to young adults with Cystic Fibrosis for pursuit of postsecondary education leading to a career or career advancement. Students must show financial need.

Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Contact: National Tourism Foundation 546 East Main Street Lexington, KY 40508 (800) 6828886

This scholarship awards $5000 to students who have a physical or sensory disability and are entering postsecondary education with a 3.0 GPA or maintaining a 2.5 GPA or better at the college level. Students must be planning a career in the travel or tourism industry. http://www.ntaonline.com/www/member/about_nta/depatmental/national _tourism_foundation/edu

USAA Funds Access to Education Scholarships

Contact: Citizen's Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. (CSFA) (800) 5374180

This program awards renewable scholarships worth $1500 to fulltime students and $750 to halftime undergraduate students who have a documented physical disability or are members of an ethnic minority group. Applicants who are physically disabled must submit a doctor's statement describing the disability, including the degree and limitation of their disability http://www.usafunds.org/borrowers/access_to_scholarship.html

Venture Clubs Student Aid Award Contact: Venture Clubs of the Americas 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 7320512 or (215) 5579300

Awards from $100 to $1500 are offered to persons between the ages of 15 and 35 with physical disabilities who are in need of further education.

Will and Win Asthma Athlete Scholarship Contact: Schering/Key Pharmaceuticals nd 2918 N 72 Street Omaha, NE 68134 (800) 5587305

Multiple scholarships in variable amounts ($1000 $10,000) are awarded to high school seniors who have asthma and a hobby and/or express an interest in intercollegiate athletics or varsity sports. This scholarship is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership experience or potential, community service, recommendations and/or references.

Other Scholarships/Grants

Able Trust The Emergency and Supplemental Grant Program for Individuals provides grant funds for individual Florida citizens with disabilities www.abletrust.org/index.html

The Bank of America Foundation

Contact: The Bank of America Abilities Scholarship Program PO Box 1465 Taylor, SC 29687 (864) 2683363

The Bank of America Abilities Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities to persons with disabilities including high school graduating seniors, fouryear college or university undergraduates or students attending a technical or vocational school who have permanent residence or attend school in Florida.

http://www.bankamerica.com

Benjamin A. Gillham International Scholarship

The Gilman Program enables undergraduate students who are US citizens and have limited financial means, as evidenced by the receipt of Pell Grant funding, to participate in international exchange and development programs. In its aim to diversify and expand participation, the program encourages students with disabilities to apply. The program provides up to $5000 for undergraduate students at twoyear and fouryear institutions to pursue international study. http://www.iie.org/gilman

C.R. Newton Scholarship for the Disabled Contact: C.R. Newton Company 1575 South Beretania Street, Suite 101 Honolulu, HI 96826 (808) 9498389

Scholarships in the amount of $2000 are awarded to students with disabilities whose GPA is at least a 3.0.

Destin Kiwanis Club Scholarship Endowment Contact: OWC Financial Aid Office 100 College Boulevard Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 7295370

The Destin Kiwanis Club has been established to assist a student with disabilities. Preference will be given to a Destin student.

http://www.owc.edu.financialaid/

Electronics Industries Foundation Scholarships Contact: Electronics Industries Foundation (EIF) 2500 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 210 Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 9077500

Scholarships in the amount of $5000 assist outstanding high school seniors with disabilities who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies directly related to the electronics industry.

http://www.eia.org/eif/scholarships.htm

Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club/John Morgan Scholarship Endowment Contact: OWC Financial Aid Office 100 College Boulevard Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 7295370 Johnson Scholarship: State University System Contact: Financial Aid Office at any Florida public college or university.

The Ft. Walton Beach Rotary Club provides a scholarship to assist a Ft. Walton Beach student with special needs who attends OWC fulltime.

http://www.owc.edu.financialaid/

The Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Program assists undergraduate students with disabling conditions who attend any of the institutions within the State University system of Florida. Scholarships are awarded based on documented severity of a disabling condition and demonstrated financial need. Scholarship recipients receive up to $3500 for an academic year.

National Coalition for Students with Disabilities Scholarships Contact: National Coalition for Students with Disabilities 10560 Main Street, Suite 417 Fairfax, VA 22030 (866) 6699953

NCSD awards annual scholarships in the amounts up to $10,000 to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students with disabilities. Any type of disability is considered.

http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/tooth/scholarship.html

Stanley E. Jackson Scholarship Award for Students with Disabilities Contact: Foundation for Exceptional Children 1920 Association Drive Reston, VA 22091 (703) 6203660

Multiple scholarships are awarded for fulltime, postsecondary education or training through two and fouryear undergraduate college programs or vocational, technical or fine arts programs. Applicant must be disabled or disabled and also a member of an ethnic minority group.

http://www.cec.sped.org/

Sunrise Medical Scholarship for Disabled Students Contact: Foundation for Physical Therapy 1055 North Fairfax Street, Suite 350 Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 6845984

Two $1200 scholarships are awarded to students with disabilities preparing for careers in physical therapy.

Vivian Menees Nelson Award for the Disabled and Visually Impaired Contact: Chair 2768 SiIvan Way Denver, CO 80227 (303) 9869081

One $1000 award is given to a person with a disability or a visual impairment, who is 2535 years of age. Recipient must be 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.

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