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Disability Scholarships

Scholarships for Persons with Disabilities

Unless otherwise noted, UIC Scholarships does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. Deadlines are subject to change without notice, and for questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to. This webpage also does not represent an exhaustive list of awards in this area.



The Biomatrix Memorial Scholarship Program offers funding to assist students living with hemophilia obtain their college degree. Incoming, undergraduate, and graduate students may apply.

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program awards scholarships to full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines.

The Disability Rights Advocacy Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students across fields of study.



The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies. Applicants must be at an accredited university studying a field related to health and disability, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.



The AbbVie CF Scholarship provides financial assistance toward higher education for exceptional students living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Forty AbbVie CF Scholars will be selected to receive funds for use during the upcoming academic year based on their outstanding academic record, extracurricular activities, and creativity.

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors awards twelve (12) scholarships given to students under the age of 25 who are survivors/current patients of a diagnosis of cancer or a critical or life threatening disease. (Additional deadline in March)

The Students with Heart Foundation offer a scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students who are diagnosed with a cardiac disease or have related deformities.



American Council of the Blind Scholarship Approximately 20 scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000-$2,500 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community. Please note: this award does not currently have an active page on the council website; it probably goes up when the competition opens in December. You can contact the Council National Headquarters in the meantime at: (202) 467-5081 or (800) 424-8666.

The Test Prep Insight Scholarship is offered to students pursuing an education who have been medically diagnosed with a physical or mental disability. Incoming, undergraduate, and graduate students may apply.



ASD Ascend College Scholarships are open to students who have autism and are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Applicants may be incoming freshmen or undergraduate sophomores or juniors.

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergraduate who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual.

The Sleep Family Scholarship provides financial assistance to a student with a disability.



Baer Reintegration Scholarship awards to students who are diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizophreniform, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar type I disorder; pays for educational opportunities such as: high school equivalency programs, trade or vocational school programs, associate degrees, bachelors' degrees or graduate degrees

The Western Psychological Services Scholarship aim to increase access to psychological and behavioral health education among diverse and neurodiverse backgrounds.   



Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors awards twelve (12) scholarships given to students under the age of 25 who are survivors/current patients of a diagnosis of cancer or a critical or life threatening disease.



Alexander Graham Bell College Scholarship Awards Program provides several scholarships for deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees at mainstream universities.

The Lighthouse Guild College Bound Scholarship encourages visually impaired high school graduates to obtain higher education. High school seniors may apply.

The Lighthouse Guild Graduate School Scholarship hopes to assist visually impaired students achieve their goals of higher education. Applicants must be graduate level students.

The Microsoft Disability Scholarship is offered to high school seniors who are living with a disability and are planning to pursue a degree in technology or business.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program provides awards given nationally to legally blind students pursuing a full-time, post-secondary degree.

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarships for Survivors awards twelve (12) scholarships given to students under the age of 25 who are survivors/current patients of a diagnosis of cancer or a critical or life threatening disease. (Additional deadline in October)

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Scholarship Program awards for individuals 15 and older who have either gone through cancer treatment, are currently undertaking cancer treatment, or were affected by the diagnosis and treatment of a parent or guardian




Blind Veterans Association Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship is for the dependents (e.g. children and spouses) of veterans who have a documented sight impairment or are legally blind.

The Chicago Lighthouse awards scholarships to college and graduate students who are blind, visually impaired, disabled and/or Veterans from Illinois attending any school of higher education, or students from other states attending school in Illinois, to obtain accredited certifications, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.

Colburn-Keenan Foundation | Beth Carew Memorial Scholarship Program is for up to ten (10) undergraduate students with bleeding disorders attending colleges or universities in the United States; awards in the amount of $4,000 per student per year; offered on a one-year basis to help students with costs associated with obtaining a higher education degree.

Gallaudet University Alumni Association Graduate Fellowship Fund is used to provide financial assistance to deaf graduates of Gallaudet University and other accredited colleges and universities in pursuit of graduate study at colleges and universities for people who hear normally.

Hemophilia Federation of America Educational Scholarships award funds to promising students in the bleeding disorders community.

The Rehab Store Beyond Disability Scholarship program aims to encourage and support undergraduate and graduate students who have not let their disability impede their life and ambitions.



The AWM Foundation’s partnership with the Loreen Arbus Foundation focuses on the achievements and contributions of citizens with disabilities. The scholarship is open to female undergraduate and graduate students fields enrolled in the 2018-2019 school year.

The Jared Monroe Foundation’s Scholarship is awarded to full-time incoming and undergraduate students who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Students in any discipline may apply.

Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Program awards both undergraduate and graduate students who have been diagnosed with Hemophilia A or B.



The Birth Injury Lawyers’ Cerebral Palsy Scholarship offers financial assistance to incoming, undergraduate, and graduate students diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The Lep Foundation & CURE Cancer Support Scholarship is offered to incoming and undergraduate students who have been diagnosed with cancer and are continuing to advance their education.

MyBioSource Inc. is providing scholarships for High School Seniors, Undergraduates, Graduates as well as international students who have a learning disability. Candidates must be enrolled at accredited colleges/universities for the Fall 2018 Semester.

National Hemophilia Foundation Kevin Child Scholarship gives financial support to an individual diagnosed with hemophilia A or B; must be a high school senior, with aspirations of attending an institute of higher education (college, university or vocational-technical school) or a current college student already pursuing a post secondary education.



The ABC Law Centers offer the ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student who has cerebral palsy.


Variable Deadline

CF Care Forward Scholarship | Abbott Labs is for undergraduate and graduate students living with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing higher education; forty (40) awards of $2,500 each, with the opportunity to be chosen for one of two Thriving Student awards (one for undergraduate level, one for graduate level).

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship awards legally blind students studying at the post-secondary level for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Please note: this scholarship is award every other year (during even-numbered years). Contact the association office for more questions at (703) 671-4500 or by email at

Spina Bifida Assocation of America Scholarship Program  awards up to six scholarships given to students with spina bifida who are pursuing a higher education.

The Nitro listing of 130 scholarship opportunities.