scholarships-for-autism-spectrumAs the latest survey data indicates,autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States, affecting 1 in every 68 children, more organizations are teaming up to sponsor scholarships for students on the autism spectrum.

Despite the social interaction difficulties, communication challenges, and tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors that make the transition to college life much more difficult, more students on the mid and high-functioning end of the autism spectrum are going to college than ever before.

The following are 25 of the most generous scholarships available to help students on the autism spectrum overcome daily life challenges towards achieving their post-secondary dreams.

1. Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities Scholarship

Deadline: March 10th

The Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities (AHEADD) Scholarship program is a comprehensive nationwide college support program that helps college students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Learning Differences, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD). Current graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students in the United States with high functioning Autism and Asperger’s can use the $500 for tuition or textbook expenses.

Contact

Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities Scholarship
827 South Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(877) 243-2331
admin@aheadd.org

2. Ann Arbor Autism Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: August 1st

For those who reside in Washtenaw County of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Autism Foundation provides multiple scholarships to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger’s. In order to qualify for up to $2,500, qualified candidates must submit a copy of their most recent federal income tax return to demonstrate financial need and medical documentation of diagnosis.

Contact

Ann Arbor Autism Foundation Scholarships
P.O. Box 130977
Ann Arbor, MI 48113
awards@annarborautism.org

3. Autism Society of Iowa Chapter Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 1st

Each year, the Autism Society of Iowa Chapter administers a program to provide $1,000 scholarships to residents of Iowa who are on the autism spectrum, as well as $500 scholarships for college undergraduate students within Iowa who are planning to work in the field of special education for autism services upon graduation. Eligible candidates must be pursuing an accredited post-secondary educational or vocational program of study in Iowa to be considered.

Contact

Autism Society of Iowa Chapter Scholarship Program
4549 Waterford Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 327-9075
autism50ia@aol.com

4. Autism Society of North Carolina Opportunity Scholarships

Deadline: April 15th

Created by the North Carolina General Assembly, the Autism Society of North Carolina Opportunity Scholarships are presented for up to $4,200 annually to graduating high school seniors on the autism spectrum who have been accepted for enrollment in any public higher learning institution within North Carolina. Qualified candidates must have been enrolled in a North Carolina public high school, have received special education or related services, and be enrolled as a full-time student taking at least 12 hours of academic credit.

Contact

Autism Society of North Carolina Opportunity Scholarships
505 Oberlin Rd. Suite 230
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 865-5068
jmahan@autismsociety-nc.org

5. Charlene Wood Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 1st

With the mission of working to improve the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders by offering useful state-wide financial resources, the Charlene Wood Memorial Scholarship is granted by the Autism Society of New Hampshire for at least $500 annually to undergraduate and graduate college students in the state who are diagnosed with autism. Recipients will be chosen based on individual determination to succeed, future goals, ability to overcome adversity, self-motivation in completing challenging coursework, and financial need.

Contact

Charlene Wood Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 68
Concord, NH 03302
(603) 679-2424
info@nhautism.com

6. Charles H. Hoens Jr. Scholars Program

Deadline: Contact sponsoring organization

Sponsored by the Autism Society of America, the Charles H. Hoens Jr. Scholars Program provides a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 annually to an outstanding individual with autism who has excelled in one or more areas of life experiences or contributions. Eligible candidates must be currently accepted to or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational or vocational program of study within the United States for consideration.

Contact

Charles H. Hoens Jr. Scholars Program
4340 East-West Highway Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-0881
kjames@sesa.org

7. Connie Pitt Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st

In honor of a local educator who devoted her career to teaching students with autism, the Autism Society of the Fox Valley in Wisconsin awards the Connie Pitt Memorial Scholarship annually to three Wisconsin graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Qualified applicants should be enrolled full-time in an accredited Wisconsin institution, demonstrate financial need, and exhibit academic promise with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Contact

Connie Pitt Memorial Scholarship
1800 Appleton Rd.
Menasha, WI 54952
(920) 968-6829
asfv4kids@gmail.com

8. CVS Caremark All Kids Can Scholars Program

Deadline: March 31st

The CVS Caremark All Kids Can Scholars Program offers annual renewable scholarships for up to $1,000 for a maximum of four years to individuals diagnosed with autism who have successfully met all of the requirements for admission into any accredited post-secondary academic or vocational program in the United States. All self-nominated applicants for this scholarship must be members in good standing with the Autism Society of America.

Contact

CVS Caremark All Kids Can Scholars Program
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 765-1500
customercare@cvs.com

9. Dan Archwamety Post Secondary Scholarship

Deadline: March 17th

Administered by the Autism Society of Nebraska, the Dan Archwamety Post Secondary Scholarship grants up to $500 each year for an individual diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder who will be completing an accredited post-secondary course of study within the state of Nebraska to achieve independence. Along with the application, candidates must submit a two-page personal statement, proof of ASD diagnosis, verification of current registration at a post-secondary institution, and at least two letters of recommendation.

Contact

Dan Archwamety Post Secondary Scholarship
P.O. Box 83559
Lincoln, NE 68501
(800) 580-9279
autismsociety@autismnebraska.org
Scholarship link

10. Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Annually, Autism Delaware Inc. presents the Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 to an eligible high-functioning undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled full-time at the University of Delaware who has a documented diagnosis for Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Preference for the financial funding will be given to students who plan to become a teacher, psychologist, speech pathologist, or other professional to further serve the autism community in Delaware.

Contact

Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship
924 Old Harmony Rd. Suite 201
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 224-6020
delautism@delautism.org

11. Jack’s Place for Autism Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: Ongoing

Dedicated to providing financial support for educational services to help families cope with the everyday challenges of autism spectrum disorders, the Jack’s Place for Autism Foundation offers numerous scholarships for up to $2,500 to individuals residing in Michigan who will be attending post-secondary education after high school despite the challenges of autism. Qualified candidates must be accepted for enrollment in an accredited or licensed program and provide verification of diagnosis from a treating physician.

Contact

Jack’s Place for Autism Foundation Scholarships
17360 West 12 Mile Rd. Suite 204
Southfield, MI 48076
(248) 443-7427

12. Jon and Cathryn Withrow Autism Endowed Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 5th

Established by the Oklahoma Autism Network, the Jon and Cathryn Withrow Autism Endowed Scholarship Fund provides up to $3,000 to undergraduate students diagnosed with autism as well as doctoral students who are pursuing the training needed to become advanced healthcare providers for working with those with autism spectrum disorders in Oklahoma. Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled at the University of Oklahoma on a full-time basis with good academic standing.

Contact

Jon and Cathryn Withrow Autism Endowed Scholarship Fund
1200 North Stonewall Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-7476
okautism@ouhsc.edu

13. Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship

Deadline: April 15th

Administered by the Ohio Department of Education, the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship grants up to $20,000 to high school students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their district of residence who wish to pursue their post-secondary education dreams by attending any two or four-year college in Ohio. Any students who are receiving special education services for documented learning, social, emotional, physical, or mental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, are welcome to apply.

Contact

Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship
88 East Broad St. Suite 640
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 223-1555
info@scohio.org

14. Karen and Joe Gorman Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 1st

Sponsored by the Autism Treatment Center of America in honor of a wonderful couple who stopped at nothing to help their lifelong friend’s son who was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), the Karen and Joe Gorman Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial support to families suffering from the challenges faced by those touched by autism. Through their generous actions, families can receive up to $2,000 in financial aid to send their children with autism to educational programs.

Contact

Karen and Joe Gorman Scholarship Fund
2080 South Undermountain Rd.
Sheffield, MA 01257
(413) 229-2100 ext. 127
cullett@option.org

15. Kevin Peyton Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 30th

In honor of a beloved son who had open heart surgery at age two and was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by age six, the Kevin Peyton Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for $500 by the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin to a deserving individual on the spectrum who is enrolled in a post-secondary degree program. Applicants must reside in the service area within Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, and Sauk counties as well as be current society members.

Contact

Kevin Peyton Memorial Scholarship
2935 South Fish Hatchery Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
autismmadison@gmail.com

16. Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship

Deadline: May 2nd

Established by the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) in honor of a devoted board member and chairwoman, the Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship is designed to provide $1,000 to students with severe autism diagnoses according to the DSM-IV or later criteria. Applicants must be pursuing full-time post-secondary undergraduate education or vocational training at a four-year undergraduate university, two-year community college, technical school, or cooperative life skills program within the United States.

Contact

Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship
2000 North 14th St. Suite 240
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-9710
scholarships@researchautism.org

17. McKay Scholarship for Students with Autism

Deadline: Varies

Originally created in 1999 to provide scholarships for students on the autism spectrum to attend any eligible public or private school of their choice in Florida, the McKay Scholarship for Students with Autism program can either reduce or completely eliminate the cost of tuition at post-secondary two or four-year educational institutions across the state. In order to be eligible, students must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), have been enrolled in a Florida public school, and qualify for autism-related services based on a formal diagnosis.

Contact

McKay Scholarship for Students with Autism
325 West Gaines St. Suite 1044
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-0875
Commissioner@fldoe.org

18. NSU Access Plus Program

Deadline: March 1st

Funded by the Brian and Patricia Kelley Postsecondary Scholarship Fund from Autism Speaks for students at Nova Southeastern University with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the NSU Access Plus Program provides up to $8,000 to qualified individuals who are enrolled full-time in one of the undergraduate degree programs. Along with the funding, students on the spectrum will receive access to tutoring services, accommodations, residential supports, and assistance in planning weekend or extracurricular activities.

Contact

NSU Access Plus Program
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
(800) 541-6682
finaid@nova.edu

19. Ohio Autism Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 30th

For any high school student within Ohio who has been identified as a child with autism with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program is available to either reduce or completely eliminate the cost of tuition at post-secondary two or four-year educational institutions across the state. In order to qualify for up to $5,700 in funding, students’ family income must be below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines for consideration.

Contact

Ohio Autism Scholarship Program
25 South Front St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(877) 644-6338
contact.center@education.ohio.gov

20. Parker Autism Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th

Annually, the Parker Autism Foundation presents numerous postsecondary education scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have been diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and are currently receiving ABA theory to decrease the need for services at later ages. Qualified candidates must reside in North Carolina, engage in one-on-one intensive intervention, provide medical documentation of autism diagnosis, and demonstrate financial need for tuition assistance.

Contact

Parker Autism Foundation Scholarships
5290 Cambridge Bay Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 819-4952
contactdesk@parkerautismfoundation.org

21. P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

In keeping with the goals of the renowned artist who struggled with dyslexia and dedicated her career to working with young people with disabilities, the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship grants at least $1,500 annually to one or more high school seniors with a certified disability, including autism or Asperger’s, who plan to have a career in the visual arts. Eligible candidates must have verified financial need, exhibit visual arts talent, and provide proof of acceptance into an accredited two-year community college or four-year university.

Contact

P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship
152 P. Buckley Moss Drive
Waynesboro, VA 22980
(540) 932-1728
foundation@mossfoundation.org
Scholarship link

22. Rachel Erin Nelligan Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: July 6th

In memory of a past-president who worked arduously advocating for individuals within the autism spectrum through the Montgomery County Chapter of the Autism Society of America (MCASA), the Rachel Erin Nelligan Memorial Scholarship presents $1,000 to graduating high school seniors who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder within Montgomery County, MD. Along with the application, students must submit a letter of intent, a current resume of extracurricular activities, and a certification of registration at an accredited Maryland institution.

Contact

Rachel Erin Nelligan Memorial Scholarship
4125 Queen Mary Drive
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 652-3912
autismmontgomerycounty@yahoo.com

23. Schwallie Family Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 2nd

Supported through the generous gifts from the family of a devoted board member, the Schwallie Family Scholarship Program is available through the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) for high-functioning high school students on the autism spectrum who will be pursuing full-time post-secondary undergraduate education or vocational training. Any individual with a verified autism diagnosis who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education in the United States for a certificate or degree in a particular field is welcome to apply.

Contact

Schwallie Family Scholarship Program
2000 North 14th St. Suite 240
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-9710
scholarships@researchautism.org
Scholarship link

24. Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership Scholarship

Deadline: January 31st

On a limited basis, the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership (SVAP) Scholarship offers monetary scholarships for up to $1,000 each as financial support to individuals on the autism spectrum in Augusta, Bath, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties in Virginia. In addition to being used towards tuition, students can receive funding for respite, therapies, safety or sensory equipment, and professional development.

Contact

Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership Scholarship
4181 Brown Roan Lane
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 476-4484
svap@valleyautism.org

25. Will Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: December 1st

Each year, the Will Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund offers a limited number of awards for up to $2,000 apiece to students registered at the University of Texas at Austin who have been diagnosed with a physical or non-physical disability, such as Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Preference will be given to disabled students who are studying in a human services field to work with other individuals to help overcome mental, physical, social, and emotional obstacles caused by their disability or lack of opportunity.

Contact

Will Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 7758
Austin, TX 78713
(512) 471-3434
jay.hartzell@mccombs.utexas.edu
Scholarship link

While paying for college is rarely simple for anyone today thanks to the rising costs of tuition nationwide, navigating through the complex financial aid process can be much more challenging for students who have been diagnosed with autism. However, since every student has the right to reach their college goals, more and more of these students are depending on extra funding from scholarships and grants to overcome all potential obstacles. Whether you have Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, or PDD-NOS, be sure to check out these 25 great scholarships for students on the autism spectrum for learners just like you.

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