Since applying to college, getting accepted, and determining how to pay the rising tuition expenses can be even more stressful for students who have been diagnosed with learning impairments, there are luckily many scholarships for students with learning disabilities to help make this process less overwhelming.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities often suffer from cognitive impairments that hinder their learning abilities and opportunities for obtaining many merit-based scholarships. Whether you have dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or any other learning challenges, the following are 25 of the most generous scholarships available specifically for those with learning disabilities.

1. Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

Deadline: December 31st

As part of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is granted annually for $2,500 to graduating high school seniors with a specific documented learning disability who will be enrolling in a two-year community college, trade school, or vocational training program in the fall. Qualified candidates must demonstrate financial need, be U.S. citizens, participate in school/community activities, and exhibit perseverance in achieving personal goals despite learning challenges.

Contact

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
381 Park Avenue South Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
(888) 575-7373
AFScholarship@ncld.org
Scholarship Link

2. Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

Sponsored by the P. Buckley Moss Society in keeping with the goals of the artist’s dedication to the field of special education, the Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship is offered annually for up to $2,000 to graduating high school seniors with a certified language-related learning disability who are planning to pursue post-secondary education in the United States. Preference will be given to students who have surpassed expectations with perseverance towards achieving their academic, technical, and/or artistic goals.

Contact

Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship
152 P. Buckley Moss Drive
Waynesboro, VA 22980
(540) 932-1728
foundation@mossfoundation.org

3. Anne Ford National Learning Disability Scholarship

Deadline: December 31st

As a $10,000 scholarship program that provides recipients $2,500 each year for four years of undergraduate study, the Anne Ford National Learning Disability Scholarship is available for graduating high school senior with a specific documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall. Eligible applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate financial need, and excel as a role model for others who struggle with learning disabilities.

Contact

Anne Ford National Learning Disability Scholarship
381 Park Avenue South Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
(888) 575-7373
AFScholarship@ncld.org

4. DREAM Institute Higher Education Assistance Program

Deadline: April 1st

Awarded each year based on the financial resources available, the DREAM Institute Higher Education Assistance Program (HEAP) presents scholarship awards to Oklahoma students with learning disabilities who are transitioning into higher education to pursue a two or four-year degree at any Oklahoma in-state institution full-time. Intended to fill the gap where funding is lacking each semester, the funds can be applied to tuition, academic expenses, textbooks, and/or room and board costs.

Contact

DREAM Institute Higher Education Assistance Program
P.O. Box 52785
Tulsa, OK 74152
(918) 660-3408
dream@dreaminstitute.org

5. Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award

Deadline: January 31st

Established by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, the Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award is offered each year for $1,000 in recognition of the strengths and accomplishments of high school students under the age of 19 who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD. Eligible candidates must demonstrate initiative, determination, talent, and accomplishment in any field, including science, music, art, athletics, or community service.

Contact

Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award
38 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 226-6831

6. Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability

Deadline: November 15th

Established by the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) to promote wellness in people with disabilities, the Frederick J. Krause Scholarship is awarded annually for $1,000 to deserving students with a learning disability who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies in an accredited U.S. university. Applicants must be pursuing a full-time degree related to health and disability, such as public health, disability studies, health promotion, rehabilitation engineering, disability policy, audiology, or special education.

Contact

Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability
110 North Washington St. Suite 328J
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 545-6140
contact@aahd.us

7. Incight Go Getter Scholarships

Deadline: April 1st

For residents of Oregon, Washington, and California, the Incight Go Getter Scholarships offers up to $2,500 to students with documented specific learning disabilities who will be attending any U.S. post-secondary educational institution full-time during the funding cycle. In order to qualify, students with disabilities must demonstrate outstanding merit in giving back to their community and determination for overcoming learning obstacles to pursue higher education dreams.

Contact

Incight Go Getter Scholarships
310 SW Fourth Avenue Suite 630
Portland, OR 97204
(971) 244-0305
scholarship@incight.org
Scholarship Link

8. James Larmour Scholarship for Students with Learning Disabilities

Deadline: June 1st

At Eastern Kentucky University, the James Larmour Scholarship for Students with Learning Disabilities provides $1,000 to support the educational needs of deserving current students and incoming freshmen who have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilities. Along with the application, students must submit a copy of the acceptance letter from the Admissions Office, medical documentation of a learning disability, and a typed personal statement.

Contact

James Larmour Scholarship for Students with Learning Disabilities
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 622-2933
disserv@eku.edu

9. Jewish Community Services Newhoff Scholarship

Deadline: March 15th

Annually, the Jewish Community Services (JCS) presents the Newhoff Scholarship for a Jewish Student with a Diagnosed Learning Disability to graduating high school seniors from the Baltimore metropolitan area who will be pursuing post-secondary education at any accredited U.S. vocational training program, trade school, community college, or university. Selection is based strongly on financial need, academic potential, and involvement in extra-curricular activities that benefit the Jewish community.

Resource: 25 Great Scholarships for Jewish Students

Contact

Jewish Community Services Newhoff Scholarship
5750 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 466-9200
info@jcsbaltimore.org

10. Landmark College Merit Scholarships

Deadline: February 15th

As one of only two accredited institutions in the United States designed exclusively for students with learning disabilities, Landmark College offers annual Merit Scholarships ranging in value from $5,000 to $10,000 for new students who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability. Designed to recognize students’ uniqueness as a person and their individual distinct talents, the merit-based program requires applicants to submit a typed, written, or voice recorded personal essay on their notable accomplishments.

Contact

Landmark College Merit Scholarships
1 River Road South
Putney, VT 05346
(802) 387-6718
financialaid@landmark.edu

11. Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Scholarships

Deadline: March 31st

The Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa (LDA-IA) awards three annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors with learning disabilities who plan to enroll in post-secondary education at any community college, university, or vocational training school in the upcoming fall semester. In order to qualify for the $1,000 scholarships, candidates must submit an application, essay, publicity form, current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and letter of recommendation.

Contact

Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Scholarships
443 K Avenue
Churdan, IA 50050
(712) 540-1579
rosener@iowa-lda.org

12. Liff Family Foundation Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 4th

At Indiana University, the Liff Family Foundation Scholarship Fund distributes annual $1,500 awards as financial assistance to full-time undergraduate students enrolled on the Bloomington campus who have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilities. While preference will be given to residents of Tennessee and Indiana, all applicants must demonstrate financial need, participate in extra-curricular activities, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Contact

Liff Family Foundation Scholarship Fund
1320 East Tenth St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-7578
iubdss@indiana.edu

13. Lois Jean Steel Stiffler Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 11th

In honor of a beloved alumni member who had first-hand experience raising a son with a learning disability, the Lois Jean Steel Stiffler Memorial Scholarship is presented by Bowling Green State University to currently enrolled sophomore, junior, or senior-level students who have a documented learning disability confirmed by the Disability Services Office. Qualified applicants must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and be involved in at least one extra-curricular activity on-campus.

Contact

Lois Jean Steel Stiffler Memorial Scholarship
38 College Park Building
Bowling Green, OH 43403
(419) 372-8495
dss@bgsu.edu

14. Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Awards

Deadline: March 15th

Established by Learning Ally in honor of an educator who was focused on reaching out to students with learning disabilities through the power of “learning through listening,” the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Awards are granted annually for up to $6,000 to graduating high school seniors with learning disabilities. Eligible candidates must be registered as a Learning Ally, plan to continue formal education at a two or four-year college, and have an overall high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Contact

Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Awards
20 Roszel Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 243-7051
tGoldberg@learningally.org
Scholarship Link

15. Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards

Deadline: March 15th

In honor of the founder of the scholarship programs offered by Learning Ally, the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards present up to $6,000 to blind or visually impaired student members with specific learning disabilities who are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Recipients will be chosen based on academic excellence, outstanding leadership, participation in community service for others, letters of recommendation, and financial need.

Contact

Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards
20 Roszel Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 243-7051
tGoldberg@learningally.org

16. Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship

Deadline: March 19th

For individuals who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship is offered by the Shire Foundation to provide up to $2,000 of financial support for attending an undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, trade school, or vocational college in the United States. Applicants must include a letter of recommendation, personal essay, list of community or extra-curricular activities, and verification of ADHD diagnosis from a licensed healthcare professional.

Contact

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship
P.O. Box 562
Chestertown, MD 21620
(410) 810-8863
info@edgefoundation.org

17. Nabi Family Scholarship Fund for Learning Disabilities

Deadline: June 15th

At the University of Michigan, the Nabi Family Scholarship Fund for Learning Disabilities has been created to provide annual $4,000 awards to two currently registered undergraduate students with specific learning disabilities who demonstrate financial need for assistance and submit a personal statement on their academic career plans. In addition, the university offers technology grants for up to $400 to five students with learning disabilities each year.

Contact

Nabi Family Scholarship Fund for Learning Disabilities
Haven Hall Room G-664
505 South State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-7485
sssegal@umich.edu

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19. P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

In memory of a renowned artist who struggled with dyslexia throughout her schooling at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship provides $1,500 annually to one or more graduating high school seniors with a certified language-related learning disability. Qualified candidates must demonstrate financial need, possess extraordinary visual arts talent, be accepted into an accredited two or four-year institution, and be pursuing a career in visual arts.

Contact

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

20. Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 31st

Sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas (LDAA), the Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance to young adults with learning disabilities in Arkansas who are pursuing higher education. To qualify for the $2,500 scholarships, individuals must submit a completed application, documentation of a learning disability, a brief essay on how the disability has impacted future goals, an official transcript, and two letters of recommendation.

Contact

Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 95255
North Little Rock, AR 72190
(501) 666-8777
ldaarkansas@yahoo.com
Scholarship Link

21. RiSE Scholarship Foundation Awards

Deadline: February 15th

As a non-profit organization devoted to providing opportunities for students who learn differently, the RiSE Scholarship Foundation presents over 30 awards annually for $2,500 to deserving high school seniors with learning disabilities who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, submit a letter of recommendation, and provide current documentation of a learning disability.

Contact

RiSE Scholarship Foundation Awards
P.O. Box 422417
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 727-6123
risescholarshipfoundation@gmail.com

22. Saralu Belkofer Annual Scholarship Fund

Deadline: December 15th

Created by the web design firm Lumen Interactive in Montgomery, the Saralu Belkofer Annual Scholarship Fund provides $2,000 each year for graduating high school seniors or current undergraduate college students with a documented specific learning disability who are pursuing a post-secondary degree in web design. Rather than create boundaries with specific guidelines, applicants are asked to submit a written 400-word essay expressing their individuality and vision for a future career in web design.

Contact

Saralu Belkofer Annual Scholarship Fund
3157 Gatsby Lane
Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 544-9490
SpencerB@LumenInteractive.com

23. Stanley E. Jackson “Yes I Can” Scholarships

Deadline: September 27th

Presented through the Yes I Can Foundation for Exceptional Children, the Stanley E. Jackson “Yes I Can” Scholarships are provided annually for $500 each to graduating high school seniors with a documented physical, mental, or learning disability who are entering a two or four-year accredited post-secondary institution for the first time. Preference will be given to ethnic minority students who demonstrate gifted abilities in specific academic aptitude, creativity, leadership, and/or visual and performing arts.

Contact

Stanley E. Jackson “Yes I Can” Scholarships
2900 Crystal Drive Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202
(888) 232-7733
awards@cec.sped.org

24. Susie Kendall Scholarship in Agricultural Development

Deadline: March 1st

Within the Division of Student Affairs at the Texas A&M University, the Susie Kendall Scholarship in Agricultural Development is bestowed upon an outstanding full-time undergraduate student with a learning disability who is pursuing a degree in agricultural leadership and development. Qualified applicants for the $1,000 award must be have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be Texas residents, and have specific documented special needs.

Contact

Susie Kendall Scholarship in Agricultural Development
Cain Hall Room B118
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 845-3236
disability@tamu.edu

25. Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarships

Deadline: May 15th

As a need-based scholarship program offered by several state universities in Florida, the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarships have been designed to provide $1,000 to $5,000 to undergraduate degree-seeking students with learning disabilities who have been accepted for admission at a participating public Florida institution. Eligible students must currently reside in Florida, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and demonstrate financial need for tuition assistance.

Contact

Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarships
325 West Gaines St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-0466
info@flbog.edu
Scholarship Link

With recent reports from the National Center for Learning Disabilities indicating that nearly 2.9 million school-aged children in the United States are classified as having specific learning disabilities that require special education support, it is becoming even more important than ever before for organizations to provide funding to learning disabled students seeking to pursue a college education. Luckily, these are just 25 of the great scholarships for students with learning disabilities that are available to increase access to higher education degree programs.

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