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Scholarship Tips and Information

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college—it’s free money, usually with few strings attached, that you can often use toward any expenses you accrue while attending college.
 
Sometimes as a result of your mental health condition, you may need to register for fewer classes or you may need to drop some classes during a semester. This may impact which scholarships you are eligible for or scholarships you have already received, that require you to be a full-time student. See if you can work with your school to make exceptions if your mental health condition impacts your ability to meet the requirements of a scholarship.
 
There are now numerous search engines available that make it easy to find scholarships you are eligible for, including those specifically for young adults living with a mental health condition or disability. These search engines include:
Additionally, here is a list of some national scholarships currently available for young adults living with a mental health condition:

Award Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: Eli Lilly and Company provides annual awards for young adults diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who are enrolled in high school equivalency studies, a trade or vocational school, or a two or four-year college or university. Applicants must be U.S citizens, currently receiving medical treatment for one of the above conditions and be actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegration efforts. An essay must be included with the application packet.


Award Amount:
$10,000
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have an identified learning disability and are pursuing an undergraduate degree. Candidates for this award should be committed to completing a college degree, demonstrate perseverance, understand how living with a learning disability affects one’s life and advocate and serve as a role model for others who are living with a learning disability.


Award Amount:
$20,000
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: The ChairScholars scholarship is available to high school seniors and college freshmen who are living with a profound physical challenge. ChairScholars applicants must:
  • Submit a recent photo
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have profound (serious) physical challenges
  • Have at least a B high school scholastic average
  • Have performed some form of significant community service or made a significant social contribution
  • Be under the age of 21 and either a high school senior or college freshman
  • Complete a 300-500 word essay
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit their parent’s IRS Form 1040 from the previous year
  • Submit their SAT and ACT Scores, High School Transcript and Proof of any honors or awards received

Award Amount:
Ranges between $500 and $2,000
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: The Ethel Louise Armstrong (ELA) Foundation, Inc. scholarship is available to women graduate students (Master’s degree or above) with a physical disability who are enrolled in the United States at an accredited university or college.


Award Amount:
$1,500
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: The P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have a language related learning disability, demonstrate a need for financial aid and have career plans in visual art.


Award Amount:
Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: The Pilot International Foundation sponsors three scholarship programs. Candidates for these scholarships must already be or preparing for careers working with people with disabilities or brain-related disorders. The three scholarship programs include:
  • Pilot International Foundation Scholarship Program: For undergraduate level students who are preparing for a career in brain-related disorders or disabilities.
  • Becky Burrows Scholarship Program: For graduate or undergraduate level students who are either switching careers or receiving additional training in a career that helps those with brain-related disorders or disabilities.
  • Marie Newton Sepia Memorial Scholarship Program: For graduate or doctoral level students preparing for a career working with children with brain-related disorders or disabilities.      
You must be sponsored by a Pilot Club in your home town or in the town in which your college or university is located to be eligible to apply. Find a Pilot Club in your area.
 

Award Amount:
Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: The Bank of America Abilities Scholarship Program awards high school seniors, high school graduates and undergraduate students living with disabilities (including learning disabilities) who are interested in pursuing a career in business, finance or computer science. They must have at least a 3.0 and live in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Washington.


Award Amount:
$750 that is renewable for four years
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: INCIGHT Education Scholarships are offered to students who have a documented disability.


Award Amount:
$1000
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: Scholarships for high school students and college students who have at least one parent living with a disability.


Award Amount:
$1000
Number of Awards: Varies
Description: The American Association on Health and Disability Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students who have a documented disability and are pursuing a career in public health, disability studies, health promotion or a field related to disability and health.