Scholarships for Students with Disabilities or Mental Illness

Scholarships for students with disabilities or menal illnesses.

The following are scholarships for students with disabilities or mental illnesses. They are listed in order of the application deadline.


This scholarship is for students with disabilities or injuries who are in need of financial assistance for education purposes. The scholarship is available to students of any age, with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental or psychiatric conditions, speech and language disabilities, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.

Application requirements:

  • A completed scholarship application form.
  • A one-page typed essay describing how you overcame adversity caused by your disability and what you learned from that experience.
  • An official or unofficial transcript from an accredited college or university that includes your most recent semester
  • Diagnosis documentation of disability from a person qualified to make a diagnosis.

Scholarship amount: $1,000.00

Application deadline: April 1st 


DRK Attorneys Mental Health Scholarship 

In their work with defendants suffering from mental health issues, DRK Attorneys have seen enough examples of individuals that, because of the burden and the stigma that come with mental illness, feel that their choices in life are severely limited. As a result, they turn to crime in order to get their needs met. They offer this scholarship with the goals of showing those with mental health issues that they have options. The scholarship is to support those who have struggled with mental health issues but have found a way to manage it and to shine a light on the difficulties that those with mental health issues face daily. Applicant must be enrolled at or accepted to a college in the U.S. (community, technical, undergraduate or postgraduate) and have a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA in either high school or undergraduate transcripts. Applicant should be willing to share their story with the public. If applicants wish to remain anonymous, all effort will be made to withhold the applicant’s identity and protect your anonymity.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed scholarship application form
  • A 1-3 page typed essay about your life with mental illness, the struggles you’ve encountered, and how you’ve overcome them
  • An official copy of high school or undergrad college transcripts for all schools attended
  • Proof of Legal Residency in U.S. (i.e. birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc.)

Scholarship amount: Under $1,000.00

Application deadline: August 15 (this may vary year to year)



Feldman & Royle award two annual scholarships for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD includes all Autism disorders, including those previously recognized as subtypes, such as childhood disintegrative disorder, autistic disorder, and others. The scholarships are designed to assist applicants in furthering their education. Each of the scholarships will be for tuition at an educational institution chosen by the applicant. You are eligible for a scholarship whether or not you currently attend school. After being awarded the scholarship, you will have one year within which to provide them with a tuition invoice from the educational institution you have chosen to attend. A check for $1,000 will then be issued to the institution. All those who have ASD (DSM-5) are eligible for the scholarships, which will be used to assist you in furthering your educational goals. They may request proof of your ASD diagnosis.

Application Requirements:

  • Send an email to
  • Include a brief statement of up to 100 words telling the reader what educational plans you have if you are awarded the scholarship.
  • Attach an essay of not less than 650 words and not more than 1,000 words on the subject of how having ASD has affected your education.

Scholarship amount: $1,000.00

Application deadline: November 7 (this may vary year to year)



The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving  student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies (must be at least a sophomore in college). Must be enrolled in an accredited university and pursuing studies related to health and disability, including, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education, and majors that will impact the quality of life of persons with disabilities. Applicant must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student in at least their 2nd year of study or enrolled part time or full time in a graduate school. Preference will be given to students with a history of community service and/or volunteer activities.

Application Requirements:

  • Personal Statement (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced), including a brief personal history, educational/career goals, extra-curricular activities, and reasons why they should be selected by the AAHD Scholarship Committee. This statement must be written solely by the applicant.
  • Applicant must provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a teacher or academic advisor).
  • Applicant must provide an official copy of college transcript, which should be mailed to AAHD in a sealed envelope.
  • Applicant must have a documented disability  (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) and provide documentation of their disability from a specialist (physician, educator, et. al).
  • Applicant must agree to allow AAHD to use his/her name, photo, and/or story in future scholarship materials.

Scholarship amount: Under $1,000.00

Application deadline: November 15 (this may vary year to year)


Foundation for Science and Disability – Student Award Program

The Student Award Program helps to increase opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and pre‑medical/dental areas for graduate or professional students with disabilities.  FSD has established a Science Graduate Student Grant Fund, which is available to fourth-year undergraduates who are disabled and have been accepted to a graduate or professional school in the sciences and graduate science students who have a disability.  Awards of $1000 each are made to qualified college or university students in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering.

Application requirements:

  • A completed scholarship application form
  • A copy of your official college transcript
  • One letter from your research or academic advisor in support of your request
  • One letter from another faculty member

Scholarship amount: $1,000.00

Application deadline: December 1st (this may vary year to year)


Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships for Computer Science students with disabilities. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the applicant’s academic background, leadership skills and demonstrated passion for Computer Science.  Applicants must maintain a strong academic record and should exemplify leadership and a passion for Computer Science and technology.

Application requirements:

  • Have a disability (defined as a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider a daily function or the perception among others that a disability exists)
  • A completed online application through EmployAbility which includes general background information and responses to essay questions
  • A resume/CV
  • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
  • A reference letter from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor

Scholarship amount: €7,000

Application deadline:  December 1st (may vary year to year)



Google believes information should be universally accessible. Their education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. As part of that commitment, they’ve partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers, to help university students with disabilities work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science. Applicants must maintain a strong academic record and should exemplify leadership and a passion for Computer Science and technology. Scholarship winners will also be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat.

Application requirements:

  • Have a visible or invisible disability (as defined by Lime Connect)
  • Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll as a graduate or undergraduate student in Computer Science or a related program in the US or Canada
  • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
  • Two reference letters from professors, instructor, advisors or supervisors
  • Responses to three essay questions
  • Resume/CV

Scholarship amount: $10,000 USD or $5,000 CAD

Application Deadline: December 4th (may vary year to year)



Any student currently enrolled in any accredited college is eligible to enter.

Application requirements:

  • An essay of 1,000 words (minimum) about your educational goals and plans for after graduation, why you feel you deserve to win this scholarship, and what it would mean to you if you won

Scholarship Amount: $1000

Application deadline: December 15th (this may vary year to year)

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