Category Archives: Scholarship For Disabled

University of Minnesota Offers Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

University of Minnesota through Robert and Gail Buuck Family Fund for Disability Services is offering scholarship program for deserving students with disabilities. The scholarship provides students with disabilities a way to pursue their higher education and a chance to enhance and support their learning to develop their self advocacy and leadership.

The scholarship fund can be used by students to partially or fully pay their educational expenses. Selection of scholars is conducted by Disability Services according to certain established criteria. Eligible applicants are those having physical disabilities in mobility, hearing, vision, or systemic conditions who are currently enrolled as undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota.

Applicants should also be in good academic standing and if the scholars were able to attain a satisfactory academic progress, The Robert and Gail Buuck Family Fund for Disability Services may grant them another year of scholarship funding.

The Disability Services Scholarship Application Form can be downloaded here. Applicants must complete and submit the form and required documents on or before June 6. For more information, you may read the latest Robert and Gail Buuck Family Fund brochure.

Microsoft Scholarship Is Now Available

Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in computer science and related technical disciplines may now apply for the 2009-2010 Technical Scholarships that are being funded by Microsoft Corporation.  Microsoft offers four types of technical scholarships namely General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Underrepresented Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.

Qualified applicants are those who are currently attending a full time Bachelor’s degree program at any college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico. Students with different nationality can apply as long as they are studying in the aforementioned locations. Aside from this, other factors that may affect application include the students’ interest in the software industry, leadership commitment and financial needs.

To apply, applicants need to answer briefly the following essay in just one page of paper:
•    Describe how you demonstrate your passion for technology outside the classroom.
•    Describe the toughest technical problem you’ve worked on, how you addressed the problem, your role in reaching the outcome if it was team-based, and the final outcome.
•    Describe a situation that demonstrates initiative and your willingness to go above and beyond.
•    Describe how you are currently funding your college education.

Submit the said one-page essay along with the Printed Confirmation Page from Online Application to the Microsoft Internship Program, resume, transcript and letter of referral at Microsoft Scholarship Program, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-8303.

Deadline for the 2009-2010 Microsoft Scholarship application is on February 1, 2009.  To know more about the application process, please visit the Microsoft Scholarship FAQ Page.

Scholarship Programs For People With Vision Loss

The American Foundation for the Blinds is offering several scholarship programs to help those students with vision loss to pursue their studies. Students may apply to one or more these scholarship programs using just one application as long as they meet all the criteria set in each specific program.

The major requirements to apply for any of the AFB offered scholarships is an essay that states the field of study you are pursuing and why you have chosen it, your educational and personal goals, your work experience, extracurricular activities, and a statement about how you will use the scholarship award.

Students also need to submit the official transcript, proof of post-secondary acceptance stating that you have been accepted to post-secondary studies in an accredited program; 2 recommendation letters from your teachers, academic advisors or rehabilitation counselors; and a certification of legal blindness secured from your ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that you have a best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye.

There are likewise additional requirements in each specific scholarship. Selected scholars will be awarded $500 to $2500 scholarship money depending on the program they applied. Deadline for AFB scholarship application is on March 31, 2007.

The Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need Scholarship Program

The Sallie Mae Fund has a special Unmet Need Scholarship Program that aim to supplement the financial aid package that the students received. This program is open to all senior high school, incoming college students or currently enrolled college students regardless of race or national origin. Sallie Mae will award additional $1000 up to $3800 if the students could demonstrate that they still have unmet financial need of at least $1,000 after the financial aid award package has been determined.

And since the basis of award depends on the current financial aid package that the students has, they need to submit the award letter from their school as one of the primary requirements to qualify for this scholarship program. They also need to submit their Student Aid Report (SAR) or Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR).

Sallie Mae Fund will provide a total of $1 Million this 2007 for Unmet Need Scholarship Program so there is a very big chance to qualify for this scholarship. This is not a renewable scholarship but students may reapply every year as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. You can read the complete details of this scholarship and download the application form here. Last day of application and requirements submission is on May 31, 2007.

$1500 Renewable Scholarship From USA Funds

USA Funds, the nation’s leading education-loan guarantor has scholarship program called USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships that awards a total of $3.2 Million scholarships. Each chosen scholar will be given a $1500 renewable scholarship. This scholarship is open to all high-school seniors, currently enrolled college students or incoming college students. They must be enrolled in college or equivalent education beginning the fall-2007 term through Feb. 1, 2008.

USA Funds Scholarship is a need based scholarship, therefore applicants must have an annual adjusted gross family income of $35,000 or less, as documented on a 2006 federal 1040 income-tax return on which the applicant is claimed as a federal tax exemption.  Likewise, 50 percent of the scholarship awards will be given to students who belong to ethnic-minority group and students with physical disability.

The beauty of this scholarship program is that students who will be selected as scholars can renew the $1500 scholarship annually as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA based on a four-point scale. Check will be payable to the school for the student, but it will be mailed to the permanent home address of the students that they specified in their application.

So hurry! Apply online now. Deadline of application for this year is set this coming Feb. 15, 2007. Students need not to submit any requirements when applying online because only finalists will be required to submit additional documentation.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Disabled and handicapped students who would like to pursue college education actually enjoyed some advantage over other students in securing scholarships. Perhaps, they may be circumstances where disabled students get the scholarships faster and easier because there are several corporations and institutional scholarships that are strictly offered for disabled students.

Huge corporations and institutions like Bank of America and Microsoft Corporation also offer special scholarships for disabled students. There are even universities in the United States like George Mason University, George Washington University, Gallaudet University and Western Michigan University that invite and encourage education among disabled students by providing resource centers and support services for them to make learning more convenient and successful.