College scholarships for people with ADHD

Do you have ADHD and want to know if there is a college scholarship? Use these techniques to find scholarship opportunities, including those for people with ADHD.

Looking for scholarships

When searching for ADHD scholarships for universities, you may wish to expand your search to include scholarships available to people with disabilities in general. You may also want to explore private scholarships that are not related to ADHD.

For example, you may be eligible for a scholarship, depending on your learning interests and career goals, ethnic background, religious beliefs, extracurricular activities, military experience, and your parents’ work location. If you are employed or engaged in voluntary service, please ask if your company offers scholarships.

The financial aid office of the university you are considering is usually the best resource for scholarship information. The financial aid consultant will be familiar with local, state, and private funding sources. You can also try out general scholarship search tools online, such as:

Your local state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency is another resource that can help you find a scholarship. You can find the contact information of the VR office in your state online.

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Many organizations also offer scholarships. If you or your parents are related to any of these groups, please investigate scholarship opportunities:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Elk Club
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Lions Club
  • Rotary International

Major unions such as AFL-CIO and Teamsters provide scholarships for members and their children. Your church or synagogue may even have scholarships. Please consult your local chamber of commerce to find out what services they may also provide.

List of ADHD Scholarships

The following are scholarship programs for students with ADHD. Demand and availability change every year. Check the website for current details.

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a US$10,000 scholarship (US$2,500 per year for four years) to high school graduates with a documented learning disability or ADHD diagnosis who will participate in a full-time bachelor’s degree program.

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a US$5,000 scholarship for two years (US$2,500 per year) for high school graduates with a documented ADHD or learning disability who will attend a two-year community college, vocational or technical training program, or Special courses for students with learning disabilities.

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Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award

The $1,000 bonus is designed to recognize the strengths and achievements of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. It is awarded to students 19 years of age or younger who “show initiative, talent, and determination, and have made significant achievements in any field—including art, music, science, mathematics, sports, or community service.” Honor awards were also awarded.

Inge Scholarship

Incight Scholarships are awarded to students who have physical, academic, cognitive, hearing, or visual impairments in Washington, Oregon, or California.

Johnson Scholarship

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation does not directly provide funds to individuals, but runs the Johnson Scholarship Program through the Florida State University System (SUS) organization. The Johnson Scholarship is a competitive award program for undergraduates with disabilities who have financial needs.

Scholarships for children with other learning disabilities

Students with other learning disabilities can get other scholarships, but not just for ADHD. Since many children with ADHD are dealing with other learning disabilities, the following options are also available.

Iowa Learning Disability Association

The Iowa Learning Disability Association provides scholarships to Iowa high school graduates with language-related learning disabilities. Students must have clear financial needs and plan to pursue a career in visual arts.

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Marion Huber Award for Learning through Listening

Every year, the Marion Huber Listening Learning Award is awarded to six high school students with dyslexia and other reading-related learning disabilities who plan to continue their education after graduation. The top three winners each received $6,000. There were also three special honorees, each receiving US$2,000.

Applicants must be members of Learning Ally and are selected based on their academic achievements, outstanding leadership skills, and service to others.

P. Buckley Moss Donation Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to at least one high school student who has financial need, a certified specific language-related learning disability, and an artistic genius who plans to pursue a career in the visual arts.

Ralph G. Norman Scholarship

The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Fund is only available to Arkansas residents and aims to help young people with learning disabilities so that they can succeed in further studies. This $2,500 scholarship is awarded based on the applicant’s commitment to higher education, self-advocacy skills, and community involvement.

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