If you have been diagnosed with ADHD and are college-bound, there are many options for scholarships, grants and other funding.
Not all scholarships include ADHD as a specific disability all on its own. Some learning disability scholarships also cover learning-related issues such as dysgraphia, dyslexia, Asperger’s and spectrum disorders.
Why Learning Disability Scholarships Are Important
Students with learning disabilities (LD) can feel left out of top-paying scholarships or premiere schools due to low test scores or a less than stellar GPA. However, LD students need not lose out on lucrative college funding through scholarships, grants or loans.
If you have held back from applying to scholarships due to ADHD or other learning disabilities, then don’t despair. There are many opportunities for funding for those who plan to pursue a college degree.
What’s a Preferred Walk On?
Parents and students often ask, "What’s a preferred walk on?" It’s a fairly common question for parents and students seeking scholarships for athletes.
A preferred walk on means that a student is on the college team and receives no athletic financial aid or scholarship in any form. These can be athletes who were highly-recruited or, more commonly, they made it to the team by going through a grueling process of try outs and interviews.
It is also fairly common that a walk-on athlete eventually receives some sort of funding that comes from an athletic scholarship, particularly if they have been on the team more than a few years.
How to Apply to ADHD Scholarships
The application that you send in for any ADHD scholarships needs to include a few basic things. It should contain the basic numbers, such as the GPA, relevant test scores, awards or community accomplishments. The ADHD scholarship application should also include your passion for the area of interest you are pursuing, future plans and goals as well as what makes you an ideal candidate for this particular college funding.
Learning disability scholarships have a unique set of parameters within the application process, so be sure to always go over the details of the scholarship rules before sending in your application. A well-crafted and winning scholarship application will contain the following:
- A moving and concisely written essay that includes past accomplishments and future goals.
- Recommendation letters from employers, community service providers, instructors and any medical professionals that can assist in your higher education endeavor.
American Association on Health and Disability
One of the best ADHD scholarships awarded annually is from the Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability. It is intended for students with a disability who are also pursuing a secondary education in the health and disability fields.
Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarship
The Dyslexia Advantage awards college funds to 16 students each year who have been diagnosed with dyslexia and have a financial need. The $2,500 Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarship is for students who are already attending a two or four-year higher education program.
Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships
Students from across the United States can apply for this scholarship that is presented by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The Abbe Ford is a four-year renewable award and worth $2,500 each year. The Allegra Ford Thomas funding is for a student who has ADHD or other LD to attend a two-year community college, vocational or technical school or other specialized program that is tailored to students with diagnosed learning disabilities.
Rise Scholarship Foundation
The Rise Award Scholarships are given each year to challenged or disabled students who show a love and passion for learning. Ambitious students with detailed goals can apply for this competitive $2,500 scholarship that is given annually.
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