Having dyslexia doesn't stop you from succeeding in school, and as you prepare for college, it can even turn out to be an asset as you look for financial aid to help you pay the cost of attendance. You'll be eligible for the same scholarships and grants as anyone else. At the same time, you also get to draw from a special pool of scholarships that are targeted at people who have dyslexia or other learning disabilities.
Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Awards
Offered by Learning Ally, which is an organization that provides recorded books for blind or dyslexic students, this scholarship is aimed at people who have a learning disability that makes reading difficult. To be eligible for the award, you have to be a Learning Ally member, and you have to have a 3.0 or better grade point average. As of 2013, the organization offers six awards -- three for $6,000 and three for $2,000.
Rise Scholarship Foundation
The Rise Scholarship Foundation offers an annual scholarship for learning disabled students with a 2.5 GPA or better. For the 2014-2015 school year, the scholarship is for $2,500, and five of them are being awarded. Rise Scholarships get paid directly to your school and can be used for tuition, books or on-campus room and board.
Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships
Offered by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, these two scholarships are open to students with learning disabilities including dyslexia. The Anne Ford Scholarship provides $2,500 per year for four years. It is open to students with financial need, a 3.0 GPA, and a track record of being a role model for other students with learning disabilities. The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship for students enrolling in specialized-for-LD, two-year or vocational programs. It does not carry a GPA requirement.
P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship
Named for a painter that dealt with dyslexia, this scholarship is available to students who have a language-related learning disability such as dyslexia. It is aimed at students with artistic talent who plan to go into the visual arts field after college. Applicants must have financial need, and those who win the scholarship will receive at least $1,500. The endowment can make more than one award per year.
Gemm Learning's Living With Dyslexia Scholarship
Educational software producer Gemm Learning offers two $1,000 scholarships per year to students with dyslexia as of the 2013-14 school year. To qualify for the scholarship, the student has to complete an application with a 300- to 500-word essay describing how she handles her dyslexia. Winners get their funds paid directly to their schools to cover tuition expenses.
- Learning Ally: High School Seniors Who Are Learning Disabled: Marion Huber Learning Through Listening (LTL) Awards
- RiSE Scholarship Foundation: FAQs
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships
- Gemm Learning: Compete for Gemm Learning’s Living With Dyslexia Scholarship for $1,000
Steve Lander has been a writer since 1996, with experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology. His work has appeared in trade publications such as the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." Lander holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Columbia University.