For Students

Scholarships and Financial Aid

SMU SCHOLARSHIPS

 

STATE AGENCIES: TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION AND HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION

Programs and services previously provided by the Texas Department of Rehabilitation Services (DARS) have been transferred to the Texas Workforce Commission and Health (TWC) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

Students should contact their local TWC and HHSC offices to determine eligibility for services. Note that the goal of these agencies is to help people become employed. Financial assistance can come in several forms, including: tuition expenses, books and supplies, tutoring expenses, and technological aids. 

 

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID

Many students utilize federally administered loans and grants to help with college-related expenses. Visit http://www.fafsa.gov for more information and application forms about the following:

  • Stafford Loans
  • PLUS Loans
  • Direct Loans
  • Pell Grants
  • Perkins Loans
  • Work-study

 

INTERNET RESOURCES

GENERAL/UNSPECIFIED

www.finaid.org/otheraid/disabled.phtml - A Student Guide to Financial Aid.
www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/financial-aid.html- Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities from DO-IT
www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/dollars/dshome.htm
www.makoa.org/education.htm
www.incight.org
www.braintrack.com/financial-aid-articles
www.scholarships4school.com/scholarships-for-students-with-disabilities.html
www.dbida.org/scholarships.html - scholarships for Reading Therapy.
www.proyectovision.net/english/opportunities/scholarships.html - Proyecto Vision: extensive lists of scholarships and internships for students with disabilities.
www.ok-ahead.org/scholar.html - scholarships
https://www.disabledperson.com/scholarships/22
http://www.cec.sped.org/About-Us/CEC-Award-Programs/CEC-Student-Awards
https://scholars.horatioalger.org
http://www.limeconnect.com/opportunities/page/google-lime-scholarship-program http://www.vitalitymedical.com/scholarship
http://thespringboardfoundation.org
http://www.disabilitydenials.com/disability-scholarship/

 

ADD/ADHD

http://www.shireadhdscholarship.com - The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program

 

LEARNING DIFFERENCES (LD)

http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/ld.phtml - General information from FinAid, LCC about financial aid for students with LD, plus a list of available scholarships
http://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/ - Scholarships and awards from the National Center for Learning Disabilities

 

BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Accredited Schools Online - Helping college students with visual impairments
https://nfb.org/scholarships/ - National Federation of the Blind scholarship programs
https://www.nfbtx.org/scholarships.php - National Federation of the Blind, Texas offers many Texas-specific scholarships 
https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2017 - scholarship-application/5 - American Foundation for the Blind lists their current scholarships and application details
http://www.acbtexas.org - The American Council of the Blind of Texas offers a scholarship to Texas students, but their site also has links to scholarships offered by the national office of ACB.
http://www.learningally.org/NAA - The Mary P. Oenslager Achievement Awards from Learning Ally

 

D/deaf OR HARD OF HEARING

http://www.ringsavvy.com/scholarship-hearing-impaired/
www.sertoma.org - scholarships to cover tuition, books and supplies
 
 

PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

http://justwalkers.com/mobility-scholarship-program - Offering the JustWalkers Mobility Scholarship to students with limited mobility who use a wheelchair, power scooter, crutches,or other mobility device on a regular basis
https://www.karmanhealthcare.com/scholarships/ - Karmen Healthcare maintains the Mobility Scholarship Program, awarding two scholarships each year.
http://www.maysmission.org/programs.html - Mays Mission for the Handicapped offers scholarships to students with physical and/or mental disabilities. "It's ability, not disability that counts." E.W. Mays, 1967.
http://nationalamputation.org/scholar1.html - The National Amputation Foundation is proud to offer scholarships to full-time students with a major limb amputation.
http://www.1800wheelchair.com/scholarship/ - 1800Wheelchair has been awarding 2 scholarships each year for over 10 years. 

 

AUTISM SPECTRUM

 

SCHIZOPHRENIA

http://www.reintegration.com/scholarship-program/ - Annually, though the Baer Integration Scholarship Program, the Center for Reintegration grants a scholarship to one student from the high school to PhD level.

 

FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIFIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS

www.ahfinfo.com - Scholarships for students with Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders
www.factorsupport.com/scholarships.htm - scholarships for women and men with Hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease
www.patientadvocate.org - scholarships for students under 25 that are or have been diagnosed with cancer or a critical or life-threatening disease
http://www.ericsfund.org - The Eric Marder Scholarship for students with Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID)
http://justnebulizers.com/respiratory-care-scholarship - Scholarships for students with a respiratory condition requiring medication, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, or COPD
http://ulmanfund.org/scholarships/ - The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults offers numerous scholarships for students affected by cancer.
https://ucbepilepsyscholarship.com/Default.aspx - UCB, Inc. is a major pharmaceutical company that has been offering scholarships to students with epilepsy for over 10 years.
http://spinabifidaassociation.org/scholarships/ - The Spina Bifida Association's Scholarship Program offers several scholarships for students with Spina Bifida, spinal cord injuries, and other conditions.