The following is a list of grants from other organizations intended to help special needs people with their  education expenses. The list is updated as we are made aware of changes, so please check the granting sources web site for the most current grant opportunities and application process.

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $2,500 one-time scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD in the fall of 2015. The ideal Allegra Ford Thomas Scholar is a student who:

  • Articulates his or her LD and recognizes the need for self-advocacy
  • Is committed to post-high school academic study/career training and has begun to set realistic career goals
  • Has demonstrated perseverance and is committed to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of LD
  • Participates in school and community activities
  • Demonstrates financial need

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2015. The ideal Anne Ford Scholar is a student who:

  • Articulates his or her LD and clearly demonstrates the importance of self-advocacy
  • Is committed to completing a four-year college degree and has begun to set realistic career goals
  • Participates in school and community activities
  • Has demonstrated academic achievements consistent with college and career goals
  • Plans to contribute to society in ways that increase opportunities for individuals with LD
  • Excels as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with LD

Financial Support Awards provide financial relief up to $1,000 for individuals with ASD and their families to help cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as housing, utilities, car repair, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis.

Individuals medically diagnosed with ASD and their family members who have experienced at least one of the following qualifying events in the last 90 days are eligibly to apply:

  • Natural disaster: fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, severe storm or earthquake
  • Death or critical illness in the immediate family
  • Loss of home through foreclosure, eviction or natural disaster
  • Termination of employment for the primary income-earner

Autism Society of America, Inc.

4340 E.W. Hwy., Ste. 350
Bethesda, MD 20814-4411
301-657-0881
www.autism-society.org

CVS/All Kids Can Scholars Program
The program provides a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a qualified individual with autism to be applied toward the completion of an accredited, postsecondary educational or vocational program of study (e.g., college, trade school, etc.). The scholarship is available to an individual with autism who has successfully met all the requirements for admission into an accredited post-secondary program of study..

Individuals may not apply for the program. Autism Speaks encourages individuals with autism to contact colleges, vocational/technical schools and transition programs in order to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
 
This program accepts applications from two- and four-year colleges as well as vocational/technical schools and transition programs to provide scholarship funding to individuals with autism and to ultimately increase the number of participants on the spectrum.
 
There will be a strong focus on how the college or program conducts outreach to potential scholarship recipients and how the college or program prepares participants for post-college life, i.e. employability skills, inclusion, job placement, and transition to the workforce.

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Fund

Georgia only
http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/sb10.aspx

$2500 to $13,500 for tuition for college. Check website for eligiblity.

The Organization for Autism Research is pleased to invite applications from persons with an autism diagnosis (DSM-IV or later criteria) pursuing full-time, post-secondary, undergraduate education or vocational-technical training in any of the following:

  • Four-year undergraduate college or university
  • Two-year undergraduate college
  • Trade, technical or vocational school
  • Cooperative life skills programs

Applicants must choose between one of the following options:

  • The Schwallie Family Scholarship for higher-functioning students
  • The Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship to support students with more severe autism diagnoses

RiSE Scholarship Foundation

http://risescholarshipfoundation.org/

The RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit resource and scholarship opportunity for high school students who learn differently.