Listing of College ADHD ScholarshipsWhen you are searching for ADHD scholarships for college, be sure to widen your search to include scholarships available for learning disabilities. You may also want to explore private scholarships that have nothing to do with your ADHD. For example, you might be eligible for scholarships depending on your study interests and career goals, ethnic background, religious affiliation, extracurricular activities, military experience and your parents’ place of employment. If you are employed or volunteering, ask your company if they offer scholarships.
Many organizations such as the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Rotary International, Elks Club, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts also offer scholarships. Major labor unions such as the AFLCIO and Teamsters offer scholarships for members and their dependent children. Your church or synagogue may even have scholarships. Check with your Chamber of Commerce to see what they may have available, as well. Your local state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency is another resource that may be able to assist in your scholarship search. Click on State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to find the contact information for your state VR office.
The Financial Aid office at the colleges you are considering is often the best resource for scholarship information. These financial aid counselors will be familiar with local, state, and private sources of funding. You can also try general scholarship search engines on the Internet such as Fast Web, Scholarship.com, Peterson’s Scholarship Search, and College Board's Scholarship Search.
Below is a listing of scholarships available to students with ADHD.
List of ADHD Scholarships
Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships
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. 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.
Contact: National Center for Learning Disabilities
Phone: (888) 575-7373
High school seniors are not eligible for this competition. Applicants need to be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited college or university in the US and actively taking a minimum of 12 credits to be eligible. Scholarship award amount is $750.
Contact: disABLEdperson Inc.
Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award
This This $1,000 award recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. It will be given to a student 19 or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field—including art, music, science, math, athletics or community service. Honorable Mentions will also be awarded.
Contact: Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Phone: (203) 226-6831
The Incight Go-Getter Scholarship is a $750 award that is renewable each year and is for students with physical, learning, cognitive, hearing or visual disabilities.
Phone: (971) 244-0305
Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa
Available to Iowa high school seniors. The Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa awards three $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors with learning disabilities.
Contact: Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa
Phone: (712) 274-5136
Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award
To be eligible for the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award applicant must have a specific learning disability, be registered with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) for at least one year prior to application, demonstrate leadership, enterprise, and service skills, and have an overall minimum "B" grade average. RFB&D presents the three top winners $6,000 each and three special honors winners $2,000 each.
Contact: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Phone: (866) 732-3585
To help young adults with ADHD, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) offers the Moulton-Farnsworth Scholarship. Named for Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis' grandparents, who instilled in her a love of learning, the scholarship offers two students $1,000 each toward college tuition. To submit an application or learn more about the Moulton-Farnsworth Scholarship, go to the ADDA website at ADD.org
Contact: Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Phone: (800) 939-1019
Novotni Scholarship Fund
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) established the Novotni College Scholarship Fund to assist college students with ADHD. The Scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Michele Novotni and her work in the field of ADHD.
Contact: Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Phone: (800) 939-1019
P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship
Scholarships of at least $1,500 will be awarded to one or more high school seniors with financial need, a certified specific language-related learning disability, and artistic talent who plan a career in visual arts. Scholarships are potentially renewable for up to three additional years. Nominations for the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship can be made only by members of the P. Buckley Moss Society.
Contact: P. Buckley Moss Society
Phone: (540) 932-1728
Ralph D. Norman Scholarship Award
Available to Arkansas residents only. The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship fund was established to provide assistance to young adults with learning disabilities so they may obtain success in furthering their education. Two scholarships are awarded, each in the amount of $500.
Contact: Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas
Phone: (501) 666-8777
Rise Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
RiSE is a non-profit foundation that serves as a resource for high school students with learning disabilities. In addition, each year RISE gives high school students across the country the opportunity to be selected for a national scholarship. The mission of RISE and its annual scholarships is to reward students with learning disabilities, who have shown determination, self-advocacy and success in overcoming their difficulties and are pursuing post-secondary education.
Contact: Rise Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Saralu Belkofer Scholarship
In order to apply for the Sarulu Belkofer Scholarship, applicants must be 1) a senior in high school or involved in post-secondary education; 2) they must have a learning disability; and 3) they must submit a written essay (maximum of 400 words) in which they explain why they should be chosen as the scholarship recipient. In addition to a $2,000 annual scholarship fund, recipients will be given the option to become a student of Internet marketing and he or she will receive guidance through an ongoing internship, if interested. Scholarship recipients are not required to take part in the internship, nor are they required to have any desire to consider Internet marketing as a profession.
Contact: Lumin Consulting
Phone: (334) 544-9490
Shire ADHD Scholarship Program
This unique college scholarship program for students with ADHD is offered from Shire in partnership with the Edge Foundation. Fifty graduating high school seniors who will be pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school or technical school in the fall will receive a $2,000 cash award and a full year of pre-paid Edge Coaching services to help ease the transition from high school to the higher education environment. Details available at www.ShireADHDScholarship.com.
Phone: (855) 474-4732 or 1-800-828-2088
The Transition and Communication Consortium on Learning and Disabilities (TACCLD) awards two LD scholarships. The Hal Hazelett Scholarship for an LD student who is pursuing an education degree and/or a math degree and The Brownell Family Scholarship for students with ADHD. Each scholarship award is for the amount of $1,000.
Contact: Transition and Communication Consortium on Learning and Disabilities
Phone: (419) 499-4663 ext. 357
Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship
Available to students who enroll in a State University System of Florida institution. The Johnson Scholarship, funded by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, is a competitively awarded program which is available to undergraduate students with disabilities with financial need who enroll in a State University System of Florida (SUS) institution. The dollar amount of the award is contingent upon the level of funding from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation and the Florida Legislature.
Contact: Johnson Scholarship Foundation
Phone: (561) 659-2005