Eligibility Requirements

The Disability Care Center is proud to offer scholarship opportunities that can help further the education of American college students who are either disabled or seeking a degree in special education. All applicants who apply for one of our scholarship programs must satisfy our set of requirements to ensure they are full-time students in pursuit of a college degree. To be eligible for any of our scholarship programs, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

 

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The applicant must be enrolled in a U.S. college institution.

 

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The applicant must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of classes for the upcoming fall semester.

 

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The applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.5 from their most recent transcript (college or high school).

 

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The applicant must have one letter of recommendation from a creditable source.

 

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The applicant must be a legal resident of the United States.

 

Accreditation & Documentation

All of the requirements above must be validated with the proper documentation. The applicant will need to submit the documentation as part of the application for the scholarship. Essentially we will need a copy of the applicant’s:

  • College acceptance letter or college ID
  • Upcoming fall class schedule (confirming 12 credit hours or more)
  • Most recent transcript (college or high school)
  • Valid ID or documentation confirming legal residency (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

 

Short Essay & Selection Process

All scholarships we offer require an applicant to write a short essay between 500 and 1,500 words. Essay topics vary depending on the scholarship and are judged by our team of senior disability advocates based on originality, writing style, quality of content, and degree of research (if applicable). The essay portion is the bulk of the application and is used to determine the winner of a scholarship.

All applications should be submitted via email no later than the application deadline. Once the application period has closed our judges will read all of the essays and choose winners by the third week of August. Winners will be published on the scholarship page and promoted on our social media accounts. The winners will receive a one-time award paid directly to the institution they are currently attending. The award must used to finance educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, housing, travel costs, meal plans, etc.

 

How To Apply

Compose Your Essay

Write an essay based on the topic provided for the scholarship you are applying for. Each scholarship has its own topic and all essays should be between 500 and 1,500 words.

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Gather Documentation

Once you’ve completed your essay and feel it’s ready for submission gather all the documents that go along with the application. Some scholarships require additional documents so check to make sure you have all the documentation for the scholarship you are applying for.

Submit Online and Relax

Submit your application, essay, and other additional information and documents required to scholarship@disabilitycarecenter.org. After the application period has closed our judges will choose the winners by the end of August and notify winners by September.

 

Disability Care Center's Scholarships

The Disabled Student Scholarship


This scholarship program is for students who have a debilitating condition(s) while continuing their education at a college institution. The condition can be any medically diagnosed impairment (physical or mental) that interferes with everyday activities and quality of life. The applicant will need to provide a physician’s statement of diagnosis for their impairment in addition to the other required documentation. Applicants who are pursuing a masters degree or higher are only required to be taking 9 credit hours or more for the upcoming fall semester.

Scholarship Amount: $500

Application Deadline: August 1st

Essay Topic: Describe an obstacle or hardship that arose due to your condition and how you were able to overcome it. Explain the impact it has had on your life and how it will influence you in the future.


 

The Special Education Scholarship


This scholarship program is for students who are majoring in special education. The applicant is required to have a major in special education and must be scheduled to take at least one major-required class in the upcoming fall semester. We will need additional documentation confirming the applicant is currently a special education major as well as a copy of their schedule showing at least one major-required class. This scholarship is for undergraduate students only.

Scholarship Amount: $500

Application Deadline: August 1st

Essay Topic: Explain why you are pursuing a degree in special education and how you plan to make a difference in the lives of the disabled.