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U.S. Learning Disabilities Scholarships

  • Published: 2009-09-13 (Revised/Updated 2016-06-13) : Author: Barry Jones
  • Synopsis: A list of available learning disabilities scholarships for school and college students with a learning disability.

Quote: "Always read the application documents carefully as Autism, Asperger's syndrome, hearing loss, intellectual disabilities, mental health disorders, ADD or ADHD by itself sometimes do not qualify as learning disabilities for scholarship purposes."

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This list presents a short list of scholarships for students with learning disabilities in the United States.

Due to the large and growing number of students who claim to be learning disabled, such scholarship awards are often highly competitive.

NOTE: Often the criteria for a Learning Disability Scholarship states that the primary disability of a person must be a learning disability such as auditory processing, dysgraphia (writing), executive functions, visual processing, reading, dyscalculia (math), dyspraxia (motor skills), etc. Always read the application documents carefully as Autism, Asperger's syndrome, hearing loss, intellectual disabilities, mental health disorders, ADD or ADHD by itself sometimes do not qualify as learning disabilities for scholarship purposes.

U.S. Learning Disability Scholarships

National Center for Learning Disabilities - Anne Ford Scholarship

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who will be pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree. Financial data: The $10,000 scholarship will be paid in four yearly installments. The ideal candidates are high school seniors who have faced the challenges of having a learning disability; are committed to completing a college degree and setting career goals. Website:

Pilot International Foundation Scholarships

The Pilot International Foundation sponsors three scholarship programs, The Becky Burrows Memorial Scholarship, The Marie Newton Sepia Memorial Scholarship, and The Pilot International Foundation Scholarship. Applicants for these scholarships must be preparing for, or already involved in, careers working with people with disabilities/brain related disorders. They must have and maintain a GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and a 4.01 on a 5.0 scale. In addition, the Foundation administers Pilot International's Ruby Newhall Memorial Scholarship which is awarded to International students studying in the US and Canada. Applicants must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Website:

Other Learning Disability Scholarships

National Society of the DAR/Margaret Howard Hamilton Scholarship

A $1000 award for a high school senior accepted to the Ben Caudle Learning Center at the University of the Ozarks. This scholarship is renewal for a 4 year period. Contact: NSDAR Administration Building, 1776 D. Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Anne & Matt Harbison

The Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors with a certified language-related learning disability. This award is for post-secondary education and you must be nominated by a P. Buckley Moss Society member to be eligible for this award. Website:

The Marion Huber Learning Through ListeningĀ® (LTLĀ®) Awards

Each year, the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening (LTL) awards are presented to Learning Ally members who are high school seniors with learning disabilities, in recognition of academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and service to others. The awards are given to six students who are chosen by a selection committee. Learning Ally presents the three top winners $6,000 each and three special honors winners $2,000 each. The three top winners will be presented with their awards at an event to be announced. Further information including eligibility requirements can be found at:

P. Buckley Moss Society Cary Scholarship

This Memorial Scholarship is given to students who plan to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in special education. Contact: P. Buckley Moss Foundation, 152 P. Buckley Moss Dr., Waynesboro, VA 22098.

P. Buckley Moss Society Habison Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors with language-related learning disabilities. Contact: P. Buckley Moss Foundation, 152 P. Buckley Moss Dr., Waynesboro, VA 22098.

Recording for the Blind/Learning through Listening

Three scholarships of $3,000 for learning disabled students. Selection based on academic achievement, leadership, enterprise, and service to others - not financial need. Contact: Recording for the Blind/Learning through Listening, Att: Lorraine Grestry, 20 Rozelle Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Ralph G. Norman Scholarship

The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas offers this scholarship. Contact:Ralph G. Norman Scholarship, LDAA, 7509 Cantrell Road #103C, Little Rock, AR. 72207

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