Students who have a parent with a disability can face a challenging and uncertain time paying for college. There are many national resources available however to help students through realizing their academic and career dreams through scholarships and grants. Here are several that may be suited to your needs:
The MS Scholarship Program
This opportunity is available for US high school students who have parents afflicted by MS and who are intending to enroll part or full-time in a two or four-year college or university. The award is a renewable and the dependent upon financial need and academic achievement. The scholarship deadline is January 15, 2017. You can find more information online.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
This is an opportunity that offers one $4,000 scholarship to students whose parents have battled it in the past or who is currently battling cancer. Applicants must demonstrate academic competitiveness with a minimum GPA of 3.0, be a US citizen and enrolled at full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program of study at an accredited two or four-year college or university. Candidates can submit a completed package including the online application, transcripts, proof of current enrollment and two letters of recommendation. A short personal activity resume is also requested. There are two deadlines December 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018. You can find more information online.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship
The opportunity offers ten awards ranging between $500 – $1,000 to dependents of paralyzed veterans. Eligible applicants will be US citizens, unmarried, under the age of 24 and enrolled either full or part-time at an accredited two or four-year college or university. Candidate should complete an application form and mail it to Paralyzed Veterans of America. The scholarship deadline is June 17, 2017. You can find more information here:
Millie Brother Scholarship
Presented by Children of Deaf Adults (CODA), the Millie Brother Scholarship offers two renewable $3,000 awards to hearing students whose parents are deaf. Reapplication is required each year. Candidates will submit an application package that includes the completed application, personal essay, transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Application packets may be submitted by mail or email. The scholarship deadline is always the first Friday in April.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness/Law School Scholarship
This scholarship offers one $1,000 award to a student who has had a parent afflicted with Leukemia or Lymphoma and who is intending to study law. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and proof of current law studies or an enrollment letter to prove it’s imminent. Candidates should submit a completed online application and a 1-3 page personal essay describing personal experiences with Leukemia or Lymphoma. The application deadline is July 31, 2017. Look online for more information.