Scholarships for Blind Students, Super-Techie Girls, Emerging Disabled Leaders and More

Check out several upcoming scholarship opportunities below. The awards are for students with visual impairments or other disabilities, high school girls who excel in computing (like adaptive tech!), emerging leaders with disabilities and students majoring in disability or health services. All awards have deadlines that are fast-approaching!

For a longer list of academic awards specifically for blind or visually impaired students, contact Amber at the LightHouse Resource Center: 415-604-7363 or

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The San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind, $2,500 Alice Chavez Pardini Education Advancement Grant

This local award is for a student in grades 6-12, college, graduate school, or a certificate program who lives in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, or San Mateo counties and who can best demonstrate the need to improve his or her educational or employment opportunities.

Deadline: October 31, 2010

Contact Charlie Dorris 415-775-0487 or Ellie Lee 415-378-6079

National Federation for the Blind Scholarships

Over 30 different cash awards for blind students, high school through graduate school.

Deadline: March 31, 2011

410-659-9314, extension 2415

California Association for Post-Secondary Education and Disability Scholarships

CAPED offers several different awards for students in California, including students with learning disabilities, visually impaired students, students in a four-year degree program, students who have exhibited civic leadership and more.

Deadline: October 8, 2010

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Hearne Leadership Award Applications

Award is given in recognition of outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy and dedication to and for the broader disability community. Two individuals, who are emerging as leaders in the cross-disability civil rights movement, will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress and further connect their work with the national outreach of AAPD. The recipients of the 2011 Hearne Leadership Awards will also star in a short documentary film about their work and have an opportunity to attend and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC.

Deadline: October 1, 2010

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program 2010–2011

AAHD’s scholarship program supports students with disabilities in higher education. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in public health, health promotion or disability studies, including disability policy and disability research. Scholarships are limited to under $1,000.

Deadline: November 15, 2010

The National Center for Women & Information Technology

NCWIT seeks to recognize high school women with outstanding achievements and aspirations in computing and technology through the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Winners receive $500 in cash, a laptop computer, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an engraved award for both the student and the student’s school

Deadline: October 15, 2010