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Students with a variety of medical conditions are eligible to receive some scholarship money to help defray the cost of their college education. These conditions span the gamut from cystic fibrosis to cancer to neurodegenerative disorders. Below are some scholarships that students with medical conditions may want to consider:
Scholarships for Pediatric Cancer Survivors is offered by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Some of these scholarships are only open to survivors of specific types of cancer while other scholarships are open to any child who had a life-threatening illness in their teen to early adult years.
American Cancer Society Youth Scholarship Award Program is open to cancer survivors who demonstrate financial need. Students can reach out to one of the regional divisions for funding (i.e., Midwest Division Scholarship). In order to be eligible, students must have been diagnosed prior to their 21st birthday and be young than 25 when they apply for the scholarship. They must live in a state within their regional division and be accepted to a college. Applicants must also complete the FAFSA. Winners are selected based on severity of financial need, leadership abilities, community service, and a commitment to pursuing their educational and career goals. More information is available here: http://www.cancer.org/myacs/midwest/youthscholarship.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) offers six scholarships annually to young students who have been diagnosed with MS and other students. More information can be found on MSAA’s website, which can be found here: http://www.mymsaa.org/.
Kevin’s Child Scholarships are offered through the National Hemophilia Foundation. This award provides $1,000 worth of funding to students enrolling at a vocational school or university. More information about this scholarship, as well as other scholarships for students diagnosed with bleeding disorders can be found at: http://www.hemophilia.org/Community-Resources/Scholarships.
SpinLife “Innovation in Motion” Scholarship provides scholarships to students who use wheelchairs. The award is for $500 and applicants are selected based on merit and creativeness. In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older. In addition, they must be attending a four-year institution of higher education and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. Students must be citizens of the United States of have a student visa that is not expired. In addition, they must use a wheelchair. More information is available at: http://www.spinlife.com/scholarship/.
Claude S. Weiler Scholarships for Amputee College Students provides awards of $500 to students who have had a major limb amputated. Students are required to obtain proof from a physician that they have had an amputation and also a letter from the college they attend confirming enrollment. Students must also write a brief letter and send along their transcripts. Applications must be received prior to the August 31st deadline. More information about this award is available at: http://nationalamputation.org/scholar1.html.
Many other scholarships exist for students with specific medical conditions. Students may want to consider checking with their financial aid office about available opportunities. Additional grants can be easily found by searching online for grants related to the student’s specific medical condition.
Author: Jeff Gitlen