Until the end of the 20th century, students with Asperger's syndrome and other forms of autism had limited educational options. Since this time more educational opportunities have opened up in public schools and universities. However, financial aid programs based on their learning disabilities have not mirrored this trajectory. There are, however, a few grants and scholarships (as of 2010) that are awarded on the basis of learning disabilities.
Schwallie Family Scholarship Program
The Schwallie Family Scholarship Program is open to students with autism or Asperger's syndrome who have been admitted to a university, college, or vocational school in the United States. The scholarship consists of a one-time award of $3,000. To apply, students complete an application form on the Organization for Autism Research website, provide documentation of their Asperger's syndrome and their acceptance to a university, provide a letter of recommendation, and write an autobiographical essay of 1,000 words or less.
Organization for Autism Research
Attn: Schwallie Family Scholarship
2000 N. 14th Street, Suite 710
Arlington, VA 22201
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship Award
Sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), this scholarship awards $10,000 to a graduating high school senior with a learning disability who is pursuing an undergraduate degree. The application is available on the NCLD website.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
The Autism Society of America
The Autism Society of America offers two scholarships for college students: the CVS/"All Kids Can" Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Individual with Autism Award. The CVS/"All Kids Can" Scholarship award of $1,000 is given to three individuals with autism who have been accepted by a college or university. The Outstanding Individual with Autism Award is given to one individual with autism who has demonstrated exceptional achievement or effort.
4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 350
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
Every state has a vocational rehabilitation program to assist the disabled in finding careers. Vocational rehabilitation services can sometimes include aid for college-level study in order to make a disabled individual employable. To determine your eligibility, meet with a VR counselor in your state.
Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
1 Research Court, Suite 450
Rockville, MD 20850
301- 654 -8414
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