Scholarship and Intership Opportunities
The Disability Resources office will post scholarship or internship opportunities that are specific to students with disabilities on this page. We post these in an effort to make these opportunities available to the largest number of people possible; however, please note that we usually will not have any other information beyond what is posted here. For more specifics on each opportunity, please utilize the contact information supplied for each opportunity.
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Information on Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Three excellent guides about financial aid that target information and resources specific to students with disabilities are:
Creating Options guide for students with disabilities (accessible PDF format) from George Washington University
College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities guide from DO-IT at the University of Washington
The following pages have lists of scholarships available for students with disabilities:
- Proyecto Vision
- Scholarship Workshop
- Michigan State University
General Disability-Related Scholarships
- Incight Scholarship
- SOU is proud to be the first OUS institution to commit to providing a matching scholarship for Incight scholars! There are four matching scholarships available.
- Specific to nursing students with a disability
- disABLED Person, Inc.
- Horatio Alger Association Scholarship
- RISE Scholarship Foundation
- Jewish Guild for the Blind Scholarship
- National Federation of the Blind
- American Federation of the Blind Scholarship
- Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Christian Record Services for the Blind Scholarship
Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Sertoma Scholarship
- Minnie Pear EAR Scholarship
- Alexander Graham Bell Association Scholarships
- Mille Brother Scholarship for Children of Deaf Adults
- National Amputation Foundation Scholarship
- 1800Wheelchair.com Scholarship
- AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship:
- A $1000 scholarship that is offered to full time college students who use wheelchairs
- Silver Cross Scholarship
- Just Walkers Mobility Scholarship:
- A $1000 scholarship for students with mobility disabilities
- BrickHouse Security Scholarship:
- A $10,000 scholarship for former law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty
- Will to Win Scholarship for High School Seniors with Asthma
- Award of Excellence from American Associates of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
- Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation
- UCB Family Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation
- Autism Society of America
- Center for Reintegration Scholarship for Psychological Disabilities
- Violet & Cyril Frank Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation:
- Graduate funding for projects to reduce stigma of mental illness
- Billy Barty Foundation:
- Scholarships and other assistance for Little People
- Little People of America Scholarship Committee
THE WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The White House Internship Program offers an excellent opportunity to serve our President and explore public service. We are seeking exceptional candidates to apply for this highly competitive program. In addition to typical office duties, interns attend weekly lectures, tours, and complete an intern service project.
Interns may serve a term in the Fall, Spring or Summer. Every candidate must be a United States citizen, enrolled in a college or university, and at least 18 years of age.
Application and information can be found at: White House Internship Program
ENTRY POINT - PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS and CO-OPS
for STUDENTS with DISABILITIES
- A student who has any type of disability
- Has a major in engineering, sciences, math, computer science, MIS, economics, business
- A continuing undergraduate or graduate student (freshman through doctorate)
- Has a B average GPA or higher
- Is a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident (green card)
- ENTRY POINT is a program that recruits, and helps to place, students with disabilities into paid internships and co-op programs in industry and government agencies.
- ENTRY POINT serves as a talent scout and matchmaker. Students send application materials to the ENTRY POINT program. ENTRY POINT recommends students to employers. Offers are made directly to students by the employers, through their regular internship programs. These are not "segregated" or "special" internships.
- ENTRY POINT is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the world's largest non-profit professional organizations of and for scientists, engineers, mathematicians, policymakers, and educators. AAAS has won awards for its 30-year history of opening doors of opportunity for students and professionals who have disabilities.
Currently, employers include:
- Merck Pharmaceutical Co.
- Lockheed Martin
- National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- Internship sites exist in many places across the U.S.
Employers provide competitive salaries, workplace accommodations, and/or assistive technology as needed, and onsite mentors who advise students on career planning. Some employers provide housing assistance for interns who relocate for the summer.
- ENTRY POINT Success Rate is over 90%. Among ENTRY POINT alums, over 90% are currently working in good jobs in their fields or are pursuing advanced graduate degrees of their choice.
- A productive internship or co-op now (before graduation) helps with job-seeking later (after graduation). A successful internship or co-op gives potential employers and interviewers demonstrated evidence that the student with a disability can succeed in the workplace, as well as in school. Students with disabilities have found that internships through ENTRY POINT open doors to their careers and/or advanced graduate programs.
As soon as possible. Opportunities for summer internships fill up rapidly, so the sooner the better.
The placement rate is about 50% overall.