Ten Financial Aids for Students with Dyscalculia, Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020 by Editorial Team

Pursuing higher education is expensive. It could take a good chunk of fortune out of your pocket managing tuition costs, resources, transportation costs and living. To offset some burden, students generally seek alternative sources of funding, including grants, loans and scholarships. Fortunately, For students with learning disability such as Dyslexia and Dyscalculia,there are selective scholarship opportunities that they may apply to financially support their education.

We searched far and wide for programs and prepared a list of 10 that offers financial aid and scholarships to students with a learning disability. Explore some of the opportunities below.  Please note that some of the aids mentioned in this post are not yet open for registration but it is advisable to keep a check on the link to get the latest updates on applications.

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

Started in 2009, the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $2,500 one-time financial aid awarded to a graduating high school senior having a learning disability and/or ADHD by National Center for Learning Disabilities. Students who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall can apply for this scholarship.

In order to eligible for Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship, Applicant must be a US citizen who can provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan) and has utilized services, supports and/or accommodations. Other than that, He/She must demonstrate their financial needs by submitting their financial information.

Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Awards

Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement is a $1,000 award intended for students with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, or ADHD. The scholarship is sponsored by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities. In order to be eligible, the Applicant must provide documentation of an identified learning disability or ADHD. The nominator must provide a personal statement, supporting materials, documented proof of the candidate’s learning disability, and a recent photo of the nominee.

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Contact Information

Scholarship Administrator
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
38 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT 06880 United States


Pine Cone Foundation Scholarship

Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) is a private family foundation that presents multi-year financial assistance for students with learning disabilities. The scholarship is intended for students who wish to attend a California community college. Total aid could sum up to $3,500 over a period of 3 years.

It was founded in 2015 in the memory of a beloved family member that passed away. Every year, 6 applicants are awarded who is a graduating high school senior, plan to enroll at a CA community college, demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applications are accepted from February 15th to April 1st every year. The link will be posted when registrations are live. Check the application procedure here.

Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund

Joseph James Morelli Scholarship presents financial support to high school and college students with
dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or dyscalculia who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Fund is supported by a Scholarship Committee and an Advisory Committee. In 2018, the Fund awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships to 38 students around the country, including 5 Park City High School graduates. In order to apply, the Applicant must provide a recommendation letter from a teacher, counselor, or other school personnel, most current documentation of learning disability, and a recent transcript (official or unofficial). The scholarship amount will range from $500 to $2,500 and must be utilized for tuition costs, test fees, tools, and other resources. To apply, please go to morelli.smapply.io  for any updates and recent notifications.

Contact Information

Scholarship Committee,

P.O. Box 681499 Park City , UT 84068



Ralph D. Norman Scholarship

The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship is a $2,500 financial aid offered by the Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas for individuals with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in the fall at a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program.  A total number of five awards are presented every year. In order to be eligible, the Applicant must provide documentation of an identified learning disability such as Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, and ADHD. Students must be ineligible for SSI or SSD funding. The deadline is in early July.

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 Contact Information

Scholarship Committee

P.O. Box 23514, Little Rock, AR 72221



Bottar Leone Scholarship

Sponsored by the award-winning law firm, Bottar Leone PLLC, Bottar Leone Scholarship is a $2,500 financial aid awarded twice annually for high school graduates with physical or learning disabilities. The scholarship is intended to fulfill any financial barrier that a student may face during college such as tuition fees, books, tools, etc.

In order to be eligible, the Applicant must be US citizen with a documented physical or learning disability (students with ADD/ADHD alone are not eligible). Other than this, he must be a high school graduate with a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0+ on a 4-point scale (or equivalent). The student must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university or community college in the United States and must demonstrate financial need for the same. Applications for the Bottar Leone Scholarship should be postmarked no later than July 1st for the Fall semester, and December 1st for the Spring semester. Follow the link for updates on new registrations: http://www.bottarleone.com/physical-learning-scholarship.html

Contact Information

Bottar Law, PLLC, ATTN: Scholarship,

1600 AXA Tower II, 120 Madison Street,

Syracuse, NY 13202.

LEAD Foundation Dottie-Walker Scholarship

LEAD Foundation is a 501c3 organization that aims to support Colorado or Nevada students with a learning disability (i.e. dyslexia, ADHD, perceptual or communicative disability) by sponsoring a one-time $1,500 scholarship. The award is established in the honor of Dottie R. Walker. Applications are required to be submitted by March 1 every year.

To qualify for this scholarship, Applicant must:

  • Have a documented Specific Learning Disability (SLD) as defined by the LDA.
  • Reside in the state of Colorado or Nevada.
  • Plan to be enrolled full time in higher education in the coming year.
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  • A completed application.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who is aware of your self-advocacy.
  • Official, certified high school transcript.
  • Proof of a SLD from a certified professional, IEP or 504.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 2516, Colorado Springs, CO 80901



Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarshipsh

Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarship is a $2500 scholarship sponsored by Dyslexic Advantage. Sixteen scholarships are awarded every year to students within 2- or 4-year colleges, vocational, or technical schools with financial need. There is no minimum GPA or test scores required in order to eligible. Applicants, however, must have demonstrated financial need, dyslexia documentation, short statement and resume, and at least one successful term at the college level.

P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship

P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship is probably the best program for students with learning disabilities pursuing education in visual arts. The program aims to integrate arts into all educational programs better, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. High school seniors with artistic talent, documented learning disability (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia) and financial need can apply for this $1,000 (potentially renewable for up to three additional years for a 4-year college ) scholarship.

Contact Information

P. Buckley Moss Society
74 Poplar Grove Lane
Mathews, VA 23109 United States 

Phone: (800) 430-1320

JCS Newhoff Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to Jewish high school seniors with a documented diagnosed learning disability. Students from the Baltimore Metro Area who are planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university can apply.
The scholarship is administered by Central Scholarship. In order to be eligible, the Applicant must demonstrate financial need. Moreover, He/She must have good academic potential and involvement in extracurricular activities within the Jewish community.

Contact Information

JCS Newhoff Scholarship
5750 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 466-9200

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