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The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities (LD) who are pursuing post-secondary education. The Anne Ford Scholarship was first awarded in 2002; in 2009, with a generous donation from Anne’s daughter, Allegra, the award was renamed the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship and granted to two students.

We now offer two separate scholarships, the Anne Ford Scholarship and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship.

Anne Ford Scholarship

The 2012-2013 deadline has passed. Check back in the summer for information on the 2013-2014 scholarship!

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2013. The ideal Anne Ford Scholar is a student who:

  • Articulates his or her LD and clearly demonstrates the importance of self-advocacy
  • Is committed to completing a four-year college degree and has begun to set realistic career goals
  • Participates in school and community activities
  • Has demonstrated academic achievements consistent with college and career goals
  • Plans to contribute to society in ways that increase opportunities for individuals with LD
  • Excels as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with LD

To be eligible for the 2012-2013 Anne Ford Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2012
  • Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability
  • Please Note: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder alone is not considered to be a learning disability; eligible candidates with AD/HD must also provide documentation of a specific learning disability.
  • Be a United States citizen

Requirements to apply include:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • High school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Financial statement
  • Standardized test scores
  • Proof of LD














 

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

The 2012-2013 deadline has passed. Check back in the summer for information on the 2013-2014 scholarship!

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $2,500 one-time scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD in the fall of 2013. The ideal Allegra Ford Thomas Scholar is a student who:

  • Articulates his or her LD and recognizes the need for self-advocacy
  • Is committed to post-high school academic study/career training and has begun to set realistic career goals
  • Has demonstrated perseverance and is committed to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of LD
  • Participates in school and community activities
  • Demonstrates financial need

To be eligible for the 2012-2013 Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a two-year community college, a vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with LD in the fall of 2012
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability
  • Please Note: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder alone is not considered to be a learning disability; eligible candidates with AD/HD must also provide documentation of a specific learning disability.
  • Be a United States citizen

    Requirements to apply include:

    • Application form, including structured question-and-answer section
    • High school transcript
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Financial statement
    • Proof of LD

     

    Read about the 2013 winners of the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships.

    Read about the 2012 winners of the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships.

    Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships.