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The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships FAQ

Which one of the scholarships should I apply for? Can I apply for both?
Apply for the one scholarship that best fits your post-high school plans. If you are planning to attend a four-year college, apply for the Anne Ford Scholarship. If you are planning to attend a two-year community college, vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with LD, apply for the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship. Do not apply for both scholarships.

I have a disability but do not have LD. Am I eligible for the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?
To be eligible for our scholarships, you must have documentation of a “specific learning disability” (LD) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. You are welcome to apply if you have a specific learning disability in addition to other disorders that impact learning, as long as you provide documentation of your LD. (Please note: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) alone is not sufficient to qualify for these awards.)

What should I submit as documentation of my learning disability?
Please submit your most recent IEP, 504 plan or LD assessment/evaluation report. If you have questions about whether your documentation is sufficient, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for guidance.

I am not sure if I “demonstrate financial need.” Is there a family income limit to apply for the scholarship?
No, there is no set limit on income. Each applicant’s financial situation is carefully reviewed, taking into account any unique circumstances, combined family income, other sources of financial relief, available assets, number of dependents, etc. If you and your family believe that scholarship money is needed to pay for college, we encourage you to apply. If there is additional information about your family’s financial situation that is not captured by the Financial Statement form, feel free to attach a separate page describing your circumstances.

I am still waiting to make a final decision about where I am going to go to college. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?
Yes. Many (if not most) students, will not have heard back from colleges as of the December 31st postmark cut-off date for application submission. Others will have received acceptances but not made the decision about where to attend. And still others will postpone making a decision until hearing about financial aid and scholarship offers. There is no need to wait until your college plans are finalized. Apply for one of our scholarships as soon as you can gather all the required information.

Who should I ask to write my three letters of recommendation?
The best recommendations are from people who know you well and can speak about your struggles and triumphs with LD. If you are applying to the Anne Ford Scholarship, at least one of your letters of recommendation must be from a teacher. Teachers, guidance counselors, tutors, coaches, are fine, as are volunteer activity coordinators or job supervisors. Letters of recommendation from immediate family members are discouraged.

I have a learning disability and will be attending a post-secondary program in the fall, but I have been working for a few years since my graduation from high school. Can I apply for a scholarship?
No. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors in the year that they apply. You can find a list of resources on Financial Aid and Scholarships for Students with LD or look for information about other scholarship and financial aid programs on NCLD’s online Resource Locator.

I am graduating from high school this year but I am planning to take a “gap year” and defer my admission to college for a year. Am I eligible for the scholarships?
No. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors intending to enroll in a post-secondary program in the fall of 2013.

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