2016 winners Elijah Ditchendorf and Jocelyn Hanrath.

Scholarship Applications Now Open to Students With ADHD

Written July 13, 2016

NCLD will be offering scholarships for graduating high school seniors once again this year, with two big changes.

First, we have broadened our eligibility requirements: students who have ADHD are now eligible to apply for both the Anne Ford Scholarship and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships. In the past, students have been able to apply for the scholarships if they have ADHD and an identified learning disability.

Beginning this year, students with ADHD will be able to apply regardless of their LD status. A student applying for either scholarship must provide current documentation of either an identified learning disability or a diagnosis of ADHD.

We made this change to reflect our mission to support all students with learning and attention issues.  

NCLD is pleased to expand the eligibility criteria beyond those who struggle with just LD,” said Sheldon Horowitz, NCLD’s senior director of learning resources and research. “Individuals with LD and ADHD often face very similar challenges. We’re confident that opening the award to greater numbers of applicants will help us showcase the potential and achievements of young adults as they transition to college and other postsecondary settings.”   

To get a full list of eligibility requirements, click here.  

In addition, the application process is now easier than ever. Students can apply for this year’s scholarships online, with no mail-in component. To see the online application portal, click here.

We hope the online application will allow students to monitor their progress more easily and get support from the accessibility features that the application portal provides.  

Students can submit applications beginning August 1. We must receive all applications and supporting materials by November 13.

 

Here’s more information about both scholarships:

Anne Ford Scholarship

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

The ideal Anne Ford Scholar is a student who

  • articulates his or her challenges 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 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
  • 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 and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan)
  • be a United States citizen

 

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD 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.

The ideal Allegra Ford Thomas Scholar

  • articulates his or her challenges 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
  • participates in school and community activities

To be eligible for the 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.
  • demonstrate financial need
  • provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan)
  • be a United States citizen

 

Application Components

  • Basic information form
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal achievement form
  • Personal statement
  • High school transcript
  • Financial statement form
  • Documentation of learning disability and/or ADHD
  • Photo

Questions? Please visit our scholarship FAQ. You can email specific questions to AFscholarship@ncld.org.

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