Scholarships & Awards

NCLD recognizes outstanding high school students with learning and attention issues, general education teachers, schools or school-related programs and artists of all ages who have LD.

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 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 as two separate scholarships.

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Allegra Ford Thomas 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 2015. 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 2015 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 2015
  • 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

Past Winners of the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship:

Download the 2015 Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Application

Download application

Application Requirements:

  • Application form, including structured question-and-answer section
  • High school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Financial statement
  • Proof of LD
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Anne Ford 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 2015. 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 2015 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 2015
  • 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

Past Winners of the Anne Ford Scholarship:

Download the 2015 Anne Ford Scholarship Application.

Download application

Application Requirements:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • High school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Financial statement
  • Standardized test scores
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Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award

NCLD’s Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award was created by NCLD’s Board of Directors in 2000 to honor the organization’s founders by recognizing schools that are successful in addressing the learning and social/emotional needs of students with learning disabilities (LD) and other students who struggle with learning.

This award is intended to help the recipient school expand programmatic and staff development activities that incorporate effective data-based decision-making practices and progress monitoring activities into classroom and school-wide practice. As of 2010, both public schools and independent schools are eligible for recognized with an award. Eligible public school programs must have met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the most recent school year.

Preference is given to schools that serve underprivileged and under-served communities, and programs that have demonstrated unique impact on students with LD.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The ideal candidates for this nomination are schools or school-related program that are committed to excellence in education for all students, including those with learning disabilities, and have demonstrated:

  • Extraordinary learning and social/behavioral student outcomes
  • A commitment to data-based decision making and student progress monitoring
  • Demonstrated K-12 transition planning activities that will facilitate student advancement and lead to a regular high school diploma
  • Ongoing staff development and opportunities for professional growth that enhance accountability and promote better student outcomes

For the public school award, only schools that have met Adequate Yearly Progress goals will be considered.

Selection process

Members of the NCLD Team, in consultation with members of the NCLD Board of Directors, will review all qualified applications and select the winners of this annual award.

Award presentation

The awards will be announced at NCLD’s Annual “Celebrating Our Schools” Luncheon. Members of the school/program community will be invited to attend this event and accept the award.

Award benefits and obligations

The award is a cash prize of $2,500 per school, in addition to gift certificates for educational products from leading companies including Brookes Publishing and Voyager Sopris Learning

  • This award is to be spent in ways that support and enhance student success.
  • Each school’s efforts and accomplishments will be featured in NCLD communications and through other media opportunities.

Past winners of the Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award:

2012
The Churchill School and Center
New York, New York
The High School for Excellence and Innovation
New York, New York

2011
Public School 380 – The John Wayne Elementary School
Brooklyn, New York
The Stephen Gaynor School
New York, New York

2010
Public School 164 – Caesar Rodney Elementary School
Brooklyn, New York
The Gateway Schools
New York, New York

2009
Public School 48
P.O. Michael J. Buczek School
New York, New York

2008
Public School 244
Dual Language School for International Studies
Brooklyn, New York

2007
Public School 149
Christa McAuliffe School
Jackson Heights, New York

2006
Public School 112
The Jose Barbosa School
New York, New York

2005
Aragon Elementary School
Fountain, Colorado

2004
Muskegon High School
Muskegon, Michigan

2003
Muhlenberg Elementary School
Allentown, Pennsylvania

2002
Edison Elementary School
New York, New York

2001
Community Action School
New York, New York

2000
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School
Bronx, New York

For additional information, contact:
Email: programs@ncld.org

Submission process

Only schools in the New York City metropolitan area are being considered for review at this time. Recommendations for consideration should be sent  to programs@ncld.org. Submissions should include documentation (and links) to:

  • Most current performance data (e.g., report cards) documenting AYP status and specific  examples of student achievement gains
  • School community demographics
  • Policies and practices regarding special education
  • Specific activities and approaches that support the needs of all students, including students with LD and their families

 

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Bill Ellis Award

The Bill Ellis Award is presented annually to a general education teacher or other professional who demonstrates excellence in practice and a commitment to all students, including those with learning disabilities.

Established in 1996, the award honors Bill Ellis, a great humanitarian, educator and visionary who served as NCLD’s director of professional services from 1991 until his death in 1995.

It was Bill’s vision in the field of learning disabilities that framed much of what NCLD has become. He led the organization by collaborating with other learning disabilities organizations and establishing a growing presence on a national level; he recognized the importance of early intervention for children with learning disabilities; he valued the roles that general educators play in the lives of children with learning disabilities; and he helped create the first of NCLD’s highly respected national summits: The 1994 summit, an event that presented learning disabilities to the highest levels of government.

In May 1996, Bill’s last great undertaking was realizing NCLD’s National Summit on Teacher Preparation. Although sadly, Bill was not able to attend the summit, it was his idea and dream to establish a forum where general and special educators could join together to shape the future of teaching.

Bill saw beyond the world of learning disabilities and recognized the need to reach all educators.

Past Winners of the Bill Ellis Award:

2013 – John Carruth
Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs and Projects for the Vail Unified School District
Tucson, AZ

2012 – Dr. Lydia Carlis
Chief of Research and Innovation, AppleTree Institute
Washington, DC

2011 – Karin Lewis
Reading Specialist, Hill Elementary School
West Aurora, Illinois

2010 – Thomas Komp
Principal, Boulevard Elementary School
Gloversville, New York

2009 – Evelyn Rivera, M.Ed.
Professional Development Resource Teacher
School District of Lee County, Florida

2008 – Judy Elliott
Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, California

2007 – Kimberly Weber
Principal, Chavez Elementary School
Long Beach, California

2006 – Joyce Bannerot
Popham Elementary School
Del Valle, Texas

2005 – Jennifer Combs
Whitney Elementary School
Boise, Idaho

2004 – Cathy Graf
Charlotte Park Elementary School
Nashville, Tennessee

2003 – Brian Coffey
William H. Kelso Elementary School
Inglewood, California

2002 – Francine N.K. Cummings
Scottdale Child Development Center
Scottdale, Georgia

2001 – Sandi Apuna
Superstition Springs Elementary School
Mesa, Arizona

2000 – Mary Hailes
Seaton Elementary School
Washington, DC

1999 – Lisa Mosier
Frances Starms Early Childhood Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1998 – Peggy Couch
Antioch Middle School
Overland Park, Kansas

1997 – Luis Velazquez
Roger C. Sullivan High School
Chicago, Illinois

1996 – Carolyn Denise Witcher Sessoms, Ed.D.
Rudolph Elementary School
Washington, District of Columbia

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