The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship awarded over two years ($2,500 each year) to a graduating high school senior who will enroll 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. Students must have a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD.

Applications for the 2021 scholarships are open.

This link will take you to an external webpage not on ncld.org. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What are learning disabilities and ADHD?

A1: Learning disabilities and ADHD are brain based difficulties in reading, writing, math, organization, focus, listening comprehension, social skills, motor skills or a combination of these. Learning disabilities are also known as learning and attention issues (dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.) and ADHD. Others may also use the term learning differences. Many students with learning disabilities have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or a 504 Plan while in school. 

*Autism Spectrum Disorder is not considered a learning disability for the purposes of NCLD.

Q2: Do I need a proof of a learning disability and ADHD to apply for the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?

A2: Yes, proof of your learning disability and/or ADHD is a required part of the application. This documentation can be an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), a 504 Plan or a doctors’ letter with your diagnosis. If you have any questions about the documentation, please email afscholarship@ncld.org.

Q3: I am applying to both 2-year and 4-year colleges, should I apply to the Anne Ford or Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship?

A3: On the application, there will be a question if you are planning to attend a two-year or four-year college. Please choose based on which type of school you are most likely to attend. If your plans change, please let us know at afscholarship@ncld.org.

Q4: What do I need to apply for the Anne Ford or Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?

A4: Applicants need to complete an online application. The application is a multi-page online form with requests for documentation to confirm your learning disability and/or ADHD; academic documentation; recommendation forms; and financial forms. Please flip through each section of the application to ensure you are able to retrieve all of the materials before the deadline.

Q5: What characteristics is NCLD looking for in a scholarship winner?

A5: The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall. Students must have a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD.

The Anne Ford Scholarship was created for students with learning disabilities to support their pursuit of post-secondary education and career advancement goals. Scholarship applicants should express financial need, demonstrate their ability to contribute positively to society and present opportunities for other students with learning disabilities.

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship awarded over two years ($2,500 each year) to a graduating high school senior who will enroll 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. Students must have a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD.

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship was created for students with learning disabilities to support their pursuit of post-secondary education and career advancement goals. Scholarship applicants should express financial need, demonstrate their ability to contribute positively to society and present opportunities for other students with learning disabilities.

Q6: What is the deadline to apply for the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?

A6: The deadline to apply for both scholarships is April 5, 2021. We recommend that you start your application as soon as possible. You can submit your application at any time before the deadline.

Q7: When will I hear back about my application?

A7: Applicants who are moved to the next round of the application process will be invited to interview with us by the end of May 2021.

Q8: Are there other scholarships I can apply for?

A8: You may want to check-out  Financial Aid for Students With Learning and Attention Issues as well as FastWeb,Cappex,Unigo, Big  Future and The College Monk for other opportunities.

Zada Morgan is the 2020 Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Winner. Read more about Zada here.

Caitlyn Meyers is the 2019 Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Winner. Read more about Caitlyn here.

Meet the NCLD Team

Carrying out the NCLD mission to improve outcomes for the 1 in 5 individuals with learning and attention issues.

GO

Young Adult Initiatives

Help empower and advocate for young adults ages 18–26 with learning disabilities and attention issues.

Join the NCLD movement