Non Traditional

Many people would love to go to college but, for whatever reasons, traditional timing and opportunities passed them by. Over the years, many scholarships have emerged to help people that fall into these circumstances. Some of these scholarships include awards for the disabled, and awards for single parents.

In 1990, a law was passed called the Americans with Disabilities Act. This ensured much greater access to college for people with various disabilities. Below are a few scholarships that might help people take advantage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The American Council for the Blind Scholarship: applicants must be legally blind in both eyes in order to qualify for this scholarship. Awards vary to some degree. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. For information on this scholarship and others, contact Dee Theien; 6300 Shingle Creek Parkway, Ste.195; Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-2136 or email her at They also have a website you can explore at .

There is also a scholarship called The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship. This scholarship gives a one-time award of $2500 to a graduating high school senior who deals with a diagnosed and documented learning disability, such as Dyslexia or minimal brain dysfunction. There is more information on this award at or you can contact the scholarship director at National Center for Learning Disability; 32 Laight St,Second Floor, New York, NY 10013 or email at .

These are only two of dozens of scholarships available to people with various disabilities. No longer does a disability have to stand in the way of a person’s hopes and dreams!

As I mentioned, there are also scholarships for single moms and single dads. Raising children by yourself is hard enough. At least now, there are sources of help for parents trying to better their lives and the lives of their children. Below are a couple of examples of scholarships for single parents.

The Frank Kennedy Vernoy Scholarship is a $1000 award given to a worthy student who is attending school at least half time with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. Preference for this award is given to single parents. The application deadline is January 31, 2017. For more information, contact Financial Aid Support at Bamberger Hall, 1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 or email them at . There is also a website at Http:// .

The Park Foundation Scholarship grants two awards of $2000 each annually, one to a male and one to a female. To qualify, recipients must be single head of household with dependents or a Viet Nam veteran who no longer has access to other financial aid for school. For more information, contact Alumni and Development office at Tompkins Cortland Community College, 170 North St, P.O. Box 139, Dryden, NY 13053 or email them at . Their website can be found at .

These are only a select few of the many, many scholarships available to students now.