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Scholarships for Students With Disabled Parents

Written by: Jody Adams
Last updated: January 31, 2024

Having a disabled parent presents unique challenges to students who wish to attend college. A large number of scholarships, some of which even provide assistance like a free laptop, are available specifically to help students with disabled parents pursue their dreams of a college education. Scholarships are the only kind of college aid that does not require repayment!

Learn about top scholarships that are available to you, including the eligibility requirements, award amounts, and deadlines for each.

Millie Brother Scholarship

An annual scholarship is awarded to deaf children whose parents are deaf to enable them to pursue higher education. Undergraduate and graduate studies can be funded by this scholarship. This is a one-time scholarship, but you may apply throughout your entire educational career. First-timers are preferred however. 

Every year, two $3,000 scholarships are awarded. Applicants must apply by April 30, 2022.

If you are currently enrolled in college or university and you have a transcript from high school and a college or university, you are eligible to apply.

Jack Scura Fund

Students with disabled parents can receive financial aid from benevolent organizations such as the Jack Scura Fund. Under this program, students who are enrolled in high school or an undergraduate program will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Students must provide proof of disability with their application. Applicants must possess a grade point average of at least 3.2. Candidates with an impressive curriculum vitae are given preference.

This scholarship is available to students attending colleges in New Jersey. A student with any kind of disability who is entering or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a college or university in New Jersey is eligible. A scholarship application would require you to provide proof of income, proof of disability, and a strong sense of need for finances to be considered.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship

The Educational Scholarship Program of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) allows PVA members and their families to receive financial assistance. Applicants must be United States citizens, veterans of the US Armed Forces, and have spinal cord injuries or diseases.

Full-time students receive a scholarship worth $2,500, and part-time students receive a scholarship worth $1,000. An applicant must be accepted and enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university full-time or part-time in order to be eligible. Members of the PVA, spouses of members, or unmarried children (under 24 years of age) who rely on the primary support of these individuals are eligible for membership. Membership requirements also include:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Verification of enrollment
  • Academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation

The deadline for application is May 1, 2022.

Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship

Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarships are awarded to outstanding New York students whose parents were killed or permanently disabled while serving in the law enforcement field. The $2,000 award is presented to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence, extracurricular achievement, and financial need. The application deadline is June 15, 2022.

Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Vincent Bennett, Jr. who passed away suddenly on September 19, 2013, the NLEAFCF Foundation grants the Vincent Bennett, Jr. memorial scholarship. Incoming freshmen who are the children of police officers or firefighters who were killed or permanently disabled while on duty are eligible for the Vincent Bennett, Jr. memorial scholarship each year. A component of the NLEAFCF helps children of firefighter and law enforcement personnel. In the memorial scholarship program, the winners will receive a $20,000 award over four years ($5,000 per year).

It is the commitment of the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation to provide long-term support so that these children's needs are met not only at the time of crisis, but for years to come. Through the foundation, law enforcement and firefighting organizations will be able to create and operate educational programs whose purpose will be to benefit the children in their communities. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2022.

The Public Service Officer or Employee's Child Survivor Grant Program

The Public Service Officer or Employee's Child Survivor Grant Program provides tuition assistance to dependent children and spouses of public safety officers or Missouri Department of Transportation employees engaged in the construction or maintenance of the state's highways, roads, and bridges who were killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. If you are a dependent child, you will remain eligible through the semester in which you turn 24, unless you have already received your first bachelor's degree by that time.

ENF Emergency Educational Grant

Children of deceased or totally disabled Elks can apply for emergency educational grants, which provide one-year grants of up to $5,000, renewable every year. There is no intent to cover the entire cost of college with the grant. It is to provide educational assistance only.

An applicant must be the child of a deceased or disabled member of the Elks National Foundation in order to qualify. Financial need, full-time undergraduate enrollment at a U.S. university, and being under the age of 24 must be demonstrated

During their undergraduate education, students can apply for up to four Emergency Educational Grants per year if they meet all the other eligibility requirements listed below.

In any academic year, no more than one ENF scholarship may be accepted by an applicant.

Google Lime Scholarship

The Lime Connect nonprofit organization provides career development and education support to students with disabilities. Since 2008, Google has been supporting Lime Connect's work, so it partnered with Lime Connect to help university students with disabilities pursue their academic goals in computer science.

With the help of Google and Lime Connect, students with disabilities can make the most of their talents by receiving financial assistance and attending networking events.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, Google Lime scholarship recipients must be undergraduate or graduate students living with disabilities and planning to enroll full-time at U.S. or Canadian universities.

You must be an undergraduate or graduate student studying computer science or a related field with parents who have a disability.

There will be a scholarship of 10,000 USD (for US students) or 5,000 CAD (for Canadian students) for the school year 2022-2023.  Their attendance at the summer 2022 Google Scholars' Retreat is also included. The candidates will also be given consideration for Google software engineering internships.

Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship

When a parent suffers serious injuries in an accident, life for the entire family suddenly becomes difficult. In order to ensure that regardless of circumstances beyond your control, you will still be able to pursue your academic goals, they have developed their scholarship program.

The Pinnacol Foundation offers scholarships for four-year, two-year, trade school and community college programs to accredited colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools. Students typically receive $4,700 per year, which they may only use for school expenses.

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship:

  • Be a natural child, adopted child, stepchild, or full dependent of a worker who was killed or injured in a compensable work-related accident while employed by a Colorado-based employer and who was entitled to receive benefits under the Colorado Workers' Compensation Act. There's no need to worry about what insurance company covered your parents' claim.
  • At the time of application, you must be between 16 and 25 years old
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 on a cumulative basis
  • Obtain a high school diploma or GED, or be in their senior year of high school
  • Complete the application form
  • Renew your application every year Scholarship

One student whose life has been impacted by cancer will receive a $4,000 scholarship through You are eligible to apply if you have personally dealt with cancer or have witnessed a family member undergoing treatment. 

A candidate must be enrolled full-time in an accredited two- or four-year university, community college, or junior college, or an accredited graduate degree program with at least a 3.0 GPA.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2022. The following requirements must also be met:

  • Has battled cancer or has an immediate family member or close friend who has or is currently battling cancer
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • An unofficial academic transcript
  • A copy of your enrollment proof
  • Reference letters from two individuals
  • You should include information about any awards and volunteer experience you've had

Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship

We are reducing the number of work zone deaths by providing scholarships for students who lost a parent or permanently disabled road workers. Scholarships are awarded to the children and spouses of highway workers killed or permanently disabled in work zones as part of the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program. These scholarships are designed to provide academic support for the dependents of highway workers.

Up to $10,000 is available through this competitive program. Volunteers who demonstrate a strong commitment to their community may also be eligible for an additional $1,000 award in honor of Chuck Bailey, who passed away in June 2002 after an extended battle with cancer.

SFM Foundation Scholarship

Through the SFM Foundation, families affected by workplace injuries receive scholarships for children whose parents were disabled or killed on the job. It is often challenging to pay for college for a student. Adding a catastrophic injury to the mix makes it even more difficult to afford college. Scholarships for multi-year post-secondary education allow these students and their families to afford higher education.

Children of workers who have been either disabled or killed in work-related accidents are eligible for this scholarship. The employer must have operated in Minnesota or Iowa during the accident. In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be between 16 and 25 years old and planning on pursuing a postsecondary education.

Cappex Scholarship

All high school students and college students enrolled in school or planning to enroll in school within the next year can apply for the Cappex scholarship. It is not a scholarship for parents of disabled children, but those with disabled parents are eligible. 

International students looking to study in the United States can apply for the Cappex America Scholarships, a program offered exclusively by Cappex. To be matched with scholarship opportunities at colleges seeking international students, students should complete this form through Cappex.

Scholarships from Cappex America cover up to 40% of tuition fees at participating universities. Furthermore, this program involves a single application for all partner universities, so students don't have to apply to each individually. Students can apply for the scholarships after they enroll at one of the partner institutions.

ppex also provides international students with many great resources regarding travel, the visa process, adjusting to student life, and much more!

This scholarship has a value of $1,000 and the application deadline is April 30, 2022. Students who are currently enrolled in high school or college or who will enroll within the next 12 months should apply. In order to submit your application, you will need to create a Cappex account.

Blinded Veterans Association Scholarship

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is a national non-profit organization that provides services to blinded veterans for more than 74 years. The veteran must be legally blind to be a member. The blindness need not be related to their service. Seven scholarships will be awarded to children, grandchildren, or spouses of dependents.

The BVA offers six scholarships for $2,000 each and one scholarship for $1,000 to applicants admitted to or enrolled in an accredited college, university, or business, secretarial, or vocational school full-time. Applicants must submit transcripts from high school and/or college, as well as three letters of recommendation by April 17, 2022.

Are you interested in learning more about different grants and programs that can help you with your living situation? Check out the rest of Gov Relations’ blog section today!

Jody Adams
Jody Adams is an accomplished editor-in-chief with a deep understanding of social care and government benefits issues. With a background in journalism and a master's degree in Public Policy, Jody has spent her career shaping the narrative around social policies and their impact on society. She has worked with renowned publications, effectively bridging the gap between complex policy analysis and public understanding. Jody's editorial expertise ensures that vital information on social care and government benefits reaches a broad audience, empowering individuals to make informed decisions.
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