Grants for Students With Disabled Parents

By Tori Dano
Financial aid is available for students whose parents are disabled.

Federal PELL grants and other financial aid is available to low-income students regardless of situation. However, there are some scholarships and grants tailored specifically to children of disabled parents and, in some cases, spouses of disabled persons as well.

These scholarships and grants can be used by high school seniors or currently enrolled college students to help pay for post-secondary education.

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass is a center that provides support and services to immediate family of persons with disabilities or a serious medical issue.

In 2010 the scholarship program provided 10 high school seniors and college students under age 21 with $1,000 awards. Information for following years is available on the group's website each January. At least one parent must have a disability in order to qualify.

Through the Looking Glass 2198 Sixth Street, Suite 100 Berkeley, CA 94710-2204 800-644-2666 lookingglass.org

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Dependent children of paralyzed veterans must be under age 24 and unmarried to qualify for this scholarship. Since its beginning in 1986, the group has given out more than $300,000 to qualified applicants. The scholarship was founded by The Paralyzed Veterans of America and parents of applicants must be members for their children to qualify.

Check their website beginning in April for applications for the following school year.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Christi Hillman 800-424-8200, ext. 776 christih@pva.org. pva.org

National MS Society Scholarship Program

Children of people with MS are eligible for this scholarship. The recipient must be a high school senior attending a post-graduate institution for the first time in order to qualify. Nearly $1 million was awarded in 2010 and the fund continues to grow. Except for extreme circumstances, the maximum scholarship per year is $3,000 per student.

Recipients of the award are notified in late spring. Applications are accepted from October 1 through January 14 of the academic year.

Applications can be found on the website starting October 1.

National MS Society 877-789-4228 nationalmssociety.org

About the Author

Tori Dano has been writing professionally since 2006. She is an associate editor online at Anderbo and has been published in literary magazines such as "Slushpile" and "The Dunes Review." She is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in literary studies at The New School University.