College Scholarships for Kids With Parents That Are Disabled

By Ronald Kimmons

The federal government and some states offer college scholarship grants and educational assistance to children whose parents suffer from physical and mental disabilities. Private organizations have also taken the cue from the government, offering educational aid to kids with disabled fathers and mothers. The generosity of these institutions has enabled thousands of deserving American youth with handicapped parents to finish their college education.

Through the Looking Glass

Children with at least one parent suffering from a disability may be eligible to receive the "Through the Looking Glass" college scholarship. For 2011, a total of 10 scholarships were given to high school senior students enrolled in college. Eligibility for this scholarship depends on academic performance, community service and activities, a letter of recommendation and an essay that describes how it is to grow up with a parent with a specific disability. Candidates must under 21. Kids who meet the criteria who have already started college may also apply for this scholarship.

Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program

The Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Award is a college scholarship given to spouses and dependent children of blind veterans. Scholarship eligibility depends on merit, determined through an application process. A candidate may apply and receive this scholarship up to four times. Kathern Gruber was one of the Blind Veterans Association's (BVA) early pioneers and served as an advisor to the organization. Kathern learned about the organization while serving as the American Foundation for the Blind's Director of Services for the War Blind. For a child to be eligible, his parents do not need to belong to this association.

Alabama State Education Grants

Among the state governments, Alabama offers the GI Dependents Education Benefit for children of qualified Alabama veterans with a partial disability. Students must enroll in any public college or university, and show that attending college is part of the family's needs and that the family does not have the money to pay for it. Also, to receive the Alabama Scholarships for Dependents of Blind Parents, the applicant must be the daughter or son of a blind parent. The award covers tuition and instructional fees. The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services provides the application forms.

Scholarships for Veterans’ Dependents

Children of United States veterans who are suffering from permanent or total disability may be eligible to receive scholarships from the Survivors and Dependents Assistance program. This particular program entitles qualified applicants to 45 months of education benefits. Recipients may use these benefits for degree and certificate programs. One eligibility requirement is that you must be a child of a veteran who is permanently disabled as a result of active service in the Unites States Armed Forces. Candidates must be between 18 and 26 years of age.

About the Author

Ronald Kimmons has been a professional writer and translator since 2006, with writings appearing in publications such as "Chinese Literature Today." He studied at Brigham Young University as an undergraduate, getting a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese.