Scholarships for Special Education Majors

If you're seeking a challenging but rewarding career teaching children with special needs, you must first complete an undergraduate or possibly a graduate degree program. You can meet the equally challenging job of paying for your education by being awarded one of many scholarships offered in this area. In addition to scholarships funded by specific colleges and universities offering degree programs in special education, scholarships are funded by foundations, nonprofit organizations and professional teaching associations. Some states provide special education scholarships through state supported student aid or student assistance commissions. Requirements for some of these scholarships could include the agreement that the recipient will teach special education in a specific state for a specified number of years. Most scholarship applications are available online and many require that students submit their GPA (typically at least a 3.0 is required) as well as letters of recommendation and references. Use the list below to find out how you can make obtaining an education degree more affordable by receiving one of these special education scholarships.

Showing 1-15 of 15 scholarships
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  • 500 - 2,000
  • 1 award
  • April 2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +1 More
  • Major: Study |Nursing|Medicine|Special Education|Counseling|Psychology|
  • School (K-12): |San Dieguito Union High School District|
  • School (College): Attend an |University|Two-year|Four-year|College|
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The Jackie Harrigan Haase Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded to graduating senior at San Dieguito Union High School District. Applicants must be pursuing major in nursing, the medical field, counseling, psychology or special education
  • competition 3.0
  • effort level 1.5
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  • 2,500
  • 1 award
  • Feb-15-2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Major: Study |Elementary Education|Special Education|
  • School (K-12): |Portage Northern High School, Portage, MI|Portage Central High School, Portage, MI|
  • Age / Grade Level: |High school senior|Graduating High School Senior|
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This scholarship was established in memory of Joyce Vliek, who retired from Portage Schools after a long career as a Special Education teacher's aide. Applicants must be a graduating senior of Portage Central High School or Portage Northern High School who will pursue a degree in elementary education, with a preference for special education.
  • competition 3.0
  • effort level 2.0
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  • 1,000
  • 1 award
  • Apr-1-2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +2 More
  • Major: Study |Developmental Disabilities|Special Education|
  • Residence: Live in |Wayne, OH|
  • School (College): Attend a |Two-year|Four-year|
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This scholarship was established to honor the life-long commitment and care that John A. Tooley has demonstrated toward children and adults with developmental disabilities. It is open to all graduating high school seniors or high school graduates of Wayne County who are pursuing a career in the field of Special Education or Developmental Disabilities.
  • competition 2.5
  • effort level 4.5
View Details Lewis B. Barber Memorial Scholarship Fund Southwest Florida Community Foundation
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  • 5,300
  • 1 award
  • March 2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +2 More
  • Major: Study |Deaf and Blind Teaching|Church Studies|Christian Music|Christian Education|
  • School (K-12): Attend a |Public High School|private high school| in |Charlotte, FL|Collier, FL|Glades, FL|Hendry, FL|
  • Residence: Live in |Lee, FL|
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This scholarship was established in memory of Lewis B. Barber to fund books and tuition for high school seniors pursuing certification to teach the deaf and blind or seminary or pre-seminary school to study church, Christian music or Christian education. Applicants must graduate from public or private high school in Charlotte,Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee counties.
  • competition 2.5
  • effort level 4.5
View Details The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
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  • 2,500
  • 4 awards
  • April 2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +1 More
  • Major: Study |Education|Blind Teaching|Rehabilitation|
  • Disability: |Legally Blind|Visual Impairment|
  • Citizenship: |U.S. Citizen|Naturalized U.S. Citizen|
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Offered by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the scholarship is given to undergraduates or graduates who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens, and should provide proof of legal blindness.
  • competition 1.0
  • effort level 4.5
View Details Mary A. McDowell Fellowship Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc.
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  • n/a
  • 1 award
  • n/a
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Major: Study |Special Education|
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The Mary A. McDowell Fellowship is awarded to student majoring in special needs education
  • competition 4.0
  • effort level 1.0
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  • n/a
  • 1 award
  • Mar-1-2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +2 More
  • Major: Study |Special Education|
  • School (K-12): Attend a |Public|Private|
  • Residence: Live in |United States|Canada|
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The scholarship was established to provide educational support to students in Junior or Senior education programs to partake special education studies to qualify for teaching mentally and physically disabled personal to help assure attaining a useful life in society.
  • competition 3.5
  • effort level 4.5
View Details Daniel Altmiller and Elizabeth Altmiller Memorial Scholarship Heritage Fund - the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
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  • n/a
  • 1 award
  • n/a
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +1 More
  • Major: Study |Education|Physical Therapy|Occupational Therapy|Special Education|Pediatric Occupational Therapy|Pediatric Physical Therapy|
  • School (K-12): |Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, IN|
  • School (College): |Accredited College|Accredited University|
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Daniel Altmiller and Elizabeth Altmiller Memorial Scholarship was named after Danny and Elizabeth Altmiller. Bill and Jeanne Altmiller established this scholarship in memory of their two children who passed away. This scholarship aims to recognize graduating senior students of Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. who give their time and talents to children with special needs.
  • competition 3.0
  • effort level 1.0
View Details James & Clarice Toynton Scholarship Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund
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  • n/a
  • 1 award
  • February 2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +2 More
  • Major: Study |Elementary Education|Special Education|
  • School (K-12): |West Aurora High School, Aurora, IL|
  • Residence: Live in |West Aurora, IL|
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The scholarship is available to all graduating high school seniors, undergraduates or graduate students who are pursuing studies within the fields of elementary education or special education with preference for students pursuing a career as an elementary school educator. Applicants must be graduates of West Aurora High School and reside within West Aurora School District 129.
  • competition 3.0
  • effort level 2.0
View Details Epsilon Sigma Alpha College Foundation, Inc.
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  • 500 - 2,500
  • 1 award
  • n/a
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Major: Study |Special Education|
  • School (College): |Accredited College or University|
  • Age / Grade Level: |Graduate Student|College junior|College senior|Professional|
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These scholarships were established by Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) to provide assistance to individuals majoring in Special Education. The program is open to incoming junior, senior or graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university. Teachers seeking continuing education are also eligible to apply.
  • competition 2.5
  • effort level 1.5
View Details Mary Kate Carney Scholarship Bay Area Community Foundation
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  • n/a
  • 1 award
  • March 2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +2 More
  • Major: Study |Special Education|Speech Pathology|
  • Residence: Live in |Bay, MI|Arenac, MI|
  • Extracurricular: |School Activities|
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This scholarship was established in memory of Mary Kate Carney by her friends and family. Mary Kate Carney was a devoted wife, mother, and Speech Therapist who worked in the field of Special Education and was passionate in improving the communication needs of all students. This scholarship was designed to benefit individuals pursuing degrees in Speech/Language Pathology or Special Education.
  • competition 2.0
  • effort level 4.5
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  • 3,000
  • 2 awards
  • n/a
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +1 More
  • Major: Study |Special Education|
  • Residence: Live in |New York|
  • Extracurricular: |Service to Person with intellectual or developmental disabilities|
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This scholarship was established to benefit students enrolled full-time at a New York institution in a field related to intellectual and other developmental disabilities. This opportunity was named after James F. Reville who dedicated much of his life to bettering the lives of people with developmental disabilities. He was president of the Welfare League Chapter and was a member of the organizations board of directors of the ways and means committee for the National Association for Retarded Children. Successful nominees are expected to serve individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
  • competition 2.0
  • effort level 2.0
View Details Achievement Center Huettig Memorial Scholarship Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin
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  • 600
  • 1 award
  • n/a
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Major: Study |Special Education|
  • Residence: Live in |Portage, WI|
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The scholarship was established to provide educational opportunities to the outstanding residents of Portage County who are planning to pursue a post-secondary degree in special education.
  • competition 2.0
  • effort level 4.5
key information
  • n/a
  • 1 award
  • April 2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +1 More
  • Major: Study |Education|Blind Teaching|Rehabilitation|
  • Disability: |Legally Blind|Visual Impairment|
  • Citizenship: |U.S. Citizen|Naturalized U.S. Citizen|
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Offered by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the scholarship is given to an undergraduate or graduate student in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens, and should provide proof of legal blindness.
  • competition 1.0
  • effort level 4.5
View Details Wooster Noon Lions Club Scholarship Wayne County Community Foundation
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  • n/a
  • 1 award
  • May 2018
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: +2 More
  • Major: Study |Nursing|Opthalmology|Optometry|Visually Handicapped Education|
  • Disability: |Visual Impairment|
  • School (K-12): |Wooster High School, Wooster, OH|
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The Wooster Noon Lions Club Scholarship was established to benefit postsecondary students based on financial need, field of study, and available funds. Applicants must: be visually impaired students; have visually handicapped parents with limited means; be students with limited means who are in a field of study for sight treatment such as ophthalmology, optometry, or nurses and technicians in the field; be students of limited means who embark on a field of study related to education of the visually handicapped and be other students of limited means.
  • competition 1.0
  • effort level 1.5
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