Professional Development

Scholarships and Grants to Pay for Education

Discover opportunities to help finance your education. Prospective students can search through different types of financial aid to find the scholarships and grants that best suit their individual needs. These resources include both public and private funding and represent a variety of interests.

Financial Aid Resources for the Deaf
Financial Aid Resources for Minorities
General Financial Aid Resources
T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

Financial Aid Resources for the Deaf

AG Bell College Scholarship Program
Limited to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, this scholarship program offers awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Graduate Fellowship Fund
This fund gives financial assistance to deaf graduates of Gallaudet University and other accredited colleges and universities who are in pursuit of graduate study at colleges and universities for people who hear normally.

The Minnie Pearl and Linda Cowden Memorial Scholarships
The Minnie Pearl Scholarship is a four-year, undergraduate scholarship open to deaf and hard of hearing students who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. The Minnie Pearl Scholarship will pay up to $1,000 per year, for four years, for a maximum of $4,000 per person. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 per year for four years, payable directly to the school, if a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is maintained. Bridges anticipates offering one scholarship per year. The Linda Cowden Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Linda who died in July 2004 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Sertoma Scholarship for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Sertoma’s Scholarship for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing, is the leading funder of the scholarships for deaf and hard of hearing students since the program’s inception in 1994. Students with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss, graduating from high school, or undergraduate students pursuing four-year college degrees in any discipline are eligible for the scholarship.

Financial Aid Resources for Minorities

Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel
This website gives a list of scholarships that are available to minority students. The list includes links to websites with more information.

Minority Scholar Resources
The American Political Science Association offers a list of resources on its website to assist minority students in the search for financial aid. The list includes public and private funding resources as well as opportunities for scholarships, fellowships, internships, grants, awards, etc.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund
This national organization provides scholarships for African American students attending its 47 member public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Students visiting the organization’s website can register to find out about programs available to them.

General Financial Aid Resources

College Board Scholarship Search
This resource from the College Board allows students to complete a brief questionnaire and search for financial aid based on interests, education, and personality. With a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, this College Board search engine is a rich resource for financial aid candidates.

College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees
The website provides a variety of links to assist students in finding financial aid, scholarships, and grants, as well as test preparations for entrance exams to undergraduate, graduate, and career programs. The site also conveniently sorts universities by state and provides a free newsletter reporting scholarships and admissions.

Entry Point
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has partnered with private and government groups to offer qualified undergraduate and graduate students paid summer internships in the fields of science, mathematics, and some business. The program is specifically targeted at students with disabilities.

FinAid is an online resource that allows students to create a profile and find scholarships appropriate to them using the free scholarship search. This website also offers information regarding the whole process of financing college, including tips on loans, savings and financial aid applications.

Financial Aid Resource Publication for the U.S. Department of Education
This website offers access to a financial aid resource from the U.S. Department of Education that gives students details about grants, loans, and work-study programs. The booklet can be downloaded from the website or ordered from the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
This website offers downloadable publications for students and their parents concerning financial aid. It also contains links to other financial aid-related websites.

Office of Postsecondary Education
The Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education site offers information and links relating to federal student assistance programs.

Sallie Mae's Scholarship Search
Site visitors can create a personal profile which Sallie Mae then uses to conduct a search of applicable scholarships and grants for the individual. The search is free and the website offers additional how-to tips for those seeking scholarships. On the website’s “grants” page, Sallie Mae provides instructions and assistance for individuals filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

UCLA Scholarship Resource Center
The Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) at UCLA provides scholarship information, resources and support services to students free of charge. While the center primarily assists UCLA undergraduate students, it also offers resources for graduate students.

Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Scholarships