What is included in the application?
- Part 1: Contact Information
- Part 2: Parent Information (required for minors)
- Part 3: Liability and Publicity Release
- Part 4: Letter of Recommendation
- Part 5: Personal Essay
- Part 6: ADHD Coaching Essay
- Part 7: Activities
Carefully review your application before submission. All sections must be completed and entered in the format required. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who should sign the application?
Each applicant must sign his/her application unconditionally agreeing to be bound by these Rules and Regulations. If, under the laws of the state where you live, you are considered a minor ("Minor"), then your parent or legal guardian must sign your application unconditionally agreeing to be bound by the Rules and Regulations governing the Scholarship Process. Generally a person who has attained the age of eighteen (18) is not considered a Minor; however, the age of majority in some states, including, but not limited to, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin may be greater than eighteen (18). Please check the laws of the state where you live to confirm the age of majority. It is your obligation, or if you are a minor, the obligation of your parent or legal guardian to sign your application. Unsigned applications will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
How do I submit my application online without being able to sign it?
Once your application is complete, you (or your parent or legal guardian, if you are a Minor) will be asked to provide your e-signature by typing in your name and the date and marking a check box asserting that the information provided in your application is true. This serves as your signature.
When is the application deadline?
- Online applications: All online applications must be submitted by March 8, 2017, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.
- Paper applications: All paper applications must be postmarked or faxed by March 8, 2017. Handwritten applications will NOT be accepted.
- Applications must either be submitted 100% online or 100% paper/hard copy. Mixed applications will NOT be accepted.
The Scholarship Sponsor is not responsible for any late, lost, misdirected, illegible, or incomplete applications, which will not be considered. Carefully review your application before submission. All pages must be completed and entered in the format required. Once the application is submitted, no further additions or revisions may be made.
What are the responsibilities of an applicant?
Applicants must make sure that all information on the application that is submitted is true, accurate, and complete and meets all eligibility requirements. The provision of false information will render the applicant ineligible for this Scholarship. Applicants must also be sure to mail applications and all necessary forms by the postmark date, March 8, 2017. All online or faxed applications must be received by March 8, 2017, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Scholarship Sponsor is not responsible for any late, lost, misdirected, illegible, or incomplete applications.
May portions of the application be mailed separately?
No, a paper application, including the Letter of Recommendation, must be mailed in a single package. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Can you submit more than one letter of recommendation? If so, are all letters considered or just one?
One letter of recommendation (LOR) is requested in the application. If multiple LORs are submitted, only the first LOR received will be considered. No subsequent LORs will be considered.
May I fax my application?
Yes, a completed application (including the Letter of Recommendation) may be faxed to 1-410-810-8863. All faxed applications must be received byMarch 8, 2017, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Applicants who fax their applications will not receive a confirmation of receipt.
What if I need technical support submitting my application? Is there a standard response time?
Technical support is available at 1-888-815-8720. There is no standard response time. However, we will make every effort to respond to your inquiry in a timely fashion (within 24-48 hours).
Will you confirm that you received my application?
Applications submitted online will receive confirmation on screen immediately following submission and via e-mail. Online applications can be submitted only after all elements, including the Letter of Recommendation, have been completed. If you do not receive confirmation on screen or via e-mail, your application may not have been submitted. Be sure to click the “Submit” button to submit your application. Applications submitted by mail will not receive confirmation. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit paper applications with a delivery confirmation (ie, via overnight mail, 2nd day delivery, certified mail return receipt requested).
On what criteria will the applications be judged?
The Initial Judges will consider the remaining entries on the following criteria:
- Personal Essay – 45%
- Letter of Recommendation – 15%
- ADHD Coaching Essay – 30%
- Community, Volunteer, and Extracurricular Activities – 10%
The Personal Essay will be scored according to the applicants’ individual stories: the challenges they have faced in living with ADHD and how they have met them; and insight about themselves, their interests, hobbies, community work, and career aspirations. Scoring includes whether the applicant answered the questions thoroughly and provided examples to clarify their points, and the number of grammatical or spelling mistakes the Personal Essay contains.
The ADHD Coaching Essay will be scored according to the degree to which the applicant describes how ADHD coaching could assist them in meeting a specific area of challenge as outlined in the essay question. Scoring also includes the number of grammatical or spelling mistakes the essay contains.
Applications submitted for a National Scholarship and an Employee Scholarship will be evaluated separately.
For full details please see the Rules and Regulations.
What is the subject of the Personal Essay?
Applicants are asked to write an essay describing the challenges they have faced in living with ADHD and how they have met them, and sharing insight about themselves, their interests, hobbies, community work, and career aspirations.
Who should sign the Liability and Publicity Release form?
All Scholarship recipients must sign the Liability and Publicity Release form. If the recipient is a minor, his or her parent or legal guardian must also sign the publicity form. A recipient may decline to participate in any publicity campaign related to being awarded a Scholarship; in such a case, the recipient’s city and state will be used to identify the recipient. However, such a request shall have no effect on the Scholarship Partners’ ownership of the Scholarship applications as otherwise provided for in these Rules and Regulations.
When will my application be reviewed?
All completed applications timely submitted will be reviewed beginning upon receipt of the application.
When will I receive a decision?
Potential award recipients will be notified by telephone and certified mail in May 2017. To obtain a list of Scholarship recipients (available in August 2017), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Shire ADHD Scholarship, PO Box 562, Chestertown, MD 21620 or visit www.ShireADHDscholarship.com.
What do I need to do if I am selected as a potential award winner?
Applicants selected as potential award recipients must confirm their ADHD diagnosis by completing the Confirmation of Diagnosis that will be mailed to potential award recipients as part of the Acceptance Package.
Shire recommends returning the completed Scholarship Acceptance Package with a delivery confirmation (ie, via overnight mail, 2nd day delivery, certified mail return receipt requested).
What if an award recipient doesn’t live near an Edge Coach, making it difficult, if not impossible, to attend the intake session?
The intake session is completed over the phone.
What happens if a potential award recipient does not return a completed Acceptance Package within the 21 days?
If a potential award recipient fails to return a fully signed and notarized (where required) Acceptance Package within the required timeframe, the potential award recipient shall be disqualified and the Scholarship may be awarded to a potential award recipient selected as an alternative as described below.
How are alternate award recipients selected?
The Finalist Judges will select ten (10) alternate potential award recipients for each of the National Scholarships and the Employee Scholarships, based on the applicant’s final scores, and they shall be ranked 51–55 and 6–10 accordingly. In the event that up to five (5) of the potential award recipients of a National Scholarship or five (5) of the potential award recipients of an Employee Scholarship reject the Scholarship or fail to timely return a completed Acceptance Package, the National Scholarship(s) or Employee Scholarship(s) shall be awarded to an alternate potential award recipient in descending order. The alternate potential award recipient will have 10 days, commencing from the date of receipt, to complete and return the Award Acceptance Package. In the event that an alternate rejects the Scholarship or fails to return the Acceptance Package, the Scholarship Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right not to award all Scholarships.
Didn’t find your answer?
National Scholarship Questions: call 1-888-815-8720
Employee Scholarship Questions: call 1-800-828-2088
ADHD is a Learning Disability: Find Scholarships for LD Students
College-bound students who have been diagnosed with ADHD face many challenges. In addition to overcoming a learning disability that makes concentration, problem-solving and impulse control difficult, they face the common obstacle of paying for their post-secondary education. Students with ADHD, or other learning disabilities, can find many scholarship and grant programs dedicated to helping them achieve their goals of a college education.
Over the last twenty years or more, the diagnoses of ADHD have been on a dramatic rise. Many more children and adults are afflicted with this learning disability than previously believed, with as many as 1 in 10 students being subject to the affects of ADHD. School can be particularly challenging for students with ADHD, and dropout rates are disproportionately high amongst those struggling with this learning disability.
For students diagnosed with ADHD, reaching college is a major accomplishment. It also brings with it new challenges, and new stresses. The National Research Center on ADHD recommends that college-bound students with this condition contact the Student Disability Support Office at their college of choice to find out if they can offer the necessary support for students with learning disabilities. Students should assure themselves that their college of attendance can offer :
- Disability services that specialize in students with ADHD
- Faculty and staff that are aware of the problems and needs of ADHD students
- Support groups for students with ADHD and other learning disabilities
- Mentoring programs for students with learning difficulties
- Curriculum flexibility appropriate for students with ADHD
College-bound students with ADHD, or other learning disabilities, should begin their search for college funding with the Federal government’s many educational grant programs. Government supported college grants offer financial assistance to a wide range of students. While there are no specific programs devoted to students with ADHD, Federal educational grants should be every students first stop in the search for college funding.
Before applying for any Federal education grants students must first fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid . The information supplied on the FAFSA is used to generate a Student Aid Report, which outlines the levels of Federal financial aid available to the student. The FAFSA and SAR are required for all students applying for Federal and state-based aid, and are used by the majority of independent grant, scholarship and student loan providers.
The following Federal grant programs are available to all college-bound students, including those with ADHD and other learning disabilities.
- The Federal Pell Grant provides financial aid to students who can demonstrate the requisite level of financial need. Students must be enrolled either full, or part-time, at an accredited college or university. Award amounts are decide on the basis of financial need, and total cost of attendance. Maximum award amounts are currently set at $5,500.
- The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or FSEOG, is available to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. The FSEOG is campus based, and all awards are determined by the college or university’s financial aid department. Award amounts range from $100 to $4000. Funds are limited, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible at the college of their choice.
In addition to these Federal grant programs, many states offer grants and scholarships to resident students with extreme financial need. All students are encouraged to visit the dedicated website for their state’s Department of Higher Education to learn more about what financial aid programs may available at the local level.
Scholarships for ADHD Students
While scholarships and grants for college-bound students with learning disabilities may not be as high profile as other financial aid programs, there are still a number of valuable sources of funding for students with ADHD. These scholarship programs are supported by charitable foundations, private associations, corporations, and a variety of colleges and universities. Students looking for ADHD specific scholarships will also want to widen their search to include general scholarships for all students with learning disabilities.
The following examples will give college-bound students with ADHD an idea of the scholarship possibilities that are available to them.
- Disabled Person, Inc. sponsors an annual National Scholarship Competition for students with disabilities. Applicants must write a 1000 word essay on a given topic. The scholarship award amount is $1000 for the winning applicant.
- The Incight Scholarship is a $500 renewable award for students with a documented learning disability. Incight also administers the Scrubs Gallery Scholarship for nursing students with learning disabilities.
- The Learning Disorders Resource Foundation offers a variety of awards programs for students, including Google Chromebooks and other forms of assistance.
- The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program is administered in cooperation with the Edge Foundation. 50 graduating seniors with documented ADHD receive $2000 scholarships to help them pursue their higher education at either a community college, university or vocational school. Scholarship recipients also receive a full year of counseling and coaching services from the Edge Foundation to help with the transition into college.
- The Justin Eves Foundation Scholarship offers Canadian students with learning disorders a $3,000 scholarship.
Some colleges like Landmark College in Vermont are built from the ground up with a curriculum built around serving students with learning disorders. These institutions do a good job of keeping abreast of financial aid options to help their student succeed. A number of states & localities also offer financial aid programs to local students.
These are only a few of the many national programs dedicated to helping students with ADHD and other learning disabilities achieve their goal of a college education. Many more programs are available at local levels, and students with ADHD are encouraged to consult the financial aid department at their college of choice to learn about programs that may be sponsored by regional support groups, local philanthropists or the university itself. There are many financial aid programs dedicated to helping students with all types of learning disabilities to make their dream of a college education a reality. With time and diligence, students with ADHD can find the funding they need to help pay for college.
Scholarships for Students with Learning Disorders
The above sources of funding are available to students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, however there are a broad array of other funding sources available for students which also have other learning disabilities.
- The Anne Ford Scholarship is supported by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The $10,000 scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with a documented learning disability. Students must be enrolled full time in a bachelor degree program at an accredited college or university. The scholarship is disbursed in four annual installments of $2500.
- The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is also supported by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. This one time award of $2500 is open to students with learning disabilities who are enrolled in a 2 year community college, vocational school or technical training program.
- Incight has provided over 850 awards since 2004.
- Learning Ally offers two awards for students with print and learning disabilities.
- Lime Connect offers a number of aid programs for students in the United States and Canada.
- The Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship provides students with a $5,000 award.
- P. Buckley Moss Foundation Scholarhip
- The Rise Scholarship Foundation offers a number of scholarships for people with learning disorders.
- Through the Looking Glass provides $1,000 awards to students who have parents with disabilities & may also have a disability themselves.