Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that hinders reading, writing, spelling and sometimes speaking. Having dyslexia can present challenges matriculating through elementary and secondary schools. It does not mean that those challenges are insurmountable. Many students with dyslexia complete high school and attend and successfully complete college. Several national grants and scholarships are available to help students with dyslexia to attend college.

RiSE Scholarship Foundation

RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that recognizes and rewards students with learning disabilities that have “overcome learning challenges, achieved academic success in their formative school years and will continue their educational journey by pursuing an undergraduate degree at a college or university.” In 2014, five students from across the United States received $2,500 scholarship awards. To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must have a documented learning disability, such as dyslexia. Applicants must also be a current college-bound high school senior who has applied to and will attend an accredited college or university. In addition, they must have a 2.5 grade point average and submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or principal of the high school the applicant presently attends.

Anne Ford & Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Awards

Annually, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, or NCLD, celebrates the accomplishments of graduating high school seniors who, despite their learning disabilities, have demonstrated academic success. At the time of publication, the Anne Ford scholarship awards $10,000 to a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a college or university. The Allegra Ford Thomas scholarship is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship given to a student who will be enrolled in a community college, vocational or technical training program, or specialized program for students with a learning disability, which includes dyslexia. In addition to these amounts, both scholarships recognize multiple runners-up and honorable mentions with financial awards to offset the cost of postsecondary education. Applicants for the Anne Ford Scholarship must submit the application, transcript, documentation of a learning disability, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and standardized test scores. They must also have a 3.0 overall grade point average. Applicants for the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship must submit the application, transcript, documentation of a learning disability, three letters of recommendation and a financial statement that demonstrates financial need.

P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship

P. Buckley Moss was a renowned artist who struggled with dyslexia throughout her schooling. At the time of publication, the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship, named in her honor, gives $1,500 to one or more high school seniors who have a verified learning disability. To be eligible, applicants must be a graduating high school senior, demonstrate financial need and be accepted to an accredited four-year college or university or two-year community college. The applicant must also have a visual arts talent and the intent to pursue a career in visual arts.

Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award Contest

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. sponsors the annual Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award Contest that awards $1,000 to students with learning disabilities who demonstrate “talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field including art, music, math, athletics, science or community service.” Nominations must be submitted by parents, teachers, coaches, mentors or students themselves. Nominations should include a description of the nominee’s learning disability, a personal statement from the nominee, materials supporting the nominee’s achievements and documented proof of the nominee’s learning disability. The nominee must also be 19 years old or younger to be eligible.