December 6, 2019

Health Conditions

Health Conditions tend to put prospective students at a natural disadvantage.  Unfortunately, those with health conditions end up getting overlooked, as they are not seen to have “a disability”.  This means that scholarship foundations have had to carve out another niche to help students with health conditions pay for college.  There are many situations in which someone with a health condition may not be able to get the same benefits as those with disabilities.

To the definition, both health conditions and disabilities are both debilitating.  Both will cause the individual to be unable to do manual labor, and both will cause the individual to end up in need if the certain channels are not traveled.  Those with health conditions are at perhaps the greatest need for scholarships, as getting government assistance for even the conditions themselves may not even be possible.


Health Conditions: Possibilities

The best way for someone with health conditions to gain funding for college is to find a way to declare a handicap or disability.  Both of those categories are actually in line for a hefty amount of funding, but someone with Crones disease or chronic arthritis may not fall under those categories.

Your best bet is to find yourself in the “disabled” category, as there no fewer that a few thousand scholarships available for the disabled.

This may be the most difficult part, and you will have to talk to several in the government medical departments, but that change in “class” is well worth your while.


Filing and After

Once you’ve filed for a disability, then the opportunities will begin to open up.  In fact, you might even be able to receive substantial government assistance, since you are deemed incapable of working.  In addition to that, you will put yourself in line for a hefty amount of disability benefits.

Cases like these happen on a regular basis, especially with terminal diseases like HIV and AIDS.  Of course, in your situation, you may also be entitled to other monetary assistance, but one thing will remain true… the more the government believes that you are in fact “disabled” the more assistance you will receive.

Manual labor is not a helpful occupation for those with health conditions.  That is why it is vital to go to school and enter an occupation that uses you for your mind.  This is one of the main purposes of the disability scholarship structure: it is the ability to get a job that does not involve manual labor, and one that you could possibly do while sitting on your couch.


Here are quite a few options that may also help your situation:

The Statton Family Scholarship benefits students enrolling at Juniata College who have been diagnosed with a disease of the blood and/or immune system or whose families have been so diagnosed.  The scholarship meets all demonstrated need after application of merit scholarships and Federal and State aid to which the student is entitled.  First time and transfer students are eligible.

The University of Delaware is just one example of a post-secondary institution that specializes in providing a college experience to even those students struggling with physical disabilities or learning disabilities (LDs), as well as other medical conditions. Students with sight, hearing or mobility problems, or those who are challenged academically by dyslexia or ADHD, may be eligible for scholarship assistance with the university. The program emphasizes the inclusion of all types of students even those most disadvantaged and often under-served by more traditional assistance programs.

Other students with medical conditions such as allergies can also qualify for scholarships from private sources. Most people don’t know that having an allergy to gluten, dairy or peanuts can actually help get money for college. The Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis Network holds an annual essay contest, asking students with food allergies to describe their experience, for a top prize of $1,500 for college.