Helping the Helpers: The Caregiver Scholarship

Attorney Paul Giannetti Offers the Caregiver Scholarship for Students Pursuing Degrees in Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Audiology, and Other Healing Arts or or

According to their website: “Time doesn’t heal all wounds. For the disabled, the journey becomes one of accommodation to a new reality. Adapting to a lifestyle they never envisioned. Beside them on this journey are the teachers and healers.

“Our firm is pleased to announce a $3,000 scholarship for those seeking education in a field related to the care of the injured and disabled. We know how valuable their skills are. Our clients tell us, and we see the results – the support and comfort these caregivers provide, long after the case is won.

“Students in any accredited program of higher education which services the injured or disabled are eligible. It’s for those pursuing a career in massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, audiology and other healing arts. All we ask is that applicants tell us their story – why they chose to help those with physical ailments…

“If you know someone who is pursuing a career in helping the disabled, please pass this scholarship announcement on to them. The requirements are very few. This is intentional so as not to limit applicants by geography, school, or career path. We’d very much like to hear their story.”

Contact Info: Paul Giannetti Attorney at Law, Caregiver Scholarship, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205; email: [email protected]

Deadline: July 17

Award Amount:  $3,000

Eligibility: US Citizen or authorized to work in the US; accepted to or will be attending a 2- or 4-year university or trade school; minimum 3.0 GPA. More information can be found here:

Requirements: Application form, Essay, Official High School or College Transcripts, Acceptance Letter or Proof of Enrollment from accredited university or trade school within the US, Proof of Legal Residency (e.g., Birth Certificate, Passport, Permanent Resident Card)

Application Link:

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Scholarships for Students with Cystic Fibrosis

Exercise for Life Athletic Scholarship for Students with Cystic FibrosisExercise for Life Athletic Scholarship for Students with Cystic Fibrosis

According to their website: “…[W]e have raised millions of dollars to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. But our mission isn’t all about fundraising; it’s also about supporting the CF community. To that end, we have developed a variety of programs to help people with CF live, breathe and succeed despite the disease.”

URL: or (Programs tab, “Scholarships” from the drop-down menu to view all of their scholarships)

Contact Info:  Boomer Esiason Foundation, c/o Chris McEwan, 483 10th Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10018; Email: [email protected]

Deadline:  June 19

Award Amount:  $10,000 (2 awarded; 1 for a male student and 1 for a female student)

Eligibility: Applicants must be a high school senior who has cystic fibrosis and demonstrates scholastic ability, athletic ability (as evidenced by regular exercise), character, leadership, service to the community, need for financial assistance, and daily compliance to CF therapy. The student-athlete should jog on a regular basis and be training for the 1.5-mile qualifying run. All candidates will be judged on the basis of time.

Requirements: Application; Completed Exercise For Life training log (email for the download link); Essay 1: Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; Essay 2: Discuss your post-graduation goals; recent photo; Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine; most recent W2 form for both parents; Transcript; Letter of Acceptance from academic institution; detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution; and signed waiver.

Application Link:

Note: The Boomer Esiason Foundation supports scholarships for college students, cystic fibrosis research and education, as well as transplant grants. If you’d like to help support these causes and #BeTheChange, you can donate here:

Resources for Disabled College Students

Resources for Disabled College StudentsWho’s Disabled?

Take a look at the photo. Can you tell who’s disabled? My guess is that many of you picked the wheelchair-bound student. And you would be right; her disability is clear to see. However, some disabilities are “hidden” and not obvious when you meet the disabled student in class. I have a hidden disability—chronic migraines. It impacted my ability to attend classes, take notes and tests and I required accommodations in order to complete my degree and maintain a high GPA for the possibility of attending Grad School. Knowing my rights permitted me to gain the resources and support I needed.

A student’s disability can be physical, mental, or learning. There are numerous laws to protect students and provide accommodations in higher-education settings. These laws govern the number of credit hours required to be considered full-time students, financial aid to cover disability related costs, accessibility to campus facilities, and academic and internship accommodations. We strongly advise students with a disability to know their rights before attending college. The following resources are highly recommended:

Because of my disability, I qualified to become a TRIO student. The TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs administered, funded, and implemented by the United States Department of Education. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. TRIO provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Nearly every college and university has a TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program so be sure to ask your school (or potential schools you may be considering) about their TRIO Program.

According to the US DOE website: All TRIO SSS programs “must provide: academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection, assist student with information on both the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications. Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy and assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs; and assist students enrolled in two-­year institutions and applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in four­-year programs….may also provide individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint students with career options; exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available; mentoring programs, securing temporary housing during breaks for students who are homeless youths and students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system.”

Do you have a disability? What resources did you find helpful or needed but lacking? What was your on-campus experience?

College Board/BigFuture Site Review

Scholarship Site Review: College Board/Big Future The College Board/BigFuture and

The College Board is an organization that prepares and administers standardized tests used in college admission and advanced placement. If you click on the STUDENTS tab in the middle of the page, you will find a sign-up box for SAT dates as well as information about college planning, finding colleges, exploring majors and careers, getting application advice, and paying for college. The scholarship search engine is tucked away on College Board’s BigFuture pages, and the way to get there is not readily apparent on the home page. Here’s how.

Profile search:

  • Click on the STUDENTS tab in the middle of the home page
  • Click on the “Get help paying for college” link in the center column under College Planning/BigFuture
  • Select “Search for Scholarships” in the left-hand tabs
  • Click on the START SEARCHING button
  • Click on the START button
  • Select your search criteria in the Personal Information, Academic Information, Type of Award, and Affiliations Information pages
  • Click on SEE RESULTS

If you want to save your search parameters, be sure to click the SAVE button at the bottom of each page so that you can repeat your search as needed. You will then be prompted to create a student account by supplying your name, gender, date of birth, high school graduation date, and zip code. If you choose not to save your search parameters, you can forego creating the account, but you won’t be able to save your search results.

In our search, we used no specific personal or affiliation information and got 48 returns.  Note, however, that although we specified gender in the criteria, the search results were not gender specific.

The College Board/BigFuture site also allows you to browse by sponsor name alphabetically by clicking “Browse by sponsor name” in the right-hand column of the Scholarship Search Welcome page. You can also perform a keyword search in the same place.

Keyword Search:

  • Click on the STUDENTS tab in the middle of the home page
  • Click on the “Get help paying for college” link in the center column under College Planning/BigFuture
  • Select “Search for Scholarships” in the left-hand tabs
  • Click on the START SEARCHING button
  • Enter your keyword(s) in the search box under “Search for Scholarships” in the right-hand column of the page
  • Click GO

Our search keyword was “women,” which gave us a return of 53 scholarships, a good way to search for gender-specific results.

The College Board/BigFuture site gives you lots of information, has a variety of ways to search, lets you choose whether or not to share information, and is easy to use. Your time will be well spent exploring this site. And while you’re there, you can sign up for your SATs! If you have a disability and need accommodations, be sure to check out their Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) page.

We give College Board/BigFuture 5 out of 5:

5 Mortar Board Rating




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Rise Foundation Scholarships

Rise Foundation ScholarshipsRise Foundation Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities or (“Scholarships” Tab and “FAQs” from the drop-down menu)

Award Amount: $2,500

Contact Info: Rise Scholarship Foundation, Inc., Attention: Awards Selection Committee, P.O. Box 422417, Atlanta, GA 30342; email: [email protected]

Deadline: February 15

Eligibility: Must be a current college-bound High School Senior, US citizen, minimum 2.5 GPA, and have a documented learning disability (be sure to read the specific details on their website).

Requirements: Signed Application; High School Transcript; Documentation of a Learning Disability (may include an IEP and/or 504 plans, a letter from a psychologist who performed the educational testing or a school counselor which details the diagnosis); Letter of Recommendation using the form provided in their Application; Proof of Registration or Letter of Acceptance from the college you will be attending; Short Essay or piece of Art such as a poem or drawing; and a Photograph of you with your full name written on the back.

Application Link:

Note: If you’re a student with a documented learning disability, you’re eligible to become a TRIO student! TRIO provides support services (including tutoring), resources, special programs, and opportunities for students who have physical or learning disabilities or who are a first-generation student (one or both of your parents does not have a college degree). You can even get help while you’re still in high school. So, be sure to visit the US Department of Education’s TRIO page at: and ask your school’s Guidance Counselor about the TRIO program.

I was a TRIO student in college and so was my son. Through the TRIO program, he became a McNair Scholar and went on to complete his Masters Degree in Foreign Relations & Public Policy. #ProudMom