Microsoft awards up to $20,000 in funding to students with disabilities

Students with disabilities can apply for a grant at Microsoft

College can be challenging for students with disabilities, so why not take the financial stressor out of the equation as soon as possible?

More than ever, colleges and universities across the world are welcoming students with disabilities into their programs. So if you are a student who is facing difficulties because of a certain disability of affliction, but hoping to pursue a college degree online or offline, you should know schools can also cater to your specific needs thanks to supportive staff, academic assistance programs and free services.

Speaking of which, disabled students are also eligible to apply to a number of scholarships which specifically target those suffering from certain impairments. Bachelor or masters degrees online or the traditional kind all come at high costs, but if you are suffering from a disability you should definitely try and search for scholarship programs meant to make the college journey a bit more easier.

According to official statistics, over 11% of undergraduate students in the US have a disability – which translates into over 2 million students enrolled with a college degree online or offline. Basically the demand is high and that’s why many colleges as well as organizations offer such specific scholarships.

You’re probably wondering: where should you start? Well to assist you in this search, we’re going to share with you an interesting scholarship opportunity for those suffering from a disability. It’s offered by Microsoft, one of the world’s tech giants, in the hopes of motivating students who haven’t been so lucky to develop their skills and pursue their interests.

Since the grant is offered by Microsoft, only disabled students who are looking to pursue a degree in engineering, computer science, IT systems, law or business major are invited to apply. So if you’re interests lie with art, poetry or something similar, you’re out of luck for this one. However, you shouldn’t take it tragically, as there are other disability scholarships you can apply for right away.

Anyway going back to the Microsoft disABILITY scholarships, you need to be a high school senior planning to attend a two-year of four-year program in college. Students of masters degree online or offline need not apply to this one.

Candidates need to have a disability (visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, speech or other) and demonstrate a big passion for technology. On top of that Microsoft is looking for students who have shown leadership capabilities at their school and in the community.

Furthermore, applicants have to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered for this grant and be in financial need. If you fit in this criteria, then go ahead and submit your application to Microsoft for a chance to win a $5,000 grant per year. The scholarship is renewable so you can get up to $20,000 for four years.

This year, the deadline for the Microsoft disABILITY Scholarship has passed, but be sure to check the official website in 2018 for the new deadline.

In the meanwhile, you can make sure you keep your grades up and take the time to get more involved in school and community activities.


  1. Am in need of a scholarship,I have audio impairment am in my second year at the university doing medicine at Kampala international university but I don’t have the continuing tuition,any assistance I highly welcome it.Thanks.

  2. Am Douglas Douglas MitisosI did born with leg elbow nature but during my 15 I got a pattela dislocation when I was playing a football.Moreover,am an orphan I have been taken cared of by grandparents.And now am in Pwani University takening a computer science .But great challenge now is the school fee please help.

  3. My names are James Kamau Mwangi at Chuka University studying Bachelor for Education Science (Mathematics and physics) in Kenya but financially and i need support in my academics and i need financial suport. Please i beg for assistance. May the Almighty bless you abudantly as you consider me and others.

  4. Am in need of a scholarship,I have excerise many project ,am in my
    4th year electrical engineering at the university of hawassa ethiopia,
    international university but I don’t have the continuing
    tuition,any assistance I highly welcome it.Thanks.
    so please help me !!!tnxs so much

  5. am irivuzimana david from rwanda and i am student in year 4 in agriculture economics in universt of rwanda. i am aible and willing to continue my study in master’s programer but i don’t have the tuition fees .
    in fact i need your aid.

    thanks and be blesses in all

  6. Hello my name is auswell Mwandira am a malawian.. Am requesting for an oppotunity of scholaship.. I fineshed my high school in 2016 but don’t have funds for university.. But I would like to purse degree in Information Techinology in China

  7. Hello my name is bero julien I’m Chadian. Am requesting for scholarship. I fineshed my high school + 2 years in environment, so I would like an opportunity to studie computer science in China.

  8. I am Beninese and in the second year of a master’s degree in Physics-Mathematics at IMSP-Benin, and I have diffuculities to be able to cope with school fees, and I would like to have your support finacier

    Thank yo

  9. I’m Eceru Salama,from Uganda. I am trying my luck here. I have bachelors in education, just praying hard for your consideration,looking forward to seeing you write to me positively

  10. My name is Humphrey Ndeeri Kuria from Kenya. I started my MSc degree in Building Services Engineering at Brunel University West London between 2009 to 2010 and passed 7 modules. My results were however withheld and I could not proceed to dissertation stage to complete my studies due to inability to clear my fees amounting to 11 443.19 sterling pounds. Kindly assist me clear the fee balance so as to enable me resume and complete the studies

  11. Hi , I’m Eritrean young man holding diploma certificate in my filed marine biology and fisheries. I left my home 2 years due to unlimited national service and no payment . I hadn’t stop my dream to upgrade my level,unfortuntly I haven’t any money at my hand. I’m texting you from Sudan right now.if you it possible please contact me in this number

  12. I am Woretaw Chanie. I have master’s degree in MBA studied at Bahir Dar university.if you help me as a sponsor, I will study very well in PhD program through the field of Busness administration.
    I hope that you help to me.

  13. So nice for this big work of Microsoft
    I really appreciate. .actually I have done masters degree in Computer application field of programming but I need go get experience in order to improve my knowledge that’s why I would like to ask if it is possible to help me for an internship.

  14. Hie l’m Mr Mamadou Falilou Seck, from Dakar Senegal, my trainnee is on marketing, i was areas supervisor in Uniliver Senegal after living Colgate were i were sale advisor. I apply for schalarship to raise my skill,and stading abroad will permite mer to refine ma ability and success in this competitive world.I have got also an hip total arthroplasty.

  15. Hi ,I’m grad to be one of the students having this wonderful opportunity for being given a
    scholarship.this will really help me to accomplish my dreams using knowledge and skills acquired at your university of changing the world positively .

  16. Hirwa Albert
    my name is Hirwa Albert from Rwanda and i completed my secondary school
    . i’m looking forward to get financial aids in order to continue my studies , please help to get scholarship if possible.

  17. I am BUGASHANE MASONGA Plaisir, from D. R. Congo, but currently living in Kenya. I have completed my secondary education back in my Country, and my vision is to continue with further education. So I am really in need of this opportunity, and request for your assistance.

  18. Hi Dear My name mozhgan I am from Afghanistan, I have bachelar degree of Economy, and I need master degree of accounting and finance or Economy I need to study your university , kindly I am requesting to accept my request and please
    give me this opportunity
    thanks all
    phone number ; +93 796612126 and +93 789178726

    best regards
    mozhgan sadat

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