As defined by the Mayo Clinic, narcolepsy is "a chronic sleep disorder characterized by overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep." For students, falling asleep in class can mean spending money without receiving a total education. Although there are not specific grants for students with narcolepsy, students can apply through disability resources and receive general student disability grants. These grants allow students with disabilities like narcolepsy to gain freedom so that school can fit their needs.
The College Board
Established in 1900, the College Board is a non-profit membership-based organization made up of nearly 5,700 secondary and post-secondary schools. When students sign up for a free membership on the website, they are asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing their financial-aid needs. For students with disabilities like narcolepsy, the questionnaire allows them to search for scholarship and grants that are directed specifically towards their situations, instead of sifting through thousands of unnecessary applications. The College Board Headquarters 45 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10023-6917 212-713-8000 collegeboard.com
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is designed to help students with modest means study abroad during their college years. Criteria for those looking to apply for the scholarship are financial need, studying in non-traditional countries (outside of Western Europe), diverse ethnic background, specialty colleges and disabilities. For students with disabilities, this scholarship provides an opportunity to visit another country without the hassle of finding funding. Institute of International Education Gilman International Scholarship Program 1800 West Loop South, Suite 250 Houston, TX 77027 1-888-887-5939 x 25 iie.org
USA Funds Scholarship
A non-profit organization, USA Funds was founded in 1960 to help low-income families and those with disabilities combat the rising cost of college education. Scholarships are given out yearly after the February deadline. Since its inception, USA Funds has awarded nearly $30 billion to more than 20 million recipients. Applications for the scholarship can be found online. USA Funds firstname.lastname@example.org usafunds.org
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