In 2023, we're rolling out something incredible: the launch of The Neurodiversity Scholarship. We're honored to support neurodivergent young people 16-26 years olds, including those who identify with learning differences like dyslexia, ADHD, and other conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, as they pursue their academic and career goals. This initiative, courtesy of the Neurodiversity Alliance and powered by Eye to Eye, represents our ongoing commitment to helping neurodivergent students achieve their full potential while being part of a supportive community. This scholarship program is designed to break down the financial barriers to higher education, making it easier for students to go to college, focus on their studies, and graduate successfully. In addition to the funding, each scholarship recipient gets a year-long virtual mentorship from one of our Eye to Eye Alumn'eye community members. We believe in the power of these mentorship relationships, and we're thrilled to offer funding and mentorship to all the recipients.
Out of the 15 scholarships available for the 2024-2025 academic year, each begins as an initial one-year scholarship with the potential to renew for a total of four years. Award amounts are determined by enrollment status and program type:
- If you're enrolled at a non-profit community or technical college or taking part-time classes (less than 12 credit hours) at a traditional college or university, you'll receive $1,000 per year.
- Full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more) at a not-for-profit traditional college or university qualifies you for a $2,500 per year scholarship.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2024
The awarded scholarships will be disbursed directly to the recipient's college or university and can be utilized for "qualified educational expenses" as defined by the IRS. These expenses include tuition, fees, textbooks, as well as the required supplies and equipment for enrolled courses.
Our scholarships are designed to assist young adults who identify as neurodivergent and plan to enroll in a college or university for the upcoming school year. Please note that current Eye to Eye staff, board members, contractors, and their relatives are not eligible to apply for scholarships at this time.
We seek young adults who exhibit a dedication to leadership and advocacy, uphold values and beliefs that promote a growth mindset and growing self-efficacy, foster a positive sense of integrated identities, and demonstrate resilience in addressing the systemic challenges they may encounter.
Preference will be given to applicants who identify as one or more of the following:
- Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color
- Trans, non-binary, gender diverse, gender non-conforming, and Two-Spirit individuals
- First-generation college-bound students
- Individuals with multiple disabilities, including physical disabilities, chronic illness, or mental health challenges
Have questions? Check out our FAQs document here.