Our application for the 2024-25 school year will open at 12:00am ET on 11/7/23 at 12:00am and close on 1/15/24 at 11:59pm PT.
50% of the scholarship award ($500 or $1,250 depending on award amount) will be sent to your college or university by September 15, 2024, assuming initial disbursement form and supporting documentation are received by the August 31, 2024 Deadline.
50% of the scholarship award ($500 or $1,250 depending on award amount) will be sent to your college or university by January 15, 2025, assuming follow-up disbursement form and supporting documentation are received by the December 31, 2024 Deadline.
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 believe that neurodiversity is a natural and powerful form of diversity. We acknowledge that this term was developed in the 1990s by Judy Singer, a neurodivergent sociologist, and was first embraced by the autism advocacy and activist community.
Neurodiversity invites us to believe in learner variability – that each student thinks and learns differently while also knowing that there are identifiable neurobiological differences that are labeled as disabilities or disorders.
We focus on neurodiversity in the context of challenges with one or more of the key processes related to learning and cognition such as ADHD, learning disabilities, and/or autism spectrum disorder.
For our scholarship, a recipient must identify with one or more of the following: Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Slow Processing Speed, Auditory Processing Disorder, Dysgraphia, Visual Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dysphasia / Aphasia, Hyperactivity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal learning disorder, LD Unspecified, Dyspraxia, Dysphasia / Aphasia, and/or ADHD.
In educational settings and using IDEA categories, this falls under OHI (ADHD), specific learning disabilities, and/or autism. In medical settings and using the DMS-5, this falls under the categories of autism and specific learning disorders.
Yes, you qualify if your total “qualified educational expenses” for the upcoming school year (as defined by the IRS, including all tuition and fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses) are at least $1,000 and you are enrolled in a state or district that does not already cover the full cost of tuition and fees for dual enrollment.”
Applicants must be enrolled (or plan to enroll) in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an accredited not-for-profit college or university within the United States for the 2024-25 school year.
No, Eye to Eye does not check citizenship status when reviewing applications.
To be fair to applicants, we are very strict on the due date. We cannot accept late applications or materials under any circumstances. Eye to Eye isn’t responsible for hardware malfunctions, bad internet connections, or other conditions which might prevent applicants from submitting an application on time.
Accommodations and support are available! Please send us an email at [email protected] and we will be happy to assist.
A photo, screen shot, or scanned copy of your documents are great! Just make sure that the entire document is visible and any text is not blurred or obscured.
You may return to your application as many times as you like before the application deadline. To be able to edit, you do need to leave the application in “draft form.” If you want to edit your application before the deadline, and have already submitted your application, please contact us at [email protected].
Any errors will be flagged in red when you go to submit. Correct the error(s) and re-submit. A confirmation text screen will appear and an email notification with additional information will be sent immediately upon successful submission of the application.
If your confirmation email does not arrive, check your junk-mail folder for the misplaced email. If necessary, make sure that you completed the submission steps. If neither option above corrects the problem, contact us at [email protected] to confirm your submission.
We allow you to defer the award disbursement for up to a year if you decide to take a gap year. Please make sure that information is shared immediately upon your decision.
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:
Award amounts vary based on enrollment status and program type:
Yes, The Neurodiversity Alliance’s programs, including our scholarships fund, are generally available to all students 16 to 26 years of age at any point during the school year. For 2024-25 scholarships, that means that anyone born between June 30, 1998 and July 1, 2008 is eligible to apply.
Once you are selected as a recipient, we will ask you to confirm that you meet eligibility requirements by submitting a Disbursement form prior to each disbursement date (typically on or around 9/15 and 1/15)