Scholarship News - LDA Students with Disabilities

February 12, 2019

The Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois is making scholarship funds available to students with learning disabilities who currently are enrolled or are enrolling in undergraduate colleges or technical/vocational programs.

The definition that will be utilized to determine specific learning disability qualifications is: Specific learning disability--The individual exhibits a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations.  Such terms include conditions as perceptual handicaps, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.  The term does not include individuals who have learning problems, which are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor handicaps, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.


  • Applicant must be a resident of the state of Illinois
  • The applicant must show evidence of a psychological evaluation and/or an Individual Education Program which indicates that the applicant was diagnosed as having a specific learning disability. Psychological and/or IEP will not be returned.

Application Information:

  • Applicants must complete all forms.
  • The LDA of IL Scholarship Committee selects scholarship recipients
  • The amount of the scholarship is $500.  Upon proof of acceptance into college, technical, or vocational school, the scholarship money will be sent directly to the institution.
  • The application DEADLINE is Friday, 3/1/19.  All application materials and references received after that date will not be considered. For additional information, contact the LDA/IL office at 708-430-7532.
  • Three references dated January 2019 or later, are required, including at least one from a school counselor, administrator or teacher. The references should be addressed to the LDA of IL Scholarship Committee.
  • All requested information must be included with application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • When all scholarship requirements are completed, please sent to:

                                             Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois

                                             Attention: Scholarship Committee

                                             10101 S. Roberts Road, Suite 205

                                             Palos Hills, Illinois  60465-1556