Thinking of College? Think Scholarships

Scholarships for students with disabilities are available from two organizations — but deadlines are fast approaching

Article Highlights:
  • Incight, co-founded by Scott Hatley (who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy), offers $750 scholarships, as well as help finding internships and mentors. Application deadline is April 1.
  • Deshae Lott Ministries, run by Deshae Lott (who has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy), offers $500 scholarships for graduate school applicants.  Deadline is July 1. 
by Bill Norman on March 5, 2010 - 9:55am

Application deadlines are fast approaching for two scholarships for students with disabilities, offered by two organizations run by people with forms of muscular dystrophy.

Both organizations – Incight and Deshae Lott Ministries -- require applicants to submit documentation of disability, confirmation of acceptance at a qualifying educational institution, and letters of recommendation. More details are available on their Web sites.

(971) 244-0305

Incight is a Portland, Ore.-based firm (also with offices in Palm Desert, Calif.) whose scholarships are designed  for students continuing their education after high school, including graduate students. Those with physical and/or cognitive disabilities are eligible.

Scholarships, which can be renewed, are for $750 per academic year. Some educational institutions will match that amount, bumping the assistance total to $1,500. Incight also helps scholarship recipients obtain internships in their fields of study.

Deadline for applying for Incight’s upcoming round of scholarships is April 1.

Incight’s co-founder, 30-year-old Scott Hatley, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and a college degree in organizational communications. He said his motivation to start the company came when he learned that only about 18 percent of people with disabilities graduate from college, and only 20 percent of graduates have full-time jobs. Incight “empowers people with disabilities to become contributing members of society,” Hatley said.

(Note: check out the Spring (April-June) 2010 issue of Quest magazine for an interview with Hatley.)

Deshae Lott Ministries    
(318) 741-0781

Based in Bossier City, La., this organization offers scholarships to students pursuing higher education beyond a bachelor’s degree.  The organization focuses its assistance on students with severe physical disabilities. Its scholarships are currently for $500, but are planned to increase.

The deadline for applying each academic year is July 1; applications must be for an upcoming academic term, not for a current or completed term or for a completed program. Results will be announced by Labor Day.

Deshae Lott, 39, holds a Ph.D. in English, with minors in philosophy and religious studies. She has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and uses a vent. She has instructed students in humanities and English at universities across the country; is extensively published in the fields of literature and religion; and has served in many academic and editorial consulting positions.

Lott retired from full-time teaching in 2001, but continues to instruct part-time. She says she “loves the pursuit of intellectual inquiry and facilitating that process for others.”

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