Wells Fargo & Co and Scholarship America announce a call for applications for the People with Disabilities Scholarship Program, in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The scholarship program is open to students with disabilities to assist them with their college education costs. Applications for the scholarship program are being accepted online through December 6, 2018, or until 700 applications are submitted.

Awards of up to $2,500 are available to qualifying full-time students, renewable up to 3 years. Awards of up to $1,250 are available to qualifying half-time students and are renewable up to 7 years, or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, according to Wells Fargo and Scholarship America, in a media release.

The selection criteria include academic performance, demonstrated leadership, work experience, a brief statement of career and educational goals, and an outside appraisal. Financial need will also be considered.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must have an identified disability; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent; and be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll (or already is enrolled) in full-time or half-time (at least six credits per term) undergraduate study at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the US for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.

Applicants are also required to complete the online application and provide a current academic transcript, as well as submit an essay on the question, “What life experiences have shaped who you are today?”

“We are proud to collaborate with Wells Fargo on its People with Disabilities Scholarship Program,” says Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO, Scholarship America, in the release. “All students deserve an opportunity to obtain a higher education. Wells Fargo is helping make that possible for students with disabilities.”

“Working with Scholarship America is just one of many ways Wells Fargo is helping to financially empower people with disabilities so they may reach their educational dreams,” states Kathy Martinez, head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy at Wells Fargo.

For more information about the scholarship, visit Wells Fargo.

[Source(s): Wells Fargo & Co, Scholarship America, Business Wire]