Frequently Asked Questions
I have a disability but do not have LD or ADHD. Am I eligible for the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?
To be eligible for our scholarships, you must have documentation of a “specific learning disability” (LD) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia and/or documentation of a diagnosis of ADHD. You are welcome to apply if you have a specific learning disability and/or ADHD in addition to other disorders that impact learning, as long as you provide current documentation of LD and/or ADHD.
Which one of the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships should I apply for? Can I apply for both?
Apply for the one scholarship that best fits your post-high school plans. If you are planning to attend a four-year college, apply for the Anne Ford Scholarship. If you are planning to attend a two-year community college, vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with LD, apply for the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship.
You may not apply for both scholarships.
Whom should I ask to write my letters of recommendation for the Anne Ford or the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?
The best recommendations are from people who know you well and can speak about your struggles and triumphs with LD or ADHD. If you are applying to the Anne Ford Scholarship, at least one of your letters of recommendation must be from a teacher. Teachers, guidance counselors, tutors, and coaches are fine, as are volunteer activity coordinators or job supervisors. Letters of recommendation from immediate family members are discouraged.
I am still waiting to make a final decision about where I am going to go to college. Am I eligible to apply for the Anne Ford or the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?
Yes. Most students, will not have heard back from colleges by the cut-off date for application submission. Others will have received acceptances but not made the decision about where to attend. And still others will postpone making a decision until hearing about financial aid and scholarship offers. There is no need to wait until your college plans are finalized. Apply for one of our scholarships as soon as you can gather all the required information.
I am not sure if I “demonstrate financial need.” Is there a family income limit to apply for the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?
No, there is no set limit on income. Each applicant’s financial situation is carefully reviewed, taking into account any unique circumstances, combined family income, other sources of financial relief, available assets, number of dependents, etc. If you and your family believe that scholarship money is needed to pay for college, we encourage you to apply. If there is additional information about your family’s financial situation that is not captured by the Financial Statement form, feel free to upload a document describing your circumstances.
What should I submit as documentation of my learning disability or ADHD for Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?
Please submit your most recent IEP, 504 plan or assessment/evaluation report. You may also submit a letter from a school administrator noting your learning disability and any accommodations you receive in school. If you have a diagnosis of ADHD, you can submit verification of the diagnosis from the physician who treats you. If you have questions about whether your documentation is sufficient, please email us at AFScholarship@ncld.org and ask for guidance.
I am graduating from high school this year but I am planning to take a “gap year” and defer my admission to college for a year. Am I eligible for the Anne Ford or the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships?
No. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors intending to enroll in a post-secondary program in the fall following graduation.
Need more help? Please send an email with your specific question to AFScholarship@ncld.org.