Scholarships & Awards

NCLD’s Scholarships

The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing postsecondary education.

The Anne Ford Scholarship was first awarded in 2002. In 2009, with a generous donation from Anne’s daughter, Allegra, a second scholarship was created and named the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship.

Applications for the 2020 Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships will open October 16, 2019, and will close January 17, 2020. 

Interviews with semifinalists will be conducted in late March 2020. Winners will be notified in early spring 2020.

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.

Anne Ford Scholarship

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall.

 NCLD is looking for students who:

  • Articulate challenges and strengths while recognizing the need for self-advocacy
  • Are committed to post–high school academic study/career training and have begun to set career goals
  • Demonstrate perseverance and are committed to achieving personal goals
  • Participate in school and community activities
  • Plan to contribute to society in ways that increase opportunities for individuals with learning and attention issues
  • Interested in being a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with learning and attention issues
  • Show academic achievement 
  • Prove financial need

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship, visit our Eligibility Information page.

Apply for the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship or Anne Ford Scholarship here

To learn more about previous winners, visit our previous winners pages:

Past Anne Ford Scholarship Winners
Past Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Winners 

For more information about this scholarship, please visit the FAQ page.

If you would like information on scholarship opportunities outside of NCLD, visit Financial Aid for Students Who Learn and Think Differently.

NCLD’s Awards

Rozelle Founders Award

NCLD’s Rozelle Founders Award was created by NCLD’s Board of Directors in 2000. The award, named for NCLD’s founders, Pete and Carrie Rozelle, is presented to outstanding K–12 public and independent schools that provide effective instruction and support to all students and are successful in addressing the educational and social-emotional needs of students with learning and attention issues.

The Rozelle Founders Award is intended to highlight the importance of classroom and schoolwide teaching approaches and learning activities that incorporate best evidence-based practices.

Preference is given to schools that serve underprivileged and underserved communities, and programs that have demonstrated positive impact on students with learning and attention issues.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The ideal candidates for this award are schools or school-related programs that are committed to excellence in education for all students, including those with learning and attention issues, and that have demonstrated:

  • Extraordinary learning and social/behavioral student outcomes
  • A commitment to data-based decision-making and student progress monitoring
  • Demonstrated K–12 transition planning activities that facilitate student advancement and lead to a regular high school diploma
  • Ongoing staff development and opportunities for professional growth that enhance accountability and promote better student outcomes

Selection Process

Members of the NCLD Team, in consultation with members of NCLD’s Professional Advisory Board and Board of Directors, review all qualified recommendations and select the winners of this annual award. 

Winners are notified in writing at least six weeks in advance of the award presentation.

Award Presentation

The awards are given during the academic school year. Members of the larger school community are invited to participate in the award ceremony and accompanying events.

For more information about this award, please visit FAQ.

Past Winners of the Rozelle Founders Award

Bill Ellis Award

The Bill Ellis Award is presented annually to an educator or other professional who demonstrates excellence in practice and a commitment to all students, including those with learning and attention issues.

Established in 1996, the award honors Bill Ellis, a great humanitarian, educator, and visionary who served as NCLD’s director of professional services from 1991 until his death in 1995.

It was Bill’s vision in the field of learning disabilities that framed much of what NCLD has become. He led the organization by collaborating with other learning disabilities organizations and establishing a growing presence on a national level; he recognized the importance of early intervention for children with learning disabilities; he valued the roles that general educators play in the lives of children with learning disabilities; and he helped create the first of NCLD’s highly respected national summits: the 1994 summit, an event that presented learning disabilities to the highest levels of government.

Bill’s last great undertaking was his work on NCLD’s National Summit on Teacher Preparation, held in 1996. Although Bill was not able to attend the summit, it was his idea and dream to establish a forum where general and special educators could join together to shape the future of teaching.

Bill saw beyond the world of learning and attention issues and recognized the need to reach all educators.

For more information about this award, please visit FAQ.

Past Winners of the Bill Ellis Award

From the policy blog

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