Sleep Scholarships and Financial Aid Assistance

Every year, billions of dollars in financial aid goes unclaimed by eligible college students. Many scholarships and grats are geared toward specific candidates, including people who struggle with sleep disorders or issues. This guide to scholarships and grants features funding options for undergraduate and graduate students. Some awards target sleep-disordered students, while others are available to students pursuing degrees in sleep science or other related psychology and mental health fields.

All awards listed are still valid, though some are currently closed for submissions and will re-open at a later date. Be sure to revisit sites for closed awards to receive updates about future submissions.

Additionally, college students may be eligible for Pell Grants and other forms of federal financial aid. You can determine your aid eligibility by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which includes personal and family income and tax history. Check the financial aid office at the schools where you are applying to learn about institutional aid, as well.

Sleep Scholarships

The following awards are available to candidates who have either been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, or who must submit an essay related to sleep science as part of their application package. To visit the scholarship’s homepage, click the link found at the top of each award profile.

Sponsor: Unigo Group
Amount: $1,500
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • 13 years or older at the time of application
  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll no later than 2025 at an accredited institution

Application Requirements:

  • A 250-word answer to the following prompt: “We want to know… what do you dream about? Whether it’s some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college.”

Renewable?: No
Deadline: January 31, 2019

Sponsor: Repshop.com
Amount: $1,500, plus four additional $500 awards
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school or undergraduate/graduate student
  • Attending or planning to attend an accredited postsecondary institution within one year of receiving the award
  • 2.0 GPA or better (college students only)

Application Requirements:

  • An unprompted essay (400 to 600 words) about one of the following subjects: snoring, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, and/or CPAP therapy
  • Essay must be emailed as an MS Word PDF attachment to [email protected]

Renewable?: No
Deadline: June 30, 2018

Sponsor: Project Sleep
Amount: $1,000
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school senior who has been diagnosed with narcolepsy
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited postsecondary institution in Fall 2019

Application Requirements:

  • A note from a physician that includes a narcolepsy diagnosis
  • A written response to an assigned prompt (500 to 1,000 words)

Renewable?: No
Deadline: April 1, 2019

Sponsor: BestMattressReviews.com
Amount: $1,000
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school seniors attending school in the U.S. or current students enrolled at an accredited postsecondary institution
  • U.S. citizen
  • 3.0 GPA for senior year

Application Requirements:

  • A creative video that addresses one of the two following prompts and upload it to YouTube with the title ‘Best Mattress Reviews – Sleep Scholarship Application’:
    • “How important is sleep as a public health issue? Sleep has gotten a lot of coverage in the last few years and we’d like to know how you think it stacks up and why you feel that way. Please use research and statistics to back up your opinions.”
    • “Describe your current relationship with sleep and assess the quality of that relationship. Research and cover at least two to three ways you think you should change your lifestyle/sleep hygiene habits to improve your sleep health and how you plan to implement them over the next year of your life.”
  • A single-page Google Drive document that answers the following questions:
    • What time do you usually wake up during the weekdays (on a typical week of school)?
    • What time do you usually wake up during the weekends?
    • Do you ever feel like you could fall asleep in class? If so, what time(s) of day do you get sleepy?
    • On average, how many hours a night did you sleep during finals week? Do you feel like it was enough, too much or too little?
    • Where do you keep your phone while you sleep? Is the ringer on or is it set to silent or vibrate?
    • Do you usually go to bed at the same time every night? If so, what time is that on the weekdays and what time is that on the weekends?
    • What’s typically the last activity you participate in before you go to bed each night?
    • Have you been diagnosed with a sleep disorder?
    • Do you feel like you have trouble sleeping? If yes, how has that affected you?

Renewable?: No
Deadline: May 19, 2019

Academic Sleep Scholarships

The next sections feature scholarships that are exclusively available to students pursuing degrees in psychology or mental health and wellness.

Psychology Scholarships

The following awards are offered to students pursuing degrees in different areas of psychology.

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Amount: $20,000 per year for up to 4 years
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled or accepted at an accredited four-year postsecondary institution in the U.S.
  • 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Exceptional financial need
  • Recipients must commit to the following:
    • 10-week summer laboratory experience after each year of financial aid support
    • Employment at the NIH after graduation

Renewable?: Yes, up to 4 years
Deadline: March 2019

Sponsor: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Amount: $7,500
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students earning their first degree from an accredited postsecondary institution during some or all of the following academic year
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Pursuing a degree related to health professions

Application Requirements:

  • Essay (up to 500 words) that describes: “you, your interests, your reasons for pursuing a career in healthcare and how the scholarship would help you to achieve your goals”
  • Two letters of recommendation

Renewable?: No
Deadline: May 2019

Sponsor: American Psychological Association (Division 53)
Amount: $1,000
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree/career in child or adolescent psychology
  • Attending APA- or CPA-accredited postsecondary institutions
  • Members of APA Division 53
  • Must not have received another APA financial aid award

Application Requirements:

  • 1- or 2-page letter describing “the contributions you have made to clinical child and adolescent psychology,” with a focus on research projects
  • Sample research project in the form of an abstract or summary

Renewable?: No
Deadline: May 2019

Sponsor: American Psychological Association (Division 41)
Amount: $150 (3rd), $300 (2nd), $500 (1st)
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students who have led a research project related to psychology and law
  • Graduate students may apply if the project was conducted during their undergraduate studies

Application Requirements:

  • Manuscript or thesis detailing the undergraduate research project (APA style)
  • Letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor

Renewable?: No
Deadline: June 30 (annually)

Sponsor: American Psychological Association (Division 16)
Amount: $1,000, plus two additional $500 awards
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Master’s/specialist students entering their first/second ($500 award) or third/fourth/fifth ($1,000 award) year of study
  • Come from an underrepresented minority group
  • Current SASP member

Application Requirements:

  • SASP membership information
  • Purpose statement regarding educational goals (1,000 words)
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Renewable?: No
Deadline: April 2019

Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation (APF)
Amount: $2,500
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Completed doctoral candidacy and pursuing a career in neuropsychology
  • Demonstrated research competence and area commitment

Application Requirements:

  • Submit the following on a document (3 pages or less) with 1-inch margins and 11-point font:
    • Goals, relevant background, and literature review
    • Detailed research methodology
    • Expected outcomes, significance, and impact
  • Project timeline
  • Budget and justification
  • CV/resume
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor

Renewable?: No
Deadline: June 2019

Mental Health and Wellness Scholarships

The next awards are available to students pursuing degrees related to mental health and wellness, or candidates who submit essays about mental health and wellness topics.

Sponsor: Montem Outdoor Gear
Amount: $1,500
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school, undergraduate, or graduate students
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health and wellness
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited undegraduate degree program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher

Application Requirements:

  • An essay (500 to 1,000 words) that promotes “a practical approach to a healthy lifestyle during high school, college or university years (whichever is relevant to you) and how these habits can be sustained over a lifetime”

Renewable?: No
Deadline: Two annual deadlines in September and March

Sponsor: Intermountain Vein Center
Amount: $2,500
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students enrolled full-time in an accredited postsecondary institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher

Application Requirements:

  • An essay (800 to 1,000 words) submitted as an MS Word doc or PDF that promotes “a practical approach to healthy lifestyle during college years and how these habits can be sustained over a lifetime”

Renewable?: No
Deadline: August 31, 2018, and December 31, 2018

Sponsor: Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
Amount: $1,250 (undergraduates) and $1,750 (graduate students)
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in a health, physical education, recreation, or dance field; Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), nursing, pharmacology, physical and occupational therapy, and acupuncture therapy students are not eligible
  • Current member of SHAPE America
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • First-time award recipients only

Application Requirements:

  • Essay response to assigned prompt in an MS Word doc or PDF format (prompt varies by academic level)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Renewable?: No
Deadline: October 15 (annual deadline)

Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation
Amount: $5,000
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate student in good standing at an accredited postsecondary institution
  • Conducting a scholarly research project related to mental illness stigma
  • Demonstrated commitment to mental illness stigma issues

Application Requirements:

  • Description of research project, including “goal, relevant background, target population, methods, and anticipated outcomes”
  • Budget and justification
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor

Renewable?: No
Deadline: May 15, 2019

Sponsor: American Medical Women’s Association
Amount: $1,000
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • AMWA members in good standing who have been actively involved for at least two years
  • Professional, academic, or personal background in health, fitness, and/or wellness

Application Requirements:

  • An essay (up to 500 words) that “outlines an original model to promote nationwide health, fitness, and wellness “

Renewable?: No
Deadline: December 31, 2018

Additional Financial Aid Resources

For more information about scholarships and grants for college students, please visit the pages linked in the tabs below.

  • Federal Student Aid: This resource from the U.S. Department of Education provides information about Pell grants and other financial aid options available through the U.S. government.
  • Finding and Applying for Scholarships: Another USDOE site, this one features general information about scholarship opportunities and tips for securing the financial aid you need.
  • Government Grants and Loans: Details about federal grants and loans — as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — are available on this page maintained by USA.gov.
  • Scholarships.com: One of the most exhaustive financial aid resources on the Web, this website features information on more than 3.7 million scholarships and grants totaling $19 billion total.
  • FastWeb: More than 1.5 million scholarships and grants are featured in this database site, which also allows you to browse different postsecondary institutions and receive career advice.
  • CareerOneStop: This comprehensive database from the U.S. Department of Labor features more than 8,000 scholarships, grants and other financial aid opportunities for students of all backgrounds.
  • American Psychological Association: More than 600 grants and scholarships are included in this comprehensive database from the APA, which allows you to filter your search by recipient, topic, sponsor and type of financial aid.
  • Distinguished Young Women: DYW awards more than $2 million in scholarship and grant support to eligible female recipients each year. The organization also works with colleges and universities across the country to create more opportunities for women in higher education.
  • National Medical Fellowships: This site features more than a dozen scholarship opportunities available to medical students from underrepresented minority groups designated by the NMF. According to the site, these groups are: “African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Americans (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander”.
  • The Human Rights Campaign: This extensive database features more than 100 scholarships, grants and other financial aid opportunities geared toward men and women in the LGBTQ community.
  • Grants & Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: This lengthy list of financial aid opportunities from The College Grants Database is subdivided by disability to accommodate a wider pool of students. Categories include physical disabilities, learning disabilities, psychological disorders, and cancer patients/survivors.