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.
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
Enrolled or planning to enroll no later than 2025 at an accredited institution
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)
An unprompted essay (400 to 600 words) about one of the following subjects: snoring, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, and/or CPAP therapy
High school seniors attending school in the U.S. or current students enrolled at an accredited postsecondary institution
3.0 GPA for senior year
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.
The following awards are offered to students pursuing degrees in different areas of psychology.
Enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited undegraduate degree program
Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
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
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
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
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
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.
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.