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2018 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Application

The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas is seeking applicants for the 2018 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship. The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship is awarded in amount of $2,500 to an individual with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in Fall Semester 2018 at a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program. The ideal scholarship recipient is an individual who:

• Recognizes and understands his or her learning disability and is able to self-advocate when necessary

• Is committed to pursuing higher academic study or career training and has begun to set realistic career goals

• Is committed to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of learning disability

• Participates in school and community activities


To be eligible for the Ralph G. Norman scholarship, the applicant must:

• Be an individual who will be attending a university, two-year community college, or a vocational or technical training program in Fall 2018

• Be a current Arkansas resident

• Be able to provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability. Eligible learning disabilities include:

  • Impairment in Reading (Dyslexia)
  • Basic Reading/Word Reading Accuracy
  • Reading Rate/Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Impairment in Written Expression (Dysgraphia)
  • Impairment in Mathematics (Dyscalculia)
  • Math Calculation
  • Math Problem Solving


The top 10 candidates as selected by the LDAA scholarship committee will be presented to members of the board who will select three candidates who have overcome academic challenges related to their learning disabilities.


The $2,500 scholarship is paid in two installments: a $1,250 installment in the fall and a $1,250 installment in the spring. The payment is made directly to the university, college or vocational/technical program the individual is attending. In the event the scholarship recipient withdraws or separates from the institution or program during the Fall Semester 2018; any unused scholarship funds will be refunded to LDAA. The scholarship will not continue if the recipient withdraws or separates from the institution or program prior to the Spring Semester 2019.


All required materials must be postmarked in one packet to be considered for the scholarship. Completed packets should be mailed to:

Ralph G. Norman Scholarship

Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas

P.O. Box 23514

Little Rock, AR 72221

Or e-mail to info@ldarkansas.org

Completed application packets must be submitted by March 31, 2018.

Please note that materials submitted as part of the application process will not be returned.

Click here to download the application.



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Did You Know

Learning disabilities should not be confused with other disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, autism, deafness, blindness and behavioral disorders. None of these conditions are learning disabilities. In addition, they should not be confused with lack of educational opportunities, such as frequent changes of schools or attendance problems. Also, children who are learning English do not necessarily have a learning disability.