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Essay Contest

Dyslexia/Auditory Processing Disorder Scholarship

($1,000 toward college tuition)

For eight straight years, Gemm Learning has provided an undergraduate scholarship to students with dyslexia and/or auditory processing disorder, attending college/university in the US/Canada.

It takes persistence and character to overcome the challenges presented by dyslexia and/or auditory processing disorder and get into college. And so, the Gemm Learning “Dyslexia/APD” scholarship rewards that persistence. We have been providing a $1,000 scholarship since 2013.

The application process is simple. Send us your story in the form of an essay on the topic “Living With Dyslexia” or “Living With Auditory Processing Disorder”. Your essay should be educational and/or inspirational, giving us all a unique insight into what it’s like to live with a learning struggle.

In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, the winning student’s essay will be featured on Gemm Learning’s blog.

Scholarship Details and Requirements

There is no formal application to complete. Simply send an email to scholarships@gemmlearning.com with the following:

  • Your of 500-650 word essay on “Living With Dyslexia” or “Living With Auditory Processing Disorder” (in Word or PDF format)
  • Proof of college enrollment. Please note: students deferring are not eligible. Acceptable proof of enrollment: You may present a dated class schedule or Student ID, receipt for tuition payment, or a formal letter from your school stating that you are enrolled for the fall semester. The full name of your University or College must be visible. An acceptance letter is not proof of enrollment.
  • By submitting an essay and proof of enrollment, you give Gemm Learning permission to publish your essay and your full name on our website and/or blog.
  • Essays submitted without a name on them will not be considered.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2024 Dyslexia/APD scholarship  on September 1, 2024.  All essays and proof of enrollment must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM EST on October 31, 2024 . The scholarship will be awarded by November 15, 2024. The recipient will be contacted by email. Failure to respond within three (3) days will result in the forfeit of the scholarship. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient in December, 2024. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to have your essay published on our website, whether you are awarded the scholarship or not.

We look forward to hearing about your academic and personal triumphs. Contact Gemm Learning at scholarships@gemmlearning.com if you have any questions about our scholarships.


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Past Winners

We were amazed by all of the wonderful essays we receive in each round. We wish you all a wonderful semester.

Fall 2023 winner is Kathleen Arnett. Read her essay here

Fall 2022 winner was Nicholas Panzarino. Read his essay here.

Fall 2021 winner was William Smallwood. Read his essay here.

Fall 2020 winner was Mara Land, attending Gallaudet University.  Read more here.  

Essay of note, Dear Dyslexia. And Living With Dyslexia by Spencer L.

Fall 2019 winner was Julian L.  Going to College.

Congratulations go out to Lauren Adams, our recipient of the Fall Semester 2018 Gemm Learning scholarship.

Samara Dengler was the recipient of our Gemm Learning Spring 2018 scholarship. Read Samara’s submission here.

Bridget Corso. Bridget is the recipient of the Gemm Learning Fall 2017 Dyslexia Scholarship. To read Bridget’s essay, please click here.

Congratulations to Annika Berntsen. Annika is the recipient of our Winter/Spring 2017 scholarship. You can read Annika’s essay here.

Fall of 2015 winner was Julia McGehean, essay here.  Other essays from 2015, by Desiree – read here.  Essay from 2015, by Alexis – read here. Essay from 2015, by Kathleen – read more. My Journey with Dyslexia, by Clara. Dyslexia Again, by Clara.

Melissa Shoff, wInner of 2014 scholarship here.

Winner in 2012 was Lacy Stephens, here essay is here

To view additional scholarship opportunities, please visit this page in the coming weeks.