An Open Letter from the LPA Scholarship Committee...

Dear Prospective Student:

What an exciting time in your life! Going to college or vocational school is a life-changing event and the scholarship committee hopes that we can assist you achieve your educational goals.  

Scholarships are given in order of preference to:
• members of LPA who have a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism
• immediate family members of dwarfs who are also paid members of LPA
• people with dwarfism who are not members of LPA

About LPA and our Mission....

Little People of America, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families. Membership is offered to those people who are usually no taller than 4'10" in height. Their short stature is generally caused by one of the more than 200 medical conditions known as dwarfism. Membership is also available to relatives and interested professionals who work with short-statured individuals.

About Scholarships...

As part of our service to people with dwarfism and the community at large, LPA offers educational scholarships to prospective and current students attending college or vocational school in the United States. Awards can range from $250 to $1000 (sometimes more). A scholarship committee, headed by LPA's Programs Director, will review application packets, as well as individual donors.

LPA scholarship awards shall be limited to two awards for undergraduate studies and one for graduate studies.  Ellen Highland Fernandez graduate scholarship recipients may re-apply up to two additional times.

Some Helpful Tips...

  • Complete the online application by the deadline, May 1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Proofread, proofread, and proofread! The scholarship committee considers spelling and grammar when reviewing applications. 
  • Write a thank you letter if you receive an award. Other than being the right thing to do, if you are planning to apply for another scholarship in the future, a thank you letter for past scholarships impresses the scholarship committee.
  • Get involved with LPA! We are a volunteer organization and any student who has shown a willingness to volunteer his or her time will look good to the scholarship committee. Ask your local chapter or district officer how you can be of service. Indicate how you plan to help on your personal statement.
  • If you need help, do not be afraid to ask! A high school counselor, college advisor, your parents, or even another college student may all be of service. Also, feel free to email me with any questions.

For more advice and information on writing a personal statements, and applying for scholarships, check out Writing Tips and  College Resources for Disabled Students links.

The link to apply for our 2020 Educational Scholarships will be made available beginning March 1.  All applications for scholarships must be completed by May 1.     

Thank you for your interest and for applying.   Best of luck in your educational pursuits.


Ray LeCara
LPA Programs Director