LPA is no longer accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-21 academic year.  Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions during the first two weeks of July.  

Dear Prospective Student:

What an exciting time in your life! Pursuing post-secondary education is a life-changing event.  

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


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. To read more, please visit our About LPA and Mission pages.  


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 31. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Proofread, proofread, and proofread! The Scholarship Committee considers spelling and grammar when reviewing applications. 
  • Craft 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.  Showing a willingness to volunteer reveals much about you to the Scholarship Committee. Ask your local chapter or district officer how you can be of service. Indicate how you plan to help with 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. You can also email me at any time with questions.

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

Thank you for your interest and for applying.   Wishing you much success in your educational pursuits.

Ray LeCara, Jr.
LPA Programs Director