Scholarship Opportunities

At Tighten The Drag Foundation, it is our goal to help everyone with a SPINAL CORD INJURY have a better quality of life. We provide information to help you navigate the world of Spinal Cord Injury. We STRONGLY believe that RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE through activity based exercise programs, recreational adaptive sporting events, good health and nutrition and a positive state of mind. Our website has links to the best information we have gathered through our own journey. Being strong and feeling good will allow you to be more independent and do more of the things you used to do before your accident.


Currently we are only able to offer scholarships for those who have suffered a spinal cord INJURY as the result of a catastrophic accident in the State of Florida. We hope to expand our reach as we grow. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must reside in Florida. 

We also promote ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAMS that allow you to participate in activities that challenge and help you connect with the outdoors and others who share your passion for various sports, from sky diving to fishing, water skiing and hunting, you can apply to attend camps and programs of your choice.


RECREATIONAL THERAPY outings such as family time at theme parks, sporting events or other activities that you enjoy are also supported at Tighten The Drag Foundation. We believe that having a reprieve from your daily life helps to motivate, inspire and give you a positive outlook.

If you need financial help to attend any of these programs, you can apply for a scholarship by sending in your application. Applications are reviewed and considered biannually and you will be notified via email if you are accepted. If our programs are not what you are looking for, check below for other individual scholarship opportunities that help in various ways!

Scroll to bottom for additional Scholarship opportunities from other organizations designed to help Spinal Cord Injured Families.

Scholarship Recipients

Since 2012 - Over $70,000 in Quality of Life Grants

Sam C5

CORE Florida

Nate T3-T4

CORE Florida

Kolton  T12

Casey C5-C6


Kirk C5-C6

Barwins Florida

Mariah T12

CORE Florida


Lauren  C5-6

CORE Florida

Melissa Ann C3

CORE Florida

Camryn C5

CORE Florida

Nicholas L4-5

Core Florida

WALKS w Assistance

Bryce C4-5

Core Florida

Caden C5

Core Florida

Alex L1-L4

Core Florida

Jacen C7

CORE Florida


CORE Florida

Tony C4-C6 

Center of NeuroRecovery




Capt Robert C6 

CORE Florida




Molly C6 

Tampa General Rehab

David T5

CORE Florida

Movement in Legs 2017

Trevor C3-5

Core Florida

Hayden C4 

At Home Therapy

CORE Florida



Gabrielle  T6

CORE Florida


Stephanie C6

Elite Choice Fitness

Taylor T11-T12

Project Walk


Fred C5

Next Steps


8 years post injury

Christopher C6

Brooks Rehab


Aaron T2 

Believing Recovery Center


Other Scholarship Opportunities for Spinal Cord Injured Families                              Creating experiences for those hungry for hope & providing resources for those affected by a life altering injury                                              Committed to assisting and supporting survivors of spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegic paralysis. The foundation      Warrior Moms                                                                         actively works to improve their quality of life through resource assistance, education, rehabilitation and research. We                                                                                                            also  strive to provide a support center for survivors and their families.                             Dustin Shillcox Foundation, inspire the lives of people dealing with adversity and create awareness for people in                                                                                                                        wheelchairs. Giving hope and a reason to believe that a cure is coming to those are affected with a spinal cord injury.                New Perspective Foundation, providing travel and hotel allowances for families who need to visit injured in hospitals                    Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Providing wheelchair scholarships                                   Getting Back Up, Providing funding for adaptable products & participation in exercise based recovery                        Kelly Brush Foundation, funding adaptive sporting equipment                         High Fives Foundation , winter sports athletes                                        Wheelchairs 4 Kids, dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities.                                Help,Hope, Live enabling patients/families to use community-based fundraising to meet uncovered medical

                                                                                            expenses related to transplantation or a catastrophic injury or illness resulting in a physical disability.                              Offering scholarships and grants, and provide resources and support to others seeking to discover                                                                                                 new possibilities in their lives after a challenging life-changing event.                                            The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation , Scholarships for Standing Frames                                              Offering scholarships to individuals who have suffered a life changing injury/illness and endured         

                                                                                              the experience through courage, desire and perserverence.                                                    Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation -Funding charitable grants for  van modifications, wheelchairs, ramps and other items                                                                                                      as well as educational scholarships to continue or further education.                      The Foundation offers scholarships for activity-based therapy at Project Walk to qualified recipients.     

                                                                                             Provides funds to those needing wheelchairs, adapting cars, as well as covering unpaid medical bills  to 

                                                                                             those  who cannot afford to pay their deductibles and general daily medical necessities.                        Cindy Donald Dreams of recovery Fdn- To assist individuals with paralysis due to spinal cord or brain injuries in                                                                                                                           receiving continued therapeutic  exercise to promote neurological recovery, maintain health and fitness, and enhance quality                                                                                               of life.
                              Supporting patients recovering from catastrophic medical issues in the Mississippi, Colorado and          

                                                                                          Kansas  areas.  Providing funding that allows patients to continue their rehabilitation, to recover to their

                                                                                          fullest potential,  and to move forward in their lives.                          The Testaverde Fund supports research being done by The Spinal Cord Injury Project at The State University of
                                                                                         New Jersey at Rutgers, under the leadership of Dr. Wise Young. In their labs, state of the art molecular, genetic
                                                                                          and cellular research gives new hope to kids like Joe around the world, who dream of one day walking away from
                                                                                          their wheel chairs.                       To provide essential medical equipment for people with spinal cord injuries who cannot afford these    

                                                                                    necessities.                  Victoria Arlen Foundation  -     Travis Burkhart Foundation serving local counties of Indiana helping those in need





Mission Statement:

To extend the OPPORTUNITY for recovery and a better quality of life for FLORIDA residents who have suffered 

a life changing paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury as a result of a catastrophic accident. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

The average newly injured person with a spinal cord injury will incur 1 million dollars in medical costs in their first year. If you are injured at age 25, your estimated lifetime costs will exceed 5 million dollars.  The average yearly medical costs after the first year can average $50,000-$100,000 depending on the level of injury. 

​ There are approximately 17,500 new spinal cord injuries in the US every year. There are over a half million people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States.

Every 38 minutes in our country, a person becomes paralyzed. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause, with Falls being the second leading cause.

Sports related injuries are less than 10% of all spinal cord injuries but of the 10%, diving accidents account for 7%. 

There are over 5.6 million people in the US living with some type of Paralysis caused by Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer,

Spinal Cord Injury, Transverse Myelitis and other nervous system disorders. Roughly 1 in 50 people.



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