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Here are some of the Blind scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Delta Gamma Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Offered to a legally blind junior, senior, or graduate student, of good character, have exhibited academic excellence, and are studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are visually impaired or blind. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen and submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance at a college or university 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A typewritten of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.

Ferdinand Torres AFB Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time post-secondary student who is legally blind and who presents evidence of economic need. To be eligible, the applicant must reside in the United States but need not be a citizen of the United States. Preference will be given to applicants residing in the New York City metropolitan area and new immigrants to the United States. Applicants must submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance into a full-time post-secondary program 4. Evidence of economic need 5. Three letters of recommendation 6. Proof of residency (e.g., telephone bill, lease, utility bill) 7. A Typewritten statement of three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extracurricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used. New immigrants, please include a description of your country of origin and the reason for coming to the United States.

Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Provided to a WOMAN who is legally blind, studying religious or classical music at the college level. To be eligible the applicant must be a United States citizen, and submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance at a college or university 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A sample performance tape of voice or instrumental selection (not to exceed 30 minutes) 6. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.

Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship

Provided to a full-time graduate student who is legally blind and who presents evidence of economic need. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen and submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance into a full-time graduate program 4. Evidence of economic need 5. Three letters of recommendation 6. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.

R.L. Gillette Scholarship

Offered to WOMEN who are legally blind and enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program in literature or music. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen, and submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance at a college or university 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A sample performance tape (not to exceed 30 minutes) or a creative writing sample 6. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.

Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship

Provided to graduate and undergraduate students who are legally blind and studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are visually impaired or blind and who can additionally submit evidence of economic need. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen studying in the U.S and submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance in an accredited graduate or undergraduate training program within the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired. 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used. Four scholarships of $2,500 each to undergraduates or graduates who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired. Check website for changes in application deadline.

Frank Walton Horn Memorial Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Preference will be given to those studying architecture or engineering. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Howard Brown Rickard Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be studying or planning to study in the fields of law, medicine, engineering, architecture or the natural sciences. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Kenneth Jerrigan Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. There are no limitations as to the field of study, except that it shall be directed towards attaining financial independence and shall exclude religion and those seeking only to further general or cultural education. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarships

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. One award will be given to a person working full-time who is attending or planning to attend a part-time course of study which will result in a new degree and broader opportunities in present or future work if a suitable candidate applies. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Hermione Grant Calhoun Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be a woman. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

NFB Educator of Tomorrow Award

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be planning a career in elementary, secondary or post-secondary teaching. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

NFB Humanities Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be studying in the traditional humanities such as art, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy, or religion. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Kuchler-Killian Memorial Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Jennica Ferguson Memorial Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

E.U. Parker Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

NFB Computer Science Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Winner must be studying in the computer science field. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

John T. McCraw Scholarship Program

Any legally blind student is eligible to receive a scholarship who: 1. Is a legal resident of the State of Maryland, or is pursuing post-secondary studies in the State of Maryland; 2. Will be enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution (university, two- or four-year college, professional, technical, trade or vocational school). The recipient shall attend the annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, to be held in the fall. Financial assistance to attend the Convention may be provided if the recipient needs and requests it. This is in addition to the scholarship grant.

Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards

Awards are offered to college seniors who are legally blind, who have been registered (individually or through a college) with RFB&D for at least one year prior to the February 21 filing date, have an overall academic average of 3.0 or more on a 4.0 scale, can provide evidence of leadership, enterprise and service to others. Candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or its territories. Continuing formal education beyond a bachelor's degree is not required.

Undergraduate Award

Applicant Criteria Students interested in applying for a scholarship must meet the following criteria: Applicants must be visually impaired (i.e., have a severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses). Scholarships are based on academic and personal achievements. Therefore, candidates are not required to demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be US citizens. Applicants must attend an accredited college or university in one of the 50 states, District of Columbia or a US territory. Proof of citizenship will be required of all award recipients. Previous SCA recipients and current Lighthouse employees and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

Lighthouse International Undergraduate Award

Applicant Criteria Students interested in applying for a scholarship must meet the following criteria: Applicants must be visually impaired (i.e., have a severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses). Scholarships are based on academic and personal achievements. Therefore, candidates are not required to demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be US citizens. Applicants must attend an accredited college or university in one of the 50 states, District of Columbia or a US territory. Proof of citizenship will be required of all award recipients. Previous SCA recipients and current Lighthouse employees and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

Lora E. Dunetz Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication. Preference will be given to those studying to enter the medical field.

Michael & Marie Marucci Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication. The winner of this scholarship must be studying a foreign language or comparative literature; pursuing a degree in history, geography, or political science with a concentration in international studies; or majoring in any other discipline that involves study abroad. The winner's file must also show evidence of competence in a foreign language.

William W. Bolsen Memorial Scholarship

To provide scholarships for graduates of the Ohio State School for the Blind who wish to work toward a degree from a technical, 2year or 4 year college.

Career & Technical Education Scholarships- Project Success

Project Success provides career and technical financial assistance to help students that are focused on career and technical training rather than post-secondary college education in an effort to graduate high school with the necessary skills to immediately enter the work force. Currently in 12th grade Currently enrolled in a HCPS Career Center (Bowers/Whitley, D.W. Waters, Simmons, or South County) Financial assistance offsets the costs of tuition, books, classroom equipment/supplies and final certification expenses Amounts of $1,000-$2,000 will support a student through graduation

NFB Scholarships for Blind Students

The National Federation of the Blind has the largest scholarship program for legally blind post-secondary students in the country. The Federation grants thirty scholarships annually to legally blind persons in higher education from college freshmen to doctoral candidates.

Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students

General - Any College or Department For legally blind students who are full-time in any major with a 2.8 GPA or better.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarships

The National Federation of the Blind has the largest scholarship program for legally blind post-secondary students in the country. The Federation grants thirty scholarships annually to legally blind persons in higher education from college freshmen to doctoral candidates. The scholarships range in value from $3,000 to $12,000, and generous donors like the internationally famous scientist and thinker Dr. Ray Kurzweil often enhance these values with additional gifts. Federation scholarship winners also win a trip to the organizations annual convention and the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with the nations most dynamic leaders of the blind community. Winning a Federation scholarship is a lifetime distinction since winners must compete in a pool of 500 applicants. Winning is also an honor since the selection process is performed by successful blind persons. Winners recognize that they have been chosen by their blind peers who are not fooled by lowered expectations of blind people but rather seek out true quality. For the detailed program rules and the application form, go to: http://www.nfb.org/sch_intro.htm

Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students

Eligibility: All majors • Must be declared legally blind by a licensed California physician and provide verification from the physician.• Preference given to students with financial need GPA: 2.80

California Council of the Blind Scholarships

Criteria: 1. Must be a blind student. 2. Must be residing in California. 3. Must be a graduate or undergraduate student. 4. Must be a full-time student. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.ccbnet.org/scholar.htm for more information and an application form.

Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards, The

Criteria: 1. Must be legally blind. 2. Must be registered individually, or with a school, with RFB&D for at least one year prior to the deadline. 3. Must have received or will receive, a bachelors degree between a specified time period. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.rfbd.org/applications_awards.htm for more information and an application form.

Walter Young Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be blind or visually impaired. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship may view http://www.caped.net/scholarship.html for more information and an application form.

Blind Artisans of Vermont, Inc.

Giving scholarships for the legally blind in Vermont. Initial approach: Letter or proposal Deadline(s): None Limited to residents of Vermont.

Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award

Auger & Auger Attorneys at Law are proud to support the disabled students of America with the launch of their Semi-Annual Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award, awarded in both the Spring & Fall Semesters to one high-achieving, bright student intending to pursue an undergraduate college degree. Applicant Essay Topics Please choose one of the three topics provided for your essay. Essay must be between 500 and 1000 words. Describe a time in your life when you have overcome your disability to do something extraordinary. Describe how your college degree will contribute to your short and long term life goals. Discuss how your disability has made you unique. Applicant Requirements Applicants must be either a current graduating high school senior with acceptance to an accredited school or an undergraduate student at an accredited institution within the United States. Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must submit an official high school transcript. How to Apply To apply for the Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award, please fill out the online application.

The Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program

Awarding three (3) students an individual prize of $3,000., this competitive scholarship is available to full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines. Guidelines and the on-line application are available on the web site from January 1st, to 11:59 pm EST March 1st each year. The application must be completed online, and all supporting documentation submitted electronically. Semi-finalists will be selected to participate in a telephone interview with committee members. Winners will be notified in late spring. Winners are expected to attend our annual meeting, which is held in conjunction with the American Council of the Blind Conference & Convention and generally takes place the first or second week in July.

The Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science

Oracle seeks to hire the best and brightest talent to build our products, basing our employment decisions only on merit, experience, and potential. We offer an optimized and fully integrated stack of business hardware and software systems. With more than 390,000 customers—including 100 of the Fortune 100— and with deployments across a wide variety of industries in more than 145 countries around the globe, we recognize the significant impact that our products and technologies can have on people with disabilities. This scholarship for $8,000 is for a student in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related field. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS All applicants for these scholarships: must be legally blind (PDF document) in both eyes, and must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the next scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities. In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention which takes place in July in Orlando, Florida, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.

Larry Streeter Memorial Scholarship for $5,000

Federationist Larry Streeter worked tirelessly to ensure quality education for blind and disabled children, inside and outside the classroom. His wife, Sandy, and their daughters, Erin and Jennifer, along with friends and colleagues, sponsor this scholarship to carry on Dr. Streeter’s promotion of higher education that will assist blind students to elevate their quality of life, equipping them to be active, productive participants in their family, community, and workplace. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS All applicants for these scholarships: must be legally blind (PDF document) in both eyes, and must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the next scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities. In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention which takes place in July in Orlando, Florida, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.

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