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Scholarships and Grants for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults sponsors the largest scholarship granted in the United States to a legally blind person. Named the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship, it honors the man who changed perceptions regarding the capabilities of the blind in this country and throughout the world. The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults awards scholarships to deserving blind students each year, including one for $12,000. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31 of each year. Anil Lewis American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults 1800 Johnson Street, Suite 100 Baltimore, MD 21230 Telephone: 404-371-1000 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.actionfund.org/contactus.htm American Council of the Blind (ACB) The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately twenty scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community. Applications can now be submitted and all materials must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time by February 28th. Last printed 01/05/2010 -1- Scholarship monies will be awarded for the upcoming academic year. For applications or additional information contact: American Council of the Blind (ACB) Scholarship Program Attn: Dionne Matthews 2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650 Arlington, VA 22201 Telephone: 800-424-8666 Web site: http://www.acb.org/scholarship American Foundation for the Blind The American Foundation for the Blind administers a scholarship program for deserving students. Each year individuals who are blind or visually impaired can apply for financial awards, from $500 - $1,500, to support their post-secondary education. For applications or additional information contact: Attn: Tara Annis American Foundation for the Blind Scholarship Committee Information Center 1000 Fifth Ave., Suite 350 Huntington, WV 25701 Telephone: 304-523-8651 or 800-232-5463 Web Site: http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?Documentid=2962 Association of Blind Citizens (ABC) The Association of Blind Citizens will offer five thousand dollars in college scholarships to legally blind individuals seeking a college Last printed 01/05/2010 -2- degree. The Reggie Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be valued at $2,000 and three $1,000 scholarships will be available. Association of Blind Citizens PO Box 246 Holbrook, MA 02343 Telephone: (781) 961-1023 Fax: (781) 961-0004 Email: email@example.com http://www.blindcitizens.org/abc_scholarship.htm Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired offers the Ferrell Scholarship to students who are legally blind and are preparing for a career in the education or rehabilitation of blind or visually impaired children or adults. For an application or additional information contact: AER Ferrell Scholarship Fund 4600 Duke Street, Suite 430 Alexandria, VA 22397 Telephone: 703-823-9690 Web site: http://www.aerbvi.org Bank Of America Ada Abilities Scholarship Program Applicants must maintain a permanent residence in states where Bank of America has retail locations: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Metropolitan Washington DC, Last printed 01/05/2010 -3- Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, News York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on the most recent transcript and must pursue a degree in Finance, Business or Computer Systems AND plan on a career with a banking institution. Bank Of America Ada Abilities Scholarship P.O. Box 1465 Taylors, SC 29687 Phone: 864-268-3363 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) The Blinded Veterans Association offers six $2000 scholarships to dependent children and spouses of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are blind (either service or non-service connected.) Veterans need not be members of the Blinded Veterans Association. For applications or additional information contact: The Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program Blinded Veterans Association 477 H Street N.W. Washington, DC 20001-2694 Telephone: 202-371-8880 Email: email@example.com Web site: http://www.bva.org Last printed 01/05/2010 -4- Chairscholars Foundation Inc. The National Program is available to students in any state and provides fifteen to twenty deserving high school seniors or college freshmen are taken yearly and are given $1,000-$5,000 per year for tuition at any college or university of their choice. ChairScholars Foundation 16101 Carencia Lane Odessa, FL 33556-3278 Telephone: 813-926-0544 or 888-926-0544 Fax: 813-920-7661 Website: www.chairscholars.org The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired The Lighthouse offers The Mary Kathryn and Michael Panitch Scholarship Program. Five or more scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $5,000 will be awarded to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Students applying for these scholarships must have been accepted to or be attending an accredited college or university (undergraduate or graduate level program) or pursuing vocational education and training options. The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or VI Attn: Scholarship Coordinator 1850 West Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608 Telephone: 312-666-1331 Fax: 312-243-8539 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.thechicagolighthouse.org Last printed 01/05/2010 -5- The Christian Record Services The Christian Record Services offers scholarships in all areas of study to undergraduate students who are legally blind. For applications or additional information contact: Christian Record Services 4444 South 52nd Street Lincoln, NE 68516 Telephone: 402-488-0981 Web site: http://www.christianrecord.org Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International offers two scholarship programs. The Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program: This competitive scholarship awards three (3) students an individual prize of $3000 annually. Applicants must be full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines. Guidelines, Application and Certification of Low Vision forms and the on-line application are available at http://www.cclvi.org/scholarship.htm. The application must be completed online. The required CCLVI Certification of Low Vision form may be downloaded and completed between June and February. Completed applications and supporting documents must be received by March 1st. If you have any questions about the scholarship application guidelines, please call CCLVI at (800)733-2258. The Carl Foley Graduate Scholarship Program: Last printed 01/05/2010 -6- This program is for graduate students attending one of several colleges and universities which offer a degree in the field of low vision. Applicants need not be visually impaired. Application is made through the school directly. If your college or university has a program in the field of low vision and is not currently recognized, contact CCLVI so that a questionnaire can be sent to the school to determine if the program qualifies for the provisions of the Carl Foley Scholarship. Council of Citizens with Low Vision International 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 650 Arlington, VA 22201 Telephone: (800) 733-2258 http://www.cclvi.org The Council for Exceptional Children The Foundation for Exceptional Children offers scholarships to incoming college freshman who are disabled. The Kayte M. Fearn Council for Exceptional Children Ethnic Diversity Scholarship is awarded annually. It is a cash scholarship to a CEC student member from an ethnic background who is currently pursuing a degree in special education. The amount of the scholarship may vary from year-to-year depending on the amount of money raised for the scholarship fund. For applications or additional information contact: Council for Exceptional Children, Student Awards 1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22201-5704 Fax: 703/758-1896, Attn: Susan Simmons Last printed 01/05/2010 -7- E-mail: email@example.com, Attn: Student Awards Telephone: 888-232-7733 Web site: http://cec.sped.org , do a search on scholarships. Illinois Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (IPVI) IPVI awards three $500 scholarships each year. P.O. Box 2947 Naperville, IL 60567-2947 Telephone: 877-411-IPVI (4784) www.ipvi.org Illinois Council for the Blind Office Manager Illinois Council of the Blind 522 East Monroe, Suite 200 PO Box 1336 Springfield, IL 62705 217-523-4967 Floyd R. Cargill Scholarships $1,000 Jewish Guild for the Blind The Jewish Guild for the Blind offers scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who are legally blind. The Guild Scholar Program will award 12 to 16 scholarships of up to $15,000 each. For applications or additional information contact: The Jewish Guild for the Blind 15 West 65th Street New York, NY 10023 Telephone: 212-769-7801 Web site: http://www.jgb.org Last printed 01/05/2010 -8- Lighthouse International Lighthouse International offers scholarships to students who are legally blind and residents of the northeastern region of the United States. Scholarships are available for academic programs leading to undergraduate or graduate degrees or for vocational programs leading to career changes. For applications or additional information contact: Lighthouse International Career Incentive and Achievement Awards 111 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022 Telephone: 800.829.0500 Web site: http://www.lighthouse.org National Federation of the Blind (NFB) To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. The National Federation of the Blind offers a broad range of scholarships. Applications for scholarships will be accepted from July 1 through March 31 of each year. For applications or additional information contact: NFB Scholarship Program NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND at Jernigan Place 200 East Wells Street Baltimore, Maryland 21230 Last printed 01/05/2010 -9- Office: 410-659-9314, extension 2415 E-mail is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.nfb.org NOAH Michael J. McGowan Leadership Scholarship Award Established on behalf of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) to recognize leadership and empower young people with albinism. NOAH will award one $3,000 scholarship annually to a student with albinism enrolled in an undergraduate program at an institution of higher education. All application materials should be sent to: NOAH McGowan Scholarship PO Box 959 East Hampstead, NH 03826-0959 Telephone: 800-473-2310 Fax: 800-648-2310 Email: email@example.com Opportunities for the Blind, Inc. Provides financial assistance for career-oriented purposes such as graduate school tuition assistance, vocational grants, job counseling and placement services, aids and appliances. Opportunities for the Blind, Inc. P.O. Box 9218 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Phone: 540-379-1309 Last printed 01/05/2010 - 10 - www.OpportunitiesForTheBlind.com Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic offers scholastic achievement scholarships to students who have been enrolled in the recording for the blind program for one year prior to application. For applications or additional information contact: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Scholarship Office 20 Roszel Road Princeton, NJ 08540 Telephone: 609-452-0606 Web site: http://wwww.rfbd.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Offers scholarships to students from communities who face limited access to educational and career opportunities RMHC U.S. Scholarship Program International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. P.O. Box 22376 Nashville, TN 37202 Telephone: 630-623-7048 Web: www.rmhc.org Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities. A total of ten $1,000 scholarships will be given out Fall 2011. Please note that the 2011 awards have different application procedures than previous years. There are separate scholarship Last printed 01/05/2010 - 11 - awards for high school seniors and for college students, and each has separate eligibility requirements: 1. High School Seniors. To be eligible, a student must be a high school graduate (or graduating senior) by Summer 2011, planning to attend a two-year or four-year college in Fall 2011 in pursuit of an AA, BA or BS degree, and have at least one parent with a disability 2. College Students. To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college in Fall 2011 in pursuit of an AA, BA or BS degree, be 21 years of age or younger as of March 1, 2011, and have at least one parent with a disability. All application materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2011. Individuals may submit only one application per award period. Please go to our website, www.lookingglass.org, for more information, including the application form, complete application directions and an FAQ page that answers many common questions as well as offers helpful suggestions. Scholarship Committee Through the Looking Glass 3075 Adeline Street, Suite 120 Berkeley, CA 94703 (800) 644-2666 (800) 510-848-1005 (TTY) www.lookingglass.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Last printed 01/05/2010 - 12 - University of Missouri Healthcare/Scholarship Awards in Vision and Medicine Offers seven $1,000 to $2,500 scholarship awards for talented, ambitious, and self-motivated graduating high school seniors who are economically disadvantaged or who are members of an underrepresented minority group. Additionally, the high schools that nominated the recipients of the SAVM scholarships will receive $500 for use in their science departments. SAVM Scholarship University of Missouri-Columbia 5401 W. Tayside Circle Columbia, MO 65203 Phone: (573) 449-5656 E-mail: SAVM@health.missouri.edu Web: http://medicine.missouri.edu/ophthalmology/scholarships.php Very Special Arts (VSA) The Playwright Award recognizes young adults who promote awareness of disabilities through creative playwriting. Award recipients receive scholarships, a professional production of their script at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a trip to Washington D.C. to see the performance. Very Special Arts (VSA) 818 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 600 Washington, DC 20006 Phone: 800-933-8721 Web: www.vsarts.org Last printed 01/05/2010 - 13 - Yes I Can! Foundation for Exceptional Children Scholarships for incoming freshman who have disabilities Yes I Can! Foundation for Exceptional Children 1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22201-5704 Telephone: 800-224-6830 ext. 462 Web: yesican.sped.org/scholarship/index.html Need to pay for college and don't know where to start? Check out the Federal Student Aid website or call their toll-free number to find out how you can make higher education affordable. Information is available in both English & Spanish. Surf: http://studentaid.ed.gov Get Started Find more scholarships by visiting these scholarship search engines on the Web: www.absolutelyscholarships.com www.brokescholar.com www.collegeboard.com www.fastaid.com www.fastweb.com www.freschinfo.com www.scholarship-page.com www.wiredscholar.com Last printed 01/05/2010 - 14 -
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