Future Reflections Special Issue, Vol. 14 No. 2



The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) annually gives away some $88,000 in scholarships to 26 outstanding legally blind students. This program is the largest, most comprehensive scholarship program available exclusively to legally blind students. The amount of each scholarship varies. In recent years there has been one $10,000 award, several $4,000 awards, and numerous $3,000 awards. If you are legally blind, currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary educational institution, or planning to enroll in such an institution upon high school graduation, then you are eligible to apply for one or more of these scholarships.

If you are a high school student, and especially if you are a high school senior, here are the additional facts you need to know about the program:

1. Only one application form is required for all 26 scholarships. Some restrictions do apply to some of the scholarships. However, the scholarship committee makes sure each applicant is considered for all of the scholarships for which he or she is eligible.

2. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. 3. 1996 applications will be available around the first of the year. For an application contact NFB Scholarship Program, Mrs. Peggy Elliott, Chairman NFB Scholarship Committee, 814 4th Avenue, Suite 200, Grinnell, Iowa 50112; (515) 236-3366.

4. Applicants who have previously applied, including past winners, are encouraged to apply again. Some scholarships are always awarded to previous applicants and/or winners.

5. Applicants need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind.

6. A letter from a state officer of the NFB is required with your application as proof that you have discussed the application with that officer. The preference is that you discuss your application with the state NFB president, but a letter from another officer will suffice. The state president's address is provided upon request.

7. There is a deadline for applications. In the past this has been March 1. Please check your current application to verify the deadline date.

8. Winners are typically notified by the first of June. All winners are brought to the NFB Convention in July at Federation expense. This is in addition to the scholarship grant. The final decision of the cash award to be given to each winner is decided by the Scholarship Committee the day before the convention banquet. Scholarship awards are made during the NFB Convention banquet.