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National Federation of the Blind Scholarships
Contact: [email protected]
Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2017
To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. Applicants must be legally blind, must reside in the United States or Puerto Rico, and must be pursuing or plan to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the 2017 scholastic year. Scholarship winners must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship activities. Each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2017 National Federation of the Blind annual convention, which will take place July 10-15, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The convention will provide an excellent opportunity for networking with active blind persons in many professions and occupations.

Scholarship America for People with Disabilities
Contact: (844) 402-0357
[email protected]
Deadline for Applications: January 17, 2017
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells & Company has committed $1 million over the next four years to Scholarship America to develop and implement a special scholarship program to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of their choice. This program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Applicants must have an identified disability, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll or who is already enrolled in full-time or half-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The 10th Circle Semiannual Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award
Contact: [email protected]
Deadlines for Applications: December 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017
The 10th Circle's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Awards are for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. Scholarship grants are aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students furthering their education and expanding their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. One thousand scholarships will be awarded to students who write essays answering the following questions: How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals, and why? Scholarships will be awarded by August 15 and February 15 of each year.


NOPBC Family Information Call Series
Call-in Number: (712) 770-4010, Access Code 869131#
The Family Information Raising Expectations (FIRE) podcast is brought to you by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a division of the National Federation of the Blind. Through friendly discussions with expert guests, FIRE provides information to families, friends, and educators of blind and low-vision children. Anyone interested is welcome to call in real time or to listen to the podcasts later on. Upcoming programs will include "Learn All about the Educational Programs of the NFB Jernigan Institute," "Raising Expectations of Low Vision Children," and "Blindness and Babies, Toddlers, and Transitions." Check the webpage for dates and times.


Free Accessibility Training Boutique on Chromebooks
Contact: Clara van Gerven, [email protected]
Date: December 8, 8:00-10:00 AM, EST
The National Federation of the Blind sponsors a series of free accessibility training boutiques. Chromebooks are now used widely in schools and households, and they have an entirely new approach to screen readers. This boutique will help you get started.


No Barriers Summit
No Barriers USA
224 Canyon Ave., Suite 207
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Contact: (970) 484-3633
[email protected]
Location: Resort at Squaw Creek, North Lake Tahoe, CA
Dates: June 1-4, 2017
At its four-day summit, No Barriers USA envisions a world where the power of the human spirit transcends barriers. You will be surrounded by a community that knows that what is in you is stronger than what is in your way. Choose to embark on any of more than fifty barrier-breaking activities, be motivated by phenomenal speakers, and be inspired by innovative technologies that are transforming lives. This family-friendly event is for people of all ages and abilities.

Tenth Annual Winter Ski Festival
USABA (US Association of Blind Athletes)
Contact: Tom Alcorn, (802) 353-7584
[email protected]
Dates: February 10-13, 2017
Location: Pico Mountain, Killington, VT
Application Deadline: January 10, 2017
USABA is partnering with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport to host the tenth annual Vermont Winter Ski Festival. Participants will have the opportunity to learn or practice skills in Alpine skiing or snowboarding or Nordic skiing.


2017 Youth Writing Contests
NFB Writers Division
Contact: EvaMarie Sanchez, [email protected]
Submissions Accepted: January 1-April 1, 2017
2017 will be the thirty-seventh year for the NFB Writers Division Contests for Youth and Adults. No fees are required from K-12 students who wish to enter the youth contests. Categories for youth entries are short fiction and poetry. The youth contest is divided into three groups: elementary, middle school, and high school, and three prizes may be awarded at each grade level in both categories. Contest winners will be announced at the business meeting of the NFB Writers Division in July 2017. The youth contest is a contest for students who use Braille, and only entries produced by the student in contracted Braille or UEB will be considered.

Community Service Awards
Contact: Tara Abella, [email protected]
Program Period: October 2016-June 2017
The NFB Community Service Division announces the establishment of the NFB Community Service Awards. To join the program, email the address above with a monthly account of the community service you have performed and the number of hours you worked. Awards spreadsheets are posted at <>. Awards will be given as follows: 60-79 hours for bronze, 80-99 hours for silver, and 99 or above hours for gold. Hours are only granted for direct service; attending meetings or lectures will not be considered.


We are saddened to report the passing of Harley Fetterman, who died on July 31, 2016, at the age of eighteen, after a thirteen-year struggle with cancer. Harley was a strong advocate for blind students and served on the board of the Texas Association of Blind Students (TABS). He was an avid Braille reader and took part in the national Braille Challenge nine times. He participated in the NFB Washington Seminar, STEM EQ, and STEM2U. Harley will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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