Thanks to our generous scholarship partners, the National Federation of the Blind scholarship program is the largest of its kind for blind students in the United States. This year we will award more than $250,000 in cash and prizes. Each of our winners will receive a total monetary award of $8,000. Learn more about our scholarship program and how to apply.
Watch our thank you video to learn more about our generous contributors who make our scholarship program possible..
Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship
This scholarship is given yearly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, a nonprofit organization that works to enhance the lives of blind people. Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, himself blind, worked tirelessly to raise the expectations of blind people through his innovative leadership both in the organized blind movement and in the field of services for the blind. His creative approach to life shines through in his many writings and in the programs he administered. His legacy lives on in the generations who look to the understandings he freely offered to inform current programs and practices. The Action Fund dedicates this scholarship to his memory and to the continuation of the timeless work he began.
The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults Scholarship
For more than 100 years the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults has strived to improve the lives of blind and Deafblind children and adults. Best known for annually producing and gifting Braille Calendars, sponsoring the free braille books for blind children program, and administering the Braille Readers are Leaders contest the American Action Fund leads in promoting Braille literacy. The American Action Fund is proud to award this scholarship to a deserving and talented blind person.
Jacquilyn Billey Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship awarded in memory of Jacquilyn Billey, honors her leadership, dedication, and commitment to the National Federation of the Blind throughout her lifetime. Jacquilyn was a tireless advocate for the blind and a loving friend.
Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in a STEM Field
This scholarship awards academic excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Oracle wishes to promote excellence and funds this scholarship based on Oracle’s understanding of its impact on disabled employees and customers throughout the globe.
Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science
Oracle seeks to hire the best and brightest talent to build their products. They recognize the significant impact that their products and technologies can have on people with disabilities. This scholarship is for a student in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or a related field.
JAWS for Windows Scholarship
The JAWS for Windows scholarship is funded by the developers of the JAWS screen reader, Vispero. JAWS, Job Access With Speech, has been committed to expanding the opportunities of education and employment for the blind with both speech and Braille since the late 1980’s. In establishing this award Vispero said, “on behalf of all the individuals responsible for the development and support of this product over the years, we are honored to establish this scholarship for students recognized by the Federation.” Vispero will award each winner with a 5-year home software license for their choice of either JAWS screen reading software or ZoomText magnifier with speech.
The Pearson award is funded by Pearson Education and is given to a student who plans a career in education. For Pearson, learning is a never-ending road of discovery.
Adrienne Asch Memorial Scholarship
The Adrienne Asch Memorial Scholarship is given in loving memory of Dr. Adrienne Asch a consummate scholar and a longtime member of our Scholarship Committee.
NFB STEM Scholarship
The NFB STEM Scholarship is jointly supported by the Science and Engineering and Computer Science divisions, and is awarded to a student studying in science, technology, engineering mathematics or a related field. Members of these divisions wish to encourage the success of blind STEM students in their chosen field of study.
Mimi and Marvin Sandler Scholarship
The Mimi and Marvin Sandler award is funded by longtime friends of the Federation, Mr. and Mrs. Sandler. Marvin Sandler served as president of Independent Living Aids for more than thirty years. He and his wife wish to further academic excellence by sponsoring this award.
Jeannette C. Eyerly Scholarship
The Jeannette C. Eyerly Scholarship is given in memory of Mrs. Eyerly, The author of 20 books and numerous short stories including positive portrayals of blind characters. Mrs. Eyerly was a steadfast supporter of the National Federation of the Blind. She worked on the Iowa Commission for the Blind, while we worked to develop the first truly effective training center in the United States.
Charles and Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarships
First established by Charles Owen in loving memory of his blind wife, these awards are now endowed to honor the memory of both. In founding these scholarshisp, Charles Owen wrote: "There shall be no limitation as to field of study, except that it shall be directed toward attaining financial independence.”
E. U. and Gene Parker Scholarship
The E. U. and Gene Parker Scholarship honors two longtime leaders of The National Federation of the Blind whose participation stood for strong principles and strong support of the Federation's work.
Charles and Betty Allen Scholarship
The Charles and Betty Allen Scholarship is funded by Betty Alan. This scholarship is given by a longtime leader in the National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky. Betty and her late husband Charles began this scholarship prior to his passing to support young people in attaining higher education. Charlie, who was extremely successful, left school at an early age to care for his family, but retained a strong belief in education.
Edith R. and Alvin J. Domroe Foundation Scholarships
The Foundation supports college scholarships and has funded their scholarships to encourage academic excellence.
Lillian S. Edelstein Scholarships
The students receiving these scholarships hail from or will be attending college in Washington, Idaho or Oregon.
Jesse and Hertha Adams Charitable Trust Scholarship
The Jesse and Hertha Adams Trust is made available for those individuals who wish to achieve their dreams. Your success is acknowledged through hard work and the effort you put forth. And the Jesse and Hertha Adams Scholarship acknowledges both.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarships
All other scholarships proudly carry the name National Federation of the Blind. Our members acknowledge academic excellence and leadership in making these awards.
Kurzweil Foundation and Ray Kurzweil
The Kurzweil Foundation and Ray Kurzweil contribute $3,000 to each recipient’s award, and provide each finalist with a commemorative plaque in both print and braille. Ray Kurzweil is a long-time friend of the Federation and deserves our special recognition.
The National Federation of the Blind is so grateful for our many partners who fund our scholarships or provide additional gifts and prizes making this one-of-a-kind scholarship program possible.