Scholarships

Thanks to our generous scholarship partners, the National Federation of the Blind currently offers thirty merit-based scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. Learn more about our scholarship program and how to apply

Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship ($12,000)

This scholarship is given yearly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, a nonprofit organization that works to assist blind people and distributes Twin Vision® books. Dr. Kenneth Jernigan is viewed by our field as the most important figure in the 20th century in the lives of blind people. The Action Fund wishes to keep fresh and current in the 21st century the understandings he brought to the field and thus has endowed this scholarship dedicated to his memory and to the continuation of the work he began.

Charles and Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship ($10,000)

First established by Charles Owen in loving memory of his blind wife, this award is now endowed by his last will and testament to honor the memory of both. In founding the scholarship, Charles Owen wrote: "There shall be no limitation as to field of study, except that it shall be directed toward attaining financial independence."

Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science ($8,000)

Oracle seeks to hire the best and brightest talent to build its products. Oracle recognizes the significant impact that its 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 related field.

Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in a STEM Field ($8,000)

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.

JAWS for Windows Scholarship ($5,000)

This scholarship is funded by the developers of the JAWS screen reader, part of VFO Group. JAWS, Job Access with Speech, has been committed to expanding the opportunities of both education and employment for the blind with both speech and Braille since the late 1980s. In establishing this award VFO 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.”

NFB STEM Scholarship ($5,000)

This scholarship is awarded to a student studying in a STEM or related field, and is supported by contributions from the NFB’s Science and Engineering and Computer Science divisions. The Science and Engineering Division is a group of blind students, professionals, and individuals committed to the success of the blind in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or a related field. Members of the Computer Science Division work together to develop strategies that enable blind people to use computers more efficiently and competitively. The Science and Engineering and Computer Science Divisions wish to encourage the success of blind STEM students in their chosen field of study.

Pearson Scholarship ($5,000)

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 neverending road of discovery.

Mimi and Marvin Sandler Scholarship ($5,000)

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. His wife and he wish to further academic excellence by sponsoring this award.

Charles and Betty Allen Scholarship ($3,000)

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.

Adrienne Asch Memorial Scholarship ($3,000)

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.

Expedia Scholarships (Two $3,000 Scholarships)

These scholarships are awarded to students studying in STEM fields or any other field of study relevant to Expedia’s business.

E. U. and Gene Parker Scholarship ($3,000)

This 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.

NFB Scholarships (Seventeen $3,000 Scholarships)

These scholarships are funded by the collective membership of the Federation. They honor achievement by blind scholars who exhibit leadership potential.