National Federation of the Blind 2014 Scholarships

The National Federation of the Blind will present these 30 awards to our nation’s top blind scholars at our 2014 Annual Convention.

$12,000 -- 1 scholarship

Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship -- In memory of the man who changed perceptions regarding the capabilities of the blind in this country and throughout the world, this scholarship is given yearly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, a nonprofit organization that works to assist blind people.  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.  No additional restrictions.

$10,000 -- 1 scholarship

Charles and Melva T. Owen Scholarship for $10,000 -- First established by Charles Owen in loving memory of his blind wife and now endowed by his last will and testament to honor the memory of both.  In founding the scholarships, Charles Owen wrote:  "There shall be no limitation as to field of study, except that it shall be directed towards attaining financial independence and shall exclude religion and those seeking only to further general or cultural education."

$7,000 -- 2 scholarships

Donald and Betty Capps Leadership and Service Scholarship for $7,000 –- Few more compelling examples of social contribution can be found among either sighted or blind Americans than that of Donald C. Capps of Columbia, South Carolina. With the quiet assistance of his wife Betty, between 1956 and 2000, Donald Capps served 30 years as his state’s affiliate president. Under Capps's energetic leadership, the NFB of South Carolina established 100 local chapters of the National Federation of the Blind, more than in any other affiliate. On the national level, Capps was elected second vice president in 1959, then first vice president in 1968, and, until retiring a few years ago, was reelected every two years to our national board of directors, becoming the senior member who often represented the NFB in conferences around the world. The winner of this award will have shown leadership in service to his or her local community. No additional restrictions.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship for $7,000 -- This award is funded by the collective membership of the National Federation of the Blind to recognize and honor achievement by blind scholars. No additional restrictions.

$5,000 -- 4 scholarships

Two Charles and Melva T. Owen Scholarships for $5,000 -- "There shall be no limitation as to field of study, except that it shall be directed towards attaining financial independence and shall exclude religion and those seeking only to further general or cultural education."

Larry Streeter Memorial Scholarship for $5,000 -- Federationist Larry Streeter worked tirelessly to ensure quality education for blind and disabled children, inside and outside the classroom.  His wife, Sandy, and their daughters, Erin and Jennifer, along with friends and colleagues, sponsor this scholarship to carry on Dr. Streeter’s promotion of higher education that will assist blind students to elevate their quality of life, equipping them to be active, productive participants in their family, community, and workplace.

Mimi and Marvin Sandler Scholarship for $5,000 -- Funded by the Sandlers to invest in those who will be the future of the National Federation of the Blind. No additional restrictions.

$3,000 -- 22 scholarships

Charles and Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship for $3,000 -- "There shall be no limitation as to field of study, except that it shall be directed towards attaining financial independence and shall exclude religion and those seeking only to further general or cultural education."

E. U. and Gene Parker Scholarship – 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.  No additional restrictions.

The Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science -- Oracle seeks to hire the best and brightest talent to build our products, basing our employment decisions only on merit, experience, and potential. We offer an optimized and fully integrated stack of business hardware and software systems. With more than 390,000 customers—including 100 of the Fortune 100— and with deployments across a wide variety of industries in more than 145 countries around the globe, we recognize the significant impact that our products and technologies can have on people with disabilities. This scholarship for $3000 is for a student in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related field.

Nineteen National Federation of the Blind Scholarships --These awards are funded by the collective membership of the National Federation of the Blind to recognize and honor achievement by blind scholars. No additional restrictions.

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All scholarships that are awarded to blind women and are not otherwise endowed
are made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of Dorothy R. Olson.

Some NFB scholarships are made possible in part through the support of  the Jesse and Hertha Adams Charitable Trust. Through the trust, Jesse and Hertha Adams wanted to help people with disabilities lead productive and meaningful lives.

For more information on the program, go to www.nfb.org/scholarships.