2017 Scholarship Submissions Checklist

A complete application submitted before the deadline consists of the 2017 Scholarship Application Form, the required documents listed below, and one interview. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information on each item. 

DEADLINE:  March 31, 2017 – midnight, Eastern Time Zone (online date or postmarked mail).

FILE FORMATS: Documents submitted via uploading to your online application form or sent via attachment to an email must be in DOC, DOCX, RTF, or PDF file format. (We do not accept faxed documents.)

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

[   ] One completed 2017 Scholarship Application Form, online or in print, is required. (See FAQ #11): Non-applicable questions should be marked N/A.  Until the deadline you may return to your application as often as you wish to edit or change it or to delete or replace any attached documents.

[   ] One essay, limited to 700 words or less (See FAQ #12)

[   ] At least one letter of recommendation is required. (See FAQ #15): You may send more than one letter if you wish. The author may send  his/her letter directly to us or, if the author permits, you may forward the letter to us.

[   ] Transcripts are required. (See FAQ #14): Provide a transcript (original or copy) from the institution you are currently attending and from all other postsecondary institutions you’ve attended. If you have attended less than one year of higher education, provide your high school transcript. We accept transcripts sent by your institution, by a forwarding service, or by you.

[   ] High school seniors only--Reports on college entrance examinations should be submitted, if available (See FAQ #14): Send a copy of your report summary from the ACT, SAT, or other such standardized tests.

[   ] Proof of Legal Blindness is required. (See FAQ #3 through #6)
     Do not send actual medical records. Provide a clear statement from a qualified professional that certifies you are "legally blind" according to the federal definition. The NFB form shows the information that is preferred. You may use our "Confirmation of Legal Blindness" form or a signed statement on business/agency letterhead. You may scan and upload a signed statement, or send a copy of the original document. Certifying Authority: The statement must be completed by a trained certifying authority, such as an optician, optometrist, ophthalmologist, physician; rehabilitation counselor, itinerant teacher, or other professional in work with the blind; or the president of an NFB state affiliate.

[   ] One Affiliate President's interview is required (See FAQ #16): Before the deadline of March 31, applicants must request AND accomplish an interview (usually by telephone) with the NFB affiliate president (or the president's appointee) located in the student's home state or college state, unless the president chooses to schedule the interview after March 31. Phone/email information for state presidents is available at https://nfb.org/state-presidents-list. Contact the Scholarship office if your request for an interview is not answered within a week.

Email: [email protected]
Scholarship Office: (410) 659-9314, extension 2415 (8 AM - 5 PM EST)

Mailing address:
NFB Scholarship Program
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Return to www.nfb.org/scholarships