2016 Scholarship Submissions Checklist
A complete application submitted before the deadline consists of the 2016 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, 2016 – 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.)
[ ] One completed 2016 Scholarship Application Form, online or in print, is required. (See FAQ #11)
Non-applicable questions may 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, is required. (See FAQ #12)
[ ] Two Letters of Recommendation are required. (See FAQ #15)
The authors may send their letters directly to us or, if the authors permit, you may forward them.
[ ] Transcripts are required. (See FAQ #14)
Provide a transcript 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 are required. (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, 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: State Presidents List. Contact the Scholarship office if a request is not answered in a week.
Scholarship Office: (410) 659-9314, extension 2415 (8 AM - 5 PM Eastern Time)
NFB Scholarship Program
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Return to www.nfb.org/scholarships