Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind's annual scholarship program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Every year, we award more than $250,000 in cash and prizes to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations.

My parents gave us every resource we needed to be successful. But then their youngest daughter went blind in middle school, and suddenly they were navigating a world that they did not understand. So, I needed another family and in 2018, I found that family. I was selected as an NFB national scholarship finalist, and at the time, I had no idea what was in store for me. I got on a plane to Orlando, Florida, and I was overwhelmed by not only the resources, mentorship, and national community of students, but the love that filled every corner of the organization. —Trisha Kulkarni, 2018 and 2023 Scholarship Winner

Trisha KulkarniThanks to our generous partners, there are thirty $8,000 merit-based scholarships currently available. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The finalists are announced every spring. They then attend our national convention in July when the winners of each individual scholarship are selected. Scholarship winners have gone on to succeed in careers ranging from computer science and engineering to civil rights law and international diplomacy.

How to Apply

The 2023-2024 scholarship application is now open. Complete the application today at scholarship.nfb.org. The deadline to submit a complete application is March 31.

Eligibility

The following requirements apply to all applicants:

  • Must be legally blind (PDF) in both eyes.
  • Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
  • Must be 18 years of age by July 3, 2024.
  • Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the fall of the year of application (one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time).
  • Must participate in person in the entire NFB National Convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (finalists will receive assistance to attend the national convention).

For more information regarding eligibility, we strongly encourage you to review our scholarship program FAQs.

4 Jim Halladay HumanWare/NFB Scholarship Opportunities

The National Federation of the Blind and HumanWare have proudly collaborated over the years to offer HumanWare/NFB STEM development opportunities to students. For 2024, the newly renamed Jim Halladay HumanWare/NFB scholarship has doubled the opportunities offered and will award 4 scholarships instead of 2! This year, HumanWare is offering to each of the four winning candidates one Brailliant BI40 braille display and $1000 to be used towards tuition fees to help winning students complete their studies and be ready to take on the world! To apply for these awards, NFB scholarship applicants will have an opportunity to select a checkbox which will give them access to the Humanware scholarship application questions as well.  Please note: The selection process for these Humanware scholarships is entirely separate from the selection process for the 30 NFB scholarships.  Those selected as Humanware/NFB scholarship winners will be notified separately by Humanware of their winner status.  If NFB scholarship applicants do not wish to fill out the application questions for the Humanware/NFB scholarships, simply do not check the box within the NFB scholarship application and bypass the associated questions. 

Helpful Resources

Past NFB Scholarship Winners

The 2023 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Group Photo Names (left to right): Back row: Felecia Bradford, Ashleigh Rogers, Tyler Hoppe, Zachary Ledford, Athena Scopelite, Jack Freeburg, Kamran Vora, Justin Harford, Ernest Emmanuel Peeples, Tatyana Tolliver-Hughes, Middle row: Kahmile Whitby, Sara Folsom, Avery Sallean, Joanne Kim, Nina Marranca, Zach McLean, Maura Loberg, Dan Hlavinka, Ammar Tarin, Front row: Trisha Kulkarni, Ellen Harper, Noah Carver, Roshunda Holt, Mickayla Biddle, Theresa Mendez-Booze, Ryan Menter, Mitchell Ford, Eric Gonzalez

Read about more winners in past issues the Braille Monitor. Scholarship classes are typically highlighted in the August-September issue every year.

More Information

Thank you to our generous contributors who make our scholarship program possible.

2023 Thank You Video

2022 Thank You Video

For more information about the scholarship program, please contact our scholarship committee chairperson (email is preferred).

Cayte Mendez, Chairperson
NFB Scholarship Committee
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 410-659-9314, extension 2415

NFB Scholarship Program
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230