Future Reflections Convention 1990, Vol. 9 No. 4

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National Federation of the Blind 1991 Scholarship Program

Editor's Note: The following is the complete text of the 1991 NFB scholarship application form.

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study. In addition to these restrictions, some scholarships have been further restricted by the donor. Scholarships to be given at the National Convention in 1991 are listed here with any special restrictions noted:

1. National Federation of the Blind Distinguished Scholar of 1991; $20,000; given by an anonymous donor to recognize the outstanding achievement of a legally blind scholar in 1991. No additional restrictions.

2. Ezra Davis Memorial Scholarship; $6,000; endowed by Ezra Davis and given by the American Brotherhood for the Blind, a nonprofit organization which works to assist blind persons. No additional restrictions.

3. National Federation of the Blind Scholarships; seventeen to be given: three for $4,000; four for $2,500; ten for $2,000. No additional restrictions.

4. Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship; $3,000; given in memory of Melva T. Owen, who was widely known and loved among the blind. She and her husband Charles Owen became acquainted with increasing numbers of blind people through their work in the "Voicepondence" Club. Charles Owen says: "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."

5. Howard Brown Richard Scholarship; $2,500; winner must be studying or planning to study in the fields of law, medicine, engineering, architecture, or the natural sciences.

6. Frank Walton Horn Memorial Scholarship; $2,500; given by Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Barnum, the mother and stepfather of Catherine Horn Randall. No additional restrictions, but preference will be given to those studying architecture or engineering.

7. Oracle Corporation Scholarship; $2,500; given by Oracle Corporation of Redwood Shores, California. Oracle is known for its groundbreaking relational data base management systems and related software applications. Scholarship given to encourage blind persons to excel in computer and technical areas of study. Winner must be studying in computer science, engineering, technical writing, or a similar discipline.

8. National Federation of the Blind Humanities Scholarship; $2,500; winner must be studying in the traditional humanities such as art, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy, or religion.

9. National Federation of the Blind Educator of Tomorrow Award; $2,500; winner must be planning a career in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary teaching.

10. Hermione Grant Calhoun Scholarship; $2,000; Dr. Isabelle Grant endowed this scholarship in memory of her daughter. Winner must be a woman.

11. Ellen Setterfield Memorial Scholarship; $2,000; given in memory of Ellen Setterfield by Roy Landstrom, who says: "During the course of her life, she gave of herself to defend the dignity and self respect of those around her." Winner must be studying social sciences at the graduate level.

Criteria: All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need.

Membership: The National Federation of the Blind is an organization dedicated to creating opportunity for all blind persons. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind.

Making Application: To apply for National Federation of the Blind scholarships, complete and return the application on the reverse side of this sheet. Multiple applications are unnecessary. Each applicant will be considered for all scholarships for which he or she qualifies. Please provide all the applicable information requested and attach to the application all the additional documents requested on the application.

Reapplication: We have often awarded scholarships to persons applying for the second or third time. Even if previously submitted, current applications must be submitted to be considered for current scholarships. Those who have previously applied are encouraged to apply again.

Winners: The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship winners. These winners, the same number as there are scholarships to award, will be notified of their selection by June 1 and will be brought to the National Federation of the Blind convention in July at Federation expense. This is in addition to the scholarship grant. The winners are America's finest blind students.

The National Federation of the Blind Convention is the largest gathering of blind persons (more than 2,000) to occur anywhere in the nation each year. You will be able to meet other blind students and exchange information and ideas. You will also be able to meet and talk with blind people who are successfully functioning in your chosen profession or occupation. Federal officials, members of Congress, and the makers and distributors of new technology attend Federation conventions. Above all, a broad cross section of the most active segment of the blind population of the United States will be present to discuss common problems and plan for concerted action. It is an interesting and exciting week.

Awards: The day before the convention banquet the Scholarship Committee will meet to determine which winners will receive which scholarships. The scholarship awards will be made during the banquet.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Application Form

Read reverse side of form for instructions and explanation. Form may be photocopied but only if reverse side is also included.

To apply for a scholarship, complete this application form and mail completed application and attachments to:

Miss Peggy Pinder, Chairman, National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee 814 - 4th Avenue, Suite 200 Grinnell, Iowa 50112 515-236-3366. Form must be received by March 31,1991.


Name (please include any maiden or other names by which you have been known):

State your major:.

Awards and honors (attach list if necessary):.

Date of birth

Community service (attach list if necessary):.

School address:

School phone number:

Home address:

Home phone:

Institution being attended in spring semester, 1991, with class standing (freshman, senior, etc.):

Cumulative grade point at this institution:.

Institution to be attended in fall of 1991, with class standing. (Send by separate letter if admitted to school after submitting completed applicaion):

List all post-secondary institutions attended with highest class standing attained and cumulative grade point average:

High school attended and cumulative grade point:

Vocational goal:.

Attach the following documents to completed application:

1. Send us a letter: What schools have you attended? What school do you plan to attend during the coming year? What honors have you achieved? What have you done to deal with situations involving your blindness? What are you like as a person? What are your goals and aspirations? How will the scholarship help you?

2. Send two letters of recommendation.

3. Provide current transcript from institution now attending and transcripts from all other post secondary institutions attended. If you have not yet attended such an institution or have not completed one year of study, send high school transcript.

4. Send a letter from a state officer of the National Federation of the Blind evidencing the fact that you have discussed your scholarship application with that officer. We prefer that you discuss your application with the Federation state president, but a letter from any Federation state officer will suffice. President's address provided upon request.


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