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AFB 2005 Scholarship Application

The scholarship application period for 2005 is now closed. Those who have submitted complete applications for 2005 will receive a response by the end of June. If you've missed the deadline, please consider reapplying next year.


Please review this application before completing. Each AFB scholarship has specific criteria. Be sure that your completed application, including all required supporting documents for each scholarship for which you are applying, is received at AFB postmarked no later than April 30, 2005.

The Scholarship Committee will review only those applications that are complete with supporting documents and meet all scholarship requirements.

General Requirements: You may use this application form to apply for more than one scholarship. Each scholarship you are applying for should include the following:

  • Completed scholarship application form for 2005.

  • An essay: a typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing the field of study you are pursuing; your educational and personal goals; your work experience; extracurricular activities; and a statement about how the scholarship award will be used.

  • Official transcript(s): an official original transcript from the school you are presently attending or most recently attended. Undergraduates should include high school transcript(s); graduate students should include undergraduate transcript(s).

  • Proof of post-secondary acceptance: a letter or documentation from a college or university admissions office establishing that you have been accepted to post-secondary studies in an accredited program.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation: letters from an academic advisor, teacher, or rehabilitation counselor (if applicable).

  • Proof of legal blindness: a statement prepared by an ophthalmologist or optometrist certifying that you are legally blind (i.e., have a best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees).

    Or

    Official letter from a state or private agency for the blind.

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship: a photocopy of a birth certificate, naturalization papers, or a U.S. passport. Exception: U.S. citizenship is not required for the Ferdinand Torres Scholarship.

I. Select the AFB Scholarship(s) for Which You Are Applying

The Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship provides one (1) scholarship of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student of good character who has exhibited academic excellence, and is studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit:

  • Proof of acceptance in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired.

The Ferdinand Torres Scholarship provides one (1) scholarship of $1,500 to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who presents evidence of economic need. To be eligible the applicant must reside in the United States, but need not be a citizen of the United States. Preference will be given to applicants residing in the New York City metropolitan area and new immigrants to the United States.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit:

  • Proof of acceptance in an accredited full-time undergraduate or graduate program;
  • Evidence of economic need;
  • Proof of residence in the United States (e.g., telephone bill, lease, utility bill);
  • For new immigrants, a description of country of origin and reason for coming to the U.S.

The Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship provides one (1) scholarship of $1,000 to a female undergraduate or graduate student who is studying classical or religious music.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit:

  • Proof of acceptance in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program studying in the field of classical or religious music;
  • A performance tape not to exceed 30 minutes.

The Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship provides one (1) scholarship of $500 to a full-time graduate student who presents evidence of economic need.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit:

  • Proof of acceptance in an accredited full-time graduate program;
  • Evidence of economic need.

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship provides one (1) scholarship of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student studying in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit:

  • Proof of acceptance in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program studying in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.

The R. L. Gillette Scholarship offers two (2) scholarships of $1,000 each to women who are enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program in literature or music.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit:

  • Proof of acceptance in an accredited four-year undergraduate program studying in the field of literature or music;
  • A performance tape not to exceed 30 minutes, or a creative writing sample.

The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award not open to previous recipients. It provides four (4) scholarships of $2,500 each to undergraduate or graduate students who are studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired. One of these grants is specifically for a student who meets all requirements and submits evidence of economic need.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit:

  • Proof of acceptance in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired;
  • Evidence of economic need, if applicable.

II. Personal Information

III. Visual Status

IV. Educational Background

A. School In Which Presently Enrolled:

B. School Which You Plan to Attend in Fall 2005 (if different from above):

C. Test Scores (Please indicate if you were exempt and submit supporting documentation.)


V. Evidence of Economic Need

  • The Ferdinand Torres Scholarship;
  • The Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship;
  • The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship (only if you are applying for the scholarship that requires economic need).



VI. Essay

Please include:

  • The field of study you are pursuing and why you have chosen it;
  • Your educational/personal goals;
  • Your work experience;
  • Any extracurricular activities that you are or have been involved with, including activities in school, religious organizations, and the community;
  • How you intend to use scholarship monies that may be awarded;
  • Ferdinand Torres Scholarship only: A description of your country of origin and your reason for coming to the United States.

Each AFB scholarship has specific criteria. Be sure that your application is complete by including all required supporting documents for each scholarship for which you are applying.


All required documents must be submitted in print and postmarked by the deadline date of April 30, 2005. Mail required documents to:

American Foundation for the Blind
Scholarship Committee
Information Center
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001

For additional information contact:

AFB Information Center
Telephone: (212) 502-7661
Toll Free: (800) 232-5463
Fax: (212) 502-7771
Web site: www.afb.org/scholarships.asp
E-mail: afbinfo@afb.net

Please review this entire application before submitting your application.




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