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Other Scholarships and Grants for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Organizations Offering Scholarships

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately 20 scholarships to vocational, undergraduate and graduate college students who are legally blind and are involved in their school and local community. For applications or additional information, contact:

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Scholarship Office
6300 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 195
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-2136
Telephone: 800-424-8666
Website: http://acb.org/scholarship

American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind administers a scholarship program for deserving students. Each year individuals who are blind or visually impaired can apply for financial awards to support their post-secondary education. For applications or additional information, contact:

American Foundation for the Blind
Scholarship Program
1000 Fifth Avenue, Suite 350
Huntington, WV 25701
Telephone: 800-232-5463
Website: http://www.afb.org/scholarships.asp

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired offers the Ferrell Scholarship to students who are legally blind and are preparing for a career in the education or rehabilitation of blind or visually impaired children or adults. For an application or additional information, contact:

AER Ferrell Scholarship Fund
1703 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 440
Alexandria, VA 22311
Telephone: 703-671-4500
Website: http://www.aerbvi.org

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

The Blinded Veterans Association offers scholarships to dependent children and spouses of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are blind (either service or nonservice connected.) Veterans need not be members of the Blinded Veterans Association. For applications or additional information, contact:

The Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program and the Thomas H. Miller Awards
Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-2694
Telephone: 202-371-8880
Website: http://www.bva.org/services.html
e-mail: temanuel@bva.org

The Christian Record Services

The Christian Record Services offers scholarships in all areas of study to undergraduate students who are legally blind. For applications or additional information, contact:

Christian Record Services
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
Telephone: 402-488-0981
Website: http://services.christianrecord.org/scholarships/
e-mail: info@christianrecord.org

Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc.

The Lavelle Fund for the Blind offers the the Brother James P. Kearney Scholarship Program for the Blind, which aims to help make quality undergraduate and graduate education affordable for U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and attending any of 11 selected private colleges and universities in New York State and Northeastern New Jersey. Scholarships are awarded on a last-dollar-of-need basis as determined by the college's Financial Aid office, at a rate of up to $15,000/student per academic year for up to four years. The program is currently authorized to admit new students through June 30, 2019. For requirements and procedures for applying to eligible colleges' Financial Aid offices, contact:

Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc.
307 West 38th Street, Suite 2010
New York, NY 10018
Telephone: (212) 668-9801
Website: http://www.lavellefund.org/scholarshipprogram/overview

Learning Ally

Learning Ally offers the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAA) for college seniors and graduate students who are blind or visually impaired and the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening (LTL) Awards for high school seniors who are learning disabled. For applications or additional information, contact:

Learning Ally
Scholarship Office
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: 609-243-7051
Website: https://naa.learningally.org/about-the-awards/

Lighthouse Guild

The Lighthouse Guild offers scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who are legally blind. For applications or additional information, contact:

The Lighthouse Guild
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 212-769-7801
Website: http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/education/guildscholar-college-scholarships
e-mail: scholars@lighthouseguild.org

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

The National Federation of the Blind offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. Applications for scholarships will be accepted from the first week of November through March 31 of each year. For application, requirements, and additional information, go to www.nfb.org/scholarships, or contact:

Chairperson, NFB Scholarship Committee
Jernigan Place
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Telephone: (410) 659-9314, x. 2415
Website: http://www.nfb.org/scholarships
e-mail: scholarships@nfb.org

VSA (Very Special Arts)

Each year, a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award. These emerging musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. For an application or additional information, contact:

VSA
1300 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 800-933-8721
Website: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/

Colleges and Universities Offering Scholarships

Fordham University Law School

Fordham University Law School offers the Amy Reiss Endowed Scholarship to students who are physically disabled and are interested in pursuing a J.D. degree from Fordham Law School. For an application or additional information, contact:

Director of Financial Aid
Fordham University
140 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 212-636-6815
Web site: http://law.fordham.edu/financial-aid/8212.htm

Western Michigan University

For many years, the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University has received federal and other grants to provide student financial support. A number of scholarships and graduate assistantships are also available through other sources. Some type of financial support is available at most times to students. However, specific levels of support vary depending on grant cycles and other factors.

Most financial support requires students to become employed after graduation in the field of vision rehabilitation for two years for every year that support is provided. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. These assistantships provide financial assistance to students who work 10 to 20 hours a week for the department.

Prospective students should contact program coordinators to verify the actual support available under specific circumstances. For applications or additional information, contact:

Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies
Attention: Nancy Cretsinger
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Telephone: 616-387-3455
Website: http://www.wmich.edu/visionstudies/scholarships
e-mail: nancy.cretsinger@wmich.edu

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