Conference First-timer Scholarships Expand

All who have been fortunate enough to attend the PCB Conference realize its transformative impact. Therefore, PCB continues to seek ways to alleviate the financial burden so new people can experience the power of PCB. For several years, we have offered conference scholarships and stipends to high school and college students who are blind or visually impaired. Last year PCB awarded its first conference scholarship for a PCB member attending for the first time. This year we have expanded the scholarship program again, thanks to funds donated by the former MCCB chapter. This new scholarship will allow a person newly adjusting to vision loss the opportunity to find their home with PCB. Please read on for all the details of our first-timer scholarship program.

2017 PCB Conference
October 26-29
Doubletree Greentree in Pittsburgh
“Designing Our Future”

The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind invites you to join our peer network to find your VOICE—Vision resources, Opportunities, Independence, Connections, and Empowerment.

Why Attend?
• Gather tips for gaining and maintaining independence
• Learn about accessible products, services, and activities
• Get plugged in to the latest issues impacting the vision-impaired community
• Find new friends and mentors who also live with vision loss
• Enjoy a weekend escape from the pressures of misperception and stereotype

What does a scholarship include?
• Ground transportation to and from the conference site in Pittsburgh
• 3 nights lodging at the conference hotel (double occupancy)
• Stipend for meals while at the conference
• Conference registration fees

Student Scholarship
• For High School and College Students who are blind or visually impaired (Given Priority) or:
• College Students with Sight enrolled in a blindness-related area of study

Newly Adjusting to Vision Loss Scholarship
• Must have experienced significant vision loss within the last five years

PCB Member Scholarship
• Must have been a dues-paid member for 2016 and 2017
• Must be active within a PCB chapter or on a PCB team

How to Apply?
• Choose your preferred format, braille, audio file, or Word document
• Provide your name, full mailing address, phone number, email address, and which scholarship you seek
• In approximately 250 words, tell us about you, your blindness or vision loss, how you meet the scholarship requirements, and why you wish to attend the PCB Conference
• If possible, include the name of a PCB member who would provide a reference for you
• Submit all application materials by Friday, September 15 to or PCB, 931 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

For questions regarding any of the first-timer scholarships, contact PCB Membership Development Team Leader, Mary Ann Grignon at 570-807-1276 or

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