2019 Merit Award Details

The Pennsylvania council of the Blind (PCB), a peer network for all impacted by vision loss, announces a new and
extraordinary opportunity for those attending a post-secondary vocational or educational institution. Whether you are seeking a professional certification, academic degree, occupational licensure, or the like, whether part- or full-time, we want to salute your hard work and dedication to excellence.
At this year’s PCB Conference & Convention, being held from October 17-20, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza in Harrisburg, PCB will be presenting a $500 Merit Award to one extraordinary Pennsylvania student. This is not a scholarship. There are no restrictions on how or on what the money can be spent. Applicants must be over 18, must be blind or visually impaired, and must commit to attending at least one full day of the 2019 PCB Conference and Convention. PCB will pay for all related expenses for the top three Merit Award finalists to attend the conference weekend for the grand prize announcement.
PCB strives each year to offer its members a conference that engages all, offers learning opportunities, and provides an environment in which persons with vision loss can socialize and share experiences. This year’s theme, “Peers Challenging Beliefs” will provide many opportunities for learning and growing.
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and apply for the PCB Merit Award without delay! Simply complete the application and send it to meritaward@pcb1.org by the Award deadline of September 15, 2019. The three finalists will be notified by September 23, 2019 and invited to our Conference and Convention in October. If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Team Chair Mary Ann Grignon, (570) 807-1276, maryanna0407@gmail.com

PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
MERIT AWARD APPLICATION

Please create a text document containing the following information or click below to download the award application. All documentation must be emailed to meritaward@pcb1.org by September 15, 2019. For questions, send email or call 877-617-7407.

STUDENT INFORMATION
Name:
Address:
City/State/Zip:
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Email Address:
Date of Birth:

FUTURE VOCATIONAL GOALS
1. Name and address of post-secondary institution where you attend/will be enrolled:
2. Degree or certification that you are pursuing:
3. How do you anticipate this award will help you achieve this goal?

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
1. Please include a copy of your letter of acceptance or proof of class enrollment.
2. Please provide two references, one being a professional in the blindness field and one personal reference. Include the following information: Name, address, Phone number, email address and relationship to you.

AFFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE
The top three finalists for this award will receive full scholarships to attend the 2019 PCB Conference and Convention being held October 17-20, 2019 in Harrisburg. The award will be announced and given there. Please include a statement affirming your willingness to attend all or part of the conference should you be selected as a finalist.

OTHER AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Please write an Autobiographical summary (500 words or less). This should include work experiences, extracurricular Activities, community organizations to which you belong, any volunteer work you have performed and awards you have received.

Merit Award Application

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