Scholarships

Organizations Offering Scholarships (courtesy of the American Council of the Blind)

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

The American Council of the Blind offers scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are blind. For applications or additional information contact:

American Council of the Blind (ACB) Scholarship Office 1155 15th Street N.W., Suite 720 Washington, DC 20005 Telephone: 800-424-8666 Web site: http://www.acb.org

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 Web Site: 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 4600 Duke Street, Suite 430 Alexandria, VA 22397 Telephone: 703-823-9690 Web site: 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 Blinded Veterans Association 477 H Street N.W. Washington, DC 20001-2694 Telephone: 202-371-8880 Web site: http://www.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 Web site: http://www.christianrecord.org

The Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc.

The Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc., offers scholarships to students who are blind or visually impaired and plan to study Judaica. For applications or additional information contact:

The Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc. 110 East 30th Street New York, NY 10016 Telephone: 212-889-2525 Web site: http://www.jbilibrary.org

Jewish Guild for the Blind

The Jewish Guild for the Blind offers scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who are legally blind. For applications or additional information contact:

The Jewish Guild for the Blind 15 West 65th Street New York, NY 10023 Telephone: 212-769-7801 Web site: http://www.jgb.org

Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International offers scholarships to students who are legally blind and residents of the eastern region of the United States. Scholarships are available for academic programs leading to undergraduate or graduate degrees or for vocational programs leading to career changes. For applications or additional information contact:

Lighthouse International Lighthouse International Scholarship and Career Awards 111 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022 Telephone: 212-821-9428 Web site: http://www.lighthouse.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 E-mail: scholarships@nfb.org Web site: http://www.nfb.org/scholarships

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation offers scholarships to disabled students. Scholarships are awarded to New Hampshire residents only. For applications or additional information contact:

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 37 Pleasant Street Concord, NH 03301-4005 Telephone: 603-225-6641 Web site: http://www.nhcf.org

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic offers scholastic achievement scholarships to students who have been enrolled in the recording for the blind program for one year prior to application. For applications or additional information contact:

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Scholarship Office 20 Roszel Road Princeton, NJ 08540 Telephone: 609-452-0606 Web site: http://wwww.rfbd.org

VSA (Very Special Arts)

VSA offers the Panasonic Young Soloists Award to disabled individuals who are twenty-five years of age and younger and are instrumentalists or vocalists that perform as soloists. For an application or additional information contact:

VSA 1300 Connecticut Avenue N.W. Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 800-933-8721 Web site: http://www.vsarts.org

Colleges and Universities Offering Scholarships

Dominican College at San Rafael

Dominican College at San Rafael offers an endowed scholarship to students who are legally blind and are interested in studying music. For an application or additional information contact:

Dominican College at San Rafael Office of Admissions 50 Acacia Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901 Telephone: 415-485-3204 Web site: http://www.dominican.edu

Fordham University Law School

Fordham University Law School offers the Amy Reiss Blind Student Scholarship to students who are blind and are interested in pursuing a Juris Doctor degree. 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/index.htm

George Mason University

George Mason University offers the Barry and Velma Berkey Scholarship for a blind or visually impaired full-time student majoring in a variety of academic careers, including among others, teaching, social work, music, journalism, and nursing. For applications or additional information contact:

Una Murphy Disability Resource Center George Mason University 4400 University Drive Fairfax, Virginia 22030 Telephone: 703-993-8621 Web Site: http://apollo.gmu.edu/finaid

George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

George Peabody College offers scholarships and fellowships to students who are interested in studies in visual impairments and multiple disabilities. For applications or additional information contact:

George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University Department of Special Education Nashville, TN 37203 Telephone: 615-322-2249 Web site: http://www.vanderbilt.edu

George Washington University

George Washington University offers the Barbara Jackman Zuckert Scholarship for Blind Students of George Washington University. For an application or additional information contact:

Disability Support Services George Washington University 800 21st St., NW Washington, D.C. 20052 Telephone: 202-994-8250 Web site: http://gwired.gwu.edu/dss/ApplytoGW/#7

Pennsylvania College of Optometry

The Pennsylvania College of Optometry has scholarships available for full or part-time students who will study in one of these areas: the 5-year training program for Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialists; the Master of Science Program in Orientation & Mobility Therapy; the Master of Science or Certificate Programs in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy; the Master of Science or Certificate Programs in Low Vision Rehabilitation. Scholarships are also available for The Master of Education/Certificate Programs in Education of Children and Youth with Visual or Multiple Impairments and the Certificate Program in Orientation and Mobility Therapy. For additional information contact:

Pennsylvania College of Optometry The Institute for the Visually Impaired 8360 York Road Elkins Park, PA 19027 Telephone: 215-780-1300 Toll Free: 800-824-6262 Web site: www.pco.edu

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University offers scholarships and fellowships to students who are interested in studies in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation counseling, and rehabilitation teaching. For applications or additional information contact:

Department of Blind Rehabilitation Attention: Gail Moore 3404 Sangren Hall Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 49008 Telephone: 616-387-3455 Web site: http://www.wmich.edu/hhs/blrh/

Additional Resources

Heath Resource Center

The Heath Resource Center offers a free eight-page document entitled “Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities.” To receive this document contact:

Heath Resource Center at George Washington University 2134 G Street, NW, Suite 221 Washington, DC 20052 Telephone: 202-994-8770 Toll free: 800 544-3284 Web site: http://www.heath.gwu.edu/

United States Department of Education

The United States Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid offers two free cassette recordings with information on post-secondary student financial aid for students with visual impairments. To receive these cassettes contact:

Federal Student Aid Information Center P.O. Box 84 Washington, DC 20044 Telephone: 800-433-3243 Web site: www.ed.gov