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 NFBI Scholarship

        The National Federation of the Blind of Idaho is awarding two scholarships. One scholarship for $1,000, and the other for $500. The deadline for all applications is March 23, 2013.



Legally bind students who will be attending college the fall semester of 2013 are urged to apply.&nbsp;&nbsp;There will be two scholarships awarded at the state convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho (NFBI) in Boise on April 12-14, 2013.&nbsp;The winner is required to attend this convention and expenses will be paid.&nbsp;&nbsp;The completed state scholarship application should be sent by print or online to Vickie Bateman, 760 Aspen Ave., Shelley, ID 83274 or online to (<A href=”” data-mce-href=””></A>&nbsp;).&nbsp;&nbsp;<SPAN style=”TEXT-DECORATION: underline” data-mce-style=”text-decoration: underline;”>It must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 23, 2012.&nbsp;</SPAN>&nbsp;Applicants also need to contact our NFBI State President, Elsie Dickerson at 208-241-6030 or 208-766-2266.&nbsp;&nbsp;President Dickerson and I look forward to hearing from you.<BR>*Please note that part of the application includes an essay, your high school transcript or college GPA (which ever is applicable) and proof of blindness or vision impairment signed by a doctor or your counselor from the ICBVI. 

National Federation of the Blind Scholarships



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NFB National Scholarships         


        Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.  All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the fall semester of 20011, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time.  In addition to these restrictions, some scholarships have been further restricted by the donor.  Scholarships to be given at the National Convention in 20011 are listed here with any special restrictions noted:




      Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship Given by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, a nonprofit organization which works to assist blind persons, in memory of the man who changed perceptions regarding the capabilities of the blind in this country and throughout the world.  Kenneth Jernigan is viewed by our field as the most important figure in the 20th century in the lives of blind persons.  The Action Fund wishes to keep fresh and current in the 21st century the understandings he brought to the field and thus has endowed this scholarship dedicated to his memory and to the continuation of the work he began.  No additional restrictions.




      Two National Federation of the Blind Scholarships – No additional restrictions.


      Melva T. Owen Memorial ScholarshipGiven in memory of Melva T. Owen, who was widely known and loved among the blind.  She and her husband Charles Owen became acquainted with increasing numbers of blind people through their work in the “Voicepondence” Club.  Charles Owen says: “There shall be no limitation as to field of study, except that it shall be directed towards attaining financial independence and shall exclude religion and those seeking only to further general or cultural education.”




      Jennica Ferguson Memorial Scholarship – Given to keep alive the memory of a young woman who dealt with her blindness and terminal illness with a grace and strength she frequently assured others she drew from the Federation and from her faith in God.  No additional restrictions.


      Three National Federation of the Blind Scholarships – No additional restrictions.




      Michael and Marie Marucci Scholarship – Given by two dedicated and valued members of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. The winner of this scholarship must be studying a foreign language or comparative literature; pursuing a degree in history, geography, or political science with a concentration in international studies; or majoring in any other discipline that involves study abroad.  The winner’s file must also show evidence of competence in a foreign language.


      Lora E. Dunetz Scholarship – No additional restrictions but preference will be given to those studying to enter the medical field, work in which has meant so much to Lora Dunetz who intends this scholarship to assist the winner in achieving a lifetime of employment through higher education.


      Hermione Grant Calhoun Scholarship Dr. Isabelle Grant endowed this scholarship in memory of her daughter.  Winner must be a woman.


      Frank Walton Horn Memorial Scholarship Given by Catherine Horn Randall of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois in loving memory of her father.  No additional restrictions, but preference will be given to those studying architecture or engineering.


      Kuchler-Killian Memorial Scholarship Given in loving memory of her parents, Charles Albert Kuchler and Alice Helen Kuchler, by Junerose Killian, dedicated member of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut.  No additional restrictions.


      E. U. Parker Scholarship Endowed by his wife, who joined him in a lifetime of Federationism, this scholarship honors a long-time leader of the National Federation of the Blind whose participation in the organization stood for strong principles and strong support of the Federation’s work.  No additional restrictions.


      Howard Brown Rickard Scholarship Winner must be studying or planning to study in the fields of law, medicine, engineering, architecture, or the natural sciences.


      National Federation of the Blind Computer Science Scholarship Winner must be studying in the computer science field.


      National Federation of the Blind Educator of Tomorrow Award Winner must be planning a career in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary teaching.


      National Federation of the Blind Humanities Scholarship Winner must be studying in the traditional humanities such as art, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy, or religion.


      Twelve National Federation of the Blind ScholarshipsNo additional restrictions, except that one may be given to a person working full-time who is attending or planning to attend a part-time course of study which will result in a new degree and broader opportunities in present or future work if a suitable candidate applies.


Apply for a National Scholarship




      All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need.




      The National Federation of the Blind is an organization dedicated to creating opportunity for all blind persons.  Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind.




      To apply for National Federation of the Blind scholarships, complete and return this application, attaching to the application all the additional documents requested on page two.  Multiple applications are unnecessary.  Each applicant will be considered for all scholarships for which he or she qualifies.


      Those who have previously applied are encouraged to apply again.  It is the intention of the National Federation of the Blind to award no fewer than three scholarships to men and women who have already received one Federation scholarship in the past if enough strong and worthy candidates apply.




      The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship winners.  These winners, the same number as there are scholarships to award, will be notified of the selection by telephone by June 1 and will be brought to the National Federation of the Blind convention in July at Federation expense.  This is in addition to the scholarship grant.  Winners will participate in the entire convention and in the scheduled scholarship program activities.


            The National Federation of the Blind convention is the largest gathering of blind persons (more than 2,500) to occur anywhere in the nation each year.  You will be able to meet other blind students and exchange information and ideas.  You will also be able to meet and talk with blind people who are successfully functioning in your chosen profession or occupation.  Federal officials, members of Congress, and the makers and distributors of new technology attend Federation conventions.  Above all, a broad cross section of the most active segment of the blind population of the United States will be present to discuss common problems and plan for concerted action.  It is an interesting and exciting week.




      The day before the convention banquet the Scholarship Committee will meet to determine which winners will receive which scholarships.  The scholarship awards will be made during the banquet.






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