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NFB National Scholarship Program

NFBI State Scholarship Program

The NFBI will be awarding 4 merit scholarships, ranging in value from $1000.00 to $4000.00 for the Fall 2018 school year. In order to be eligible, an individual must be legally blind and planning to enroll in a full-time post secondary course of study beginning in the Fall of 2018.



Dana Aard, President

National Federation of the Blind of Idaho


How to Apply for a NFB Idaho College Scholarship

  1. Download the documents below and follow the instructions provided.


2018 NFB Idaho scholarship letter

2018 NFBI Scholarship Application


2. Please send the application and all of the required documents to the Idaho State NFB email address.




Important: All NFB Idaho scholarship applications must be submitted by March 15, 2018



National Federation of the Blind
2018 Scholarship Program

National Federation of the Blind Announces 2017 Scholarship Finalists

The 2018 Scholarship Program application period begins on November 1, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2018.

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership.


All applicants for these scholarships:

  1. Must be legally blind (PDF document) in both eyes, and
  2. Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and
  3. Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the 2018 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and
  4. Must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities.In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2018 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention which will take place the first week of July 2018, in Orlando, Florida, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.See Scholarship FAQ for details.

Please Note: Some PDF files will not upload to the online Application form. If this occurs, please attach the PDF file to an email and send it to Scholarships@nfb.org.


What kind of student wins an NFB scholarship?  You may read about past NFB National Scholarship recipients in August-September “convention issues” of the Braille Monitor.

Braille Monitor, August-September 2017
Braille Monitor, August-September 2016
    Braille Monitor, August-September 2015
    Braille Monitor, August-September 2014
    Braille Monitor, August-September 2013
Braille Monitor, August-September 2012
Braille Monitor, August-September 2011

Please direct any additional questions to the chairperson.  Email is preferred.

Chairperson is Cayte Mendez
Email: scholarships@nfb.org
Office: (410) 659-9314, extension 2415

NFB Scholarship Program
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230


1. “College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities” Guidebook will help students and their families better understand the vast number of financial aid options available to students with disabilities, including those who face cognitive, physical, or other types of disabilities while attending school. Key elements of the guide include:

  • A comprehensive review of scholarships, listed by disability
  • Amounts awarded and deadlines for each scholarship
  • Debt-forgiveness options for those who acquired a disability post-graduation

2. “Helping Students with Visual Impairments” Guide: The guide was created in part by four experts in the field, who lent their experience and expertise to help provide students with visual impairments the tips and resources needed to succeed in school. Key features include:

  • Tips for choosing the right college
  • An in-depth look at the top assistive technology and tools being used
  • Scholarships available for students with visual impairments


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