Apply for 2020 NFB Idaho and National Scholarships
The National Federation of the Blind of Idaho (NFBI), awards merit based scholarships to legally blind high school seniors and college students annually. Students who are Legally blind attending college the academic school year beginning fall semester 2020 are urged to apply. There will be up to four (4) scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 awarded at the state convention of the NFBI, April 16 through 18, 2020, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Scholarship finalists will have their expenses paid and are required to attend this convention.
Please Note individuals are limited to receiving an NFBI scholarship a maximum of two (2), times.
The scholarship application can be found at http://www.nfbidaho.org/scholarship
All Application materials should be emailed to scholarships.NFBID@gmail.com.
The following required Items must accompany each application:
- A completed NFBI Scholarship application form.
- A 700-word essay.
NFBI scholarships are merit based and are awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and service to the community. In preparing your essay, please keep in mind that committee members and decision-makers are all successful blind professionals. Take some time to think how you personally can convey your best qualities in your own words. This is an advocacy job; the committee members will note how you choose to do it.
Please also keep in mind that the awards are restricted to legally blind persons, so the committee will be interested in what techniques and approaches you personally practice concerning your blindness.
Download the NFB Idaho scholarship documents here.
NFB National Scholarship Program
The National Federation of the Blind’s annual scholarship program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Every year, we award more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations.
I genuinely hope that I can continue to contribute to this organization meaningfully throughout my life. I’m so grateful for the lessons I’ve learned, the growth that I’ve experienced, the beautiful friends that I’ve made, and especially for this extremely generous scholarship which is genuinely life changing. Thank you, thank you. — Emily Eagle, 2019 Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship Recipient
Thanks to our generous partners, there are thirty merit-based scholarships currently available, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The finalists are announced every spring. They then attend our national convention in July when the winners of each individual scholarship are selected. Scholarship winners have gone on to succeed in careers ranging from computer science and engineering to civil rights law and international diplomacy.
How to Apply
Apply online or through the mail.
The application period for the 2020 program will be open from November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
The following requirements apply to all applicants:
- Must be legally blind (PDF) in both eyes.
- Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
- Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the fall of the year of application (one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time).
- Must participate in the entire NFB National Convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (finalists will receive assistance to attend the national convention).
For more information regarding eligibility, we strongly encourage you to review our scholarship program FAQs.
NFB/HumanWare STEM Internship
HumanWare is a leading assistive technology company that designs and manufactures products to help blind people participate equally in society. The NFB and HumanWare have collaborated to offer two STEM development internship opportunities. If you are a technically-minded student with aspirations of a career in product testing and/or marketing, we invite you to apply. The internships will take place from approximately June 15 to August 14, 2020. The two winning interns will be required to travel for a few days during the last week of the internship to the HumanWare headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
To apply, check the checkbox on the first page of the online application that says, “Yes, I would like to complete an additional application for the 2020 HumanWare internship.” For more information, please review our scholarship program FAQs.
- Scholarship Program FAQs
- Scholarship Program Application Checklist
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- College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities (via Affordable Colleges Online)