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Announcing the 2012 AEBC Scholarship Program Jennifer Wilson Scholarships

INTRODUCTION

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is dedicated to providing blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted individuals with the opportunities they need to compete on an equal basis with other members of Canadian society. Through public education and advocacy, our organization works to improve the lives of these Canadians by providing a forum for mentorship, discussion, and action on issues of common concern.

Each year, the AEBC offers scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted post-secondary school students. This year there will be two awards in total: 2 (two) $1,000.00 scholarships.

Two Jennifer Laura Eve Wilson Memorial Scholarships will be offered.

Jennifer was someone who throughout her life, showed courage in overcoming adversity and selflessness in helping others in need. She took the challenges life put her way from the complications of Type 1 diabetes including visual impairment, and rose above them by her courage, inner strength and determination to make the world a better place for others. These annual AEBC scholarships continue her tradition of helping others.

Please note: Each scholarship recipient will get a year's free membership to AEBC.

 

CRITERIA

Both scholarships will be awarded on the basis of: 

1. Academic performance;

2. Community involvement; and

3. Overcoming adversity.

While each criterion will contribute in the overall evaluation process, equal weight will not be applied in determining a final score. Rather, each criterion will serve to assist in distinguishing the exceptionalities and strengths of one candidate from another in the awarding of scholarships.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must meet all of these qualifications. Applicants not meeting one or more of these qualifications will not be considered:

  1. Blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted.  The definition of legal blindness for our purposes is as follows:  "Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye after correction, or a visual field of no more than 20 degrees."

2.  Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, but foreign students studying in Canada will also be considered.

3. Attending a post-secondary program (college, university, or vocational) within the period of September 2012 to April 2013, with a part-time (minimum of two courses per semester) or full-time course load

Students at undergraduate, graduate (including doctoral levels as well as those in training programs), educational upgrading, and enrolled in the performing arts are encouraged to apply.

4. Exchange students studying abroad under a legitimate exchange program and paying fees to a Canadian educational institution are eligible, as are students who choose to study abroad for lack of a similar program in Canada, failure to be accepted into a Canadian program, or the clear superiority of a program abroad.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Scholarship applicants and recipients need not already be members of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians. However, involvement in the organization is strongly encouraged, as we seek to gain a stronger voice in Canada, and membership benefits those who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted both collectively and individually. Membership information can be found on our website at www.blindcanadians.ca/membership.

 

AWARDS

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. Successful recipients will be notified of their selection by December 15, 2012. Scholarship monies will be sent to the recipients no later than December 31, 2012.

 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

1. Completed Application form including Average Academic Grade.

Applicants are not required to submit a transcript of their marks. Instead, they are required to obtain a current or most recent (if not in school currently) average academic grade, calculated in percentage (e.g. 85%), from their academic institution and note this grade clearly on their application form. Please note:  The application will not be considered if this average academic grade is not in percentage form. If your program of study does not express in percentage grades, please try to equate to a percentage scale or explain how grading is done on your application. Very important: If required at a later date by the

Scholarship Committee, applicants may be requested to provide copies of official transcripts.

 

2. Personal Letter

In addition to the application form, applicants are required to provide a letter describing themselves, including background on their visual condition, any additional medical or disability information, onset of blindness or loss of vision. Applicants should answer the question: “What barriers or obstacles have you faced and conquered in your life which may include financial hardship, as a result of your disability?” Applicants should also discuss their academic goals, interests, hobbies, school and community activities, work experience, career goals and service to their community, particularly as this pertains to service to other persons with disabilities such as blindness, deaf-blindness or partial sight. Please do not send a resume in addition to a personal letter.

 

3. Reference Letter

Applicants are also required to submit one current letter of reference (written in the last twelve months) from an individual who can comment in detail on their academic progress, personal strengths, community involvement and any other aspects of their life in support of their application. The individual may be an employer or supervisor, clergy member, Academic Advisor, Department Head, Academic Planner, etc. This reference letter should be forwarded with the application package.

 

4. Declaration

Applicants are required to confirm in a declaration at the end of the application, that the information they have provided is correct and true to the best of their knowledge, and that they meet the requirements for legal blindness. When submitting this application electronically, applicants must put their name and the date below the declaration statement. Please note: Anyone applying by email, must put his/her name and the date below the declaration statement, for the application to be considered.

 

HOW TO APPLY

The deadline for scholarship submissions is November 1, 2012.Please complete the attached application form, make and confirm the declaration statement, sign and date your submission, and include the relevant required reference and personal letters.

Forward the attached Application Form, personal letter, and letter of reference in one of these file formats: plain or rich text or Microsoft Word to scholarship@blindcanadians.ca.  All application material must be type-written, and scanned images are not acceptable.

Incomplete applications, as well as any applications (complete, incomplete, or parts of applications) received after November 1, 2012 will not be considered for scholarship awards.

Scholarship Recipients will be required to provide their Social Insurance Number when they accept their award.

 

REAPPLICATION

Previous applicants or recipients of AEBC scholarships are eligible to reapply if qualified.

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