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2013 AEBC And T-Base Communications Scholarship Program

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

The 2013 AEBC And T-Base Communications Scholarship Program

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE – June 30, 2013

 

Please read all of the eight pages included in this document.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), is a grass roots organization which, Through public education and advocacy, works to improve the lives of blind, deaf blind and partially sighted Canadians.

 

Each year, the AEBC offers scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted post-secondary school students. This year, we are pleased to offer  three awards in total.

 

Jennifer Laura Eve Wilson Memorial Scholarships

 

Jennifer was challenged by the complications of Type 1 diabetes including visual impairment.  She rose above them with her courage, inner strength and determination. She helped make the world a better place for others by giving of herself.  These annual AEBC scholarships continue her generous tradition. 

 

We are pleased to offer two $1,000.00 scholarships for 2013 in her name.

 

The T-Base Communications Scholarship

 

The T-Base Communications scholarship program helps to fund the educational pursuits of an outstanding blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted student in Canada who is continuing his or her academic education at the post-secondary level.  The T-Base Communications Scholarship is designed to help students pursue their educational endeavours and is not limited to any one discipline. 

 

One T-Base Communications scholarship of $2000 will be awarded for the 2013/2014 academic year beginning in the fall semester of 2013. 

 

If you cannot take advantage of this wonderful opportunity yourself, please distribute this information and application form as widely as possible throughout our AEBC community. 

 

 

Applicant CRITERIA

 

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.

 

The winner of the T-Base Communications scholarship is expected to participate in 2 ad-hoc advisory committee meetings on the topic of T-Base Communications educational services.


 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

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

 

1.  The applicant must be 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.  The applicant must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, but foreign students studying in Canada will also be considered.

 

3.  The applicant must be attending a post-secondary program (college, university, or vocational) within the period of September 2013 to April 2014, 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.

 

Please note:  A year's free membership to AEBC is part of each scholarship.  This affords the winner an opportunity to learn about and participate in our organization.

 

 

AWARDS

 

The Scholarship Committee is made up of one AEBC member from the national executive and two regular members of the organization.  This committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. Successful recipients will be notified of their selection by

July 31, 2013.

 

 

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

 

  1.  Achievements:  A one-page essay about the applicant’s personal achievements.

 

In addition to the application form, applicants are required to provide an outline 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.   Please do not send a resume.

 

  1. 3.     Accessible Education: one page essay

 

On a separate page, tell us how learning accessibility makes a difference in your education.  Please let us know what format is most important to you for your success as a student and why.  Keep it to a maximum of one page.  Applications received without this one page attachment will not be considered.  NOTE: We can only know you through the information you give us.  Please be thorough and complete.

 

4. 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.

 

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

 

6.  Declaration

 

at the end of the application, applicants are required to confirm in a declaration 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 June 30, 2013. 

Please complete the attached application form, make and confirm the declaration statement, sign and date your submission, and include the required documentation.

 

Forward the attached documents in one of these file formats:

plain text, rich text, or Microsoft Word to:

 scholarship@blindcanadians.ca

 

All application material must be type-written.  Scanned images are not acceptable.  As the selection committee consists of blind or partially sighted individuals, it is crucial that all materials be  accessible, easily readable, and must be submitted electronically. 

 

Incomplete applications, as well as any applications (complete, incomplete, or parts of applications) received after June 30, 2013 will not be considered for scholarship awards.

 

 

Reapplication

 

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

 

 

ALLIANCE FOR EQUALITY OF BLIND CANADIANS

AEBC And T-Base Communications SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM: 2013

 

Please email your completed scholarship application forms and documentation to scholarship@blindcanadians.ca

 

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

Surname:

Given name:

 

Street Address:

City:                                       

Province:                              

Postal Code:

 

Home Phone:

Other Phone:

 

Email Address:

 

Status in Canada (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, foreign student):

 

 

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION

 

Name of School or Institution currently being attended:

 

Street Address:

 

City:                                       

Province:                              

Postal Code:

 

Name of school or institution you plan to attend between September 2013 and April 2014 (if different from your current school/institution):

 

Your career Goal:

 

Major (if applicable):

 

Status: Full-time or part-time.  If taking less than the full load, indicate how many courses per semester:

 

Average academic grade of current academic year or most recent year of attendance at an academic Institution, expressed as a percentage (required):

 

Additional Information

 

How did you find out about this scholarship program?

 

PRIVACY

 

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, accuracy, and security of any personal information that we collect, use, retain, and disclose in the course of the programs we offer.

If you have any questions about protecting your personal privacy or our privacy policy, contact our Compliance Officer by calling (1 800) 561-4774 or by e-mail at: info@blindcanadians.ca.

 

 

DECLARATION

 

I certify that the information I have provided is correct and true to the best of my knowledge, and that I meet the criteria for being either blind, deaf-blind, or partially sighted.

 

Name:                                                                     Date: 

 

 

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CHECKLIST

 

For applications to be considered complete all of the documents/information listed below must be included. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

1. Application Form (including average academic grade in percentage form);

2. Achievement essay outlining such information as vision and medical background, goals, interests, barriers, community activities etc. (No resumes please!)See

"Documentation Required" for more details.

3.  Accessible Education:  one-page essay attachment

4.  Letter of Reference (from the last twelve months).

5. Declaration Statement (name and date must be provided as acknowledgement and confirmation).

 

Applications must be received no later than June 30, 2013.