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Welcome to The Nfb:ae's 2004 Scholarship Program


The National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality (NFB:AE), is an organization 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 NFB:AE offers a minimum of three $1500 scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind Canadian scholars. This year there will be five awards:

*The Business, Education and Technology Scholarship funded by T-Base Communications, Ottawa, Ontario * The Alan H. Neville Memorial Scholarship in memory of an NFB:AE Pioneer and valued Advisor. *The NFB:AE National Achievement Scholarship.
*The Toronto Chapter Scholarship, offered to Ontario students meeting all other relevant criteria; a lifetime membership to the NFB:AE will also accompany the cash award. *The Courtesy Call Scholarship, offered to students who live in or are attending a post-secondary institution in the Greater Ottawa area, and who meet all other relevant criteria.

These scholarships will be announced on December 1, 2004. It is not necessary to submit separate applications, as applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they qualify.


All scholarships are awarded on the basis of:

  1. Academic excellence 40%;

  2. Service to the community and extracurricular activities, especially service to other groups and individuals with disadvantages including other persons with disabilities 30%; and 3. Surmounting barriers in life (family, community, attitudinal, systemic, educational, etc.) that have contributed to making the applicant the person he/she is today 30%.


All applicants must be:

*Blind, partially sighted or deaf-blind.

*Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

*Pursuing a post-secondary program (college, university or vocational) in the current academic year, with a full-time course load or at a 40% course load when accompanied with an explanation. Students at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels are encouraged to apply.

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


The National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality is an organization dedicated to creating opportunity for all persons who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. Scholarship recipients need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality, but membership and involvement in the organization is strongly encouraged. Membership information can be found on our website at


The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. These recipients will be notified of their selection by December 1, 2004. Scholarship monies will be sent to the recipients no later than December 15, 2004.


Applicants are not required to submit a transcript of their marks. Instead, they are asked to obtain a current or previous year's Grade Point Average, calculated in percent (e.g. 85%), from their academic institution and note this clearly on their application. In addition, applicants are asked to provide a letter describing themselves, including such information as 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, as a result of your disability?Applicants should also discuss their academic goals, interests, hobbies, school and community activities, work experience, vocational goals and service to their community, particularly as this pertains to service to other persons with disabilities such as blindness, partial sight or deaf-blindness.

Applicants must also submit one letter of reference from an individual such as an Academic Advisor, Department Head or Academic Planner, who can comment in some detail on their academic progress, personal strengths, community involvement and any other aspects in support of their application. Applicants will be asked to sign a declaration at the end of the application form, confirming the information they have provided to be correct and true to the best of their knowledge. Electronic applications will, of course, not require a signature as they will be clearly distinguished by the individuals email addresses.


The deadline for scholarship submissions is October 15, 2004. Please forward the attached Application form, personal letter and letter of reference, in electronic format wherever possible, to with the subject line stating Scholarship Application or you may apply online at If submission of an application in electronic format is not possible, we will accept submissions in braille, on disk or in large or standard print, mailed to:



#6-1638 Pandosy Street

Kelowna, BC V1Y 1P8

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship awards. Scholarship Recipients will be required to provide their Social

Insurance Number when they accept their award.

If you have additional questions, please contact the NFB:AE's National Office at 1-800-561-4774, or via email at


Previous applicants and recipients are eligible to reapply.

Scholarship Application Form

Please mail completed scholarship application forms and documentation to:


6-1638 Pandosy Street

Kelowna, BC V1Y 1P8.

Complete the application form online at

(main site

and send additional information to the above address.



(include any other names you may have been known by)

Street Address:

City: Province: Postal Code:

Home Phone:

Other Phone:

Email Address:


Name of School or Institution currently being attended:

Street Address:

City: Province: Postal Code:

Name of School or Institution You Plan to Begin Attending in the 2004-2005 Academic Year

(if different from your current School/Institution):

Your Vocational Goal:

Major (if applicable):

Describe some of the barriers you have overcome in your life "educational, systemic, attitudinal, etc.: (Please feel free to use additional paper if needed.)


The National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality (NFB:AE) 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, please feel free to contact our Compliance Officers by calling: (1 800) 561-4774 or by email at:

I hereby certify that the information I have provided is correct and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature: Date:

Note: Applications must be postmarked or sent electronically no later than October 15, 2004.

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