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Welcome to The Aebc\'s Year 2005 Scholarship Programme!

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15, 2005!

INTRODUCTION

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), formerly 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 AEBC offers a minimum of three $1500 scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadian scholars. This year there will be three awards:

The Business, Education and Technology Scholarship funded by T-Base Communications, Ottawa, Ontario

The Alan H. Neville Memorial Scholarship in memory of an AEBC Pioneer and valued Advisor

The AEBC National Achievement Scholarship

It is not necessary to submit separate applications, as applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they qualify.

CRITERIA

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%.

QUALIFICATIONS

All applicants must be:

Blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted

Canadian citizens or landed immigrants

Pursuing a post-secondary programme (college, university or vocational) in the 2005-2006 academic year, with a full-time course load or at a 40% course load when accompanied by an explanation. Students at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels are encouraged to apply.

Exchange students studying abroad under a legitimate exchange programme 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 programme in Canada, failure to be accepted into a programme in Canada, or the clear superiority of a programme abroad.

MEMBERSHIP

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians 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 Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, but membership and involvement in the organization is strongly encouraged. Membership information can be found on our website at: http://www.blindcanadians.ca/

AWARDS

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. These recipients will be notified of their selection by December 15, 2005. Scholarship monies will be sent to the recipients no later than December 31, 2005.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

  1. Application form including GPA

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) academic Grade Point Average, calculated in percent (e.g. 85%), from their academic institution and note this clearly on their application form. 2. Personal Letter

In addition to the application form, applicants are required 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, deaf-blindness or partial sight.

  1. Reference Letter

Applicants are also required to submit one current letter of reference (written in the last 12 months) from an individual who can comment in some detail on their academic progress, personal strengths, community involvement and any other aspects of their life in support of their application. The individual can be, for example, an employer/supervisor, clergy, Academic Advisor, Department Head, Academic Planner, etc. This reference letter should be forwarded together with the application package.

  1. Declaration

Applicants will be asked to confirm, in a declaration at the end of the application form, that the information they have provided is correct and true to the best of their knowledge.

HOW TO APPLY

The deadline for scholarship submissions is October 15, 2005. Please take advantage of our online application form, which can be found at: http://www.BlindCanadians.ca/programs/scholarship2005.php

If not applying online, keep in mind that Scholarship Committee members may be blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. Please forward the attached application form, personal letter and letter of reference in one of the following file formats: plain or rich text, Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Excel, or in the body of an email to: scholarship@blindcanadians.ca If submission of an application in an accessible electronic format is not possible (inaccessible formats include PDF and jpg files), please contact us either by email at the same address or by phone at (800) 561-4774 to discuss alternatives. We would be happy to answer any questions regarding accessibility before you send your application.

Please note that incomplete applications, as well as any applications (complete, incomplete, or parts of applications) received after October 15 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 and recipients are eligible to reapply.

Text Box: Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Scholarship Application Form

Please email completed scholarship application forms and documentation to scholarship@blindcanadians.ca unless otherwise discussed with the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship Application Form