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Welcome to The Aebc's Year 2007 Scholarship Programme!



The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) 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

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.


All scholarships are awarded on the basis of:

  1. Academic performance 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, deaf-blind or partially sighted--Please note: Whatever an applicant's vision level, he/she must meet the requirements for legal blindness, which is visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye after correction, or a visual field of less than 20 degrees.

  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants

  • Pursuing a post-secondary programme (college, university or vocational) in the 2007-2008 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.


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 applicants and recipients need not be members of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians; however, while membership is not required in order for an applicant to be considered for scholarships, involvement in the organization is strongly encouraged in general, 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 (opens in a new window).


The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. These recipients will be notified of their selection by December 15, 2007. Scholarship monies will be sent to the recipients no later than December 31, 2007.


  1. 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 percent (e.g. 85%), from their academic institution and note this clearly on their application form. Please note:

if this average academic grade is not in percentage form, the application will not be considered.

  1. 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. Please do not send a resume in addition to a personal letter.

  1. 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 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 are required 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. If submitting this application electronically but not via the website, this means that applicants must put their name and the date below the declaration statement. Please note: anyone who sends their application by any means other than the website must put his/her name and the date below the declaration statement in order for the application to be considered.


The deadline for scholarship submissions is October 15, 2007. Please take advantage of our online application form, which can be found at: (opens in a new window)


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, or Excel, or in the body of an email, to

. 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 prefer 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.


Previous applicants and recipients are eligible to reapply.

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