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The 1997 National Federation of The Blind: Advocates For Equality Scholarship Program

The 1997 National Federation of The Blind: Advocates for Equality Scholarship Program

Since its founding in 1992, the NFB:AE has awarded grants to blind individuals to help them attend educational seminars concerning various aspects of blindness. The conventions of the National Federation of the Blind come to mind because more blindness-related information is packed into one week of those conventions than could be found in a whole semester of university courses pertaining to blindness. The organization has determined to expand its programs to include awarding students for scholastic excellence. This year's scholarship program will be the first annual students' awards program of the NFB:AE. The scholarship will be formally presented at our annual convention in February of 1998. Assisting the nation's most talented students to fulfil their academic and professional dreams is one of the most effective ways for us to demonstrate our conviction that blind people deserve the chance to enter whatever field for which they show the capacity and desire to succeed.

A scholarship will be presented this year to one student who is either in his/her senior year of high school, college or university, vocational school, and/or graduate studies. The award will be $1000 and we will bring the winner as our guest to the 1998 convention of the NFB:AE, to experience first hand the excitement and stimulation of a gathering of the largest and most dynamic organization of blind people in the country today.

Every local chapter can help in spreading the word of this opportunity for Canada's blind students. Scholarship applications have been, or soon will be, mailed to financial aid offices in educational institutions around the country, but many of these will be filed away and forgotten when students come to ask about financial assistance. It is very helpful to have local representatives deliver or mail forms to the actual administrator who works with blind students. Being identified with such a valuable national scholarship program gives the local chapter prestige and respect, and the local touch ensures that more blind students will actually have an opportunity to apply for this scholarship.

Anyone can order scholarship forms from the National Office of the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality Scholarship Committee. These may be copied as long as both sides of the form are reproduced.

What follows is the text of the 1997 NFB scholarship application form.

National Federation of The Blind: Advocates for Equality 1997 Scholarship Program

Each year at its national convention in February, the NFB:AE will give a scholarship to recognize achievements by blind scholars. All applicants for this scholarship must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing, or planning to pursue, a full-time post-secondary course of study in the fall semester MEMBERSHIP: The NFB:AE is an organization dedicated to creating opportunity for all blind persons. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the NFB:AE.

MAKING APPLICATION: To apply for NFB:AE scholarship, complete and return the application on the reverse side of this sheet, attaching to the application all the additional documents that are requested. Send completed applications to: Richard Marion, Chairman, National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee, #2--3262 Wellington Street, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3B 3X7; (604) 944-1458; e-mail WINNER: The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the scholarship winner. The winner will be notified of his/her selection by telephone by August 1 and will be brought to the NFB Convention in February 1998 at Federation expense. The winner will participate in the entire convention and in the scheduled scholarship program activities. This is in addition to the scholarship grant.

All decisions by the Scholarship Committee are final. The first national convention promises to be one of the most dynamic gatherings of blind individuals in Canada. You will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and network with other blind post-secondary students. Read reverse side of form for instructions and explanations. Form may be photocopied (both sides must be included).

To apply for the scholarship, complete this application form and mail completed application and attachments to: Richard Marion,Chairman, National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee, 2--3262 Wellington Street, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3B 3X7, (604) 944-1458; e-mail Form must be received by June 30, 1997.

Name (please include maiden name or other names by which you have been known): date of birth, school address, school phone number, home address, home phone number, institution being attended in spring semester 1997, with class standing, cumulative grade point at this institution, institution to be attended in fall semester 1997, with class standing: (Send by separate letter if admitted to school after submitting completed application) List all post-secondary institutions attended with highest class standing attained and cumulative grade point average: High school attended and cumulative grade point, Vocational goal, State your major, Awards and honors (attach list if necessary), Community Service (attach list if necessary):

Attach the following documents to completed application:

  1. Personal letter from applicant. NFB:AE scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence, financial need, and service to the community. end us a letter which tells us, in light of these criteria, why you, rather than someone else, should get an NFB:AE scholarship. In writing your personal letter and in gathering your other attachments, design your application to put your best foot forward for us.

  2. Send two letters of recommendation.

  3. Provide current transcript from institution you are now attending and transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions attended. If you have not yet attended such an institution, or have not completed one year of study, send high school transcript.

  4. Send a letter from an officer of the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality evidencing the fact that you have discussed your scholarship application with that officer. We prefer that you discuss your application with a local chapter president, but a letter from any Federation officer will suffice. Officer's address will be provided upon request.