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1999-2000 Nfb: Ae Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality is an organisation dedicated to providing blind and vision-impaired individuals with the tools they need to compete on an equal basis with other members of Canadian society. Through public education and advocacy, the NFB: AE seeks to improve the lives of blind Canadians by providing a forum for mentorship, discussion and action.

The NFB: AE offers four scholarships to recognise outstanding blind scholars in Canada. These scholarships are presented yearly at the Annual NFB: AE Convention in Canada. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of: 1) academic excellence, 2) service to the community, 3) extra-curricular activities. *Note: All of the previous criteria are weighed equally when scholarship applications are reviewed. Past winners are eligible to apply again. Four scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded.

Qualifications

All applicants must: 1) be legally blind 2)reside in Canada 3) be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time college or university-level course of study, at a graduate or undergraduate level and 4) be willing to attend the Annual NFB: AE convention. (Winners' convention expenses will be paid for by the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality.)

Membership

The National Federation of the Blind Advocates for Equality is an organisation dedicated to creating opportunity for all persons who are blind. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality, but membership and involvement is encouraged.

Awards

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. The four recipients will be notified of their selection by March 15, 2000. Scholarship monies will be sent to the recipients no later than September 1, 2000.

Convention Attendance

The National Federation of the Blind: Advocates For Equality Convention is the largest gathering of Canadian blind persons to occur anywhere in Canada each year. During the convention scholarship winners will be able to meet other blind students and exchange information and ideas. Recipients may also meet and talk with blind people who are successfully functioning in their chosen profession or occupation. Above all, a broad cross section of the most active segment of the blind population of Canada will be present to discuss common problems and plan for concerted action. The convention is always interesting and exciting.

How To Apply

To apply for National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality scholarships, contact the NFB: AE's National Office at telephone: 1-800-561-4774 and request an application form. Complete and return the application form not later than March 1, 2000, attaching all of the additional documents requested. Multiple applications are unnecessary. Each applicant will be considered for all scholarships for which he or she qualifies. Send completed applications to: National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality#107 - 1455 Ellis Street Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A3

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