National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind's annual scholarship program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Every year, they award more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations.

Thanks to their generous partners, there are thirty merit-based scholarships currently available, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The finalists are announced every spring. They then attend their national convention in July when the winners of each individual scholarship are selected. Scholarship winners have gone on to succeed in careers ranging from computer science and engineering to civil rights law and international diplomacy.

Annual Amount

$3,000 - $12,000

Open To

Legally blind college students

Additional Selection Criteria

Eligibility

The following requirements apply to all applicants:

  • Must be legally blind (PDF) in both eyes.
  • Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
  • Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the fall of the year of application (one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time).
  • Must participate in the entire NFB National Convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (finalists will receive assistance to attend the national convention).

For more information regarding eligibility, they strongly encourage you to review their scholarship program FAQs.

Application Process

How to Apply

  1. Confirm your eligibility by confirming you are legally blind (PDF) in both eyes.
  2. Apply online or through the mail.

More Information

For more information about the scholarship program, please contact their scholarship committee chairperson (email is preferred).

Cayte Mendez, Chairperson
NFB Scholarship Committee
Email:  scholarships@nfb.org
Phone: 410-659-9314, extension 2415

NFB Scholarship Program
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Deadline

March 31, 2020

Notification

Information not given

For the application or more information go to:
https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/scholarships-and-awards/scholarship-program