Blind/Low Vision

Address: Iowa State University
Office of Student Financial Aid
0210 Beardshear Hall
515 Morrill Road
Ames, IA 50011-2028
Summary:
Grants to young adult college students under the age of 30 who are working to complete their educational goals while facing a major illness or injury. The donor is interested in helping students with eye health or vision conditions, but the award is not limited to vision-related disabilities.Grants range from $300 to a maximum of $3,000.

Students who complete the FAFSA application by December 1st, demonstrate financial need, and complete the FinAidScholar online application September 1, 2020 – January 11, 2021 (new students) will be considered for this award. Current or transfer students have from September 1, 2020 – March 1, 2021, to apply online.

Apply By:
December 1 for FAFSA and January 11, 2021 or March 1, 2021 depending on student status.
Foundation:
Iowa State University
Business Phone Number:
515-294-5627
Business Contact Email:
Address: Iowa State University
1076 Student Services Building
2505 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2222
Summary:
The Keith Sargent Scholarship is open to any student with a mobility, visual or hearing disability who has completed 24 transfer credits or one academic year at Iowa State University and who has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

The scholarship amount varies and may be renewed for an additional two years as long as a GPA of 2.75 or above is maintained. The award is administered through the Student Disability Resources Office.

Apply By:
April 1.
Foundation:
Iowa State University
Business Phone Number:
515-294-7220
Business Contact Email:
Summary:
Approximately twenty scholarships ranging in amount from $2,000 – $7,500 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA, are full-time students, and are involved in their school/local community may apply online.

Nancy Christine is the scholarship contact.

Apply By:
February 15, 2021.
Foundation:
American Council of the Blind
Business Phone Number:
(800) 866-3242
Scholarship Category:
Summary:
Scholarships ranging in amount from $2,000 – $7,500 for those attending a technical college or attending university as an entering freshman, undergraduate, or graduate student.

This program awards students with scholarships to help with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board, and other additional costs associated with adaptive technology.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants need to be legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for most scholarships, be a full-time student (as well as students who work 32 or more hours per week and attend college part-time), and be involved in their school/local community.

Apply By:
February 15, 2021.
Foundation:
American Foundation of the Blind
Business Phone Number:
(800) 232-5463
Scholarship Category:
Summary:
Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarships and Thomas H. Miller Scholarship to assist them with their higher education tuition. Six scholarships of $2000 and one $1000 will be awarded.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit through an application process that is evaluated by a committee. Gruber and Miller scholarships are for one year only, but recipients can re-apply and receive the award up to four times. The blinded veteran family member is not required to be a BVA member for the spouse or child to receive a scholarship. Qualifications for both programs are the same except for an added emphasis on music and fine arts for the Miller award.

Apply By:
April 16, 2021.
Foundation:
Blinded Veterans Association
Business Phone Number:
(202) 371-8880 ext. 330
Business Contact Email:
Scholarship Category:
Summary:
Awarding three (3) students an individual prize of $3,000, this competitive scholarship is available to full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines. Apply online from January 1 – March 15.
Apply By:
March 15, 2021.
Foundation:
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
Business Phone Number:
(844) 460-0625
Business Contact Email:
Address: For Learning Ally members who are completing undergraduate or graduate degrees and are blind or visually impaired. Learning Ally awards top winners $6,000 each and special honors winners $3,000 each.
Apply By:
November 30, 2020
Foundation:
Learning Ally®
Business Phone Number:
(800) 221-4792
Business Contact Email:
Scholarship Category:
Address: Lighthouse Guild Scholarships
15W 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Summary:
The College Bound Scholarship: 16 scholarships awarded for high school seniors who are legally blind and who will be college freshman in the upcoming school year. This is a one-time-only scholarship.

The Graduate School Scholarship: for students who are legally blind and who are pursuing a Master’s, PhD or any other post-Baccalaureate degree (MD, JD, MBA, etc.)
Apply By:
March 31
Foundation:
Lighthouse Guild
Business Phone Number:
(212) 769-7801
Business Contact Email:
Scholarship Category:
Address: NFB Scholarship Program
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jennigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Summary:
Thirty scholarships — ranging from $3,000 up to $12,000 — awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership.

All applicants for these scholarships must be legally blind and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution of higher education. In addition, one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time. Each applicant will be considered for all scholarships for which they qualify.

Apply By:
March 31, 2021.
Foundation:
National Federation of the Blind
Business Phone Number:
(410) 659-9314 ext. 2415
Business Contact Email:
Scholarship Category:
Summary:
Two $1000 scholarships are awarded every other year in even years to 2 selected applicants who are legally blind and who are continuing their education in the field of providing services to the blind and visually impaired. An Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER) student membership is not required but encouraged.
Apply By:
Spring 2022
Foundation:
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Business Contact Email:
Scholarship Category: