Blind/Low Vision

Summary
Varying amount awards are available to full-time Iowa State University undergraduate or graduate students with a disability that might cause difficulty in pursuing academic study. First consideration is given to those having eye health or visual problems and demonstrated financial need.

Students who complete the FAFSA application by December 1st, demonstrate financial need, and complete the FinAidScholar online application will be considered for this award. 

Apply By
December 1 for FAFSA
Foundation
Iowa State University
Business Phone Number
515-294-5627
Business Contact Email
Business Address
Iowa State University
Office of Student Financial Aid
0210 Beardshear Hall
515 Morrill Road
Ames, IA 50011-2028
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
Business Address
Iowa State University
1076 Student Services Building
2505 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2222
Summary
Award scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 for those attending a technical college or as an entering freshman, undergraduate, or graduate student.

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 14, 2022
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 for 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
Foundation
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
Business Phone Number
(844) 460-0625
Business Contact Email
Apply By
December 31, 2021
Foundation
Learning Ally®
Business Phone Number
(800) 221-4792
Business Contact Email
Business 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.
Scholarship Category
Summary
The College Bound Scholarship: up to 17 scholarships are awarded for high school seniors who are legally blind 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) 769-7833
Business Address
Lighthouse Guild Scholarships
15W 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Scholarship Category
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, 2022
Foundation
National Federation of the Blind
Business Phone Number
(410) 659-9314 ext. 2415
Business Contact Email
Business Address
NFB Scholarship Program
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jennigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Scholarship Category
Summary
Two $1,000 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