LightHouse encourages blind individuals to apply for NIB's Fellowship for Leadership Development by April 20th!

A message from LightHouse Executive Director, Bryan Bashin:

Once every two years a small crop of blind individuals is selected for an outstanding fellowship in business development.  Each fellow is paid roughly $40,000 per year while studying and the upside career potential has been very solid.  The San Francisco Lighthouse is particularly interested in seeing qualified blind individuals succeed at this program but the deadline is fast approaching, closing Tuesday April 20th.

Please read the details below.

National Industries for the Blind

Fellowship for Leadership Development

The Fellowship for Leadership Development is a salaried, two-year track that combines business-focused, on-the-job experience with formal management training.  The overall goal of the NIB Fellowship is for successful fellows to land professional and upwardly mobile managerial positions within our network of associated nonprofit businesses and the broader business community.

The new Fellowship cycle will begin September 2010.  Legally blind individuals who have an undergraduate degree or higher, work experience, and passion for business are invited to apply.  Fellows are selected based on academic achievement, experience, motivation, references and interviews.

Application deadline: April 20, 2010.

For the Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions in Word 2007, please click here.  For the Word 97-2003 version, click here.

Please read FAQs before applying.

For the Fellowship Application Form in Word 2007, please click here.  For the Word 97-2003 version, click here.

Already eight fellows have completed the Fellowship since 2003 and have moved to management jobs, gaining financial independence and, as business leaders, have added value at all levels of the workplace and society. The current four fellows, who will complete in April 2010, are on the path to achieve the same success.  NIB expects to see more people who are blind in upper-level management and leadership positions, both within NIB’s network and in the broader business community.

To read what fellows are saying about their experience after they complete the NIB Fellowship, click here.

For questions, contact Sandy Finley at or 703.310.0506.