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Scholarships for Grads and Undergrads Now Available through CCB

Scholarships for Grads and Undergrads Now Available through CCB

The California Council of the Blind has extended their scholarship deadline for this summer’s new and prospective students. More info below:

The California Council of the Blind is offering scholarships to college, university, and vocational school students who are legally blind and are either residents of California, regardless of where they attend school, or non-residents of California attending school in this state. Scholarships are for entering freshman, undergraduates, and graduate students. The date by which scholarship applications and all documentation must be submitted has been extended from July 1 to July 15, 2016. The application can be found online at www.ccbnet.org/scholar_intro.htm.

Enchanted Hills News: Scholarships Available for our Family Camp Sessions This Summer

The wonder of Enchanted Hills is available for the whole family. These camp sessions are offered to families with children ages 17 and under who are blind or who have low vision, as well as to parents who are blind or have low vision with children ages 17 and under. Camp activities include swimming, horseback riding, crafts, games, nature studies, parent discussion groups, and evening activities such as the family talent show.

Family Camp I: June 9 – 12, 2016
Family Camp II: July 7 – 10, 2016
(Cabins are now full for Family Camp II. Lodge housing is still available for families of 2-3.)
Family Camp III: August 11 – 14, 2016

You may qualify for a special scholarship for Family Camp. The sessions are for immediate family members only. Please contact Tony Fletcher at 415-694-7319 or afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org for more information.

AFB Scholarships Available – Apply Now Through May 31

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) administers six post-secondary education scholarships for up to eleven deserving students who are legally blind.

Visit www.afb.org/scholarships.asp for further information and to fill out application forms. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2015.

The following is a list of scholarships offered:

Delta Gamma Memorial Scholarship

  • One scholarship of $1,000
  • Undergraduate or graduate studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired

Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

  • One scholarship of $1,000
  • Undergraduate or graduate studying in the field of classical or religious music
  • Applicant must be female

Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship

  • One scholarship of $500
  • Graduate studying in any full-time program in any field

Paul W. Ruckes Scholarship

  • Two scholarships of $2,000
  • Undergraduate or graduate studying in field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences

R. L. Gillette Scholarship

  • Two scholarships of $1,000 each
  • Undergraduate studying in the field of literature or music
  • Applicant must be female

Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship

  • Four scholarships of $2,500 each
  • Undergraduate or graduate studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired

Contact: Tara Annis at (800) 232-5152/tannis@afb.net


SFCCB $2,500 Student Education Access Grant – Deadline to Apply is March 31

The San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind (CCB) is taking applications for its $2,500 Student Education Access Grant.

The application deadline is March 31, 2015.

Who can apply: legally blind students ages 8-18 who lives in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma.

What: The San Francisco Chapter of CCB will give a grant in the form of technology products worth up to $2,500 to an applicant who meets the criteria listed above and can best demonstrate the need for accessible equipment to enhance their educational opportunities.

This Education Reference Desk allows users to borrow materials (books, photocopies of journal articles, etc.) from libraries outside of the UW-System.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2015. To request an application and instruction form or for further details contact  Charlie Dorris at 415-775-0487/tyreedorris@comcast.net or Ellie Lee at 415-378-6079/ellieleesf@yahoo.com.

Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship Support Student’s Interests and Passions

Part of the annual CTEBVI (California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired) conference, The Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship is now accepting applications.

This scholarship awards a total of $1,000 to one or more California-based blind/low vision students grades K-12. It isn’t just about earning money for tuition, books or college–the scholarship is about cultivating self-discovery and supporting unique interests and passions. Last year’s winner 10-year-old Heaven Vallejos used the money to train, run, and finish her first 5K race.

[image: Heaven Vallejos runs her first 5K with the help of friends]

Heaven Vallejos runs her first 5K

Visit this site for more information and to download the application. Applications are due February 27, 2015.

Tips for applying: Be creative! Previous winners have used the funds for lessons for music, cooking, and sports, or to help investigate specific areas of their academic careers.






Scholarships Available – New Opportunities for Careers in Rehabilitation of the Blind

Scholarships are now available!

The Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University is excited to announce that along with its O&M program, it has expanded its training and is launching a brand new concentration in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind.

Structured Discovery Cane Travel (SDCT) and Structured Discovery Rehabilitation have been demonstrated to be among the most innovative and effective forms of rehabilitation training for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Louisiana Tech University has operated its Orientation and Mobility program on this model successfully for 18 years, with upwards of 90% successful employment and employer satisfaction rates.

Scholarships are now available for qualified individuals seeking one of the following degree paths:

  • Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Concentration in Orientation and Mobility
  • Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with Concentration in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind
  • Orientation and Mobility Graduate Certification

Why apply?

  •  The field of educating and rehabilitating children and adults who are blind is deeply rewarding and life-changing.
  • The job market is wide open; currently, we receive four times the number of employer requests than we have graduates to provide.
  • Training occurs on campus in Ruston, Louisiana, and can be completed in as little as one year.
  • No prior background or experience in blindness is necessary—we’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • Scholarships are provided on a competitive basis to qualified persons and can cover costs for attending the university.
  • Scholarship also support travel to conferences, trainings, and field-based experiences at Structured Discovery training programs.

Who can Apply?

Individuals must already possess a Bachelor’s (B.A.) degree from an accredited university, have a grade point average of 2.5 and obtain a minimum of 287 (Verbal and Quantitative) on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Individuals must also be willing to attend courses on campus in Ruston, Louisiana on a full-time basis.

What’s the Catch?

  • Payback through service is required. Agreement to receive scholarship funding requires commitment for you to work in the field of rehabilitation for two years for each year of scholarship support you obtain.
  • Scholarships cover at least tuition and fees but may cover living and travel costs as well.
  • You have to move to Ruston, work hard, study harder, and have the heart to be an O&M or Rehabilitation Teacher of blind persons.

Where do I get started?

  • For program details, visit: www.pdrib.com.
  • Send an email for more information to: dreed@latech.edu.
  • Or contact Edward Bell, Director, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness Louisiana Tech University to discuss your application: 318-257-4554 or ebell@latech.edu.


Learn About the National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

Every year, the National Federation of the blind, NFB, gives out 30 scholarships annually to deserving college students from across the country. One of them could be you!

Join the San Francisco chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of California, NFBC, for free food, good friends and valuable information on how you can win free money.

When: Saturday, February 15 2014, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: LightHouse for the Blind | 214 Van Ness Avenue | San Francisco, CA

The chair of the scholarship committee Patti Gregory-Chang will speak about how the program works and what you need to be in the top 30 spots. Also hear from a past scholarship Winner who will share with everyone tricks and tips that will help you make your application even stronger.

For more information, please contact Darion Smith, NFBC San Francisco chapter president, at (415) 215-9809 or dsmithnfb@gmail.com.

National Federation of the Blind 2014 Scholarship Program

Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2014, up through grad students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the July 2014 NFB Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.

Applications are accepted from November 1, 2013, to March 31,2014. Go to www.nfb.org/scholarships for complete rules and requirements.

Apply to Win $5,000

The Inspiration Foundation understands the important role adaptive computer technology plays in a blind or visually impaired person’s life. The Inspiration Foundation proudly grants Adaptive Technology Awards to blind and visually impaired individuals who have been denied financial assistance for this expensive technology from federal and state funded programs.

This year, Inspiration Foundation will award a scholarship of up to $5,000.00 in adaptive technology to one individual that we feel is the best match for our program.

We are currently accepting applications for 2013 Inspiration Foundation Adaptive Technology Award online.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an individual must be a blind or visually impaired legal resident of California or Arizona, and 18 years of age or older. All information on this application form is strictly confidential and will only be used to determine your need and ability to inspire independence.

Application deadline is November 1, 2013. Scholarship winner will be announced on December 15, 2013.