American Council of the Blind Scholarship - Amount Varies
The American Council of the Blind’s (ACB) Scholarship Program was established in 1982. This program is considered by the organization to be one of the most valuable services offered to members and potential members. The philosophy behind the scholarship program exemplifies the goals and mission of the organization - "To increase independence for the nation's blind and visually impaired citizens."
These scholarships offer blind and visually impaired students the opportunity to attend colleges or universities, purchase computer equipment to make their academic pursuits more attainable, or lessen the need to work during a year of study. The scholarships are provided solely on the basis of merit/academic achievement in an effort to reward excellence.
The awarding of scholarships is not conducted on the basis of membership in ACB, but rather on the basis of the applicant's record of performance. The scholarship program is viewed as a membership recruitment tool to a limited extent, but it is primarily a vehicle to reward excellence, to introduce winners to ACB and its goals, to demonstrate the capabilities of blind and visually impaired people, and to encourage students to achieve their highest academic potential.
Scholarship recipients are given the opportunity to experience firsthand ACB’s national conference and convention, where they meet and network with other students who share the same life experiences and create lasting friendships.
Scholarships are awarded to students who are legally blind. Legal blindness is defined as an individual who cannot see better than 20/200 in the best eye with glasses or contact lenses or whose visual field in the best eye is 20 degrees or less at the widest diameter with glasses or contact lenses. They must be enrolled at a post-secondary institution or a vocational/technical school.
Scholarship awards may be established and funded at any point during the year and may be received from a variety of sources.
Scholarship Application Instructions
The American Council of the Blind scholarship application process must be completed online.
Please do not leave any questions blank. Incomplete forms will NOT be considered.
You will need to include the following documents with your completed application:
Certification of legal blindness from an ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician. (This hard-copy letter may be mailed.) Legal blindness is defined as an individual who cannot see better than 20/200 in the best eye with glasses or contact lenses or whose visual field in the best eye is 20 degrees or less at the widest diameter with glasses or contact lenses.
Official certified transcripts from the school you are currently attending. Entering freshmen will need to include their high school transcripts and graduate students will need to include undergraduate transcripts. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required. (This hard-copy letter may be mailed.)
Two letters of recommendation from a current or recent instructor, career counselor or employer. (Only Microsoft Word or rich text formats will be accepted; these may be emailed separately to: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Proof of acceptance from a post-secondary school. Entering and transferring students must submit a notice or letter from the admissions office certifying acceptance or consideration for admission. If this is not available when the application is submitted, it must be submitted as soon as it is available. (Only Microsoft Word or rich text formats are preferred; this item may be emailed separately to email@example.com.)
Only the application supplements which cannot be emailed must be mailed to:
American Council of the Blind Scholarship Program
Attn: Nancy Christine Feela
6300 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 195
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
If you wish to make sure your application information was received, you may call Nancy Christine Feela at (612) 332-3242 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (CST).
Your scholarship information will be shared with your state affiliate of ACB unless you request that it not be shared.
The scholarship application contains several essay-type questions.
If you cannot allow yourself enough time to complete it in one sitting you will want to create a user login and password which allows you to save your application as a draft and return to it later.
If you already have a user login you do not have to create another one.
To create a user log in, visit www.acb.org/user/register. Provide your first name and last name, create a username, add your email address, and then click on create new account.
A member request will be sent to the ACB administrator who will respond back to you within 24 hours providing a temporary password to use when logging into the ACB website.
Go to acb.org. Click the Sign In link. This brings up the Membership Page where you can enter the user name you created and the temporary password.
Click Log in.
At the top of the page under User menu click on 2019 ACB Scholarship Application link.
This brings you to ACB’s Scholarship application.
Complete the required information and if you need to exit, click on Save Draft.
You should then be able to logout and return to the site at another time and finish the application.
To apply for a scholarship, please visit: www.acb.org/2019-scholarship.