Scholarships

American Council of the Blind Scholarship Program
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately 20 scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community. Applications may be submitted beginning Dec. 1 and all materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on March 1.

American Council of the Blind of Ohio Scholarships
The American Council of the Blind of Ohio offers five scholarships each academic year. Each year, at its annual convention, ACBO proudly awards college scholarships to worthy students.

American Foundation for the Blind Scholarships
The American Foundation for the Blind administers a scholarship program for deserving students. Each year individuals who are blind or visually impaired can apply for financial awards to support their post-secondary education.
The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship and Thomas H. Miller Awards to assist them with their higher education tuition. The 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.

The Christian Record Services Scholarships
Partial scholarships are offered to legally blind young people striving to obtain a college education. Scholarships are given on a limited basis to those who qualify. The amount Christian Record Services for the Blind gives for scholarships varies from year to year. The actual amount given to each student is in proportion to the funds available.
Friends in Art Scholarship
A $1500 scholarship offered annually to students who live in North America for achievement, talent, and excellence in the arts. If you are a high school senior and are planning to, or are currently majoring in the field of music, art, drama, or creative writing, and are a blind or visually impaired student, you may apply for this scholarship.

Illinois Council of the Blind Scholarship
The Illinois Council of the Blind (ICB) offers an annual non-renewable scholarship to legally blind college students who are Illinois residents and/or attending school in Illinois.
Lighthouse Guild Scholarship Program
Each year, the Lighthouse Guild scholarship program helps a number of outstanding and deserving legally blind students attend college or attend graduate school with scholarships of $10,000. Scholarships are based on strong academic accomplishments and merit, and provide additional financial support to help students make a successful transition from high school to a college or attend/remain in the graduate school of their choice. Candidates are not required to demonstrate financial need.

Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc.
The Lavelle Fund for the Blind offers the the Brother James P. Kearney Scholarship Program for the Blind, which aims to help make quality undergraduate and graduate education affordable for U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and attending any of 11 selected private colleges and universities in New York State and Northeastern New Jersey. Scholarships are awarded on a last-dollar-of-need basis as determined by the college's Financial Aid office, at a rate of up to $15,000/student per academic year for up to four years. The program is currently authorized to admit new students through June 30, 2019.

Learning Ally Scholarships
Learning Ally offers the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAA) for college seniors and graduate students who are blind or visually impaired and the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening (LTL) Awards for high school seniors who are learning disabled.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
The National Federation of the Blind offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. Applications for scholarships will be accepted from the first week of November through March 31 of each year.

The United States Association of Blind Athletes Scholarship Program
USABA offers a USABA Scholarship Program, including the I C You Foundation Valor Achievement Award and the Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships. Both the Valor Achievement Award and the Copeland Scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female athlete each in the amount of five hundred dollars.
VSA (Very Special Arts)
Each year, a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award. These emerging musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.