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Students Together Acquiring Recreational Skills (STARS)

The STARS program offers recreational activities on the first Saturday of each month during the school year for visually impaired students in grades 1 through 8.  Participants are paired with high school volunteers for a variety of social, cultural, and learning experiences.  Because all volunteers work directly with the students, they receive specialized training to participate in program events.

 


 

National Federation of the Blind Learning Resources

Online Resources and Programs to answer questions for students, and anyone else, who want to learn.

 


A Guide to Visual Disabilities: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed

An online guide that explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience and what colleges are doing for the visually impaired. The guide includes numerous resources, as well as insights and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.

 

 


Accredited Schools Online: Helping Students with Visual Impairments

Resources, tools, and technology to foster school success:

 – Tips for choosing the right college
 – An in-depth look at the top assistive technology and tools being used today
 – Scholarships available for students with visual impairments


Also check out this website for more information on choosing a university to attend:

https://www.universities.com/articles/ultimate-guide-blind-visually-impaired-college-students/


 
Grants for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Organizations Offering Scholarships:

 

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

The American Council of the Blind offers scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are blind. For applications or additional information contact:

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Scholarship Office
1155 15th Street N.W., Suite 720
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: 800-424-8666
Web site: http://www.acb.org

American Foundation for the Blind

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. For applications or additional information contact:

American Foundation for the Blind
Scholarship Program
1000 Fifth Avenue, Suite 350
Huntington, WV 25701
Telephone: 800-232-5463
Web Site: http://www.afb.org/scholarships.asp

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired offers the Ferrell Scholarship to students who are legally blind and are preparing for a career in the education or rehabilitation of blind or visually impaired children or adults. For an application or additional information contact:

AER Ferrell Scholarship Fund
4600 Duke Street, Suite 430
Alexandria, VA 22397
Telephone: 703-823-9690
Web site: http://www.aerbvi.org

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

The Blinded Veterans Association offers scholarships to dependent children and spouses of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are blind (either service or nonservice connected.) Veterans need not be members of the Blinded Veterans Association. For applications or additional information contact:

The Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program
Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-2694
Telephone: 202-371-8880
Web site: http://www.bva.org

The Christian Record Services

The Christian Record Services offers scholarships in all areas of study to undergraduate students who are legally blind. For applications or additional information contact:

Christian Record Services
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
Telephone: 402-488-0981
Web site: http://www.christianrecord.org

The Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc.

The Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc., offers scholarships to students who are blind or visually impaired and plan to study Judaica. For applications or additional information contact:

The Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc.
110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212-889-2525
Web site: http://www.jbilibrary.org

Jewish Guild for the Blind

The Jewish Guild for the Blind offers scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who are legally blind. For applications or additional information contact:

The Jewish Guild for the Blind
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 212-769-7801
Web site: http://www.jgb.org

Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International offers scholarships to students who are legally blind and residents of the eastern region of the United States. Scholarships are available for academic programs leading to undergraduate or graduate degrees or for vocational programs leading to career changes. For applications or additional information contact:

Lighthouse International
Lighthouse International Scholarship and Career Awards
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Telephone: 212-821-9428
Web site: http://www.lighthouse.org

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

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. For application, requirements, and additional information, go towww.nfb.org/scholarships, or contact:

Chairperson, NFB Scholarship Committee
Jernigan Place
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
Telephone: (410) 659-9314, x. 2415
E-mail: scholarships@nfb.org
Web site: http://www.nfb.org/scholarships

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation offers scholarships to disabled students. Scholarships are awarded to New Hampshire residents only. For applications or additional information contact:

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-4005
Telephone: 603-225-6641
Web site: http://www.nhcf.org

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic offers scholastic achievement scholarships to students who have been enrolled in the recording for the blind program for one year prior to application. For applications or additional information contact:

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Scholarship Office
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: 609-452-0606
Web site: http://wwww.rfbd.org

VSA (Very Special Arts)

VSA offers the Panasonic Young Soloists Award to disabled individuals who are twenty-five years of age and younger and are instrumentalists or vocalists that perform as soloists. For an application or additional information contact:

VSA
1300 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 800-933-8721
Web site: http://www.vsarts.org

Colleges and Universities Offering Scholarships

Dominican College at San Rafael

Dominican College at San Rafael offers an endowed scholarship to students who are legally blind and are interested in studying music. For an application or additional information contact:

Dominican College at San Rafael
Office of Admissions
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415-485-3204
Web site: http://www.dominican.edu

Fordham University Law School

Fordham University Law School offers the Amy Reiss Blind Student Scholarship to students who are blind and are interested in pursuing a Juris Doctor degree. For an application or additional information contact:

Director of Financial Aid
Fordham University
140 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 212-636-6815
Web site: http://law.fordham.edu/index.htm

George Mason University

George Mason University offers the Barry and Velma Berkey Scholarship for a blind or visually impaired full-time student majoring in a variety of academic careers, including among others, teaching, social work, music, journalism, and nursing. For applications or additional information contact:

Una Murphy
Disability Resource Center
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Telephone: 703-993-8621
Web Site: http://apollo.gmu.edu/finaid

George Peabody College at
Vanderbilt University

George Peabody College offers scholarships and fellowships to students who are interested in studies in visual impairments and multiple disabilities. For applications or additional information contact:

George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University
Department of Special Education
Nashville, TN 37203
Telephone: 615-322-2249
Web site: http://www.vanderbilt.edu

George Washington University

George Washington University offers the Barbara Jackman Zuckert Scholarship for Blind Students of George Washington University. For an application or additional information contact:

Disability Support Services
George Washington University
800 21st St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
Telephone: 202-994-8250
Web site: http://gwired.gwu.edu/dss/ApplytoGW/#7

Pennsylvania College of Optometry

The Pennsylvania College of Optometry has scholarships available for full or part-time students who will study in one of these areas: the 5-year training program for Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialists; the Master of Science Program in Orientation & Mobility Therapy; the Master of Science or Certificate Programs in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy; the Master of Science or Certificate Programs in Low Vision Rehabilitation. Scholarships are also available for The Master of Education/Certificate Programs in Education of Children and Youth with Visual or Multiple Impairments and the Certificate Program in Orientation and Mobility Therapy. For additional information contact:

Pennsylvania College of Optometry
The Institute for the Visually Impaired
8360 York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Telephone: 215-780-1300
Toll Free: 800-824-6262
Web site: www.salus.edu/od_PCO_college/

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University offers scholarships and fellowships to students who are interested in studies in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation counseling, and rehabilitation teaching. For applications or additional information contact:

Department of Blind Rehabilitation
Attention: Gail Moore
3404 Sangren Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Telephone: 616-387-3455
Web site: http://www.wmich.edu/hhs/blrh/

Additional Resources

Heath Resource Center

The Heath Resource Center offers a free eight-page document entitled “Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities.” To receive this document contact:

Heath Resource Center at George Washington University
2134 G Street, NW, Suite 221
Washington, DC 20052
Telephone: 202-994-8770
Toll free: 800 544-3284
Web site: http://www.heath.gwu.edu/

United States Department of Education

The United States Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid offers two free cassette recordings with information on post-secondary student financial aid for students with visual impairments. To receive these cassettes contact:

Federal Student Aid Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044
Telephone: 800-433-3243
Web site: www.ed.gov

Mesothelioma Veterans Center

This organization’s goal is to, “… reach veterans and their families who have been affected by mesothelioma and connect them to our website which offers free veteran specific resources and support. 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, since 2004 over 5,000 veterans have died from mesothelioma. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. A large part of our mission is to help spread awareness to veterans and their families.” Find out more at their website below:

https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/ 

source: http://www.afb.org/info/other-scholarships-and-grants-for-students-blind-or-visually-impaired/5

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