Posted August 27, 2014


The National Federation of the Blind of New York State, Inc., proudly announces our 2014 Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be presented at our State Convention banquet in Niagara Falls, New York, on November 8, 2014.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • You are a resident of New York State.
    • You are legally blind.
    • You are currently accepted in or enrolled in a degree program at the undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate level.

Application Instructions:

Option 1: Mail/email a completed application and essay (described below) to the Scholarship Committee.

Link to the fillable PDF application: http://www.nfbny.org/Documents/2014/2014%20NY%20Scholarship%20App.pdf

Catherine Mendez, Chair
NFB of NYS Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 205666 Sunset Station
Brooklyn, New York 11220
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Option 2: Complete and submit the fillable form online at http://www.nfbny.org/Scholarshipapp.htm

Deadline and Selection Process:

All application materials must be received on or before September 15, 2014. A member of the NFB of NYS Scholarship Committee will conduct a brief telephone interview with each applicant prior to October 1st.

NFB scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence, financial need, and community service. In preparing your essay, you may wish to keep the following things in mind:

    • A well written, carefully edited essay will count strongly in your favor.
    • The committee members are all successful blind college graduates. Consider howyou can most effectively convey your best qualities.
    • Since the awards are restricted to blind people, the committee will be interested inthe techniques and approaches you use in living as a blind person, as well as yourattitude toward and perception of life as a blind person.
    • Almost all blind students have financial need. Committee members will assumebasic need, so you may choose to refer to this topic only if your need is unusual.
    • Scholarship finalists are required to attend and participate in the convention (at the Federation's expense). You will be notified a few weeks prior to the convention if you are a finalist.