Scholarships for Blinds

Scholarships for Blind Students

One of the qualities of our education system is that blinds get the same kind of opportunities any normal students will.  To financially support blind students, there are several schoalrships available.

NFB Scholarships

The National Federation of the Blind gives thirty scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.  All applicants for these scholarships:

  • must be legally blind, and
  • must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time degree.

You can learn more about the scholarship process by going to their website.

AFB Scholarships

The American Foundation of the Blind gives scholarships to blind students with financial need. 

Below is the list of AFB Scholarships:

  • The Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship: One (1) scholarship of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired.
  • The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship: A one-time award not open to previous recipients. It provides four (4) scholarships of $2,500 each to undergraduates or graduates who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired. One of these awards is reserved specifically for a student who presents proof of economic need.
  • The Paul and Helen Ruckes Scholarship: Provides one (1) scholarship of $1,000 to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.
  • The R.L. Gillette Scholarship: Two (2) scholarships of $1,000 each to women who are enrolled in a full-time four-year undergraduate degree program in literature or music.

You can visit AFB scholarship site to learn more about the application process.

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 you can go to their site.

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.

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.

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:

The Foundation for Exceptional Children

The Foundation for Exceptional Children offers scholarships to incoming college freshman who are disabled.

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.

Jewish Guild for the Blind

The Jewish Guild for the Blind offers scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who are legally blind.

Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International offers scholarships to students who are legally blind and residents of the northeastern 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.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation offers scholarships to disabled students. Scholarships are awarded to New Hampshire residents only.

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.

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.

Colleges and Universities Offering Scholarships to Blind Students

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.

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.

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.

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.

George Washington University

George Washington University offers the Barbara Jackman Zuckert Scholarship for Blind Students of George Washington University.

Alabama Scholarships for Dependents of Blind Parents ACHE offers Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services managed full tuition scholarships to the children and spouses from the families in which the head of the family is blind and has a financial need. Varies Varies Montgomery
Scholarship and Career Awards at Lighthouse International. This scholarship recognizes outstanding students who have overcome the challenges of vision loss by awarding them with scholarships for college and graduate studies. Varies Feb 3rd New York
Christine H. Eide Memorial Scholarship The Christine H. Eide Memorial Scholarship provides assistance to legally blind individuals who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students entering or attending an accredited college or university. $500 September 2nd New York