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National Federation of the Blind of Oregon
College Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Oregon (NFB of Oregon) will award up to five scholarships to qualified applicants in 2018.  There may be two scholarships awarded in the amount of $2,000; two in the amount of $3,000; and one in the amount of $5,000.  The Len Hannon Scholarship, (named for a former leader in the Oregon State Legislature and friend of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon) may be awarded to an individual who has been a winner in the past and continues to make a difference in the lives of blind people.  The Len Hannon Scholarship, if awarded, may be for any of the monetary denominations deemed appropriate by the Scholarship Committee.

Each year at its State convention in the fall, the NFB of Oregon awards several scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants, and supporting documents, for these scholarships must be received not later than June 30, 2018. NFB of Oregon Student Scholarships are funded in part by the Lillian S. Edelstein Trust.

Section 1 - Qualifications:

  • VisionLegally blind in both eyes
  • ResidencyMust be attending an institution of higher learning within the state of Oregon
  • Course of StudyMust be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at an Oregon State institution in the current scholastic year. One scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time.
  • NFB of Oregon ParticipationMust participate in the entire NFB of Oregon State Convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities.
    In addition to a scholarship, each winner will be brought to the NFB of Oregon State Convention at NFB of Oregon expense, providing an excellent opportunity for high level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.
  • All scholarship application supporting materials received by June 30, 2018.Scholarship application, personal latter, letters or recommendation, transcripts, university or college entrance exam results (if applicable, see below) and letter of acceptance, certification of legal blindness . See details of application
    materials in the next section.
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Section 2 - Required scholarship application supporting materials:
  • Completed National Federation of the Blind of Oregon Scholarship Application formThe application may be completed online or from a Microsoft Word document that may be downloaded and completed. Both are available on the NFB of Oregon website:
  • Personal letterNFB of Oregon scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence, financial need, and service to the community. In preparing your personal letter, please keep in mind that the committee members and decision makers are all successful blind people. Take some time to think about how you will convey your best qualities in your own words. Also, keep in mind that the awards are restricted to blind persons; therefore the committee will be interested in the techniques and approaches you personally practice concerning your blindness. Finally, please note that almost all blind students have financial need. Committee members will assume basic need, so you may choose merely to refer to this topic unless your need is unusual and/or extreme.
  • Letters of recommendationTwo letters of recommendation are required. Letters may be sent under separate cover if the person preparing the recommendation letter chooses to do so. Recommendation letters may also be sent from the person providing the recommendation directly via e-mail to: NFBO State President, Carla McQuillan, Make sure that the person who is writing the recommendation letter can accurately describe your academic achievements and other accomplishments. Letters should be from professors, employers, or community contacts. Letters from Oregon Commission for the Blind counselors are not encouraged.
  • TransscriptsProvide the most recent ranscript from the institution the applicant is attending and transcripts from all other postsecondary institutions attended. If the applicant has attended less than one year of higher education, provide high school transcript. (Note: Some schools prefer to send transcripts directly to scholarship programs. We accept transcripts in print or via e-mail from institutions.)
  • University or college entrance examination resultsThis requirement only applies to high school seniors. Attach a photocopy of your score reports for all standardized tests taken for college admission, (ACT, SAT, or other).
  • Letter of acceptanceAll applicants must provide a letter of acceptance to the scholarship committee showing they are enrolled in a university, college, trade school or technical school on a full-time basis to qualify to receive the scholarship. Any applicant who is not currently enrolled in an institution of higher education must demonstrate his/her intention to be enrolled in such an institution no later than the fall of 2018.
  • Certification of legal blindnessProvide a statement from a qualified professional that certifies the applicant meets he federal definition of “legally blind.” Certifying Authority: The NFB form is preferred; alternately submit a signed statement on business letterhead. Either one must be completed by a trained certifying authority, such as an optician, optometrist, ophthalmologist, physician; itinerant teacher of the blind, rehabilitation counselor, or other professional in work with the blind; or the president of a local chapter or state affiliate of the
    National Federation of the Blind.
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Section 3 - Personal interview:

Once the committee receives a completed application and all required documentation, each applicant will be contacted by telephone. This call will be made to conduct a personal interview. The interview will allow the scholarship committee to obtain any additional information needed in order to make a decision about the application. Each applicant must participate in a personal interview to be considered for a scholarship. Please indicate the best time to contact you.

Section 4 - National Federation of the Blind of Oregon Student Scholarship Application:

The NFB of Oregon student scholarship application can be completed and submitted online or download in Microsoft Word format. The downloaded version will include the introduction and sections 1, 2 and 3 for your reference.

National Federation of the Blind National Scholarship Program
To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. 
Full details of the
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship program.
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