Scholarship information for students who are BVI

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Below is a list of organizations that offer scholarships specifically for North Dakota students who are blind or low vision. If you have any additional questions, contact Shanna Hanson, NDVS/SB Transition Specialist at 701-795-2708 or shanhan@nd.gov

1.    NDAB – North Dakota Association of the Blind 
     •    One $2,000 and three $1,000 cash awards are awarded annually. The Emma Skogen Scholarship ($1000) is specifically for a student attending a vocational or trade school. 
     •    All applicants must have a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with prescription glasses or contacts. 
     •    Applicants must be a resident of North Dakota or reside in a border city, e.g., Fargo-Moorhead or Grand Forks-East Grand Forks. 
     •    Applicants for the $2,000 scholarship should be a full-time student with a GPA of 2.5. Applicants for the $1,000 scholarships may be a part-time student. 
     •    Applicants do NOT need to be members of NDAB to apply. 
     •    All applicants will receive the current year’s membership, if not already a NDAB member.  
     •    All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community and financial need. Applicants will be notified of the final selection by May 1st. 
     •    Scholarship applications must be received by March 15th. Late submissions will not be considered. 
     •    Applications and additional information can be found on the NDAB website: NDAB College Scholarships – North Dakota Association of the Blind

2.    ACB – American Council of the Blind
     •    Partners with AFB to offer scholarships to those enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student or attending a technical college.
     •    Applicants must be legally blind (certification of this is required).
     •    Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be a full-time student, and be involved in their school and/or local community. 
     •    Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and proof of acceptance from the post-secondary school are required.
     •    Applications are accepted online from November 1 to February 14.
     •    Winners are invited to attend the ACB National Conference in July.
     •    For more information, go to: ACB Scholarship Program | American Council of the Blind

3.    NFB – National Federation of the Blind
     •    The North Dakota chapter of NFB does not offer any scholarships specifically for ND students. 
     •    30 merit-based scholarships are available nationally.
     •    Awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership.
     •    Applications open in November.
     •    Must be legally blind and reside in the U.S. or its territories.
     •    Pursuing a full-time, post-secondary course of study. One scholarship is for part-time students.
     •    Must participate in the entire NFB National Convention and its scheduled scholarship program activities.
     •    For more information, go to: Scholarship Program | National Federation of the Blind (nfb.org)

4.    NDVS/SB and NDSGC Scholarship
     •    Up to 5 scholarships from a collective total of $2500 will be awarded.
     •    Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. who are enrolled at an NDSGC higher ed institution (in ND).
     •    Degree program should be in the areas of science, tech, engineering, or math (STEM) or STEM education.
     •    Minimum GPA of 3.0.
     •    Must be eligible for services from NDVS/SB.
     •    Complete an application and an essay on how their visual impairment has affected their pursuit of a career in a STEM field.
     •    Applications materials are due February 15 and will be awarded in spring.
     •    For more information, go to: NDVS/SB Scholarship | ND Space Grant Consortium | University of North Dakota (und.edu)

5.    Don’t forget the basics! 
     •    Apply for scholarships that are awarded for academic achievement, music, sports, drama, and civic engagement. 
     •    Look for scholarships from community organizations and businesses, including parents’ workplaces, banks, and hospitals. 

Good luck to all scholarship applicants!
 

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