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Scholarship Programs

National & State Scholarships Available!

The National Federation of the Blind believes in investing in the future by supporting the college education of deserving legally blind students. We urge you to apply to both.

National Scholarship Program

Every year, the National Federation of the Blind awards more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations. The scholarship program is our commitment to academic excellence and leadership among blind students, and each winner is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The application process opens November 1. Review the scholarship application checklist and the scholarship program FAQs. Share this opportunity that invests in the future of blind people. Learn about the eligibility and requirements of the 2021 scholarship program. All blind high school and college students are encouraged to apply!

State Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut’s annual scholarship program awards up to $16,000 to blind scholars across the state (two winners receives $3,000.00, and two winners receives $5,000). Any legally blind, full-time college student or graduating high school seniors who will be attending college full-time in the fall of 2021 may apply. All finalists must attend the entire National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut state convention, to be held in the fall. All blind high school seniors and college students are encouraged to apply! Click here to learn more about the state scholarship program.

Brian Cummins Memorial Scholarship

The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut’s annual Brian Cummins Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Brendan Cummins family, awards at least $5,000 to scholars across the state. Any full-time college student or graduating high school seniors who will be attending college full-time in the fall of 2021 with plans to teach blind and visually impaired students may apply. All finalists must attend the entire National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut state convention, to be held in the fall. All high school seniors and college students are encouraged to apply! Click here to learn more.

Student accepts scholarship award

The application deadline for the national scholarship program is March 31. The application deadline for the state scholarship program is September 1. The application deadline for the Brian Cummins Memorial Scholarship is October 1.

Students receive scholarships

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