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2019 NFB of Arizona State Scholarship Program

National Federation of the Blind of Arizona State Scholarship

The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona offers 2 merit based scholarship's each year during our state convention. Both scholarships include:

  • NFB of Arizona State Convention
  • National Convention
  • 1500 dollar scholarship

Scholarship Applicants Requirements

Each applicant must meet the following requirements to apply and be considered for an NFBA state scholarship.

  • Be a resident of Arizona or be planning to attend an Arizona based college or university
  • Have a documented visual impairment
  • Be registered in an Arizona based college or University for the upcoming semester for which the scholarship will be awarded
  • Must be able to attend the entire NFB of Arizona's State Convention
  • Complete the scholarship application packet prior to the deadline which is May 31, 2019
  • No late or incomplete scholarship packets will be accepted

Scholarship Submissions Checklist

Review your application for completeness by using the following checklist.
Completed scholarship packets submitted to the National Scholarship program will be accepted by the state scholarship program. Note, the national scholarship packet only requires 1 letter of recommendation where as the state packet requires 2.

  1. Personal essay of about 500 words, describing your professional goals. Be sure to include how your education will assist you in reaching these goals. Share how you are involved in your community, if you are involved with the NFB, and your leadership experiences.
  2. You are required to provide 2 letters of recommendation from individuals that can describe your academic ability, leadership skills, and/or community involvement. Note that this differs from the national scholarship program, only requiring 1 letter of recommendation.
  3. You are required to provide us with transcript from the institution you are currently attending and transcripts from all other postsecondary institutions you’ve attended.  If you have attended less than one year of higher education, provide your 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.
  4. College Entrance Examination Reports. This 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).
  5. You are required to provide a statement from a qualified professional that certifies you meet the federal definition of “legally blind.” Certifying Authority: The NFB form is preferred; alternately you may 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, the president of a local chapter, or state affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.
  6. The National Federation of the Blind has affiliates in every state, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. After speaking with you, the affiliate president will complete a letter of recommendation on your behalf which they will send directly to the chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.  If you live in one state and attend school in another, you may contact either affiliate president. Please contact the Arizona president Donald Porterfield to schedule a phone interview.

All completed packets must be submitted by the following two methods.

  1. Email your completed scholarship packet to the scholarship committee chair, Marcus Schmidt
  2. Mail your completed print scholarship packet to the scholarship committee chair, Marcus Schmidt
    310 West Medlock Dr, #2
    Phoenix, AZ 85013

For questions, please call Marcus at:
602-758-0057

National Federation of the Blind National Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind's annual scholarship program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Every year, we award 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.

I am grateful for the scholarship, but more importantly, I am grateful for the terrific leaders I have met. They have taught me to dream bigger, pushing my dreams beyond what I once believed to be possible.

Thanks to our generous partners, there are thirty merit-based scholarships currently available, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The finalists are announced every spring. They then attend our national convention in July when the winners of each individual scholarship are selected. Scholarship winners have gone on to succeed in careers ranging from computer science and engineering to civil rights law and international diplomacy.

To learn more or to apply visit the
national scholarship page.

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