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National Federation of the Blind of Arizona State Scholarship

The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona offers 3 merit based scholarship's each year during our state convention. Both scholarships include:

  • NFB of Arizona State Convention
  • National Convention
  • 1,000 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

The following items are required in order to complete your application and must be by June 30, 2020. Please send complete scholarship packages to Amy Porterfield.

Please call 520-396-8707 with any questions.

  1. Completed National Federation of the Blind of Arizona Scholarship Application
  2. Personal Essay: NFB of Arizona scholarships are awarded on the basis of leadership, scholastic excellence, and service to the community.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Transcripts: Provide the most recent transcript 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.)
  5. Certification of legal blindness Provide a statement from a qualified professional that certifies the applicant meets he federal definition of “legally blind.” Certifying Authority: The NFB form is preferred, download it here; 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.
  6. National Federation of the Blind of Arizona President’s letter: Each applicant must complete a phone interview with the NFBA president. Please schedule your interview with Donald Porterfield to schedule a phone interview.

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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