2022 NFB Scholarships

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. Our state and national scholarship programs are the most generous in the country. We urge you to apply to both.

National Scholarship:

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: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/scholarships-and-awards/scholarship-program/scholarship-program-application-checklist; and scholarship program FAQs: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/scholarships-and-awards/scholarship-program/scholarship-program-faqs.

Share this opportunity that invests in the future of blind people. Learn about the eligibility and requirements of the 2022 scholarship program. https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/scholarships-and-awards/scholarship-program

All blind graduating high school and college students are encouraged to apply! All National Scholarships will be awarded at the 2022 NFB National Convention. In addition to receiving a check, the recipient receives airfare, hotel room, registration, banquet and other items of interest.

NFB of Utah State Scholarships

The National Federation of the Blind of Utah awards as many as five (5) scholarships to Utah residents or those attending Utah schools. Any legally blind, full-time college or graduate student may apply, as well as graduating high school seniors who will be attending college full-time in the fall of 2022. Deadline for state scholarship applications is March 31, 2022. All finalists must attend the entire convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah , to be held April 28-30, 2022. The NFBU scholarship program is our investment in the future of blind people who demonstrate scholastic aptitude, leadership, and service. All blind high school and college students are encouraged to apply! To apply for our state scholarships, read the eligibility criteria and download the application found below.

Criteria:

All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and service to the community. To be eligible for any NFBU scholarship, an applicant must be a legally blind resident of, or student in Utah , who is enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year, four-year or graduate college or university program.

To apply:

Please click here to submit your application. Please submit your supporting documents in Word format via email to:

Marnie West, Chair, NFBU Scholarship Committee
Email: iammarn@yahoo.com
Direct questions to: 801-505-2688

Deadline:

All application materials must be received by March 31.

General Information:

Persons who have previously applied for NFBU scholarships are encouraged to apply again. The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship finalists, who will be notified of their selection by April 15, and will be brought to the NFBU convention In SLC April 28-30. Finalists must attend the entire NFBU state convention.

Please send the following supporting documents via email to Marnie West as soon as you have completed the online application:

1. Personal Essay: Along with your application, introduce yourself to the scholarship committee in a brief essay or self-portrait. Consider the essay an opportunity to tell the committee who you are. Describe your strengths, achievements, and aspirations. What is important to you? Who do you hope to become? Has a particular person or experience changed your life? How has your blindness affected you? How do you handle it at school, on the job, and in interpersonal relationships? Keep in mind that this scholarship is not based on financial need so it need not be addressed in your essay.

2. One current letter of recommendation.

3. Unofficial Transcripts: Provide a current transcript from the institution you are attending as well as transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you have not attended an institution of higher learning or have not completed one year of study at such an institution, provide a high school transcript.

Again, should you have any questions, please contact our Scholarship Chair, Marnie West iammarn@yahoo.com or call 801-505-2688.