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Scholarships

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 December 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 2022 scholarship program. All blind high school and college students are encouraged to apply! The deadline to apply is March 31.

State Scholarships (Allen-Sprinkle Memorial Gift)

Allen-Sprinkle Memorial Gift

Each year the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia (NFBWV) awards a scholarship to a worthy blind individual who is pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time program of post-secondary study or training and is a resident of West Virginia. This award is known as the Allen-Sprinkle Memorial Gift. Both Sid Allen and Jack Sprinkle were long time leaders in the organized blind movement in West Virginia. The gift is One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), and the scholarship will be given at the annual banquet of the NFBWV State Convention. Click here to learn more about the Allen-Sprinkle Memorial Gift. All blind high school and college students are encouraged to apply! The application deadline is June 15.

Ross C. Todd Scholarship

The National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, in partnership with the Beckley Area Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the Ross C. Todd Scholarship for the 2021/2022 scholastic year. This scholarship is to honor the memory of Ross Clayton Todd by annually providing scholarship awards to West Virginia blind students, thus giving these students the opportunity to pursue higher education. Click here to learn more about the Ross C. Todd Scholarship. All blind high school and college students are encouraged to apply! The deadline to apply is March 15.

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