American Foundation for Blind Disabled Scholarships

Every year the AFB issues disabled scholarships for blind that excel academically or have economic needs in pursuit of their educational goals. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit organization. The AFB works diligently to enhance the opportunities for those with vision loss. The AFB first opened their doors in 1921. Nearly 9 decades later they are still going strong. This is in great part due to the relentless devotion the AFB has to bettering the lives of the blind. It is their passionate goal to educate the public on the capabilities of those who are affected by vision loss. They want to ensure that every blind person has the opportunity to at least gain support and access to resources that will benefit them towards a better life.

The AFB has built a prominent presence in Washington D.C. that allows the organization to be at the threshold of every bill implemented in the interest or rights of the blind. The AFB is headquartered in New York City. They have a Public Policy Center in Washington D.C. as well as offices in Dallas, Huntington, WV, San Francisco and Atlanta. The Helen Keller Archives are also located with the AFB. Helen Keller worked diligently for over four decades to enhance the opportunities of those who suffer vision loss. Helen Keller was deaf-blind visionary and she had a tremendous impact on the AFB. In her lifetime she visited some thirty- five countries to educate the world about these disabilities and she inspired a generation in the process.

Lets explore some of the scholarships for blind the AFB provides:

The Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship offers 1 award of 1,000USD. This disabled scholarship is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing an education in the field of rehabilitation of people who are blind or visually impaired.

The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship provides 4 visually impaired scholarships of 2,500USD each to those who are studying as undergraduates or graduates in the field of education or rehabilitation of those who are blind or visually impaired. Out of these 4 disability awards, one is given specifically to a student who is suffering from economic circumstances.

The Paul and Helen Ruckes Visual Scholarship provides 1 award of 1,000USD for Engineering, Computer, Physical or Life Sciences. The R.L. Gillette Scholarship provides 2 blind scholarships of 1,000USD for women enrolled in Literary or Music Degree program. The Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship provides 1 award of 1,000USD to a female pursuing a degree in Classical or Religious Music. The Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship provides 1 award of 500USD to a student in need of economic support. The Ferdinand Torres Scholarship provides 1 visual scholarship of 2,500USD to a qualified student. (New immigrants to the US and living in NYC will be issued strong preference for this award).

Applicants will have to provide the normal criteria for consideration from proof of residence, economic status, official transcripts, post secondary acceptance, letters of recommendation, US citizenship and legal blindness. The AFB is proud of their 9- decade commitment to serving the best interests and rights of the blind. Those interested in applying for these blind disability scholarships must do so before April 30th of each year. You can find more information on how to apply at AFB scholarships for blind.


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