Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD) Disabled Scholarships
The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Scholarships are presented to college seniors who have been registered members of the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD) for at least one year. These dyslexia disabled scholarships for learning were established to recognize college seniors and the blind or visually impaired. RFB&D looks forward to honoring these young people for their outstanding leadership, enterprise, scholarship and service to others in their circle of life. The visually impaired scholarships for disabled have been offered since 1959. Each year nine lucky students who are carefully selected will be honored. The RFB&D presents the three top students with $6,000 each. The top three special honors recipients will get $3,000 each. Three other students will be honored with an award of $1,000 each. As with any scholarship for disabilities program there are certain criteria that must be meant.
First of all, an applicant must be legally blind. As mentioned above he or she must have been a member of the RFBD for at least one year. The applicant must have received a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral Degree from an accredited educational facility in the United States or its territories during the year in question. The student must have carried a 3.0 grade point average. All applications must be postmarked prior to April 6th. The deadline for this year has already passed. All three of the top winners must be prepared to attend an awards event whenever the said event is scheduled. All three of the top winners must also be prepared to act as a spokesperson for the RFBD as needed to promote and serve the program. Any costs related to this service will be taken care of by the RFBD.
The Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is a non- profit, volunteer organization. They have become the educational library for a nation assisting those who suffer from visual impairment, Dyslexia or any disability that prevents an individual from reading standard print. The RFBD mission is to assist these individuals with the educational material required to offer them the opportunity for success. They have worked diligently to put textbooks onto tape so that those who are suffering from a visual disability can learn through listening. This amazing operation has made it possible for many to achieve goals they had thought were impossible. It has given the visually disabled the chance to succeed and integrate successfully back into society. For many it has been a dream come true.
Anne T. Macdonald founded the RFB&D over 6 decades ago when the nations war hero’s were coming home with sight inflicted disabilities. Mary P. Oenslager was one of her dear friends and associates. Mary first began donating money to the cause back in 1953. In 1959 she was instrumental in creating the Achievement Awards Program that exists today. Mary devoted her life to the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and the awards winners. Anne said it best when she said, “Education was a right, Not a Privilege”. Mary believed that as well. Today the Mary P. Oenslager Achievement Awards are given annually to those who share that same passion. To apply for these awards go to: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD) Disabled Scholarships. You have worked hard so allow the RFBD to work for you.
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