The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and American Council of the Blind (ACB) have partnered together to offer educational scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 for those attending a technical college or attending university as an entering freshman, undergraduate, or graduate student.

This program awards students with scholarships to help with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board, and other additional costs associated with adaptive technology.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants need to be legally blind, maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for most scholarships, be a full-time student (as well as students who work 32 or more hours per week and attend college part-time), and be involved in their school/local community.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year can be submitted online from Friday, November 1, 2019 to Friday, February 14, 2020 11:59pm (CST).

All interested candidates must register for a new ACB account prior to submitting a scholarship application online. Visit www.acb.org/scholarships to start the registration process

Scholarships awards

To maximize the financial impact, scholarship awardees may receive a combined AFB and ACB award.

Doctor Duane Buckley — ACB
Undergraduate who has overcome major difficulties

Kellie Cannon — ACB
Studying in the field of computer science, data processing, programming, web development, etc.

William H. Corey — ACB
Pennsylvania resident

Charles Dillman — AFB (4 scholarships)
Studying in the field of disability rehabilitation or teaching

Rudolph Dillman — AFB (4 scholarships)
Studying in the field of disability rehabilitation or teaching

Eunice Fiorito — ACB
Studying in advocacy or disability services

R.I. Gillette, Gladys C. Anderson and Karen D. Carsel Memorial — AFB
For an undergraduate woman studying music

John Hebner — ACB
Must be working full-time and enrolled in substantial courses

James R. Olsen Memorial — ACB
Undergraduate studying business, computer science, or information technology, and involved in community service

ACB Oregon — ACB
Oregon resident

Ross N. Pangere Foundation — ACB (3 scholarships) Studying in the field of business, computer science, or information technology

Floyd Qualls Memorial — ACB (5 Scholarships)
General studies

Paul and Ellen Ruckes — AFB
Studying physical or computer sciences or engineering

Norma Schecter — ACB
General studies

Arnold Sadler — ACB
Studying in the field of disability rehabilitation, education, law, etc.