The Florida Council of the BlindToggle More Info
Florida Council of the Blind (FCB) Scholarship Program consists of awards totaling $4,000.00, offered to exemplary students who are enrolled in academic education, professional or technical training beyond the high school level.
The scholarship opportunities are:
- Gayle M. Krause-Edwards Scholarship: $1,500.00 – Available to an eligible applicant who is enrolled full-time, and has completed one semester of college, in a course of study which will increase advancement potential in his/her chosen field
- Teresa Blessing Scholarship: $1,000.00 – Offered to an outstanding full-time college student
- Timothy Turpin Scholarship: $1,000.00 – Offered to a high school student graduating and exhibiting academic and leadership excellence planning to attend college full-time
- Bobbie Probst Scholarship: $500.00 – Awarded to an eligible applicant who is enrolled part-time in a college or university, or a student enrolled in a technical institute.
Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) with the exception of the Gayle M. Krause-Edwards Scholarship. The prestigious Gayle M. Krause-Edwards scholarship requires a 3.2 GPA and completion of one semester in a college or university. This scholarship is awarded to a student exhibiting outstanding academic and leadership achievements.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS:
- Applicant must be legally blind. Specifically, the applicant must have vision in the better eye of no more than 20/200 with corrective lenses OR may have vision greater than 20/200 in the better eye, but with a restricted field of vision of no more than 20 degrees.
- Applicant must be a current resident of the State of Florida. However, the college or university doesn't have to be in Florida.
- Applicant must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma. (High school students who are graduating this term may also apply.)
- Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or technical institute or be accepted for enrollment. A letter of acceptance is required.
- Applicant must be seeking a college degree or certificate.
- Applicants who are full-time must carry at least 12 credit hours per semester/quarter
to be eligible for the full-time scholarships. Those who are part-time must carry
a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester/quarter to be eligible for the $500.00 scholarship.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS WHICH MUST ACCOMPANY THIS APPLICATION INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- An explanatory or descriptive statement regarding vocational objectives and outlook for employment in a chosen field. Please include any awards or scholarships received or that are pending. Part-time students must include an explanation for part-time status (e.g., employed student, family responsibilities, etc.).
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Sealed official transcript from school currently or most recently attended.
- Letter of acceptance from accredited college or university.
- Certification of visual status (detailed physician’s eye report) MUST be mailed by certifying entity.
Certification of visual status and transcript(s) MUST be postmarked no later than March 24th, 2019.
Please forward Certification of visual status and transcript(s) to:
Florida Council of the Blind
c/o Gabriel Lopez Kafati
6371 Pent Place
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
All of the information can be found at fcb.org
Please e-mail application packet, all recommendation letters and supporting documents electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(No handwritten applications will be considered)
All applications and documents must be received no later than March 24th, 2019.
The Education and Leadership Committee will review all applications and select the four winners. Recipients will be notified prior to the state annual convention and the winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on May 17, 2019, in Orlando, FL. All scholarship winners will be invited to attend the annual convention and will be given hotel accommodations for one night for two persons and two tickets to the Awards banquet. Additional banquet tickets may be purchased by the scholarship recipients.
The Florida Council of the Blind will pay transportation costs by train or bus for the scholarship recipient and one guest. Mileage by automobile to the convention will be reimbursed on the following basis: $0.445 per mile.
For more information about our Scholarship program, you may contact:
Committee Member: Nicholas McNeill at email@example.com or by phone at (386) 506.7718
Committee Chairperson: Gabriel Lopez Kafati at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (786) 547.5465
TRIO Student Support ServicesToggle More Info
Application and Summer Bridge Program
TRIO Student Support Services is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. While we will be accepting students throughout the summer, the priority deadline is June 1st. We encourage early application as our spots do fill up quickly. Application Page
In particular we would like to point out that our SOAR Summer Bridge program is scheduled for Monday July 22 – Friday July 25. This program is free and open only to first time in college freshman. Students can find more information on the summer bridge program within the application itself. Here is the promo link we’ve included in the application: SOAR Summer Bridge Program
Disability Care CenterToggle More Info
Disability Care Center, an organization that helps disabled Americans apply and appeal for Social Security Disability benefits by providing information, resources, and customer service. Their mission is to assist the disabled community and now offer 2 new annual scholarships for college students who have a disabling condition or are majoring in special education.
Disability Care Center Webpage outlining the specific details of the scholarships
Bottar Leone ScholarshipToggle More Info
Bottar Leone, PLLC, is proud to announce its first ever scholarship for students with physical or learning disabilities (the "Bottar Leone Scholarship"). This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded twice annually to a recent high school graduate with a documented physical or learning disability
Deadlines for Applications: July 1st for fall, December 1st for spring
FCB/FCCLV:Florida Council for the Blind scholarship informationToggle More Info
To fund post-high school educational opportunities at the college, community college, or technical school level for men and women with a physical disability who use a wheelchair.
The number of scholarships awarded each year and the amount of each is determined by the Selection Committee. Students may reapply.
- Must have graduated from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee
- County; or currently be enrolled or planning to attend a Florida state college, community college or technical school.
- Must have a physical Disability and use a wheelchair
- Must document financial need
Any student interested please go to to Florida Community websiteto complete the application. Once opened click on "I'm a Student".
The Springboard FoundationToggle More InfoThe Springboard Foundation's invitation to college students with disabilities to apply for 18 scholarships is now open.
The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and increase the attendance of full-time college/university students who have documented disabilities, completed 24 hours of college credit and an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and provide increased opportunities for gainful employment. Please select APPLY on our website to start the online application process. The deadline to apply is June 15th (11:59 pm EST). For more information, please visit The Springboard Foundation
Since 2016, The Springboard Foundation awarded 22 general and STEM focused scholarships to college students with disabilities from four-year accredited colleges and universities around the country. This year, we have increased the number of scholarships offerings to 18.
Scholarship Committee Chair
The Springboard Foundation
Scholarship for Florida Board of Governors StudentsToggle More Info
Scholarship for Florida Board of Governors Students and 2018-19 High School seniors accepted into college or university
The Chrissy Weems Scholarship was created to help the future entrepreneurs and small business owners of our world. All high school seniors who have been selected to attend a college or university and current college students are encouraged to apply. To enter for a chance to receive this $1000 scholarship you just have to write a short 500-word essay. Full details can be found below:
You are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship if you meet one of the below requirements.
- A high school senior that has been accepted into a college or university
- A current college student that is not in their final year.
To apply for the $1000 Chrissy Weems Scholarship please write a 500-word essay on the following topic: “Share an adversity in your life that you have fought to overcome and what you have learned from it”.
Please completely fill out the form below. By submitting your application for this scholarship you are giving Chrissy Weems permission to use your name and essay for marketing and promotional purposes.
February 28, 2019
A winner will be selected by the scholarship committee in March 2019. Once contacted the winner will have two weeks to respond so the scholarship can be awarded to their school’s financial aid department.
Chrissy Weems Scholarship Website
Career Resources for Students with DisabilitiesToggle More Info
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Guidebook for Visually Impaired StudentsToggle More Info
Open-access, expert-driven guide to higher education for students with visual impairments:
Key updates include:
- A breakdown of technologies central to visually impaired learning
- College success tips for students with visual impairments
- Updated spotlights on the accommodations colleges are making for fully and partially blind students
- A print screen option
- Full JAWS compatibility
Guidebook for students with DisabilitiesToggle More Info
The guidebook of Higher Education for Students with Disabilities includes additional financial aid, scholarship, and government resources for students with disabilities.