The Kurzweil Foundation & National Federation of the Blind 2009 scholarship program

August 19, 2009

Each year at its national convention in July, the NFB gives a broad array of thirty scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships:

  1. must be legally blind (PDF document) in both eyes, and
  2. must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and
  3. must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States’ institution in the 2009 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and
  4. must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities. (Read “More Than Just Money for School” by Anil Lewis [available November 15th])

In addition to a scholarship, each winner will be brought to the 2009 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in July at Federation expense, providing an excellent opportunity for high level networking with active blind persons in many, many different professions and occupations. 

The scholarship application deadline is March 31, 2009, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

What kind of student wins an NFB scholarship?  Read about past NFB National Scholarship recipients in the August-September issues of the Braille Monitor.

Each year’s Scholarship Application information is made available online, by mail, and in the November issue of the Braille Monitor (available in large print, Braille, cassette, and online). 

To apply for a scholarship online, please begin here:

All questions should be directed to the Chairman. E-mail is preferred.

NFB Scholarship Committee

Mr. Anil Lewis, Chairman
Office:    (410) 659-9314, x2415