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NFB enhances scholarship program for scholars with vision disabilities

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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is now accepting scholarship applications. Thirty scholarships are available for blind students who are residents of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Ricoand who are pursuing or plan to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in a degree program at an accredited United States institution in the fall of the 2022-2023 academic year.

In recognition of the rising cost of tuition and after careful review of the scholarship program, each scholarship winner will receive $8,000. This amount will replace the tiered scholarship amounts used in previous years. However, special scholarships will still be presented to students in certain areas of study or with other specific qualifications. The application period closes March 31. Scholarship finalists will be announced later in the spring and will attend and participate in the 2022 convention of the National Federation of the Blind, which takes place July 5-10 in New Orleans. The class of finalists will select one from among their number who will receive a special scholarship and have the opportunity to address the convention banquet.

“Our scholarship program is one of our longest-running and most important initiatives, through which we recognize academic excellence and cultivate future leaders of the organized blind movement,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “Building on that strong foundation, we are now significantly enhancing the awards granted and making the experience even more inclusive, engaging, and meaningful for the finalists.”

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