The 2012 NFBT scholarship class

Carefully read all the way through and follow the instructions and explanations within this application.

About The National Federation of the Blind of Texas’ Scholarship Program

Each year at the National Federation of the Blind of Texas State Convention, NFBT provides scholarships to the best and brightest blind students in the state. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full time post secondary course of study in the fall semester of 2013. The following scholarships will be awarded at the state convention in 2013:

W. B. TAYLOR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:

One (1) scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00 will be awarded. The W.B. Taylor Memorial Scholarship was endowed by Gladys Taylor in loving memory of her husband W. B. “Bowie” Taylor.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF TEXAS MERIT SCHOLARSHIP:

Two (2) National Federation of the Blind of Texas scholarships will be awarded, one in the amount of $1,000 and one in the amount of $1,500. The Houston chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas will sponsor One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

CRITERIA: All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, financial need and community service.

MEMBERSHIP: The National Federation of the Blind of Texas is an organization dedicated to creating opportunity for all blind persons. Recipients of NFBT scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION: To apply for National Federation of the Blind of Texas scholarships, complete and submit this application and your letter to the Scholarship Committee, as well as reference contact information online. All required attachments should be sent to:

Attn: Scholarship Committee.
314 E. Highland Mall BLVD. Suite 253
Austin, TX 78752
nfbtscholarship@gmail.com

Applications must be submitted no later than August 15, 2013. Please do not send documentation using certified mail. Scholarship applications and accompanying documentation will also be accepted via e-mail at the above address. Electronic materials are strongly preferred; however, transcripts and acceptance letters must be sent through regular mail. Please make a conscious effort to organize your application packet, check to make sure all attachments are included, and request confirmation that all materials are received. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Individuals who have questions about the application process or the program should call: (512) 323-5444 or send e-mail to nfbtscholarship@gmail.com

You may also obtain information from any local chapter president. Here is a list of our local chapters.

RE-APPLICATION: Those who have previously applied are encouraged to apply again.

WINNERS: The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. All scholarship winners will be notified of their selection by telephone no later than September 15, 2013. The scholarship recipients will be given an all expenses paid trip to attend the National Federation of the Blind of Texas State Convention in the fall. Conference expenses are in addition to the scholarship grant and attendance is required. Winners must participate in the entire convention and in the scheduled scholarship program activities. All decisions made by the Scholarship Committee are final.

Personal Interview:

Once the committee receives a completed application and all required documentation, a scholarship committee member will contact you to conduct a personal interview. The interview will allow the scholarship committee to obtain any additional information needed in order to make a decision about the application. You must participate in a personal interview to be considered for a scholarship.

ATTACHMENTS

NFBT scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence, financial need, and service to the community. In preparing the personal letter, please keep in mind that the committee members and decision makers are all successful blind people. Take some time to think about how to convey your best qualities in your own words. Also, keep in mind that the awards are restricted to blind persons; therefore the committee will be interested in the techniques and approaches you personally practice concerning your blindness. Finally, please note that almost all blind students have financial need. Committee members will assume basic need, so you may choose merely to refer to this topic unless your need is unusual and/or extreme.

Letters should be approximately 500 words.

2. References:

Two references are required.

Make sure these references can accurately describe your academic achievements and other accomplishments. Strong references may include professors, employers, or community contacts. You are responsible for ensuring your references provide a reference letter to nfbtscholarship@gmail.com.

First reference

I.e. professor, volunteer coordinator, etc.

Second reference

3. Transcript:

Send the most recent transcript available from either your high school or college/university to the NFBT office. The transcript may be sent under separate cover by your school, if necessary.

4. Letter of Acceptance:

All applicants must provide a letter of acceptance to the scholarship committee showing you are enrolled in a university, college, trade school or technical school on a full-time basis to qualify to receive the scholarship. Any applicant who is not currently enrolled in an institution of higher education must demonstrate your intention to be enrolled in such an institution no later than the fall of 2013.

08/15/2013