Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind's annual scholarship program is the largest of its kind in the nation.

The thirty scholarship winners from 2018 pose for a group shot at the 2018 National Convention.

Every year, we award more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the United States and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations.

The 2019 scholarship application is now open and will be available online through March 31. Please see below for additional information.

Thanks to our generous partners, there are thirty merit-based scholarships currently available, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. 

The finalists are announced every spring. They attend our national convention in July when the winners of each individual scholarship are selected.

Winners have gone on to succeed in careers ranging from computer science and engineering to civil rights law and international diplomacy.

Recent Scholarship Winners

Past Scholarship Winners

    Application Information


    For the 2019 awards, application materials will be available beginning November 1, 2018 and will be due by midnight Eastern Time on March 31, 2019 (either submitted online or postmarked).

    Eligibility Requirements

    The following requirements apply to all applicants:

    1. Must be legally blind (PDF) in both eyes.
    2. Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
    3. Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the fall of the year of application (one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time).
    4. Must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (finalists will receive assistance to attend the national convention).

    How to Apply

    1. Confirm your eligibility by confirming you are legally blind (PDF) in both eyes.
    2. Apply online or through the mail. 

    Helpful Resources

    Contact Information

    If you have questions or need more information, please contact our scholarship committee chairperson (email is preferred).

    Cayte Mendez, Chairperson
    NFB Scholarship Committee
    Phone: 410-659-9314, extension 2415

    NFB Scholarship Program
    National Federation of the Blind
    200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
    Baltimore, MD 21230