List of Scholarships

Every year, the National Federation of the Blind's scholarship program awards more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Thanks to our generous partners, there are thirty merit-based scholarships currently available, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000.

$12,000 (1 Scholarship)

Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship

This scholarship is given yearly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, a nonprofit organization that works to assist blind people and distributes Twin Vision® books. Kenneth Jernigan is viewed by our field as the most important figure in the 20th century in the lives of blind people. The Action Fund wishes to keep fresh and current in the 21st century the understandings he brought to the field and thus has endowed this scholarship dedicated to his memory and to the continuation of the work he began.

$10,000 (1 Scholarship)

Charles and Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship

First established by Charles Owen in loving memory of his blind wife, this award is now endowed by his last will and testament to honor the memory of both. In founding the scholarship, Charles Owen wrote: "There shall be no limitation as to field of study, except that it shall be directed toward attaining financial independence."

$8,000 (2 Scholarships)

Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science

Oracle seeks to hire the best and brightest talent to build its products. Oracle recognizes the significant impact that its products and technologies can have on people with disabilities. This scholarship is for a student in the field of computer science, computer engineering, user experience, or related field.

Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in a STEM Field

This scholarship awards academic excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Oracle wishes to promote excellence and funds this scholarship based on Oracle’s understanding of its impact on disabled employees and customers throughout the globe.

$5,000 (4 Scholarships)

JAWS for Windows Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the developers of the JAWS screen reader, part of VFO Group. JAWS, Job Access with Speech, has been committed to expanding the opportunities of both education and employment for the blind with both speech and Braille since the late 1980s. In establishing this award VFO said, “On behalf of all the individuals responsible for the development and support of this product over the years, we are honored to establish this scholarship for students recognized by the Federation.”

Pearson Scholarship

The Pearson award is funded by Pearson Education and is given to a student who plans a career in education. For Pearson, learning is a never-ending road of discovery.

Mimi and Marvin Sandler Scholarship

The Mimi and Marvin Sandler award is funded by longtime friends of the Federation, Mr. and Mrs. Sandler. Marvin Sandler served as president of Independent Living Aids for more than thirty years. His wife and he wish to further academic excellence by sponsoring this award.

NFB STEM Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student studying in a STEM or related field, and is supported by contributions from the NFB’s Science and Engineering and Computer Science divisions. The Science and Engineering Division is a group of blind students, professionals, and individuals committed to the success of the blind in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or a related field. Members of the Computer Science Division work together to develop strategies that enable blind people to use computers more efficiently and competitively. The Science and Engineering and Computer Science Divisions wish to encourage the success of blind STEM students in their chosen field of study.

$3,000 (22 Scholarships)

Expedia Scholarships (2 Scholarships)

These scholarships are awarded to students studying in STEM fields or any other field of study relevant to Expedia’s business.

E. U. and Gene Parker Scholarship

This scholarship honors two longtime leaders of the National Federation of the Blind whose participation stood for strong principles and strong support of the Federation's work.

Charles and Betty Allen Scholarship

This scholarship is given by a longtime leader in the National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky. Betty and her late husband Charles began this scholarship prior to his passing to support young people in attaining higher education. Charlie, who was extremely successful, left school at an early age to care for his family, but retained a strong belief in education.

Adrienne Asch Memorial Scholarship

The Adrienne Asch Memorial Scholarship is given in loving memory of Dr. Adrienne Asch, a consummate scholar and a longtime member of our Scholarship Committee.

NFB Scholarships (17 Scholarships)

These scholarships are funded by the collective membership of the Federation. They honor achievement by blind scholars who exhibit leadership potential.


Our generous partners add to both cash awards and prizes.

We want to take this opportunity to recognize the partners who contribute to our named scholarships and those who add cash and prizes to help make this the dynamic program that it is. Our winners are living the lives they want, and we sincerely thank those who believe in the capacity of the blind. You help make dreams come true. Thank you so very much.

Some scholarships are supported by the Lillian S. Edelstein Trust.

All scholarships that are awarded to blind women and are not otherwise endowed are made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of Dorothy R. Olson.

Some NFB scholarships are made possible in part through the support of the Jesse and Hertha Adams Charitable Trust. Through the trust, Jesse and Hertha Adams wanted to help people with disabilities lead productive and meaningful lives.

Several partners add cash and prizes to each of our winners’ packages.

The Kurzweil Foundation and Dr. Ray Kurzweil add $1,000 to each recipient’s award. Ray Kurzweil and the Kurzweil Foundation present awardees with a Braille and print plaque to commemorate their awards. Dr. Kurzweil is a longtime friend of the Federation and deserves our special recognition.

Google adds another generous $1,000 to each winner’s scholarship. Recipients also receive the newest Chromebook from Google.

Cary Supalo and Independence Science give a generous certificate toward the purchase of a Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest.

Each winner receives a complimentary nine month subscription to Aira.

Honorees enjoy the gift of a KNFB Reader courtesy of the National Federation of the Blind.