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Help America See Scholarship for A Blind Student

  • Website Address
  • http://www.foundationforsightandsound.org/national...
  • Contact
  • Mitchel Shapiro
  • Address
  • P.O. Box 1245
  • Smithtown, NY 11787
  • Email Address
  • info@fssny.org
  • Application Deadline
  • March 27, 2017
  • Number Of Awards
  • 1
  • Maximum Amount
  • $500
  • Scholarship Description
  • The scholarship is open nationally to high school seniors who are considered legally blind and have low vision or are visually impaired, requiring the use of visual aid(s), other than the use of eyeglasses, in their daily life. The purpose of this scholarship is to help students with visual challenges reach their full potential. This will further allow the students to build confidence and self-esteem as they prepare to begin their college or vocational school education. The recipient of this scholarship will be selected by an independent group of judges to be determined by the Foundation For Sight & Sound, a 501c3 Not for Profit Corporation.

    The scholarship will award one student per school year with $500 towards the student's college or vocational school of choice and ZoomText Screen Enhancement software. The essay should highlight the student's creativity, research and life experiences. It must also include, but is not limited to, responses to the following questions that pertain to student's situation:

    -What is vision loss and how does it apply to you?
    -How have your peers and teachers supported your academic achievements?
    -Explain how vision loss has influenced your productivity in school?
    -What challenges do you face as a visually impaired student? How are you overcoming those challenges?
    -How do you perceive low vision aids will increase your ability to learn?
    -Describe the ways low vision aids can or will improve your education, work and social goals. Explain what new activities you will engage in or pursue with the use of such devices.
    -If you do not presently use any low vision aids, what is your knowledge of products and how do you think they will improve your quality of life? What changes will you hope to achieve? Do you think your social, educational, work
    and interpersonal relationships will be different?
    -What are you looking to accomplish with your college degree in your life and how would this award help you achieve those goals?
    -How will you advocate for self-determination for students and individuals who are visually challenged?

    All essays must be between 500-1,500 words, single-spaced in 12-point Arial font with 1" margins.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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