2017 Scholarship Application

Dear Applicant:
 
Thank you for applying to the American Council of the Blind Scholarship Program. Please take a few moments to review the critical application instructions that follow prior to proceeding to the online application. Doing so will ensure that you will have all required documentation for submission. Please copy and save these instruction prior to proceeding so that you can reference it as needed. 
 
Scholarship Application Instructions
 
The American Council of the Blind scholarship application process must be completed online. Only approved supplements will be accepted by regular mail. See the mailing address below for submission of the supporting documents. Incomplete forms will not be processed and considered for review. Please do not leave any questions blank. 
 
Include the following with your completed application: 
 
1.  Autobiographical sketch (details found in online application)

2.  Certification of legal blindness from an ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician.  (This hard copy letter may be mailed.)

3.  Certified transcripts from the school you are currently attending.  Entering freshmen, please include high school transcripts; graduate students, please include undergraduate transcripts. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, a 3.3 cumulative grade point average is required.  (This hard copy letter may be mailed.)

4.  Two letters of recommendation from a current or recent instructor, career counselor or employer.  (Only Microsoft Word or rich text formats will be accepted; they may be emailed separately to dtheien@acb.org.)   

5.  Proof of acceptance from a post-secondary school.  Entering and transferring students must submit a notice or letter from the admissions office certifying acceptance or consideration for admission. If not available at the time the application is submitted, it must be submitted as soon as it is available. Students continuing at the same school attended during 2016-17 do not need to submit this document.  (Microsoft Word or rich text formats are preferred, and can be emailed separately to dtheien@acb.org.)
 
Only completed application supplements that you are not able to email must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2017, to: 
 
American Council of the Blind Scholarship Program,
Attn: Dee Theien
6300 Shingle Creek Parkway  
Suite 195
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
 
Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (CST) Wednesday, February 15, 2017.  If you wish to check on whether all your application information was received, you may call Dee Theien after March 1, 2017 at (612) 332-3242 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST).                              

Confirmation Statement
By checking the statement below you are confirming that you have read the scholarship instructions included above.
I. Personal Data
Mailing address C/O
(Note: Full Time is considered 12 or more credit hours per term (semester or quarter) for undergraduates and 9 or more credit hours for graduate students.)
II. Visual Status
Please note: Legal blindness is defined as an individual who can not see better than 20/200 in the best eye with glasses or contact lenses or whose visual field in the best eye is 20 degrees or less at the widest diameter with glasses or contact lenses.
III. Education Background
A. (For entering freshmen only)
B. University/College or Vocational school currently attending:
C. University/College you plan to attend in the fall of 2016:
Only fill out this section if different from question III B. * Note: Proof of acceptance must be included with application materials. If you will not be notified by the time you submit this application, please indicate the date you expect to receive notice from the school(s).
1st choice:
2nd choice:
D. Please list other schools you attended during the last four years.
Only fill out this section if different from above.
Dates (mm/yy) attended:
IV. Test Record Information
V. Work Experience
VI. Extracurricular Activities:
Please list your extracurricular activities (school, religious, community, sports, organizations of the blind, recreation, etc).
VII. American Council of the Blind Involvement
ACB scholarship winners are expected to attend the ACB National Conference and Convention unless there are circumstances beyond their control and with the approval of the organization.
VIII. Autobiographical Sketch:
No more than 500 words containing information about you. Tell us about your personal goals, strengths, weaknesses, hobbies, honors, achievements, etc. Be sure to list the field or courses of study you are pursuing and explain why you have chosen it.
Please refer to the instructions at the beginning of the application to ensure that your application is complete. Please review the entire scholarship application for accuracy and completeness. Before submitting your application, you should make a copy for your records.