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Apply for a Unique Mentoring Experience at the 2014 NFB Convention

Please see below for the Virginia program to support attending the 2014 National Convention. Individuals are encouraged to apply for both the National program and this Virginia specific program.

The 2014 NFB National Convention is a remarkable experience you do not want to miss. The convention will be even better because you were there to attend. Many of those who have attended our national NFB convention are amazed at how seeing, meeting, and interacting with over 3000 other blind and low vision convention attendees has literally changed their lives. They not only experience how the problems of vision loss can be overcome, but they also experience the confidence that can come with it.

Robert and Marian McDonald selflessly contributed to our Virginia affiliate to further the progress and better the lives of those who are blind, visually impaired, and low vision in Virginia. In their honor, we recognize the personal benefits that come to people who attend a national convention for the first time. In their memory, the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) continues their legacy of education and empowerment to Virginia’s blind citizens.

We anticipate awarding fellowships to assist each fellowship recipient in covering the cost of attending our 2014 NFB National Convention to be held in Orlando, FL, from July 1 to July 6. Please note: The banquet ends late in the evening on Sunday, July 6 and fellowship winners are expected to attend the banquet so return travel must occur on Monday, July 7 or later. This event will take place at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando Florida.

Consistent with our original goals, the McDonald Fellowship program was established in 1998 in order to: a) assist those who have never attended a convention of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) before, or b) those who have not attended in years and wish to come to a convention again.

Details on financial assistance for all others are provided at the bottom of this message.

We will link each of our fellowship winners up with mentors who will assist them in getting the most out of their national convention experience. As part of the Fellowship application requirements, McDonald Fellowship winners are asked to attend the entire NFB convention and address our 2014 NFB of Virginia state convention.

Application process

Deadline for applications for the McDonald Fellowship is April 15, 2014. Winners will be announced May 15, 2014.

Your application should be in the form of a letter delivered via electronic mail. There is no specific form for the application. We simply ask that applicants write a brief letter of application outlining their reasons why they should be considered for a Fellowship.

Your letter must include:

  1. Name, Address, phone and email contact information
  2. Chapter or connection With the affiliate
  3. How you will benefit from the experience
  4. How you have participated with your chapter or the affiliate in the past year
  5. Any other pertinent details

In addition, you are required to contact your Chapter President or an affiliate Board Member for a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are due by Sunday, April 20, 2014.

E-mailed applications or questions about the Fellowship program should be sent to Tracy Soforenko, Chairman, McDonald Fellowship Committee, by e-mail at tracy.soforenko@gmail.com or by phone at (202) 285-4595.

As agreed at the January 2014 NFBV Board Meeting, all others requesting financial assistance should reach out first to their chapter presidents for financial assistance. Requests to chapter presidents should be made by April 15, 2014. If the chapter cannot provide sufficient support to enable the individual to attend, requests should be forwarded to NFBV President Schroeder no later than May 15, 2014.

Make 2014 the year you attend the national convention.

Tracy Soforenko
McDonald Fellowship Chair
tracy.soforenko@gmail.com
(202) 285-4595 (mobile)
(703) 522-8182 (home)

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