The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) will award up to three James F. Nelson, Jr. scholarships in the amount of $1,500 at the organization’s annual state convention to be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 5700 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451. The convention begins on Friday, November 11 and concludes at noon on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Scholarship recipients must attend the convention in Virginia Beach to receive their scholarship awards. The NFBV will cover reasonable costs associated with travel to the convention, half the cost of a room at the hotel, most meals, and the cost of registration and a banquet ticket. Winners will be reimbursed for these expenses at convention, so please notify the committee if you do not have access to a credit card or other means of covering pre-convention costs.
The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is an organization dedicated to creating equality, opportunity, and security for all blind people. Winners of an NFBV James F. Nelson, Jr. scholarship need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The Committee will consider applicants for all eligible scholarships with one application. Individuals who have applied in previous years are encouraged to apply again.
The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the scholarship recipients. The Committee will notify finalists by telephone on or before October 15, 2016. All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.
To be eligible for these awards, each applicant must:
- Be legally blind;
- Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia or be attending school in the commonwealth;
- Be pursuing—or planning to pursue—a full-time, postsecondary course of study in the 2016 – 2017 academic year; and
- Participate in the entire NFBV state convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities to be held November 11-November 13, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Application Process: Complete the 2016 Scholarship Application Form electronically and email it with the supporting documents to the scholarship committee chair:
- Dr. Brian R. Miller
- Email: Brianrmiller88@gmail.com
- Phone: (703) 785-9929
Deadline: All applications and supporting documentation must be received on or before September 15, 2016.