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 Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina, located at 707 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Virginia 23669. The convention begins on Friday, November 7 and concludes at noon on Sunday, November 9, 2014. The NFBV will cover the scholarship winners’ travel, hotel, food, and convention registration costs during the convention. (Winners will be reimbursed after the convention, so please notify the committee if you do not have access to a credit card or other means of paying to pre-pay for some expenses—such as travel to the hotel, hotel room, and food.)
The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is an organization dedicated to creating equality, opportunity, and security for all blind people. To that end, winners of NFBV James F. Nelson, Jr. scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia. 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, consisting of successful blind college graduates, will review all applications and select the scholarship recipients. The Committee will notify finalists by telephone on or before October 7, 2014. 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 2014 – 2015 academic year; and
- Participate in the entire NFBV state convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities to be held November 7–9, 2014 in Hampton, Virginia.
Deadline: The scholarship chairwoman must receive all documentation on or before September 25, 2014.
To apply, download and complete this application form.