2019 National Federation of the Blind of Texas Scholarship Application
Each year the National Federation of the Blind of Texas offers scholarships to the best and brightest blind students in the state. The scholarships are awarded during our annual convention. This year the convention will be held in Austin, from November 15-17, and attendance, at our expense, is mandatory for all finalists. Finalists should plan to arrive at the hotel no later than 3:00 PM, on November 15, and should plan to leave the hotel no earlier than noon on November 17.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship from the NFB of Texas applicants must be legally blind, residents of Texas, and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the fall of 2019. To clarify, for purposes of this program Texas residency means that you must live in Texas while attending school in the 2019-20 school year.

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIPS - In 2019 the National Federation of the Blind of Texas will award five (5) scholarships. They are:

TOMMY CRAIG & MIKE VANDERVOORT SCHOLARSHIP - one (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00. This scholarship is funded by Margaret Craig, widow of our former affiliate president Tommy Craig, and family and friends of Mike Vandervoort. Both men were committed members of the Federation and provided leadership and service throughout their lives. This scholarship will be awarded in 2019 and may be awarded in subsequent years when funding is available. No additional restrictions apply to this scholarship.
NFBTX CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP - one (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,800.00. This scholarship is donated by the Houston, Lone Star, and Rio Grande Valley chapters of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas. The Houston Chapter celebrates its 33rd year of helping to fund our scholarship program, and our other chapters are proud to join this effort. No additional restrictions apply to this scholarship.
HOUSTON LADY LIONS SCHOLARSHIP - one (1) scholarship in the amount of $2,100.00. This scholarship is funded through the generosity of the Houston Lady Lions Club. A preference will be given to female applicants from the Houston area.
NFBTX MEMBERS SCHOLARSHIP - one (1) scholarship in the amount of $2,500. This scholarship is granted by the members of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas. No additional restrictions apply.
HARLEY FETTERMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - one (1) scholarship in the amount of $3,000. This scholarship is sponsored by our Austin Chapter, our members, public donations and generous support from the Fetterman family. It is named in honor of Harley Fetterman, a Federationist who lost his battle with cancer, in 2016, at the age of eighteen. Although Harley was only with us for a short time, his contributions to the blindness community were immeasurable. No additional restrictions apply to this scholarship

CRITERIA - Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and community service. The National Federation of the Blind of Texas is dedicated to providing opportunities to all blind people. Therefore, membership in the organization is not a requirement.

HOW TO APPLY - In order to be considered for a scholarship from the NFB of Texas, applicants must submit the following documents:

(1). a completed copy of this application. Answers to all questions are required. If the question does not apply to you, write N/A in the field.
(2). proof of legal blindness. This can be supplied by a doctor or your vocational rehabilitation counselor.
(3). a current transcript. Electronic copies are preferred.
(4). an essay. If you are completing the online application form, please note that the form includes a space for you to write your essay. The essay should be no longer than 700 words and should provide the committee with more information about you, how you cope with your blindness in school and in everyday life, and any other details that you believe will help the committee make an informed decision about your application.
(5). one letter of recommendation. The letter should be from someone who has knowledge of your academic skills, how you deal with your blindness in an academic or work setting, and your plans for the future. Letters from family members are not acceptable. Letters from mentors, teachers or professors, community service coordinators with whom you have worked, employers, and rehabilitation professionals are all acceptable. However, these are just examples of who you might ask to recommend you.
(6). proof of acceptance. This requirement applies to incoming freshmen only. Please submit a letter from at least one college or university showing that you have been accepted to their program.

We prefer that all documents be submitted in electronic format; however we recognize that some students may not be able to submit their documentation using this method. If that is the case, please contact us for a printed copy of the application and instructions. You may obtain a copy of the application by calling our office at (281) 968-7733 during regular business hours.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION AND DOCUMENTS

First, complete this application online. At the end of the form, you will find a button to submit the information you have input. Once that is done, you will have completed the first phase of the application process. You will receive a copy of your completed application upon submission. Next, you should gather the other required documents and send them to us via email. Documents that you need to get from other people may be sent directly to the committee by those individuals. You and those people should submit as much documentation as possible to scholarships@nfbtx.org.

When submitting documents related to your application by email, please be sure to include your name and the name of the document you are submitting in the subject line. For example, a good subject line might say "john Doe Recommendation Letter" or "Jane Smith Proof of Blindness". Just replace the names listed here with your own name, and use the appropriate document name. Ask anyone who is sending documents on your behalf to use the same kind of subject line.

Be sure to let administrators at your school know that we will accept an electronic version of your transcript if they have the ability to send one that way. Some schools may want to mail paper copies of your transcript directly to the committee. If that is the case, they should submit them to us by mail at:

National Federation of the Blind of Texas
1600 E. Highway 6, Suite 225
Alvin, TX 77511-2595

Attn: Scholarship Committee

RE-APPLICATION

Students who have applied in the past are strongly encouraged to apply again.

INTERVIEW

Each applicant must participate in an interview with a member of our scholarship committee. Once we have received your documents, a member of the committee will make contact with you to arrange a telephone interview. The interview is likely to take place after the deadline for submissions has passed.

DEADLINE

The deadline for submitting all documentation is August 15, 2019. Please encourage those who are recommending you and others who may need to submit information on your behalf to adhere to this deadline. The online application form will stop accepting applications at 11:55 PM CDT, on August 15, and any mailed applications should be postmarked no later than that date.

FINALISTS

The National Federation of the Blind of Texas Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship recipients. All scholarship finalists will be notified of their selection by telephone no later than October 1, 2019. The scholarship finalists will be given an all expenses paid trip to attend the National Federation of the Blind of Texas State Convention in the fall. Conference expenses are in addition to the scholarship award and attendance is mandatory. No exceptions to this rule will be made. Finalists must participate in the entire convention and in the scheduled scholarship program activities. As a reminder, finalists must arrive at the convention no later than 3 PM on November 15. All decisions made by the Scholarship Committee are final.

Name *
Address *
City *
State *
Zip Code *
Home Phone *
Mobile Phone *
School Phone *
Email Address *
List your preferred email address here.
Date of Birth *
Please tell us when you were born by listing your birth month, day, and year. Example: 01/25/2000.
Gender *
Current School *
School you will attend in the fall of 2019 *
Major *
Please list your major area of study for the fall of 2018.
Class Standing *
List your class standing for the fall of 2019. Choose from the following options.
Grade Point Average *
Please list your most recent cumulative grade point average.
How many credit hours are you enrolled in for the upcoming fall semester? *
Applicants are required to be enrolled in a full-time course of study in order to be considered for a NFBTX scholarship.
Vocational Goal *
Please tell us what career field you plan to enter upon graduation.
Awards & Honors *
List awards, scholarships, and other honors you have received. If the list is extensive, please write "list attached" in response to this question, and submit an email to scholarships@nfbtx.org, with the subject line, "Your Name Awards & Honors". If there are only a few, list them here.
Community Service & Leadership *
Please use this space to tell us about your community service activities and any leadership positions you have held. If the list is long, please write "list attached" in response to this question, and submit a separate email to scholarships@nfbtx.org, with the subject line, "Your Name Community Service".
Reference *
Please list the name, phone number, and email address for the person who will recommend you for a scholarship.
Student Essay
Use this space to insert the text of the essay that is required as a part of the application process. The essay should be no longer than 700 words.
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