2020 National Federation of the Blind of Kansas Kenneth Tiede Memorial Scholarship Application
Each year the National Federation of the Blind of Kansas offers scholarships to the best and brightest blind students in the state. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and community service and are presented during our annual state convention. This year the convention will be held in Overland Park, KS at the Holiday Inn Express, 8787 Reeder Rd. from November 6th - 8th and attendance, at our expense, is mandatory for all finalists. Finalists should plan to arrive at the hotel no later than 4:00 PM, on November 6th, 2020, and should plan to leave the hotel no earlier than noon on November 8th, 2020 .

In order to be eligible for a scholarship from the NFB of Kansas applicants must be:
• Legally blind in both eyes with best correction.
• A resident of Kansas or attending a Kansas school.
• Pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the 2020/2021 academic year.
• GPA 2.50 or greater.

HOW TO APPLY - In order to be considered for a scholarship from the NFB of Kansas, applicants must submit the following documents:
• 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.
• Proof of legal blindness. This can be supplied by a doctor or your vocational rehabilitation counselor.
• A current transcript. Electronic copies are preferred.
• 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 800 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.
• 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.
• Proof of acceptance. This requirement applies to incoming freshmen and first-term graduate students. Please submit a letter from at least one college or university showing that you have been accepted to their program.


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. Please submit as much documentation as possible to scholarships@nfbks.org.

When submitting documents related to your application by email, please be sure to include your name and a description 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.


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


Once we have received your documents, you must complete an interview with an NFB of KS designee. Contact Tom Anderson (303)842-9661 NFB of KS scholarship Committee Chair, to make an appointment for this interview. The interview will take place after the deadline for submissions has passed.


The deadline for submitting all documentation is September 30th, 2020. 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 September 30th, 2020 and any mailed applications should be postmarked no later than that date.


The National Federation of the Blind of Kansas 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 15th, 2020. The scholarship finalists will be given an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the National Federation of the Blind of Kansas 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. 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 academic year 2020/2021 *
Major *
Please list your major area of study for the fall of 2020.
Class Standing *
List your class standing for the fall of 2020. Choose from the following options.
Grade Point Average *
Please list your most recent cumulative grade point average.
How many credit hours will you enroll in for the fall 2020 semester? *
Applicants are required to be enrolled in a full-time course of study in order to be considered for an NFB of Kansas 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@nfbks.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@nfbks.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 800 words.
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