National Federation of the Blind of MN, 2022 Scholarship Application
Dear Scholarship Applicant:
The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota announces its 2022 scholarship program. Applications are being accepted until April 15. This year we will be awarding one scholarship for $2,000 and one scholarship for $1,500 to qualified applicants. In addition to the monetary award, winners will have the opportunity to attend the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind during July 5-10 at our expense in New Orleans this year. At the convention, scholarship winners will have the chance to meet other blind students from throughout the country and gain valuable insights into succeeding as blind people. Additionally, both winners are required, at our expense, to attend the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota convention in the fall, tentatively scheduled for November 4-6 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The scholarships will be presented at the banquet of this convention. Our state conventions were "virtual conventions" in 2020 and 2021, and final decisions will be made closer to the scheduled date whether our convention is virtual or we can meet in person.  In either case, scholarships will be awarded.
Candidates must be students who are legally blind and attending a post-secondary school full-time or part-time in Minnesota. In order to apply for a scholarship, complete this application and include the additional required documents and send it to scholarships@nfbmn.org.
The following documents must also be supplied:
1. Personal essay from applicant. NFB scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence and community/campus service and leadership. In your essay, discuss your academic and career goals as well as your academic, community, and/or employment experiences. Tell us about yourself and why you are a deserving recipient of the scholarship. Since the awards are restricted to legally blind people, the committee will also be interested in the techniques you use to succeed as a student who is blind. If you are a part time student, tell us how your part time status supports your educational goals.
2. Two letters of recommendation. You can send these via email to scholarships@nfbmn.org
3. Current official transcript from institution now attending and transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions attended. If you have not yet completed one year of college study, submit a transcript from the high school you previously attended.
Interview with Committee Member: All applicants will be contacted by a member of the scholarship committee shortly after the application deadline. A telephone interview will enable the committee to learn more about you and your goals for the future.
Your application, essay, letters of recommendation, and transcript(s) must be received by April 15, 2022.
If you or anyone else should have any questions regarding these awards, please contact the Scholarship Committee, at scholarships@nfbmn.org or call us at 612-872-9363.
Additionally, the National Federation of the Blind offers 30 national scholarships each year. This is a completely separate program with a separate application process. The application deadline for that program is March 31, and arranging for an interview with our state president before the national deadline is required. If you would like more information about the national scholarships, visit http://www.nfb.org/scholarships 
To learn more about us and what we do here in Minnesota, please visit http://www.nfbmn.org
Sincerely,
NFB of Minnesota Scholarship Committee

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Name *
Date of Birth *
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Are you legally blind? *
Home Address *
City, State, Zip *
Home Phone Number *
Cell phone number *
School Currently Attending *
Current class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
Cumulative grade point at this institution *
School attending next fall *
Anticipated credit load *
If you are a part time student, please briefly explain your circumstances; if this information is included in your essay, type "see essay." *
List all postsecondary schools attended with highest class standing attained and cumulative GPA:
High school attended and cumulative grade point average *
Major *
Awards and honors
Community service
Two letters of recommendation must be emailed to scholarships@nfbmn.org. *
Essay:  NFB scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence and  community/campus service and leadership. In an essay, discuss the goals you have for the future as well as your academic and community activities. Tell us about yourself and why you are a deserving recipient of the scholarship. Since the awards are restricted to legally blind people, the committee will also be interested in the techniques you use to succeed as a student who is blind. Send an essay discussing goals, academic and community activities, and techniques you use as a blind student (PDF, RTF, doc or docx) to scholarships@nfbmn.org *
Transcripts: Please send up to 3 of your most recent transcripts (PDF, RTF, doc or docx) to scholarships@nfbmn.org. *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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