SCIVIS Lighthouse Visions Scholarship
Submission DEADLINE: April 1, 2017

The St. Louis Lighthouse of the Blind, in conjunction with Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS), is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity to attend Space Camp®/SCIVIS. This program, called Lighthouse Visions, is a scholarship program designed to provide students with culturally unique and diverse backgrounds, who also have a documented visual impairment, an opportunity to attend Space Camp® with a paid full tuition and partial or full travel expenses.

Since 1990, over 3800 students from the U. S. and many foreign countries have attended SCIVIS. For many of those students it has been the highlight of their middle and high school years. Comments like, “this is the best week of my school year” and “at SCIVIS I don’t have to explain my visual impairment to people because everyone there gets it”, are heard all the time.

At the SCIVIS 2016 program had in attendance 211 students from 23 states, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Greece, India, Israel, South Africa and Ireland. The St. Louis Lighthouse for the Blind has been the sponsor of dozens of students from Missouri to SCIVIS for many years. It is their desire to have unique students placed on the Lighthouse teams to enrich their lives. The focus of this scholarship is to pull together those students from around the world, who are very different from each other.
SCIVIS is a special week at Space Camp®. It is a 6-day/night educational adventure involving curriculum in space science, aviation, teamwork, and simulated space and aviation missions. All adaptations are available to students during their “Week in Space”, i.e. Braille, large print, electronic magnification, etc.

Rules & Regulations

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA OF THE GRANT. THE LIGHTHOUSE IS LOOKING FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE UNIQUE CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS COMPARED TO STUDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES. MOST STUDENTS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES QUALIFY. IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY, DO NOT APPLY!

1. Students who are blind or visually impaired may apply from the age of 10 to 18 years of age. Students must provide documentation of current enrollment. University students are not eligible. Students who are older than 18 who are enrolled in high school are eligible with proper documentation. If younger students wish to attend this should not be their first trip away from home or their first camp experience. Younger children, ages 10-12, should have an accompanying chaperone.

2. Students must provide documentation from a medical doctor, preferably an optometrist or an ophthalmologist with the cause of the blindness or low vision and the current visual functioning, i.e. 20/200, total blindness, LP, etc. This report must be clearly legible and contain contact information for the medical professional so the report can be verified. Please include an email address for the medical professional.

3. Students are eligible from any state or country. If you have previously applied for this scholarship and were successful, we strongly encourage you to find funding elsewhere. We are looking for new candidates.

4. Students MUST have the ability to read, speak, and understand English. Fluency is required! The need to quickly learn new technology will be required. English Braille, both contracted and uncontracted, large print, and electronic magnification are readily available. Limited UEB is available.

5. Students should have an interest in math and science to participate in this program. Future plans for a career in STEM careers should be mentioned, if applicable. Information about Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) can be found at http://www.scivis.org. Information about Space Camp®, in general, and can be found at http://www.spacecamp.com.

6. Students attending from the upper grades, ages 15-18, will have the option to SCUBA dive in Space Camp's 24-foot Underwater Astronaut Trainer. Also included in the activities is climbing a 49-foot rock wall and other high ropes elements. Please do not apply if you are not willing to try new things. We are not interested in funding students who place limits on themselves.

7. The focus of this scholarship is to share your unique culture and diversity with the students attending the SCIVIS program. A short presentation (2-3 minutes) at opening ceremonies is required.

8. All travel will be coordinated through a travel agency in the U. S. Chaperones accompanying students may or may not be eligible for funding. Chaperones cannot be parents and must be professional educators who have had a history working with the applicant. Accompanying chaperones are not a requirement.

9. The selection committee will meet in April of 2017 and applicants will be notified before the end of April 2017 to allow ample time for passport and visa applications, if needed.

Applications can be submitted on line, mailed or emailed to by the deadline of April 1, 2017.
Dan Oates
190 Armstrong St.
Romney, WV 26757
scivis@atlanticbb.net

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