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Scholarships for the Upcoming Year

by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern

As we continue to report on scholarship opportunities, here are two notable awards available for students with vision loss for the coming academic year:

The “Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program” from the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI), will grant three awards worth $3,000 each. To be eligible, students must be or plan to be full-time college or graduate students and have low vision, with 20/70 in the better eye with best possible correction, or a field no greater than 30 degrees. Applicants need to maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and be involved in school or local community activities. Applications must be submitted online and include a copy of transcripts from the school most recently attended, the CCLVI Eye Report Form completed by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist, as well as two academic or professional letters of recommendation. It must also include a letter of acceptance from the school or the date the student expects to be notified of acceptance if attending a new school. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2022. Winners will be announced within 30 days. The students who receive the scholarships are expected to attend the ACB (American Council of the Blind) National Conference and Convention during the year in which the scholarship is applied. For more information, read the “2022 Scheigert Scholarship” page, here. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, check out the “Freshman Application Form”, here, or the “Undergraduate and Graduate Application Form”, here.

The “Disability Advocacy Scholarship” from the American Baby & Child Law Centers will award one student a $1,000 prize. To be eligible, students must be or plan to be full-time college students, graduate, or law students, who are planning to pursue career in law or public policy focused on disability advocacy. All applicants must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. The deadline to apply online is 5:00 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) on July 31, 2022. Applications must include the completed application form, a copy of academic transcripts, and an essay or creative project responding to a written prompt. A Gmail account is required to apply. The winning applicant will be notified and the $1,000 check will be sent directly to their school. The award recipient will be asked to include a short bio about themself, their university, and submit a photo for a press release regarding the scholarship. And if given permission by the winner, the ABC Law Centers will publish their essay along with the press release. Please be advised that this scholarship is not available to present or future clients of ABC Law Centers, owned by Reiter & Walsh, P.C. For more information regarding the full requirements and specifications for this scholarship, read the “ABC Law Centers Disability Advocacy Scholarship” page, here. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, fill out the application form, here.