National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

Offers 30 blind college students a scholarship between $3,000-$12,000

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

Deadline Information

Closes Midnight Eastern Time: Wednesday, March 31, 2021


In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2018 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention which will take place the first week of July 2018, in Orlando, Florida, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.

Scholarship recipients must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be legally blind (PDF document) in both eyes, and
  2. Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and
  3. Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the 2018 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time.

Application Process

Resources for Submitting Applications:

  1. 2021 Scholarship Program Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  2. 2021 Scholarship Submissions Checklist
  3. 2021 Available Scholarships