What it is

The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota will award two scholarships: one for $1,000 and one for $1,500.

Candidates must be students who are legally blind and attending a postsecondary school in Minnesota. We reserve the right to request an official certification of legal blindness before awarding the scholarship.

In addition to the monetary award, one of the winners will have expenses paid to attend the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind from July 3-8 in Orlando, Florida. At the convention, the scholarship winner will have the opportunity to meet other blind students and gain insights into succeeding as a blind person. Additionally, both winners will be required to attend, at our expense, the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota convention in Fall, 2018. The scholarships will be presented at the banquet of this convention.

How to apply

Fill out the 2018 Scholarship application online. Alternatively, you may download and complete the 2018 scholarship application in Microsoft Word format. In either case, attach the following documents, which are further explained in the cover letter included with the application:

  1. Personal essay from applicant
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Current transcript from institution now attending and transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions attended

Applications and attachments must be received by April 15, 2018.

Interview with Committee Member: All applicants will be contacted by phone by a member of the scholarship committee. This interview will enable the committee to learn more about you and your goals for the future. The interviews will be conducted after the application deadline.

Additional information

A list of frequently asked questions (opens in new tab) provides more information on specific points about the scholarships and the award process.

For further information, please contact Lori Anderson at Scholarships@nfbmn.org or 612-270-4381.

Additionally, the National Federation of the Blind offers 30 national scholarships each year. If you would like more information about these scholarships, visit the NFB scholarship page.

Information About Those We Work With:


Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND, Inc.)

State Services for the Blind

Products That Help Blind People

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