The Washington Council of the Blind plans to award again in 2019 scholarships to legally blind individuals who are attending a college/university or a vocational/technical school, and who are residents of Washington state. In 2018 we awarded scholarships ranging in amounts from $3000 to $5000.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must satisfy all of the following eligibility requirements:
- the applicant must be legally blind in both eyes. Legal blindness is defined as an individual who has a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the corrected eye and/or 20° or less visual field in the corrected eye,
- The applicant must be enrolled or have been accepted to enroll in an accredited vocational school, college or university located in the United States.
- The applicant must be a resident of Washington State. A resident of Washington State is an individual who has physically resided in the state of Washington for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months at the time of application.
First consideration will be given to those applicants who have not previously received a WCB scholarship. However, all legally blind Washington state residents admitted to an academic or vocational training program for the 2019-2020 academic year are encouraged to apply. Before receiving a scholarship, recipients must provide proof of registration for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Applicants must complete an online application form, which is accessible by selecting the Complete Form button on this page. All applications must be received by 11:59 P. M. Saturday, June 15, 2019. All application fields must be completed and supporting documents must be submitted in order for an application to be considered. If an item is not applicable, insert “N/A” in each field that does not apply to you. Applicants are responsible for submitting complete application packets online
Each applicant will be considered by a committee comprised of members of the Washington Council of the Blind. Scholarship committee members will conduct recorded telephone interviews with candidates during the latter part of June or July 2019. The Scholarships will be presented on the 26th of October at the annual WCB convention in SeaTac, Washington. Recipients must attend the reception and banquet in order to receive their awards unless other arrangements have been made with the Scholarship Committee Chair in advance. Recipients are encouraged to attend the entire convention, and will be our guests at the scholarship reception and banquet, in order to be recognized and to meet other WCB members from around the state. In addition to the scholarship awards, WCB will pay reasonable travel expenses, lodging based on double occupancy and all convention registration costs for the scholarship recipients. If you have any questions, concerns or comments please write or call: Kim L. Moberg, 2019 Scholarship Committee Chair.
Supporting documents that you will be required to submit along with your application are as follows:
- Proof of Registration to the college, university or vocational school that you will be attending for the academic year 2019-2020.
- Two (2) Letters of Reference. Reference Letters need to be current and not ones that you have previously submitted if you have applied for a WCB scholarship in the past.
- Proof of Legal Blindness by a medical professional or Vocational Rehabilitation counselor.
- Personal Essay. If you have applied in the past, please submit a new up-to-date essay. The essay should be no more than 1,000 words long.
All documents must be word documents. If this is not possible please contact Kim L. Moberg
Scholarship Committee Chair: Kim L. Moberg
360-981-9944 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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