AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
OF NEW YORK, INC.
AN AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, WASHINGTON, D.C.
A SELF-HELP ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO
IMPROVING THE LIFESTYLE AND INDEPENDENCE
OF THE BLIND
RE: 2016 Scholarship Announcement and Application
To: All Eligible Students
The American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc. (ACBNY) is proud to award a five hundred dollar ($500) scholarship to a deserving student. The winner will be expected to attend our annual state convention in Buffalo, New York, the weekend of October 23-25, 2016. Expenses for travel, lodging and meals will be covered by ACBNY.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
ü Be legally blind in accordance with the NYSCB criteria (see NYSCB website);
ü Be enrolled and in good standing (passing grades) in college, tech or trade school or other training program following high school graduation;
ü Present three (3) letters of recommendation (cannot be a family member); and
ü Show proof of community involvement. You can use the same letter or documentation for your proof and a letter of recommendation. Said letter or document must be clearly marked as such.
ü Applications and all documentation may be submitted by email or by regular mail in braille or large print by September 1, 2016.
All applicants must provide:
Ø Name (first and last)
Ø City, State and Postal Code
Ø Phone number
Ø Email address
Ø Date of Birth
Ø Best way to contact you
Applicants must write an essay of no more than one thousand (1000) words covering the following three topics:
- Why did you choose your major or program? What future goals do you have, and why and how do you feel they are realistic?
- What does advocacy mean to you?
- Explain what methods you use for doing class work (reading and writing assignments, taking notes, etc.) and why you use the methods you do.
All applicants should be aware that the top three submissions will be followed with a telephone interview by three (3) scholarship committee members.
Applications must be e-mailed to the scholarship committee chairperson, Karen Blachowicz by September 1, 2016 at:
or mailed (postmarked no later than Sept. 1 2016) to:
Karen Blachowicz 29 Meridian St Depew NY 14043.
If you have any questions please contact Karen Blachowicz at Karenabc1970@live.com or 716-681-2730.