2018 Scholarship Application

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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: 2018 Scholarship Announcement and Application
To: All Eligible Students

The American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc. (ACBNY) is proud to
award a one thousand-dollar ($1000) scholarship to a deserving
student.

The winner will be expected to attend the annual ACBNY State
Convention in Rochester, NY the weekend of October 5‐7, 2018.
Expenses for travel, lodging and meals will be covered by ACBNY.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
 Be legally blind in accordance with the New York State
Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) criteria see NYSCB website:
https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cb/;
 Be enrolled and in good standing (passing grades) in college, tech
or trade school or other training program following high school
graduation;
 Present three (3) letters of recommendation (cannot be a family
member);
 Show proof of community involvement. This may be documented
via one of your recommendation letters. Said letter or document
must be clearly marked as such.
 Applications and all documentation may be submitted by web-
form, email or by regular mail in print or braille by July 1, 2018.
*ACBNY will not accept handwritten documents.

Application
All applicants must provide:
 Name (first and last)
 Address
 City, State and Postal Code
 Phone number
 Email address
 Date of Birth
 Best way to contact you
 Visual Status

Applicants must write a standard format essay of no more than one
thousand (1000) words encompassing two (2) of the following three (3)
topics:
1. Why did you choose your major or program of study? What future
goals do you have and how do you plan to accomplish these
goals?
2. Explain what methods you use for doing class work (reading and
writing assignments, taking notes, etc.) and why you use the
methods you do.
3. What does advocacy mean to you?
 ACBNY will not accept handwritten documents.
 ACBNY reserves the right to publish, post and / or share the
submitted essay in whole or in part.
All applicants should be aware that the top three (3) submissions will be
followed with a telephone interview by three (3) scholarship committee
members.

Application Submission
Applications can be mailed, United States Postal Service (USPS),
e‐mailed to scholarship@acbny.info or submitted on the ACBNY
website form.

The mailing address for USPS submissions is:
Karen Blachowicz
29 Meridian St
Depew NY 14043.

All applications must be received by or postmarked no later than July 1,
2018.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the ACBNY
Scholarship application or submission process, please contact the
scholarship committee chairpersons, Karen Blachowicz at 716-510- 4560
or Mike Godino at 516-612- 3368 or by e-mail at
scholarship@acbny.info.
Thank you for your interest in the American Council of the Blind of New
York (ACBNY); we look forward to reviewing your application and
reading your essay.

Good luck,
Karen Blachowicz, Mike Godino
ACBNY Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs

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