2021 Scholarship Application

Submit an application here!

The American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc. (ACBNY) is proud to
award a one thousand dollar ($1000) scholarship and a five hundred dollar ($500) scholarship to qualified, deserving students.

Scholarship recipients must attend the annual ACBNY State Convention in Buffalo
(Cheektowaga), NY the weekend of October 15-17, 2021. Expenses for travel, lodging and meals will be covered by ACBNY.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
• Provide evidence of legal blindness in accordance with the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) criteria; See NYSCB website: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cb/
• Provide evidence of enrollment and good standing (passing grades) in a college, tech or trade school or other training program following high school graduation;
• Present three (3) letters of recommendation (cannot be a family member);
• Provide evidence of community involvement. This may be documented via one of your recommendation letters. Said letter or document must be clearly marked as such.
• Compose a 1000 word essay per the instructions below;
• All finalists must participate in an interview process;
• Applications and all documentation may be submitted by web-form, email or by regular mail in print or braille by September 10, 2021.
*ACBNY will not accept handwritten documents or incomplete application packages.

Name First Last
Street Address City State / Province / Region Postal / Zip Code Country
Phone Number
Date of Birth
Best Way to Contact You (phone, text, email)
Visual Status (legally blind, totally blind, etc.)
School Enrolled in:
Major course of study:

Applicants must write a standard format essay of no more than one thousand (1000) words encompassing ONE 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? Describe how you have advocated for yourself or someone else.

* ACBNY will not accept handwritten documents.
* ACBNY reserves the right to publish, post and / or share the submitted essay in whole or in part.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the ACBNY Scholarship application or submission process, please contact the scholarship committee chairperson, Ian Foley, at 716- 892-1983 or by e-mail at scholarship@acbny.info.

Thank you for your interest in the American Council of the Blind of New York (ACBNY). Our scholarship committee is composed of various professionals, including retired teachers. Please practice diligence in composing your essay, and review it for accuracy and spelling. We look forward to reviewing your application and reading your essay.

Good luck,
Ian Foley
ACBNY Scholarship Committee Chairman

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