NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
OF GREATER SPRINGFIELD
ESTHER BARBARINI SCHOLARSHIP
The National Federation of the Blind of Greater Springfield is pleased to be continuing its scholarship program. NFB of Greater Springfield is a membership organization of blind people and an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. NFB of Greater Springfield is dedicated to promoting the full social, economic, cultural, and intellectual integration of all blind people into the life of Massachusetts and the nation on a basis of equality and partnership with sighted people. Its scholarship program is just one of the ways in which it translates this dedication into accomplishment.
THE SCHOLARSHIP. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and financial need. It will be awarded in the amount of five hundred dollars to a blind student pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary education. There will be no restriction as to field of study or type of degree earned.
ELIGIBILITY. Scholarship applicants must be legally blind. They must be residents of western Massachusetts or planning to pursue their education in Massachusetts. (Western Massachusetts residents, however, need not attend a post-secondary educational institution within the Commonwealth.) Applicants must have applied or be applying to post-secondary institutions of higher education on a full or part-time basis. Finally, all applicants must provide all applicable information on this form, as well as all applicable documents requested. Scholarship applicants need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind of Greater Springfield or the National Federation of the Blind.
CONVENTION ATTENDANCE. The scholarship winner will be anounced at the Saturday evening banquet of the Massachusetts State Convention held at the Logan Airport Hyatt Hotel in February (Applicants must attend to be ellagble.) The scholarship awarded money will by presented at the next months meeting of the Greater Springfield Chapter. The scholarship finalist must attend the entire convention weekend from 12:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon to its adjournment Sunday at noon. Any finalist unable to meet this requirement will no longer be eligible for the scholarship. This year's Student convention is scheduled for (WILL BE ANOUNCES IN LATE DECEMBER). Family members and friends of finalists are welcome to attend the convention, but separate reservations must be made. Scholarship finalists will share accommodations with other finalists or program alumni.
APPLICATION DEADLINE. Scholarship applications must be received no later than JANUARY. 23rd, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
DECISION. The scholarship committee of NFB of Greater Springfield will meet in October to carefully review all applications received by the above deadline. The committee will make its decision in time to notify the scholarship winner at the student convention.
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