The 2020 Florida Council of the Blind Scholarship Program consists of awards totaling $4,000.00, that are offered to outstanding students who are enrolled in academic education, professional or technical training beyond the high school level.
• $1,500.00 Gayle M. Krause-Edwards Scholarship – Offered to an applicant who demonstrates superior leadership and outstanding academic performance, and who is enrolled full-time, in a college, university, or technical institute, in a course of study which will increase advancement potential in his/her chosen field
• $1,000.00 Teresa Blessing Scholarship – Offered to an applicant who demonstrates leadership skills and academic proficiency, and who is enrolled full-time in a college, university, or technical institute
• $1,000.00 Timothy Turpin Scholarship – Offered to a high school student exhibiting leadership skills and academic proficiency, and who is planning to attend college, university, or a technical institute full-time
• $500.00 Bobbie Probst Scholarship – offered to an applicant who demonstrates leadership skills and academic proficiency, and who is enrolled part-time in a college, university or technical institute
All applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA), or its non-GPA equivalent, with the exception of the Gayle M. Krause-Edwards Scholarship.
To be considered for the prestigious Gayle M. Krause-Edwards $1,500.00 scholarship, an applicant must have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA, or its non-GPA equivalent, and have completed one semester in a college, university, or technical institute.
While an applicant may be qualified for either the Gayle M. Krause-Edwards or the Teresa Blessing, he/she can only receive one of these scholarships in any given year. An applicant may not apply for any FCB scholarship if he/she was awarded an FCB scholarship in the immediately preceding year.
1. Applicant must be legally blind. That is, the applicant must have vision in the better eye of no more than 20/200 with corrective lenses OR may have vision greater than 20/200 in the better eye, but with a restricted field of vision of no more than 20 degrees.
2. Applicant must be a current resident of the State of Florida. However, the college, university, or technical institute doesn’t necessarily have to be in Florida.
3. Applicant must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma. (High school students who are graduating this term may also apply.)
4. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or technical institute, or be accepted for enrollment. A letter of acceptance is required.
5. Applicant must be seeking a college degree or certificate.
6. Undergraduate applicants who are full-time must carry at least 12 credit hours per semester/quarter to be eligible for the full-time scholarships; those who are part-time must carry a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester/quarter to be eligible for the $500.00 scholarship. Applicants attending a technical institute or pursuing a Masters, PhD. or other post-graduate degree must be considered full-time by their institution to qualify for a full-time scholarship (There is no minimum hour requirement); and, if they are not, they may apply for the part-time scholarship.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS WHICH MUST ACCOMPANY THIS APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
1. An explanatory or descriptive statement regarding vocational objectives and outlook for employment in your chosen field. Please include any awards or scholarships you have received or that are pending. Part-time students must include an explanation for part-time status (e.g., employed student, family responsibilities, etc.).
2. Two letters of recommendation.
3. Sealed official transcript from school currently or most recently attended.
4. Letter of acceptance from accredited college or university.
5. Certification of visual status (detailed physician’s eye report) MUST be mailed by certifying entity.
Certification of visual status and transcript(s) MUST be postmarked no later than March 15th, 2020.
Please forward Certification of visual status and transcript(s) to:
Florida Council of the Blind
C/o Gabriel Lopez Kafati
6371 Pent Place
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Please e-mail application packet, all recommendation letters and supporting documents electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(No handwritten applications will be considered.)
The Education and Leadership Committee will review all applications and select the four winners. Recipients will be notified prior to the state annual convention and the winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on May 1th, 2020 at the annual state convention to be held in Maitland, FL.
All scholarship winners will be invited to attend the annual convention and given hotel accommodations for one night for two persons and two tickets to the Awards banquet. Additional banquet tickets may be purchased by the scholarship recipients if desired.
The Florida Council of the Blind will pay transportation costs by train or bus. Mileage by automobile to the convention will be reimbursed on the following basis: $0.445 per mile.
For more information about our Scholarship program, you may contact Gabriel Lopez Kafati at email@example.com or by phone at 786-547-5465.