If you have glasses, you may have been teased as a kid–possibly called “four eyes” or other names by perfect-sighted bullies. Maybe you tried to hide behind your glasses so that people couldn’t see you. Well, no more! It’s time to be proud of your glasses (or contacts) and consider that there are college scholarship monetary awards available specifically based upon vision and eyesight. Check out the opportunities of scholarships for people with glasses.
Related Scholarships for People with Glasses
The Replace My Contacts Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to one person benefitting from vision correction. This scholarship does require a short essay, but only 500 words and it simply needs to be written about your vision or glasses wearing experiences. Meaning that it is not at all academic! http://www.replacemycontacts.com/…
Visine Brand eye drops awards the $500 “Students with Vision” scholarship to students showing that they have “vision” to move forward in life and are pursuing this through college education. https://www.visine.com/scholarship
The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International makes a different scholarship available for students with low vision who are pursuing higher education. Three students are awarded $3,000 each with this scholarship. http://www.cclvi.org/
Scholarships for the Legally Blind
Although you might think that you don’t qualify if you can see at all, about 80% of legally blind people still can have their vision corrected to some extent with glasses. In order to prove qualify as legally blind, a person must have best corrected vision which is less than 20/200 in both eyes. This means that person, without vision correction, can see only ten percent or less or normal vision. Typically such people are extremely near-sighted, but might still actually be able to read a book if it was placed up close, directly in front of them. If this is you, you should look into the possibility of applying for these various scholarships for people with glasses or who are legally blind.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) offers thirty scholarships each academic year to recognize achievement by blind scholars. Applicants must be residents of the US or Puerto Rico, and may earn college money between $3,000 and $12,000. Winners also receive financial aid to attend the NFB Annual Convention held in Florida. https://nfb.org/scholarships
The Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship was created by the American Action Fund for the Blind. This scholarship is worth around $12,000 and is available to a student who is legally blind and seeks to further his or her education, to achieve what any non-blind person could who is similarly situated. https://actionfund.org/…
Women who are blind may apply for the Hermione Grant Calhoun which is offered by the National Federation of the Blind. Two scholarships of $3000 each are awarded annually. Apply through the NFB website at https://nfb.org/
Available through the American Foundation for the Blind is the Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must be legally blind and be able to show financial need. https://www.afb.org/…
Scholarships for Students Who Study Optometry
The One Sight organization offers the Dr. Stanley Pearle, founder of Pearle Vision, college scholarship to twenty students who are interested in optometry as a field of study and plan to move into professional eye care as a career.
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Fight for Sight offers Grants and Fellowships for students making efforts toward research to end disease-caused blindness. These range from Summer Student Fellowships, Grants-in-Aid, Special Grants, and even Post Doctoral Fellowships for research. http://www.fightforsight.org/…
The National Eye Institute (NEI) provides an undergraduate scholarship program in connection with the National Institute of Health (NIH), which is for students from disadvantaged background intent on pursuing degrees and careers in ophthalmology or other biomedical fields. Up to $20,000 per academic year, as well as paid training and job offering following graduation. https://www.training.nih.gov/…
No matter what your eyesight is, paying for college is a must, and doing it with scholarships and grants makes it so that you don’t have to pay back loans. So take advantage of whatever distinctions you have, including your eyesight (or lack thereof!), and get to applying for any and every scholarship you can find. Of course, the more you apply for, the more likely you are to receive them. Scholarships for people with glasses is just another one of those obscure categories that many people aren’t even aware of.
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