If you are a student at any level, whether elementary or working on your doctorate, we are ready to support you in whatever way we can.

Please remember to connect with your local chapter and divisions to get involved and optimize your interaction with blind role models from a wide range of professions.

Project RISE

Project RISE, (Resilience, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Employment) is a transition program, focusing on providing blind and low vision students with the skills necessary to become competitively employed. These skills will be useful whether the students attend an institution of higher education, a vocational school, or enter the job market directly after high school. Learn more...


The Virginia Association of Blind Students (VABS) provides support, information, and encouragement to blind college students and to high school students who are looking forward to college and vocational training. In conjunction with the National Association of Blind Students, VABS leads the way in offering information on issues such as national testing, accessible textbooks and materials, overcoming negative attitudes about blindness from school personnel, developing new techniques for accomplishing laboratory or field assignments, working with disabled student services offices and more. VABS offers assistance dealing with issues affecting college students throughout the year and holds an annual meeting at the NFB of Virginia State Convention in the Fall. Contact the division president for more information.

For more information about VABS, contact:

Jacob Hamm, President
Phone: 7035378108

NFB Scholarships

National Scholarships:

The National Federation of the Blind offers scholarships to persons who are legally blind and living in the United States or Puerto Rico. There are 30 awards, from $3,000 to $12,000. All documents required from the applicants must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on March 31st of every year. The NFB National Scholarship Program application is posted online in November.

State Scholarships:

Each year at its state convention, the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia gives scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. Scholarships are awarded in the fall at the state convention. Learn more about the program.