2021 Scholarship


The NFB of Virginia is pleased to announce the launch of its James F. Nelson merit scholarship program for the academic year 2021-2022. Up to three scholarships of $1500.00 will be awarded based on academic achievement, community engagement, and leadership potential. The NFB of Virginia believes that all blind and visually impaired students who apply for a James F. Nelson scholarship can benefit from the experience of attending the state convention. If the state convention is in-person, the NFBV will cover reasonable costs associated with attending the convention for all eligible applicants, including a room at the hotel shared with a fellow scholarship applicant, most meals, and the cost of registration and a banquet ticket. Scholarship applicants should work with their local chapter to explore transportation options and should notify the scholarship committee if they encounter difficulties. Convention related expenses will be reimbursed or covered by the affiliate at the convention. Please notify the committee if you do not have access to a credit card or other means of covering pre-convention costs. Applicants are expected to pre-register in order to signal their intention to attend the state convention and to assist the scholarship committee to make hotel reservations. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the scholarship recipients. All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final. Please read all instructions carefully and pay close attention to the deadlines. To be eligible to receive a James F. Nelson scholarship, all applicants must:

  • Be legally blind or have a visual impairment that qualifies them to receive services under IDEA or from a state vocational rehabilitation program.
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia or be attending full time an accredited institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Plan to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in the 2021-2022 academic year: and
  • Participate in the entire NFB of Virginia state convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities to be held on October 28 - 31, 2021.

Individuals who have already won two James F. Nelson scholarships should contact the scholarship committee chair before applying. The intention of the committee is to not award scholarships more than twice to the same individual except in extraordinary circumstances. Exceptions to this policy will only be made by decision of the committee chair and the NFBV affiliate president. Completed scholarship applications and all supporting documentation should be sent to the NFB of Virginia scholarship committee chair, Jimmy Morris, at: jimorris0116@gmail.com with the words “scholarship application” in the subject line. Deadline: Applications must be received no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, counselor, or academic advisor who is familiar with their scholarship. Applicants are encouraged to provide additional letters of recommendation or references, including from employers, individuals working in the applicant’s field of interest, or leaders from the blind movement or other groups engaged in social change advocacy. Letters of recommendation may be submitted in email form. An electronic copy of the applicant’s transcripts must be provided in support of the application. Unofficial transcripts in PDF form from the accredited institution are acceptable.


Please complete this application by entering your responses after each prompt. All applications must be received by 11:59pm of Tuesday, September 28, 2021. All supporting documents (i.e., letters of recommendation and transcripts) must be received by September 28, 2021. Micro essay Questions: For the essay items provide brief and specific responses in complete sentences. This application must be completed in one session. We therefore recommend you complete your essay responses in the word processor of your choice and save them until you are ready to paste your responses into the fields provided. Similarly, if you intend to submit letters of recommendation and/or transcripts using the form below, please gather those documents before submitting the online application. Only complete applications will be considered. The Scholarship Committee takes no responsibility for notifying you if required information is missing from your application. Be sure to review your application for completeness before submitting. If you encounter any difficulty in submitting your application, or if you have questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair. NFBV Scholarship Committee Chair Contact Information: Jimmy Morris Email: jimorris0116@gmail.com Phone: (434) 547-2720

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