American Council of the Blind (ACB) Scholarship

Who Is Eligible:

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately twenty scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $4,000 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community.  


Available AFB Scholarships: 


The Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship: one scholarship of $500 to a full-time graduate student.




  1. Certification of legal blindness from an ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician. (This hard copy letter may be mailed.)
  2. Certified transcripts from the school you are currently attending. Entering freshmen, please include high school transcripts; graduate students, please include undergraduate transcripts. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, a 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required. (This hard copy letter may be mailed.)
  3. Two letters of recommendation from a current or recent instructor, career counselor or employer. (Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats will only be accepted and can be emailed separately to:
  4.  Proof of acceptance from a post-secondary school. Entering and transferring students must submit a notice or letter from the admissions office certifying acceptance or consideration for admission. If not available at the time the application is submitted, it must be submitted as soon as it is available. Students continuing at the same school attended during 2017/2018 do not need to submit this document. (Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats are preferred and can be emailed separately to
  5. Completed application supplements (only) that are not able to be emailed must be postmarked no later than Thursday, February 15, 2018, to:


American Council of the Blind Scholarship Program

Attn: Dee Theien

6300 Shingle Creek Parkway

Suite 195

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Deadline: 02/15/2018
Amount: $1,000 - $4,000
How to apply:

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