The Lighthouse Guild scholarships help legally blind young adults make a successful transition to college, support their post-graduate education, and facilitate career development. For more information and to access scholarship, please visit http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/scholarships/
Each year, the Lighthouse Guild scholarship program helps outstanding and deserving legally blind high school students from across the country attend college with scholarships of up to $10,000. Scholarships are based on strong academic accomplishments and merit, and provide additional financial support to help students make a successful transition from high school to a college or university of their choice. Candidates are not required to demonstrate financial need.
An additional scholarship of up to $10,000 is awarded to one or more students applying to, or currently attending, graduate school.
The application period for 2017 is open. The deadline is March 31, 2017.
- Provide proof of legal blindness. Verification should be in the form of a statement from a state rehabilitation agency, an ophthalmologist or an optometrist.
- Provide proof of U.S. citizenship. A passport, birth certificate, naturalization papers or proof of legal residency.
- Send documentation of academic achievement. Copies of school transcripts and copies of SAT and/or ACT results.
- Include three letters of recommendation. Two letters should attest to your academic skills. Each letter must include the name, address and telephone number of the person writing the reference.
- Write two personal statements of 500 words or less. One describing your educational and personal goals, and *another on the influence of an outstanding teacher on your education (*only for the College Bound Scholarship)
Note: Applicant’s chosen college must be accredited by a body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. All college admissions policies must be non-denominational and open to applicants of all religions, faiths and beliefs.
Available Lighthouse Guild Scholarships for 2017
- The College Bound Scholarship: Up to 20 scholarships for high school seniors who will be college freshman in the upcoming school year. This is a onetime only scholarship.
- The Graduate School Scholarship: one or more scholarships for a student who is pursuing a Master’s, PhD or any other post-Baccalaureate degree (MD, JD, MBA, etc.).