Scholarships for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Office of the Texas Governor, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities

American Council of the Blind of Texas

American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT) opened scholarship applications for the 2021-22 school year. ACBT awards scholarships to highly qualified blind and visually impaired Texas students currently attending (or planning to attend) college, university, or technical school. While the educational landscape continues to change due to the coronavirus pandemic, the objective at ACBT remains the same: provide opportunities for blind and visually impaired students to pursue their goals through higher education.

Candidates wishing to apply for an ACBT scholarship must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a current resident of the state of Texas.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Attend or plan to attend a college, university, or technical school in the upcoming fall semester.

Scholarship applications are available on ACBT’s website. All supporting documentation can be downloaded, filled out and emailed to ACBT. The application can be found online:

The deadline for entries is June 15, 2021. If you have any questions, or are experiencing problems with the application, email Stephen Kerr, Scholarship Chair, at: or phone (512) 925-9080.


National Federation of the Blind of Texas

Each year the National Federation of the Blind of Texas (NFBTX) offers scholarships to the best and brightest blind students in the state. The scholarships are awarded during NFBTX’s annual convention. This year the convention will be held on the weekend of November 12-14, 2021. Finalists will be notified no later than October 1st. NFBTX awards five scholarships, ranging in value from $1,000-$3,000. Students who have applied in the past are strongly encouraged to apply again. The following requirements apply to all applicants:

  • Must be legally blind in both eyes.
  • Must be a resident of Texas. Texas residency means that you must live in Texas while attending school in the year of application.
  • Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study at a U.S. institution of higher education in the fall of the application year. The committee may grant one scholarship to a student who attends school part-time while working full-time. It may also consider students who are attending a trade or technical school on a full-time basis.
  • Must attend the entire convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas.

The deadline for submitting all documentation is August 15, 2021. Information about the application process is available online: For additional questions, send an email to