Scholarships for People with Glasses

By | July 8, 2016

Scholarships for People with Glasses

If you’ve ever felt it was a horrible imposition to wear glasses, you won’t when you learn this: Wearing specs earns you free money for college. Many students who have lived all their lives with eye complications are surprised to learn that such scholarships exist. Below are just a few available awards to help fund your education:

Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program

For college students enrolled full-time (12 undergraduate credits and 9 graduate credits) with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and who have low vision, the Fred Scheigert Scholarship offered through the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International has made available three $3,000 scholarships to help you pursue your academic dreams. In order to be considered for the scholarship, students are required to complete an online application.  Applicants must provide copies of their most recent transcripts and two official, signed letters of recommendation either professional or academic and a letter of acceptance from your school. Students certainly are required to verify their low vision with a scanned or emailed letter from a certified eye specialist.

The online application requests four 200 word essays to be submitted. The essay topics are to discuss academic field of study, any work, relevant experiences, extra-curricular activities, a list of awards and recognition, and an explanation of how the scholarship money will be used. Scholarship deadlines are updated online yearly. You can find more information about the scholarship here.

Replace My Contacts Scholarship

Everybody knows how financially stressful college can be. With critical exams to pass, papers to write, texts to read,  and deadlines to meet, there should be no need to worry about paying for contact lenses and wearing them longer than you should just to stretch your money. This $1,000 essay scholarship is available to help students defray the cost of their lenses. In order to be eligible, students must be a currently enrolled college freshman, sophomore, junior or high school senior. Students must have proof of enrollment at an accredited institution, a current transcript, the college’s Financial Aid Office address and a student identification number. Applicants must submit a 400-600 word essay regarding one of three provided topics about eyes and seeing: In What Ways Do Contacts Improve Overall Quality of Life?, Imagine You Had the Ability to See for the First Time. Describe Your First Day with Sight?, Why is Eye Contact so Important when Interacting with Others?  The application deadline is updated annually on the website. You can find more information about this scholarship online.

Sam Genensky Video Magnification Award

Sam Genensky, was blinded at birth by standard, hospital administered, silver nitrate eyedrops then used

to prevent the passing of the STI, Syphilis, from the mother to the child. Normally, the silver nitrate should have been diluted; however, in Sam’s case the drops were undiluted which led to his eye complications. Subsequently, to prevent Glaucoma as a result of the damage caused by the silver nitrate drops, Sam underwent an operation but unfortunately, due to which he lost almost all of the remaining vision in his left eye. In spite of his blindness, Sam went on to become a successful student. He attended both Brown for Physics and Harvard where he majored in Mathematics, after that he returned to Brown to earn his Ph.D in Applied Mathematics.  Later, Genensky worked at Rand and Polaroid Corporations where he developed the first Closed Circuit television reading device.

After Sam Genensky’s death in 2009, The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International partnered with various people to created a fund in his memory. The Sam Grenensky Video Magnification Award provides video magnifiers to U.S. citizens who are students k-12 as well as those in colleges and universities including vocational and graduate schools. The gift generosity also extends to non-students in need. In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must submit an online application, and 3 essays totaling 1,000 words. The essays should discuss:  Your experience with a video magnifier and how receiving a personal magnifier would assist your schooling. Also discuss your economic situation, and if you’ve tried to gain access to a magnifier at your job or school. Applicants will also need an official, signed and headed letter of recommendation.  The deadline for the scholarship is updated yearly on the website.

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