20 Scholarships for People with Glasses

There are several Scholarships for people with glasses or corrective lenses. Of course you have to meet a certain criteria for these scholarships. But if you meet the requirements then you can get money to help with your college education. In this day and age with college costing so much money these scholarships can really help out!

There are many different types of Scholarships that you can apply for.

One of the many scholarships you can apply for is with the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International; they offer 3 scholarships for persons with vision problems.

There is the Fred Scheigert Scholarship program: This awards 3 students a scholarship of $3,000 available for full-time students. You must meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines to be awarded these scholarships.

Dr. Sam Genensky Video Magnification Award: This is a special tribute to the man who invented of the CCTV. (Closed Circuit television)This scholarship provides multiple video magnifiers of varying brands and styles, to students and adults who need these types of devices to help them with their education. read more reviews in their latest blog post.

The Carl Foley Graduate Scholarship Program: This program is being re-written as of right now so your best bet is to have your college or university contact the CCLVI (Council of Citizens with Low Vision, International) if they have a program in the field of low vision and it is not currently recognized. A questionnaire can be sent to the school to determine if the program qualifies for the provisions of the Carl Foley Scholarship.


There are also some other scholarships that can be applied for, one of them is the Contact Lens & Glasses Scholarship: This scholarship is for high school seniors and for full-time freshmen, sophomore or junior college students. It is an award of $1,000 and you must submit a short essay on 4 possible subjects with your application.

Another scholarship that can be applied for is at Replace my Contacts: This is a scholarship for students who wear contacts lenses or eye glasses. It is a $1,000 award and you must write a short essay on how vision problems have affected your life. They give you several topics to pick from.

If you are considered Legally Blind there are also several Scholarships that can be applied for. The Social Security Disability program offers this definition of what legally blind is: you must wear your glasses or contacts (or both) and they are measured on an eye chart as seeing 20/200 or less, or if the width of vision for both your eyes totals an arc of 20 degrees or less.

These Scholarships are National Federation of the Blind or NFB, the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship sponsored by the American Action Fund for the Blind. The Hermione Grant Calhoun scholarship for Women who are legally blind and the American Foundation for the blind offers the Karen D Carsel Memorial Scholarship for the legally blind.

Looking for Scholarships can seem a daunting task, but with a little research and time you can find scholarships to help you with the cost of college. With education being so important in the world today, what better way to finance your college education? There are several websites listed on the internet that can help you in your search. http://www.scholarships4students.com/scholarships_for_high_school_students.htm

20 Scholarships for People with Glasses

As most students know, there is a wide variety of scholarships out there to apply for. Many are for academic or sports scholarships but there are others that are not so common. Scholarships for people that wear glasses are one of those. We will be going over twenty scholarships for people with glasses, this information will include where to apply and what they are about exactly.

Contact Lens & Glasses Scholarship

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The first scholarship we will talk about is the Contact Lens & Glasses Scholarship that is fairly easy to apply for. All you need to do is fill out a form stating if you wear contact lens or glasses or not. Then write a 500 word essay on one of the following topics below:

  1. We heard the expression “having eyes in the back of your head.” What happens if this would be literal? Do you think it would be great or scary? Imagine this experience and say how you would maximize any benefits you may get out of this.
  2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how would this scholarship help you achieve that?
  3. Is corrected vision a privilege or right? Please explain.
  4. What would your dream career be and how could perfect vision help in that career?

The scholarship is open to high school senior or students enrolled in full time college as a freshmen, sophomore, or junior. You must go to college in the United States. The scholarship is worth $1,000.00 and you should submit your essay to scholarship@ReplaceMyContacts.com .

Visine Students with Vision Scholarship


Visine eye products has a great scholarship for high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have a goal and able to represent their vision in a video or well-written essay. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students need a 2.8 GPS, show they have financial need, and be able to demonstrate community service and/or school involvement with activities. In addition the essay or video, they require leadership in community service, academics, and extracurricular activities will all be considered. If your family is an employee of Johnson & Johnson, McNEIL-PPC, ISTS or their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies, you are not eligible. The average award is $5,000.00 with ten awards granted. To apply for this scholarship you can visit: https://www.visine.com/scholarship .

The Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program

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Three students are eligible for this scholarship value of $3,000.00 to each student. The eligible students must be full-time college with low vision chosen from those who meet the academic requirements. Semi-finalists will participate in a telephone interview with committee members. The final winners will be notified in late spring. If you are lucky enough to be awarded, you are expected to attend the annual meeting which is held with the American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention in the first or second week of July. The scholarship is open until March 1st and if you have any questions please e-mail scholarship@cclvi.org or call (800)-733-2258.

Dr. Sam Genensky Video Magnifier Award


This scholarship is in honor of Dr. Same Genensky who invented the closed circuit TV reading device and founder of the Center of the Partially Sighted. In total, four students are given the award, two students that are K-12, undergraduate, graduate and vocational levels. The other two will be given to non-students who show their need and all students must live in the United States. You will need to rank in order 1st to 4th (if applicable) your choice on the types of video magnifiers that would be useable by you. You will need to talk to a local dealer, and speak to an eye care agency and/or talk to an instructor who teaches students with low vision. The low vision requirements are 20/70 in the better eye or a field restricted to 30 degrees. Send a letter of recommendation as a word document with electronic letterhead and signature attached to scholarship@cclvi.org or hard copy mailed with other materials to the following address: Dr. Cathy Schmitt Whitaker, Attn: Genensky Award, 324 S. Diamond Bar Blvd. #128 Diamond Bar, CA 91765. You also need to fill out this form here: http://www.cclvi.org/media/CCLVI_SCHOLARSHIPS_eye_report_form.pdf

The Carl Foley Graduate Scholarship Program

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As for now this program is being rewritten but it is still a good program to put on the list here and as it becomes available, this section can be updated. It is your best bet to have your college or university contacts the CCLVI if they have a program for low vision. A questionnaire can be sent to that school if the program qualifies for the Carl Foley Scholarship.

Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships

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This scholarship is awarded to only one male and one female who are legally blind and have enrolled at a two or four Year University, college or technical institute as a full time student. The applicant must have performed in a USABA sports program and consideration will be given to students that have community service or extracurricular activities along with good academic records. They must have goals and objectives in their life and be a United States Citizen. The scholarship award is $500.00 and sends in your information to Mark Lucas, United State Association of Blind Athletes, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. mlucas@usaba.org.

Christian Record Services Scholarship


Partial scholarships are given on a limited basis to young adultstrying to obtain a college education. The amount given for the scholarships varies year to year and the amount of funds given to each student is in proportion to the current funds available. The applicant must be legally blind with 20/200 correction and plan to attend college as a full-time student at an undergraduate level to get training that will give independence and self-support. Please print and return the forms:





Applications are accepted between November 1st and April 1st. The committee will meet soon after the deadline and will determine the awardees and inform you via letter.

If you have a question, contact them at Christian Record Services, Inc. /National Camps for Blind Children 4444 South 52nd Street Lincoln NE 68516-1302. Phone: 402.488.0981 Fax: 402.488.7582 E-mail: info@christianrecord.org

Christine H. Eide Memorial Scholarship Award


The Christine H. Eide Memorial Scholarship was established for legally blind in 1967 by a lady named Torris Eide from Queens NY. The scholarship is dedicated to his daughter who died in 1976. The award for the scholarship is $500.00 and available to full-time graduate or undergraduate students that are attending an accredited college or university with a maximum of $1,000.00 a year per individual. The application deadline for fall is September 2nd and spring is January 2nd.

For more information contact mshorey@lighthouse.org or view the application below:


Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship

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The application period for this scholarship runs March 1st through May 31st with applications received by AFB no later than May 31st. All documents must be sent in one envelope and must include the following:

  • Essay – You can type the essay directly into the application or cut and paste it in. Everyone must complete parts one, two, and three.
  • Official transcripts –Send in official transcripts from your school that you are currently attending. If you are not in school currently, send in transcripts from ones you have attended.
  • Proof of legal Blindness – You need a signed letter from an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or state or private agency for the blind stating you are legally blind. You must have a visual field of less than 20/200 in the better eye.

The scholarship is worth $1,000.00 to an undergraduate or graduate student in the field of rehabilitation or education of people who are blind or visually impaired. You can find the application and information here at this website: https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2014-scholarship-application/5 .

Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship


The application period for this scholarship runs March 1st through May 31st with applications received by AFB no later than May 31st. All documents must be sent in one envelope and must include the following:

  • Essay – You can type the essay directly into the application or cut and paste it in. Everyone must complete parts one, two, and three.
  • Official transcripts – Send in official transcripts from your school that you are currently attending. If you are not in school currently, send in transcripts from ones you have attended.
  • Proof of legal Blindness – You need a signed letter from an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or state or private agency for the blind stating you are legally blind. You must have a visual field of less than 20/200 in the better eye.

A total of four scholarships of $2,500.00 will be awarded to each undergraduate or graduate who will study in the field of rehabilitation or education of people who are blind. Students must be a full-time student. More information and the application can be found here: https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2014-scholarship-application/5.

Guild Scholar Award


This scholarship has been created for high school students who are legally blind and are college bound. The applications will be accepted from students at the end of their junior year. The selected students will be awarded the following year with an award up to $15,000.00. A few requirements are needed such as ACT or SAT scores, colleges you have applied to, any financial circumstances for the award committee to consider, legal proof of blindness, 500 word personal statements and a statement of an influential teacher. The deadline for award is in September and you can fill out the application at this link: http://www.guildhealth.org/Programs-And-Services-Overview/Awards-and-Scholarships/guildscholar .

Joseph Roeder Assistive Technology Scholarship

another scholar

The mission of the Joseph Roeder scholarship is to enhance opportunities for personal and economic independence of people who are legally blind by sustaining and improving employment. Proof of legal blindness of 20/200 in the better eye is required along with three letters of reference. The application closes before June each year with no exact date given.

Follow the link to the application: http://www.nib.org/content/roeder-scholarship-application .

Mary P.Oenslager SAA

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Yearly, the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to Learning Ally members who are visually impaired or legally blind. The award is for $1,000.00 to $6,000.00 and for members who have received or will receive a bachelor’s, masters or doctoral degree. This scholarship is based on leadership, academics and services to others.

If you would like more information please contact hgreenberg@learningally.org or (609)-520-8084.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program


Open to the United State and Puerto Rico, this scholarship is to recognize legally blind scholars with thirty scholarships worth $3,000.00 to $12,000.00. You must have a legally blind document for both eyes and have a great role in academics, leadership and community service. You must also participate in the NFB national convention and plan to attend post-secondary school full time.

Contact: Chairperson Patti Chang, Esq. Email: scholarships@nfb.org

Office: (410) 659-9314, extension 2415, NFB Scholarship Program, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

More details on this scholarship is available here: https://nfb.org/scholarships

Lighthouse International’s Scholarship and Career Awards

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Seven awards at $10,000.00 each will be given with this scholarship to students who have overcome the challenge of vision loss and to pursue higher education. With this scholarship you will need to supply two recommendations other than family members, academic record, current school status, and recent transcripts, and finally a vision statement from an ophthalmologist, optometrist or State Rehabilitation Agency. You will also need to supply an essay with career goals, study interests, academic achievements, and extra-curricular information.

If you have any questions, contact mshorey@lighthouse.org . The application can be found here: http://www.lighthouse.org/services-and-assistance/scholarship-award-programs/scholarship-career-awards/sca-application .

William L.Ritchie LTL Award


Learning Ally offers this scholarship to any member in the DC Metropolitan area with visual impairments or learning disabilities who have overcome obstacles to accomplish their goals. The award offered is $1,000.00 to three winners. This is ONLY open to DC Metro area residents only. The deadline for applications is March 1st and if you have any additional questions, contact Hope Greenberg at HGreenberg@LearningAlly.org or (609) 520-8084.

Scholarship for People with Disabilities

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Physical or sensory disabilities are what this scholarship provides assistance to. The award is given annually based on a student’s need and will not exceed $1,000.00. The focus of this award is to help students with disabilities to pursue educational goals or gain technical knowledge after high school to increase their career opportunities. The candidate must be a United States citizen or Minnesota state resident or a Courage Center service. Applications must be received by May 31st.

If you have questions, call: 763-520-0553. The application can be found on this page http://www.couragecenter.org/images/documents/Scholarship%20PWD%20App.pdf .

Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship


This is the largest scholarship for a legally blind person, named after the man who changed perceptions of the blind throughout the world. The application is available from November 1st to March 1st of the following year. You will need documents showing you are legally blind, must live in the United States and show that you are going to be a full-time student.

Detailed information can be found at this link: https://nfb.org/scholarships .

Blinded Veterans Association Scholarships

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The blinded veterans will offer scholarships to dependent children of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are legally blind from service or non-service. The veterans do NOT need to be members of the Blinded Veterans Association.

For applications or information, contact: The Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program, Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H Street N.W., Washington, DC 20001-2694, Telephone: 202-371-8880 Web site: http://www.bva.org .

Wisconsin Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant


Although this grant is only available for Wisconsin residents, the grant allows up to $1,800.00 per year for up to ten semesters. Students must be enrolled at an in-state or out of state public or private college who show their need for financial support with severe visual or hearing impairment. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that you can get online as well.

Contact: Cindy Cooley (608) 266-0888 or cindy.cooley@wisconsin.gov for more information.

You can get the application and form from the following website by clicking the “Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant Application”. http://www.heab.state.wi.us/finadmin/studentforms.html

There are many scholarships and grants available on the internet for students in the United States. They are for all ages and backgrounds that wear eyeglasses and qualify for assistance. There are also many scholarships for legally blind students, where vision is 20/200 in both eyes or less when wearing eyeglasses. Some awards provide indirect benefits such as scholarship competitions for eye care specialists and researching grants. Direct awards provide health benefits to students with imperfect sight. There is a vast variety of visually impaired, disability, glasses and contact wearers scholarships and grants for students in certain states as well which means you can get one or more scholarships to aid in your college education.

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