Do you know that more than half of the world’s population wears glasses? According to the Vision Council of America, more than 4 billion adults in the world wear glasses, and more than 75% of the same adults use vision correction products. No matter how alarming this figure is, it also means there should be lots of scholarships for people with glasses, right?
You are not wrong, we provided a handful of such scholarships in this article.
Regardless of the fact that all the scholarships we provided are exclusively for students that wear glasses, it doesn’t mean it is the only criterion for choosing the winner. Your academic excellence is even considered superior to the fact that you wear glasses, then other criteria include your leadership roles and participation in extracurricular activities.
Let’s get started.
Scholarships for People with Glasses
We carefully selected scholarships that are available annually, so if you found it after the deadline, you can still try again the next year. Here is the list;
- Anne Lowe Scholarship for the blind
- Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program
- American Foundation for the Blind Scholarship (AFB)
- National Federation of the Blind Scholarship
- Jim Halladay HumanWare/NFB Scholarship
- Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships
- The Al and Cora Camp Memorial Scholarship
- Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Scholarship
- Julius Fleischman Scholarship for Blind or Visually Impaired Students
- Barbara Jackman Zuckert Scholarship for Blind Part-Time Students
- Lighthouse Guild Scholarship
- CSU Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students
1. Anne Lowe Scholarship for the blind
This is one of the scholarships for students with glasses that are provided by Christian Record – Services for the Blind, and the scholarship is provided annually. Applicants need to be legally blind as determined by the American Foundation for the Blind (legally blind doesn’t mean completely blind) or visually impaired.
Eligible candidates also need to be a citizen of the United States, need to be registered as undergraduate full-time students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
2. Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program
The Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program is provided by the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International, and it’s awarded to 3 exceptional students with glasses. Regardless that the Scholarship is for students with low Vision, it is still a very competitive scholarship because each recipient will be awarded $3,000.
3. American Foundation for the Blind Scholarship (AFB)
AFB is partnering with the American Council of the Blind (ACB) to provide this scholarship for people with glasses ranging from $2,000 to $7,500. To be eligible for this scholarship applicants need to be in a technical college or attending university as an entering freshman, undergraduate, or graduate student.
Academic excellence is also needed to be eligible, applicants need to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
4. National Federation of the Blind Scholarship
This is one of the largest scholarships for people with glasses that awards over $250,000 in cash and prizes to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations.
The federation provides 30 (thirty) $8,000 merit-based scholarships, and the finalists also have the privilege to attend their national convention where the winners of each individual scholarship are selected.
5. Jim Halladay HumanWare/NFB Scholarship
This is another scholarship for students with eyeglasses that are provided by the National Federation of the Blind Scholarship in partnership with HumanWare. The scholarship has increased the number of recipients from 2 to 4.
So, each winner will receive one Brailliant BI40 braille display and $1000 to be used towards tuition fees which they can use to finance their tuition.
6. Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded to one male and one female undergraduate student that has a visual disability that has led to wearing glasses. The scholarship is worth $500 each and applicants must be a current USABA (U.S. Association of Blind Athletes) member, and must attend a university, a four-year college, a two-year college, or a vocational-tech school.
7. The Al and Cora Camp Memorial Scholarship
This is one of the scholarships for students on glasses that are provided by the Georgia Council of the Blind, and it’s worth up to $1,000. Applicants have to be legally blind or financially dependent on legally blind parent(s).
Applicants also need to be accepted in one of the following levels of post-secondary education:
- Vocational/technical school;
- College or University;
- Master’s or Doctoral program at an accredited university.
The scholarship is awarded to several candidates.
8. Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to two exceptional candidates ($500 each) from around the world that are obtaining post-secondary education to serve students with visual impairments in their region.
9. Julius Fleischman Scholarship for Blind or Visually Impaired Students
This is one of the scholarships for people with glasses that are provided by Disability Support Services, to enable them to enhance their opportunities for personal and academic advancement. The scholarship is available for any discipline of study at the graduate and undergraduate levels, but it’s not renewable.
10. Barbara Jackman Zuckert Scholarship for Blind Part-Time Students
The purpose of establishing this scholarship was to assist students with glasses, print disabilities such as dyslexia, and visually impaired or blind students seeking higher education at GW. The scholarship is also available for part-time students.
The scholarship is likewise provided by Disability Support Services, and it’s available for students in any discipline of study at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
11. Lighthouse Guild Scholarship
The Lighthouse Guild is providing merit-based scholarships to help those that are blind or visually impaired that are newly transitioning to college or graduate education. Annually, the organization provides approximately 20 scholarships for exceptional legally blind high school students from across the United States.
They also provide an annual scholarship to at least one qualifying graduate student.
12. CSU Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students
This scholarship for people with glasses is worth $6,500 and it’s awarded to students at CSU campuses who are declared visually impaired or legally blind. Applicants must have a minimum CGPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale and must be currently enrolled in 6.1 units or more as CSU undergraduate or graduate students in any major field.
The scholarship is worth $10,000 and is provided to 36 recipients
Now you have seen there are lots of scholarships for people with glasses, but if you’re not eligible for any of the Scholarships above, you can still apply for regular scholarships provided by different organizations, and probably your (aspiring) school too. We wish you all the best as you apply.