Scholarship

National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville

Academic Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville will award the 2018 Mittie Lake academic scholarship to deserving post-secondary students.

The National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville scholarship has named the MIttie Lake Memorial Scholarship in honor of Ms. MIttie Lake, a charter member of the National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville who understood and championed the value of higher education.

NFBGL will distribute $1,000 in scholarship awards. The Scholarship committee reserves the right to award either a $1,000 scholarship to one student or two $500 scholarships to two students.

About the Scholarship

The Mittie Lake Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of MIttie Lake who was a long-time federationist and charter member of the National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville. Mittie was a student at the KY School for the Blind. During her middle years, Mittie lost all of her sight.

Mittie had an enthusiasm for life and all of its many offerings. The fact that MIttie became totally blind did nothing to stop her from living the life she wanted. Mitty was married and raised a family and she worked tirelessly in her church nursery for more than thirty years, providing nurturing care for hundreds of babies and young children. MIttie sang with numerous choirs, quartets and ensembles. She was a strong advocate for Braille and its use in all aspects of daily life. Mittie chose to use a guide dog and treated her guides not only as the tools she needed to live her life independently, but as valued friends and companions who were never without love, affection, and a treat or two.

In honor of her life experiences, preference will be given to students who are guide dog users and who utilize Braille as part of their daily life.

Qualifications

All applicants must be legally blind. Documentation must be provided by a medical or rehabilitation professional certifying legal blindness.

Scholarship recipients must attend an accredited college, university or on-line program.

Applicants must reside in the The Greater Louisville area defined as the following counties in Kentucky: Bullitt, Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington.

Scholarship finalists must complete a telephone interview with one of the Scholarship committee members.

Scholarship finalists must participate in at least one activity of the National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville prior to the scholarship selection and award. This activity may include (but is not limited to) a monthly meeting, community outreach or social activity sponsored by the Greater Louisville chapter of the Federation.

Scholarship finalists must attend the 2018 April Luncheon of the National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville.

    Applications must include the following

  1. A completed on-line scholarship application
  2. Most recent college or high school transcript
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Proof of legal blindness
  5. Proof of enrollment in a post-secondary educational institution (a copy of the letter of acceptance into a post-secondary program if student is a high school senior)

The NFBGL Academic Scholarship period is September 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018. The application and all supporting documentation should be sent no later than 12:00 AM Eastern on January 15, 2018. After completing and submitting the application below, mail supporting documents to NFBGL Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Jayne Seif at 4805 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40214. Only complete applications with supporting documentation will be considered.