Student And Community Resources
FGCU is hosting an ASSET (Assistive Soft Skills & Employment Training) Program for high school seniors and young adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The invitation is for 17-30 year olds with autism and without intellectual disabilities to participate in a 13-session (once per week) work-related social skills training on Zoom, beginning in late January. All FGCU students and others from the community are welcome to join.
See flyer for more information.
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Florida Council of the BlindToggle More Info
The 2021 Florida Council of the Blind Scholarship Program consists of awards totaling $4,000.00, that are offered to outstanding students who are enrolled in academic education, professional or technical training beyond the high school level.
$1,500.00 Gayle M. Krause-Edwards Scholarship - Offered to an applicant who demonstrates superior leadership and outstanding academic performance, and who is enrolled full-time, in a college, university, or technical institute, in a course of study which will increase advancement potential in his/her chosen field . $1,000.00 Teresa Blessing Scholarship - Offered to an applicant who demonstrates leadership skills and academic proficiency, and who is enrolled full-time in a college, university, or technical institute . $1,000.00 Timothy Turpin Scholarship - Offered to a high school student exhibiting leadership skills and academic proficiency, and who is planning to attend college, university, or a technical institute full-time . $500.00 Bobbie Probst Scholarship - offered to an applicant who demonstrates leadership skills and academic proficiency, and who is enrolled part-time in a college, university or technical institute.
Applications must be emailed or post marked no later than March 15, 2021
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS WHICH MUST ACCOMPANY THIS APPLICATION INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
1. Explanatory or descriptive statement regarding vocational objectives and outlook for employment in your chosen field. A brief description of how you heard about the Florida Council of the Blind and its Scholarship program; and how you foresee your involvement with FCB moving forward. Please include any awards or scholarships you have received or that are pending. Part-time students must include an explanation for part-time status (e.g. employed student, family responsibilities, etc.).
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Sealed or electronic official transcript from school currently or most recently attended.
- Letter of acceptance from an accredited college or university.
- Certification of Visual Status from eye physician or DBS Counsilor. This document MUST be sent electronically or via mail directly by certifying entity.
NOTE: Certification of Visual Status and transcript(s) MUST be postmarked no later than March 15th, 2021 if sent via mail.
Please forward Certification of Visual Status and transcript(s) to:
Florida Council of the Blind
c/o Gabriel Lopez Kafati
6371 Pent Place
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Please email complete application packet, including all recommendation letters and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
(No handwritten applications will be considered)
If any assistance is needed in completing your online application, you may contact Gabriel Lopez Kafati at 786-547-5465.
The Education and Leadership Committee will review all applications and select the four winners. Recipients will be notified prior to the annual state convention.
FCB’s 2021 convention will be held from April 29th-May 2nd, 2021, at the
Sheraton Orlando North
600 North Lake Destiny Drive
Maitland, Florida 32751
All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the annual state convention.
- Each Scholarship recipient and one guest will be given hotel accommodations for one night and one ticket each to the Awards Ceremony, where all Scholarship recipients will be Additional award dinner tickets may be purchased by scholarship recipients if desired.
- The Florida Council of the Blind will reimburse transportation costs for each scholarship recipient and one guest by train or bus. Mileage by automobile to the convention will be reimbursed on the following basis: $0.445 per mile.
- All scholarship recipients attending the Sunday morning business meeting will be recognized by the committee.
For more information about our Scholarship program, you may contact Gabriel Lopez Kafati at email@example.com or by phone at 786-547-5465.
Please indicate which award you are applying for by placing an X to the left of the desired scholarship:
___ $1,500.00 Gayle M. Krause-Edwards Scholarship
____ $1,000.00 Teresa Blessing
____ $1,000.00 Timothy Turpin
____ $500.00 Bobbie Probst
Disability Care CenterToggle More Info
Disability Care Center, an organization that helps disabled Americans apply and appeal for Social Security Disability benefits by providing information, resources, and customer service. Their mission is to assist the disabled community and now offer 2 new annual scholarships for college students who have a disabling condition or are majoring in special education.
Disability Care Center Webpage outlining the specific details of the scholarships
Bottar Leone ScholarshipToggle More Info
Bottar Leone, PLLC, is proud to announce its first ever scholarship for students with physical or learning disabilities (the "Bottar Leone Scholarship"). This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded twice annually to a recent high school graduate with a documented physical or learning disability
Deadlines for Applications: July 1st for fall, December 1st for spring
FCB/FCCLV:Florida Council for the Blind scholarship informationToggle More Info
To fund post-high school educational opportunities at the college, community college, or technical school level for men and women with a physical disability who use a wheelchair.
The number of scholarships awarded each year and the amount of each is determined by the Selection Committee. Students may reapply.
- Must have graduated from a public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee
- County; or currently be enrolled or planning to attend a Florida state college, community college or technical school.
- Must have a physical Disability and use a wheelchair
- Must document financial need
Any student interested please go to to Florida Community website to complete the application. Once opened click on "I'm a Student".
The Springboard FoundationToggle More InfoThe Springboard Foundation's invitation to college students with disabilities to apply for 18 scholarships is now open.
The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and increase the attendance of full-time college/university students who have documented disabilities, completed 24 hours of college credit and an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and provide increased opportunities for gainful employment. Please select APPLY on our website to start the online application process. The deadline to apply is June 15th (11:59 pm EST). For more information, please visit The Springboard Foundation
Since 2016, The Springboard Foundation awarded 22 general and STEM focused scholarships to college students with disabilities from four-year accredited colleges and universities around the country. This year, we have increased the number of scholarships offerings to 18.
Scholarship Committee Chair
The Springboard Foundation
National Federation of the BlindToggle More Info
National Federation of the Blind Student Scholarship Program
Career Resources for Students with DisabilitiesToggle More Info
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Free Downloadable Screen ReadersToggle More Info
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Guidebook for Visually Impaired StudentsToggle More Info
Open-access, expert-driven guide to higher education for students with visual impairments:
Key updates include:
- A breakdown of technologies central to visually impaired learning
- College success tips for students with visual impairments
- Updated spotlights on the accommodations colleges are making for fully and partially blind students
- A print screen option
- Full JAWS compatibility
Guidebook for students with DisabilitiesToggle More Info
The guidebook of Higher Education for Students with Disabilities includes additional financial aid, scholarship, and government resources for students with disabilities.