Director Special Programs, Gordon Rovins
Our scholarships help legally blind young adults make a successful transition to college, support their post-graduate education, and facilitate career development.
Each year, the Lighthouse Guild scholarship program helps outstanding and deserving legally blind high school students from across the country attend college with scholarships of up to $10,000. Scholarships are based on strong academic accomplishments and merit, and provide additional financial support to help students make a successful transition from high school to a college or university of their choice. Candidates are not required to demonstrate financial need.
An additional scholarship of up to $10,000 is awarded to one or more students applying to, or currently attending, graduate school.Scholarship Recipients
The application period for 2017 is open. The deadline is March 31, 2017.
- Provide proof of legal blindness. Verification should be in the form of a statement from a state rehabilitation agency, an ophthalmologist or an optometrist.
- Provide proof of U.S. citizenship. A passport, birth certificate, naturalization papers or proof of legal residency.
- Send documentation of academic achievement. Copies of school transcripts and copies of SAT and/or ACT results.
- Include three letters of recommendation. Two letters should attest to your academic skills. Each letter must include the name, address and telephone number of the person writing the reference.
- Write two personal statements of 500 words or less. One describing your educational and personal goals, and *another on the influence of an outstanding teacher on your education (*only for the College Bound Scholarship)
Note: Your chosen college must be accredited by a body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. All college admissions policies must be non-denominational and open to applicants of all religions, faiths and beliefs.
Available Lighthouse Guild Scholarships for 2017
- The College Bound Scholarship: Up to 20 scholarships for high school seniors who will be college freshman in the upcoming school year. This is a onetime only scholarship.
- The Graduate School Scholarship: one or more scholarships for a student who is pursuing a Master’s, PhD or any other post-Baccalaureate degree (MD, JD, MBA, etc.).