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Serving the blind and low vision population of South Central Kentucky

South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind

Scholarship Program

The South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind (SCKCB) offers a $500.00 scholarship for visually impaired students in the 10-County area of the Barren River Development District (BRADD, see list below). This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis in accordance with the SCKCB Scholarship Program Guidelines (see below).

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SCKCB Scholarship Program Guidelines

These guidelines must be followed by all SCKCB Scholarship applicants. The amount of this scholarship is $500.00. The scholarship will be granted on a competitive basis to blind and low-vision (legally blind) students residing in the 10-County area that makes up the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD, see list below), in accordance with the following guidelines:

  1. All applicants must be blind or considered low-vision, meaning legally blind defined by the U.S. Federal Government as "best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye; or a visual field limitation such that the widest diameter of the visual field, in the better eye, subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees, as measured with a Goldmann III4e or equivalent size stimulus." Documentation of such legal blindness from a qualified physician must be included with the applicant's scholarship application.
  2. All applicants must be legal residents and citizens of the United States and reside in one of the 10 counties comprising the BRADD (see list at end); that is, their home addresses must be in the 10-county BRADD district.
  3. All applicants must be either in their senior year of high school and applied to and accepted into a post-secondary educational program, such as a college, university, or trade school, or currently applied to and accepted or enrolled into such a program.
  4. Scholarships will be considered on a competitive basis as follows:
    • Overall academic record, GPA (minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), types and level of courses completed, etc.
    • Extracurricular activities, clubs, philanthropic endeavors, sports, etc.
    • Any honors, awards, achievements, or recognition earned
    • Supporting documentation from teachers, professors, administrators, or other organizational leaders
    • Written quality of the completed scholarship application.
  5. All applications must be fully completed and received, including all supporting documentation, on or before April 15 of the year preceding the academic school year for which the scholarship will be funded; for example, applications must be received on or before April 15, 2012 for the academic year of 2012-2013. This requirement will be waved for those already enrolled in a post secondary educational program, such as a college, university, or trade school.
  6. Scholarship applications will be considered regardless of family income or other disabilities, if any, in addition to the applicant's visual limitations.
  7. Scholarship money must be used for school-related expenses, e.g. books, tuition, and/or dorm room fees. Scholarship money may also be used to purchase needed assistive devices and/or technology to be used for school, e.g. screen reading programs, CCTV or digital magnifying devices, talking or large display calculators, etc.

To request an SCKCB Scholarship Application, contact the SCKCB Scholarship Committee either by postal mail or email or phone as follows:

Scholarship Committee
South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind (SCKCB)
PO Box 1686
Bowling Green, KY 42102-1686

Phone number: 270-935-5015

The following counties comprise the Barren River Area Development District:

To join the SCKCB see our membership application. For more information please email Jim Thoune.