National Federation of the Blind of Missouri

2022 Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Missouri announces our 2022 Scholarship Program. We will be accepting applications until February 1, 2022. We invite all qualified candidates to apply. Applicants must be legally blind and plan to enroll in a post-secondary institution for the fall of 2022. Applicants should live in Missouri, but need not be a member of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarships begin at $500 and are based on merit. We invite applicants to submit all information and documents online. All application materials must be received by February 1, 2022, through the online form. Acknowledgment of applications and documents will be sent upon receipt. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarship Chair.


A complete application consists of the official application form and a student essay, plus these supporting documents: student transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a letter from an NFB of Missouri Scholarship Committee member, and proof of legal blindness. Please note that letters of recommendation must not be submitted by the applicant, but must come directly from the person authoring the recommendation.


In an effective essay the applicant may consider sharing about his or her life in a way that gives the committee insight into him or her. The essay should cover the ways in which one lives successfully as a blind person and describe personal goals for the future. Committee members give the essay a great deal of attention.


In addition to receiving the monetary award, the scholarship recipients will attend the convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, March 31-April 3, 2022, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield, MO. Hotel accommodations, convention registration, and planned meals during the convention will be included. We are also happy to help coordinate transportation to ensure this is not a barrier to our scholarship class. The type of transportation assistance may vary based on where in Missouri the winner resides and the available transportation resources in that community.


Throughout the convention, scholarship winners will have an opportunity to learn about the National Federation of the Blind and network with successful blind people. In addition, final interviews with the Scholarship Committee will aid the committee in determining the scholarship each winner will receive.


You should know that merit scholarships from the National Federation of the Blind go directly to the winner and should not be considered as a similar benefit by Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. Therefore, students can use funds to meet expenses that other funding sources do not cover. Also, merit scholarships are viewed favorably when included on a resume.


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the scholarship chair.


Robin House, Chair
Scholarship Committee
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
Phone or Text: 314-265-6852.


Scholarship Application






2021 Scholarship Winners

Photo of Kendra Damron.


Kendra Damron

Kendra is a high school senior. This fall she will attend either Missouri State University(MSU) or University of Central Missouri (UCM) and major in Psychology. Kendra is a member of the National Honor Society and her local 4H Club. In her free time she enjoys reading books, training her dogs and playing Dungeons and Dragons. She has worked with a local gaming store so that they will be selling accessible gaming dice for a variety of games. After graduating from college she plans to become an adolescent psychologist.

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Nancy Aguilera

Nancy Aguilera is currently in her 1st year of a doctoral degree at the  University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL).  This fall she  will continue working on her PhD degree in Political Science at UMSL. In addition to being a full time student she is also a single mother of 2 teenagers.  She fluently speaks Spanish and English, which she believes has led her to have some unique interactions with a variety of people. Nancy enjoys reading books, traveling and tasting new foods. Upon graduation Nancy plans to become a Professor and also conduct research.

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Jordyn Walker

Jordyn is a high school senior.  This fall she  will attend the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and major in Psychology. She is currently an editor of her high school news paper and is the captain of the archery team. In her free time Jordyn enjoys doing yoga, scrapbooking and building things out of wood. Jordyn is not sure of her exact career path, but she would like to help people who have endured emotional trauma.

Photo of Aida Talic.


Aida Talic

Aida is a high school senior.  This fall she will be attending St. Louis University (SLU) and major in Clinical Social Work.  She has been on her school swim  team and in a club which brings awareness about cultural differences to her peers. She has had the opportunity to attend Space Camp where she met many inspirational people.  . This year Aida received an honorable mention in the Braille Challenge. After graduating from college she plans to be a social worker  and work with critically ill children.