National Federation of the Blind of Missouri

2020 Scholarship Program


The National Federation of the Blind of Missouri announces our 2020 Scholarship Program. We will be accepting applications until February 1, 2020. 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 2020. 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, 2020 either through the online form (found at or at the email address provided below. 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 27-29, 2020, at the Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown, 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: 314-265-6852.



Please Note - the application deadline is February 1, 2020, after that, the online application will no longer be available.


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2018 National Federation of the Blind of Missouri Scholarship Winners

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Bethany Bennington

I attend Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph and study
biochemistry and childhood studies. I plan to graduate in December of
2018 and begin pursuing my Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis
in infectious disease. I am a lover of life and all its quirks. Three
things I treasure most are: my family, I adore my better half Logan
and our beautiful baby girl Nora whom we welcomed to our tribe 3 short
months ago; my education because knowledge is power, and is one thing
that cannot be taken away; and lastly the passion I have for others,
doing what I can to help other people with disabilities and those
without disabilities live the lives they want, and be fulfilled. I am
also a mom to two fur babies whom I spoil entirely too much if that’s
even possible.

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Jenny Carmack

My name is Jenny, I am a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).  I am working toward my Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. Next semester I plan to begin working toward my certification of Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI), while completing my final course in the master's program.  Upon completing my educational goals I am looking to advocate for families and/or consult with schools so that children with disabilities have the opportunity for an appropriate education.  I also plan to work with students who are blind/visually impaired in guiding them to become self-sufficient life long learners.  In addition to being a student, I am married to Randy, who is my best friend and my biggest fan in this journey of life.  We have four wonderful children and two adorable grandchildren.  In my free time I enjoy reading, going for walks with friends or family, and listening to music.

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Nina Theroff

My name is Nina Theroff. I am a sophomore majoring in accounting at
Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. At Lincoln I am a
member of the women's bowling team. My guide dog's name is Tetra. We
have been a team for 3 1/2 years. I am married with 4 children. I am
currently the secretary for the Jefferson City NFB chapter.

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Nina Villano

My Name Is Nina M. Villano. I’m a 57 year old full time student majoring in Media Studies. I have one 34 year old son Brandon, and one dog named Poncho. I am now a junior at UMSL University and I absolutely love it! I also enjoy working out in the fitness center. I am a single female who simply enjoys and appreciates life. I have my own radio show, NinaVDoinMe every Sunday from 12-3 on KCFV 89.5 The Wave. I am a member of True Witness Christian Community Church. My days start with what is necessary and end with the things I like. My hobbies are listening to music, fishing, jig-saw puzzles, reading and writing. Upon graduation in May 2019 I plan to go further and get a Masters while applying for as many voice-over positions as possible.