2017 NFBO Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio is a membership organization changing what it means to be blind. We are dedicated to promoting equality, opportunity, independence, and dignity for all blind Ohioans. We are committed to doing what we can to secure education and career equality for all blind people.


The NFB of Ohio will award three scholarships this year to legally blind students who are planning to pursue post-secondary education in the 2017-2018 school year.

    • $1500 Jennica Ferguson Memorial Scholarship: The Jennica Ferguson Memorial Scholarship is named for a young woman whose intelligence and leadership embodied the spirit of the National Federation of the Blind. In her far too short life of 18 years, Jennica did not allow her blindness to hold her back.

    • $1000 Robert Eschbach Scholarship: Robert Eschbach served as NFB of Ohio President for 11 years, and devoted his life of 80 years to changing what it means to be blind.

    • $1000 Barbara E. Fohl Memorial Scholarship: Barbara Fohl was a long-time leader of the NFB of Ohio who gave selflessly to further its goals.


The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio is an organization dedicated to creating opportunity for all blind people. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind.

Application Criteria

Applicants must be legally blind and attending a full-time post-secondary course of study during the 2017-2018 academic year. Students must be residents of Ohio or attending an accredited university in Ohio. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. Attendance and participation in the 2017 state convention in Columbus, Ohio is mandatory.

State Convention

The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio convention will be the largest gathering of blind people to occur anywhere in the state this year. You will have the opportunity to meet with other blind students and exchange information and ideas, as well as an opportunity to meet blind individuals who are successfully working in their chosen professions. State officials, legislators, and businesses on the technology frontier attend Federation conventions. Above all, a broad cross-section of the most active segment of the blind population of Ohio will be present to discuss common problems and plan concerted action.

2017 NFB of Ohio State Convention
Fri. Oct. 27th – Sun. 29th
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbus – Worthington
175 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 885-3334

To Apply

The 2017 NFBO Scholarship Application and required documents must be submitted to the scholarship program coordinator by July 1st.

Click here to complete the 2017 NFBO Scholarship Application.

Email the following documents to jordystringer83@gmail.com

    ● Personal Essay – Submit a personal narrative of no more than 700 words that will help us get to know you! What information on your application needs or deserves further explanation? How have you dealt with your blindness? What are your hopes and dreams?

    ● Recommendations – Ask two people who can attest to your academic success, community involvement, leadership skills, or good character to submit a letter of recommendation to the scholarship committee coordinator.

    ● Transcripts – Provide transcripts through December 2016 from current and all past post-secondary institutions attended. If you have not yet attended a post-secondary institution, send your high school transcript.

    ● Interview – Speak with an officer or chapter president of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio about your post-secondary goals and ask him/her to submit a letter on your behalf. Our state president, Richard Payne, (937) 396-5573, will provide you with contact information for one of these titled individuals upon request.

Award Notification

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship winners, who will be notified of their selection by September 1 and will be brought to the state convention at Federation expense. This grant is in addition to the scholarship award. Scholarships will be awarded during our banquet on Saturday evening, October 28.

Scholarship Program Coordinator

Jordy D. Stringer, Chair
Scholarship Committee
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
Phone: 317-629-4639
E-mail: jordystringer83@gmail.com