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This section contains information and downloadable application forms for WBU scholarships available for blind and partially sighted persons.

Summary: World Blind Union – World Braille Foundation Scholarships

INTRODUCTION

The World Braille Foundation was dissolved and the scholarship programs are now administered by the World Blind Union.  

A brief summary on each scholarship program follows.  Additional information for each scholarship is available below.  All completed applications should now be submitted to the World Blind Union either electronically to info@wbu.ngo or mailed in Braille or print to WBU, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3E8. Canada.  Applications are accepted at any time and scholarships will be awarded prior to June 30 of each year.

Applicants for all scholarships require a Letter of Application outlining how the scholarship will be used including a high level budget and a 500-word essay describing the course of study, program or self-employment project.

A Support letter from a recognized organization of or for the blind within country where applicant resides or a World Blind Union representative is also required.

SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES

BARBARA MARJERAM BRAILLE LITERACY SCHOLARSHIP FOR BLIND WOMEN AND GIRLS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Established in 2008 the Barbara Marjeram Scholarship selection committee awards one or more scholarships annually to blind and visually impaired girls and women between the ages of 14 – 30 years living in a developing country. Applicants are expected to possess Braille reading and writing skills or be willing to pursue a course to learn Braille.

Scholarships range from $300 - $500 US each with up to six or more awards each year to students enrolled in a recognized education program in their country or enrolled in a recognized distance learning program. Award recipients may also be eligible for a further one time grant for a self-employment project.

GERALD DIRKS SCHOLARSHIP FOR ADVANCEMENT OF BRAILLE LITERACY
Established in 2013 the Gerald Dirks Scholarship Selection Committee awards one or more scholarships annually, up to $1000 US each, to eligible blind or visually impaired women and men between the ages of 18 – 35 years from a developing country, with preference given to the African Union.  Applicants are expected to possess Braille reading and writing skills. Candidates should have pre-requisite education or training to qualify either as a teacher of blind pupils; train as a teaching assistant working alongside a qualified teacher in the classroom or be involved in a creative braille literacy project.

The MARY HOCHHAUSEN PRIZE FOR MUSIC AND LITERACY
Established in 2014 by the Hochhausen family to honour the memory of Mary Hochhausen the Prize is presented annually by the end of June.  Focus is directed to young blind women and men between the ages of 18 – 35 years who have a specific interest in and demonstrated talent for music living in a developing country. Preference will be given to candidates living in the African Union.

Two or more prizes may be awarded in any one year up to a value of $2000 US each related to learning braille/braille music notation.   Funds are also available for creating a school music program or similar project. 

Applicants are expected to possess Braille reading and writing skills; and have a demonstrated musical talent with an interest to further their education and/or work toward a career in music.

For detailed information on each scholarship programme, click on the following links:
  1. The Hermoine Grant Calhoun Scholarship – for blind and partially sighted women: (currently not available)
    Hermoine Grant Calhoun Fund - Guidelines.docHermoine Grant Calhoun Fund - Guidelines
    Hermoine Grant Calhoun Fund - Application Form.docHermoine Grant Calhoun Fund - Application Form
  2. The Pedro Zurita Youth Fund – for blind and partially sighted youth between the ages of 15 to 30 years-old’:
    Pedro Zurita Youth Fund - Guidelines.docPedro Zurita Youth Fund - Guidelines
    Pedro Zurita Youth Fund - Application Form.docPedro Zurita Youth Fund - Application Form
  3. The Barbara Marjeram Braille Literacy Scholarship – for blind and partially sighted women and girls in developing countries between the ages of 14 to 30 years-old:
    ​Barbara Marjeram Braille Literacy Scholarship.docBarbara Marjeram Braille Literacy Scholarship
  4. The Gerald Dirks Scholarship for the Advancement of Braille Literacy ​
    Offered through the World Braille Foundation, the Gerald Dirks Scholarship for the Advancement of Braille Literacy is available for blind and partially sighted men and women aged 18 to 35 years old from Africa that work with Braille. This scholarship is funded by the Dirks family.
    Gerald Dirks Scholarship for Braille Literacy Application.docGerald Dirks Scholarship for Braille Literacy Application
  5. The Mary Hochhausen Prize for Music And Literacy
    The Prize, established in 2014 by the Hochhausen family to honour the memory of Mary Hochhausen and to celebrate her joy and love of music; her family values; her commitment to education and to community service
    MARY HOCHHAUSEN PRIZE FOR BRAILLE LITERACY Application Information.docxMARY HOCHHAUSEN PRIZE FOR BRAILLE LITERACY - Application Information
    MARY HOCHHAUSEN PRIZE FOR MUSIC AND BRAILLE LITERACY Guidelines.docxMARY HOCHHAUSEN PRIZE FOR MUSIC AND BRAILLE LITERACY - Guidelines
    BrochureMARY HOCHHAUSEN PRIZE FOR MUSIC AND BRAILLE LITERACY - PH Version.docxBROCHURE FOR MARY HOCHHAUSEN PRIZE FOR MUSIC AND BRAILLE LITERACY
If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you must fill out an application form in its entirety for each oneThere are no set deadlines to apply.
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