[Nfbc-info] FW: [nfbsc] Jernigan Fund Scholarships

Eric Calhoun eric at pmpmail.com
Wed Jan 6 22:29:36 UTC 2010

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From: "Parnell and Kim Diggs" <parnell at sccoast.net>
To: <nfbsc at yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [nfbsc] Jernigan Fund Scholarships
Wed, 6 Jan 2010 16:32:57 -0500

Dear Colleagues,

Please see this communication from Allen Harris, which is


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Convention Scholarships Available

by Allen Harris

The Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship Fund is looking for
> individuals who can use some financial assistance to attend our
> convention in Dallas, Texas. In 2010 our convention will begin on
> Saturday, July 3, and run through Thursday, July 8. This will be only
> the second year that we have operated on this abbreviated schedule. The
> convention is a day shorter than you might expect, ending with the
> banquet Thursday evening.
> Who is eligible to receive a Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship?
> If you are a member of the National Federation of the Blind, you are
> eligible to apply. Preference, however, will be given to first-time
> convention attendees. The scholarship selection committee is able to
> make an occasional exception, but first-time convention participants
> the target group.
> What do I have to do to apply for a Kenneth Jernigan Convention
> Scholarship?
> You must do the following and are responsible for these application
> requirements:

1. Find out who your state NFB president is and get him or her to write
> a letter of recommendation for you, or you may have a chapter president
> or other officer write a letter of recommendation, but we must have a
> letter from a Federation leader who is familiar with you.

2. You must write a letter to the Kenneth Jernigan Fund committee
the reasons why you want a scholarship. Describe your participation in
Federation and what you think you would get and give to the convention. 
Please send all information to Allen Harris,
> 5209 Sterling Glen Drive, Pinson, Alabama 35126, or email the
> to <allen.harris at dwx.com> or <joy.harris at dwx.com>.

3. You must register for and attend the entire convention, including the 

What else must I do to insure that my application will be considered?
> We must receive all of the following:
> 1. Your full name
> 2. Your address
> 3. Your telephone numbers (home, business, cell)
> 4. Your email address (If you have one)
> 5. Your state president's name and the name of your local chapter, if
> you attend one
> All applications must be received by April 14, 2010.

How do I get my scholarship funds?
> You will get a debit card at the convention loaded with the amount of
> scholarship award. The times and locations to pick up your debit card
> be listed in the notice you receive if you are a scholarship winner.
> committee is not able to provide funds before the
> convention, so work with your chapter and state affiliate to assist by 
> advancing funds you can pay back when you receive your scholarship.

When will I know if I have been selected as a Kenneth Jernigan
> The committee makes every effort to notify scholarship winners by May
> but you must do several things to be prepared to attend if you are

1. You must make your own hotel reservation. If something prevents you
> from attending, you can cancel your reservation.

2. You will receive a letter with the convention details which should
many of your questions. It is also helpful to find a mentor from your 
chapter or affiliate to act as a friend and advisor during the convention.

Although you will not know officially whether or not you have been
until mid-May, you must make plans to attend and then adjust your plans 
accordingly.  This past summer in Detroit the Jernigan Fund scholarship 
committee awarded seventy Kenneth Jernigan Scholarships. The average grant

was $600. You can include in your letter to the committee any extenuating

circumstances which the committee may choose to take into consideration. 
Above all, please use this opportunity to attend your first convention and

join several thousand other blind Federationists in the most important 
meeting of the blind in the world. If you have questions or need
information call Allen Harris at (205) 520-9979 or email him at 
<allen.harris at dwx.com>. You may also email Joy Harris at 
<joy.harris at dwx.com>. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas.

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