Student Scholarships and Grants
Since 1987, AERNYS has continued its fine tradition of helping people with financial assistance for college level coursework leading to a degree in the field of vision professionals, and a career providing services to those with visual impairments in New York State. If you or anyone you know are enrolled in continuing education for a degree as a teacher of the visually impaired, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, or Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, please consider submitting an application. To be considered you must complete the following application, and you must be a member of AER. If enrolled in continuing education, you may apply for membership at the student rate.
The following are the instructions for completing an application for the AERNYS scholarship. Anyone interested should send the following items to Grace Ambrose Zaken, AERNYS Scholarship Committee, by August 30, 2015.
All documentation under criteria must be received by the Chair of the Scholarship Committee on or before August 30, 2015 in order for the person to be considered as a candidate for the award year. Notification will be made to all candidates by the end of September, 2015.
Individuals interested in applying for consideration for this year's NYSAER selection, download the AERNYS Scholarship application here:
For questions, please contact Grace Ambrose Zaken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Scholarship Winners
AERNYS awarded scholarships to the following winners:
Fotini Tsillis, Dominican College - TVI/O&M
Melinda Gonzalez, Dominican College - VRT/O&M
Braille Challenge Scholarship
History: In 2008, AERNYS began supporting Braille Challenge™, winners from one of the two New York State Regional events, by offering mini-grant scholarships to students who received first place in one of the age groups. Those eligible have the opportunity to attend the Braille Challenge™ Competition Finals in Los Angeles. The National Braille Institute sponsors the annual Braille Challenge™ program which is an academic contest designed to motivate schoole-age Braille readers to excel in reading and writing Braille.
Regional events were held in Batavia, NY and Long Island, NY to promote Braille reading and writing skills. The AERNYS chapter membership recognizes the importance of students with visual impairments learning Braille as well as the professionals who teach Braille literacy to students.2011 Braille challenge Scholarship Winners were Kelly Cusak, Nicholas Hilfilka and Michael Taylor who received a $250 scholarship to help defray the cost of expenses for travel to Los Angeles in order to participate in the finals with winners from other regional contests around the United States.
U.S. Space Camp Scholarship Application for SCI-VI:
Space Camp offers school age students who are blind or visually impaired, an opportunity to participate in Space Camp. NYSAER offers a combined total of up to $725 per year towards one or more students who have been selected for Space Camp.
Space Camp dates: September 24-29, 2012 in Huntsville, Alabama (travel home 9/30/12)
Scholarship Application Deadline: June 1, 2012
Please go to http://www.tsbvi.edu/space for more information on the SCI-VIS program and applications for the camp.
In 2010, AERNYS supported two students with their expenses to attend Space Camp, a program for students who are blind or visually impaired. They were John Diodato and Christian Diaz, who are students of the NY Institute. In 2011, AERNYS did not receive any applications. If you know of students who want to go to Space Camp, and need some financial assistance, download this Space Camp application in Word - 2012 space camp application or in PDF - 2012 space camp application
For questions, please contact Elaine Frew at email@example.com
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