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Apply for a Al Camp Memorial Scholarship

Each year the Georgia Council of the Blind awards one or more scholarships of up to $1000.00 to deserving students. Download our scholarship application if you have a student or know a student, or are a student. The form is listed here and can be downloaded and completed according to the instructions for consideration of a scholarship.
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Georgia Council of the Blind
Leadership Scholarship Guidelines and Procedures

GCB offers its members the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to cover expenses to attend leadership development activities. Applicants are required to be 18 years of age or older, must be blind or visually impaired, and should be members in good standing of GCB.
Leadership training activities at the state or national level may be considered for this scholarship. Examples at the state level include workshops on advocacy or the legislative process conducted by organizations such as the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. On the national level, the Washington Legislative Seminar sponsored by the American Council of the Blind or the leadership institute at the national Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind are options for applicants. The amount awarded may not cover the total cost of attending these activities.
A member of a chapter interested in applying for a scholarship must obtain a letter of application from his or her chapter president. Those not involved in a chapter of GCB must ask the member at large representative or another leader in the blind community to write the application letter. This letter should be submitted to the scholarship committee for consideration. The deadline for letters to be received will be one month in advance of leadership activities in the State of Georgia and three months in advance for national events.
The application letter should include:
The event the applicant wishes to attend;
The objectives in applying for the leadership award;
A description of the applicant's involvement and contributions to his or her GCB chapter or to the local blind community;
Mention of GCB or ACB activities the applicant has attended;
A description of how the applicant has demonstrated skills in leadership and shows potential for leadership in the future;
Discussion of what the applicant brings to GCB.
A scholarship recipient is expected to participate in all designated activities during the event he or she has been awarded funds to attend. The recipient is expected to submit an article reflecting on the experience for publication in the GCB digest and is expected to give an oral report at a GCB chapter meeting, a board meeting or at the GCB conference and convention. Failure to submit an article or provide an oral report will result in the recipient being ineligible to apply for GCB scholarships in the future.
The scholarship committee of GCB will meet on an as-needed basis to review leadership scholarship applications and interview applicants. The committee will determine the dollar amount to be awarded on a case-by-case basis, with ample time for the recipient to make travel arrangements.
As an organization GCB will make efforts to inform members of leadership training opportunities at the state and national level, both through the GCB Digest and at GCB chapter meetings or other GCB events. Chapter presidents and other leaders will encourage members to apply for this scholarship.


Georgia Council of the Blind
First-timers Scholarship Guidelines and Procedures

GCB offers its members who have never attended the organization's conference and convention the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to cover expenses to attend this annual event. Applicants are required to be 18 years of age or older; must be blind or visually impaired; should be members in good standing of GCB; and have never attended the GCB conference and convention, either as a member or non-member.
A member interested in applying for this scholarship should draft a letter of application and should obtain a short letter of reference from his or her chapter president. If he or she is not a member of a GCB chapter, the member at-large representative or a leader in the blind community can be asked to provide this reference letter. Both letters should be submitted to the scholarship committee for consideration. The deadline for letters to be received will be two months in advance of the GCB conference and convention.
The application letter should include:
Discussion by the applicant of his or her background, education, and how long he or she has been blind or visually impaired;
A description by the applicant of his or her involvement and contributions to a GCB chapter, to the local blind community or to the larger community;
What the applicant hopes to gain personally by attending the GCB conference and convention;
How the applicant hopes to contribute in the future to his or her GCB chapter or to the local blind community as a result of participation in this event.
The first-timers scholarship recipient is expected to attend and participate in all sessions during the GCB conference and convention. He or she will be introduced during the opening session and will be asked to speak briefly. Following the conference and convention the recipient is expected to submit an article reflecting on the experience for publication in the GCB digest and is expected to give an oral report at a GCB chapter meeting, a board meeting or at another GCB event. Failure to submit an article or provide an oral report will result in the recipient being ineligible to apply for GCB scholarships in the future.
The scholarship committee of GCB will meet immediately following the two months in advance deadline for first-timer applications to review those that have been submitted. The committee will determine the dollar amount to be awarded, given the cost of registration, hotel accommodations and transportation to the conference and convention. The scholarship recipient will be notified as soon as possible and, if needed, the committee will assist him or her in making arrangements to attend the event.
As an organization GCB will make efforts to inform members of the first-timers scholarship, both through the GCB Digest and at GCB chapter meetings or other GCB events. Chapter presidents and other leaders will encourage members to apply for this scholarship.




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