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2015 Application Deadline:  April 29, 2015

The following privately-funded scholarships
will be awarded to 4 deserving student applicants:

The Nathan & Sally Rogoff Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Amount: $1,000

NJ Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired - Board of Trustees

Award based on (evaluative priority order): 
GPA, SAT score, essay quality, strength of letters of recommendation, and amount and nature of community service

Background: The late Nathan and Sally Rogoff (right) were both well known for their generosity and dedication to helping others, especially young people who are blind or visually impaired. Mr. Rogoff served on the NJCBVI Board of Trustees for over 30 years.
The Sarah Churchill Scholarship for Leadership and Community Service
Amount: $1,000

 The NJCBVI Board of Trustees

Award based on (evaluative priority order): 
Amount and nature of community service, essay quality, strength of letters of recommendation, GPA, and SAT score

Sarah Churchill, a visually impaired music teacher,  was a prominent Montclair resident who dedicated her time as well as her substantial resources to the Commission and its clients. She set a precedent for private patronage which has carried through the years by way of the CBVI  Client Assistance Funds, that are administered by the Board of Trustees.
The Caroline Rose Foster Scholarship for Independence and Self-Determination
Amount: $1,000

 The NJCBVI Board of Trustees

Award based on (evaluative priority order): Financial need, response to essay questions, strength of letters of recommendation, GPA, and SAT score.

Background: Caroline Rose Foster, a client of the Commission from 1964 until her death in 1979 at age 102, bequeathed a sizable sum from her estate to promote the Commission's work for blind and visually impaired people.  A Morristown resident since 1881, Miss Foster distinguished herself in the social and political life of Morris County and the state.  Appropriately, she specified in her will that the funds derived from the interest on her gift to the Commission be used for "the amelioration of the condition of the blind."

The Cathy and Herb Bodensiek Scholarship for Students Majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) or Business Administration
Amount: $2,000

Private Donor

Award based on (evaluative priority order): Candidate must major in STEM or Business Administration; GPA, essay quality, strength of letters of recommendation, financial need, SAT score and amount and nature of community service.

Background: Herb Bodensiek and his late wife, Cathy, both contributed many volunteer hours and personal resources to organizations serving people who are blind or visually impaired. This privately funded scholarships was established to encourage and support the career goals of NJCBVI students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or Business Administration.
You will find the link for the application at the end of these instructions. Carefully review this information to be sure you qualify for these scholarships before applying.

Applications and supporting documentation must be received by or before April  29, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Notices will not be sent to students who are missing necessary documentation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Resident of New Jersey
  • Active/Eligible NJCBVI Client
  • College-bound high school seniors or recent high school graduates who will attend college in 2015-2016
  • College students in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of studies
  • Graduate students or college seniors who will pursue a graduate level education.

Applicant must demonstrate:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Community involvement /service to others
  • Financial need (Bodensiek & Foster Scholarships only)

Qualified Institutions & Level of Study
Award may be used at:

  • Two-year college
  • Four-year college
  • Accredited technical career or trade school

Location of school:

  • United States
  1. The application must be completed by the NJCBVI student.
  2. The application must be completed on-line or e-mailed as an attachment to: 

  3. No handwritten applications will be accepted.
  4. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  5. Each essay section requires a response of no less than 100 words and no more than 300 words.

    • Proofread your essay answers in addition to having at least one other person proofread your application
    • Spelling errors or poor writing skills may lower your evaluative score
  6. The following supporting documents are required and MUST be submitted together in one envelope:

    1. SAT Score
    2. Most recent academic transcript
    3. Post-secondary letter of acceptance and/or verification of enrollment
    4. List of extra-curricular and community service activities
    5. Applicant Certification (Download) 
    6. 3 Letters of recommendation

      • Letters (one page or less) must include comments explaining why you are deserving of a scholarship
      • High school seniors: One letter must be from a teacher, counselor or administrator employed by the school you are currently attending
      • Letters from family members will not be considered
  7. Each application package will be judged on its own merit, so include any information that demonstrates that you are an exceptional candidate to receive the award.
  8. Optional: You may also send no more than 5 additional supporting documents (examples: awards or honors received, additional letters of recommendation, news clippings, etc.)
  9. Mail supporting documentation to: (DEADLINE APRIL 29, 2015)

    NJCBVI - 2015 Scholarship Committee
    P.O. Box 47017
    Newark, NJ 07101-47017
    Attn: Pamela Gaston

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