Lader Family Scholarship Program

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The Lader Family Scholarship Program is open to residents of Illinois who are blind or visually impaired, as well as Chicago Lighthouse employees who are blind, visually impaired, have another disability, or are Veterans. Scholarship funds are to be used to defray the costs of tuition, books, assistive technology, or other educational expenses for students enrolled in post-secondary programs, including accredited certifications and Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.

Since its establishment in 2004, our Scholarship Program has awarded over 775 scholarships totaling approximately one million dollars in significant funds to help students pursue their dreams of college and post-graduate education. Scholarship funding may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, technology, readers, books, classroom materials, on-campus housing and other educational items approved by the Scholarship Committee.

Our 2024 application period is closed. Please check back in January to apply for a Lader Family Scholarship in 2025.

For your application, you will need to provide the following:

  • Personal essay
  • Financial statement of need
  • Our eye report form completed by a medical professional (Download Here)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Submission of official transcripts sent directly from the school or through a third party provider to Maureen Reid at (The transcript we receive must indicate that you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.)


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To learn more about additional scholarship opportunities not offered by The Chicago Lighthouse, please visit our Resource Guide.

For more information, or to request an accommodation to complete the application, please contact:

Maureen Reid
Scholarship Coordinator
(312) 997-3655
The Chicago Lighthouse
1850 W. Roosevelt Road | Chicago, IL 60608

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