The Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students who are blind or visually impaired, and to Chicago Lighthouse employees, especially those who are disabled and/or Veterans. Applicants must be residents from Illinois attending any school of higher education, or students from other states attending school in Illinois, to obtain accredited certifications, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.
Since its establishment in 2004, our Scholarship Program has awarded over 750 scholarships totaling approximately one million dollars in significant funds to help students pursue their dreams of college 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.
Please note that this year’s Scholarship Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, 2021 and will be held virtually. In order to receive your scholarship, you must attend the virtual ceremony.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (The transcript we receive must indicate that you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.)
You can upload your personal essay, financial statement of need, and eye report form at the end of the application, or email them directly to email@example.com.
Please email the official transcripts and two letters of recommendation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: