2023 Scholarship Program

Building Opportunities for the Blind in Education and Beyond

Award   * Encourage   *   Achieve

This year the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado will be awarding up to $15,000 in scholarship funds for deserving students.

If you are a legally blind student who is a resident of Colorado, please apply immediately!

If you are a teacher, counselor, family member or friend of a legally blind student who is a resident of Colorado, please encourage them to apply now!

Each year at its state convention, the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado (NFBCO) gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado is an organization dedicated to creating opportunity for all blind persons. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado nor the National Federation of the Blind.


  1. All applicants for these scholarships must be
    • (1) legally blind (official documentation of blindness is required)
    • (2) a resident of Colorado, and,
    • (3) pursuing or planning to attend a full-time post-secondary course of study in the fall semester of 2023 or attending school part-time and working full-time. 


  1. Students who have previously won an NFBCO scholarship are encouraged to apply again.


  1. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need.


  1. Applications are due by Saturday, April 15, 2023.





The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects the scholarship winners. These winners will be notified of their selection by telephone no later than June 1, 2023. Winners will attend the 2023 National Federation of the Blind of Colorado’s annual state convention held October 26-29, 2023. The 2023 state convention will take place in the Denver metro area. Winners will be awarded their scholarship at the banquet ceremonies. Family members are encouraged to join us at the state convention banquet.


The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado state convention is the largest gathering of blind persons held in the state each year. You will be able to meet other blind students and exchange information and ideas. You will also be able to meet and talk with blind people who are successfully functioning in your chosen profession or occupation. Federal and state officials, members of Congress, and the producers and distributors of new technology attend Federation conventions. Above all, a broad cross section of the most active segment of the blind population of Colorado will be present to discuss common problems and plan for concerted action. 


In addition, scholarship winners will be required to attend the 2023 NFB national convention which is scheduled to take place July 1-6 in Houston, TX. This expense-paid National Federation of the Blind convention education experience is in addition to the scholarship grant. Winners will participate in the entire convention and in the scheduled scholarship program activities. Although family members are welcome to join us and participate in convention activities (at their own expense), the scholarship winners will have an assigned roommate for the duration of the convention and will have daily assignments. It is our hope that the national convention will be a wonderful learning experience for our scholarship winners.


All decisions by the Scholarship Committee are final.

For additional information about the scholarship program or the NFBCO state convention, contact Cody Bair, NFBCO Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at 970-673-6998 or email him at  


The day of the state convention banquet the Scholarship Committee meets to determine the scholarship amount to be awarded each winner.  The scholarship awards will be announced and presented at the banquet.



To apply for the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado scholarship, complete and return the application, attaching to the application all documents requested.  


Mail completed applications to the attention of: Cody Bair, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, 2233 W. Shepperd Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120, or email to Cody Bair’s Administrative Assistant Lisa Bonderson at


Completed application must be received by Saturday, April 15, 2023.