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Application Deadline:  March 21, 2019

The following privately-funded scholarships
will be awarded to five (5) deserving student applicants:

The Nathan & Sally Rogoff Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Amount: $1,000 (One Thousand Dollars)

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 (One Thousand Dollars)

Sponsors: 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

Background: Sarah Churchill, a vision-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 (One Thousand Dollars)

Sponsors: The NJCBVI Board of Trustees

Award based on (evaluative priority order): Response to essay questions, strength of letters of recommendation, financial need, 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 vision-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 (Two Thousand Dollars)

Sponsor: Private Donor

Award based on (evaluative priority order): Candidate must major in STEM or Business Administration; response to essay questions, strength of letters of recommendation, financial need, GPA, 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 vision-impaired. This privately funded scholarship 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.

The Mary Louise Buckley Scholarship for Students Majoring in Health Services or Communications

Amount: $5,000 (Five Thousand Dollars)

Sponsor: Private Donor

Background: The late Mary Louise Buckley, was a Registered Nurse who lived and worked in Mercer County. Throughout her life she enjoyed giving back to the community as a volunteer for organizations such as The American Cancer Society, Interfaith Caregivers, and Learning Ally, formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.  Known for promoting the value of lifelong learning and encouraging young people to pursue all opportunities to further their education, Ms. Buckley’s final wishes included the establishment of a scholarship to be awarded to a CBVI consumer who will major in the fields of health services or communications.


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 March 21, 2019. 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 individuals who will attend college in 2019-2020 academic year.
  • 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:

  • 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 (High School Seniors)
    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 MARCH 21, 2019)

    NJCBVI - Scholarship Committee
    153 Halsey St. 6th Floor
    Newark, NJ 07101-47017
    Attn: Dr. Bernice Davis

  10. Please Note: Selected scholarship winners will be expected to participate
    in the awards ceremony unless extraordinary circumstances prohibit


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