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The New Jersey
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Board of Trustees 2021 - 2022 Academic Year
Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: May 5, 2021

The following privately-funded scholarships will be awarded

 

 

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The Nathan & Sally Rogoff Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Amount: $1,000 (One Thousand Dollars)

Sponsor: NJ Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CBVI) - 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 were both well known for their generosity and dedication to helping others, especially young people who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired. Mr. Rogoff served on the NJCBVI Board of Trustees for over 30 years.

 
 
The Caroline Rose Foster Scholarship for Independence and Self-Determination

Amount: $1,000 (One Thousand Dollars)

Sponsors: The CBVI 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.  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: Estate of Herb Bodensiek

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

Background: Cathy and Herb Bodensiek, both contributed many volunteer hours and personal resources to organizations serving people who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired.  This scholarship was established to encourage and support the career goals of CBVI 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: Estate of Mary Louise Buckley

Award based on (evaluative priority order): Candidate must major in Health Services or Communications; response to essay questions, strength of letters of recommendation, GPA, SAT score, amount and nature of community service and financial need.

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.

 
 
PLEASE NOTE:

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 emailed by or before May 5, 2021.  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
  • Individuals of any age who will be registered to attend college during the 2021 - 2022 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 Scholarship only)

Qualified Institutions & Level of Study:

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

Location of school:

  • United States
 
 
GENERAL DIRECTIONS FOR ALL APPLICANTS
  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:
    CBVI.Scholarship@dhs.nj.gov
  1. No handwritten or hardcopy applications will be accepted.
  1. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  1. 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
  1. The following supporting documents are required and MUST be emailed as attachments.
    1. High School Seniors must send their SAT Score
    2. Current students must send their 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. 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
      • All applicants: One letter must be from your CBVI counselor
      • Letters from family members will not be considered
  1. 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.
  1. Optional: You may also send no more than 5 additional supporting documents
    (examples: awards or honors received, additional letters of recommendation, news clippings, etc.)
  1. Supporting documentation must be emailed to: (DEADLINE May 5, 2021)

CBVI.Scholarship@dhs.nj.gov 

  1. Please Note: Selected scholarship winners will be invited to participate in the

       awards ceremony to be held in Trenton on tentatively June 11, 2021.

 

 
 
 
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