CNIB Scholarships

Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 26

CNIB post-secondary scholarships help support people who are blind or partially sighted in their educational journeys. If you are pursuing a post-secondary diploma, degree, skilled trades certificate or apprenticeship program, we encourage you to apply!

Scholarships available:

A) Barney Danson Scholarship – 1 at $5,000

Created in honour of Barney Danson, partially sighted veteran, MP, cabinet minister, consul general, businessperson and philanthropist, this scholarship honours students who have proven their dedication to success through academic, personal and charitable endeavours in spite of sight loss.

B) Ben McConnell Scholarship – 1 at $1,000

Started in memory of Ben McConnell, the scholarship will be given to a legally blind student from Alberta registered or accepted into any year of post secondary program.

C) CNIB Scholarships – Multiple at $3,000

Awarded to students who are blind or partially sighted and who demonstrate amazing courage, determination and passion in fighting for their independence and future.

D) Dr. John and Olive Pyper Scholarship – 1 at $4,000

Established by the family of Dr. John Pyper, a Stratford, ON ophthalmologist who extracted the first two human eyes donated to the Eye Bank of Canada in 1955. The scholarship is given to a student who is blind or partially sighted living in Southwestern Ontario (Perth, Wellington, Oxford, Middlesex and Huron counties).

E) Eric and Mary Davidson Memorial Award – 2 at $500

Established in 2021, the award commemorates Eric Davidson – who lost his sight in the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917 – and his wife Mary Zinck Davidson, who was also blind. The couple embraced life with fortitude and humour and gave back to their communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. This award is available to an individual who requires financial assistance for tuition or to purchase a piece of technology or equipment (such as work boots, tools, etc.) for their education, an internship or employment. Applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island.

F) eSight Award

As part of the CNIB scholarship program, eSight will provide one student, who would benefit from eSight eyewear, with a device. eSight is a life-changing device that enhances functional vision. eSight users typically live with serious eye conditions such as macular degeneration, Stargardt’s disease, diabetic retinopathy, optic nerve hypoplasia and more. A typical eSight user has a visual acuity range from 20/60 to 20/800 but some users live with up to 20/1800. To find out if eSight is the right device for you, please visit esighteyewear.com.

G) FJL Woodcock SAPA Scholarships – Multiple at $1,000

Established in 1989 in honour of Capt. Fred Woodcock, a WWII war-blinded veteran. Families of veterans blinded in WWI, WWII and the Korean War donated to encourage students with sight loss to pursue post-secondary education and training.

H) The Joyce Family Foundation Bursary – 6 at $4,000

1) Candidate must be a young Canadian student (i.e. not going abroad) pursuing undergraduate studies.

2) Candidate must demonstrate financial need.

3) Candidate should demonstrate resilience to overcome barriers.

I) KPMG Scholarship – 4 at $2,500

Established in 2022, the KPMG scholarship was created to help alleviate financial barriers, promote access and inclusivity, and ensure an equitable playing field to education for people who are blind or partially sighted. KPMG recognizes that workforce inclusion and diversity strengthens business, enriches our culture and enables us to deepen relationships with our colleagues and communities.

J) Dr. Phiroz N. Dastoor Memorial Scholarship – 1 at $1,000

Established in 2022 by the family of Dr Phiroz N. Dastoor. Dr. Dastoor had a passion for education and believed that everyone should have equitable access to post-secondary opportunities. To commemorate and honour his love of education and spirit of volunteerism, his family is awarding one scholarship to a student who is blind or partially sighted and studying at a Canadian university with demonstrated financial need.

K) Queen Elizabeth II CNIB Insight Scholarship – 5 at $1,000

1) Awarded to students who are blind or partially sighted and/or individuals interested in post-secondary education in the field of blindness with the intent of working with the blind community upon graduation.

2) Applications will be accepted year-round for students attending post-secondary in the upcoming school year and are issued for fall or winter term.

3) All applicants must be a Manitoba resident and a Canadian citizen or a Landed immigrant.

L) The Sappani Foundation Ela Award – 1 at $5,000

The Sappani Foundation strives to inspire, educate, and empower, believing that education has the single largest impact in our ability to transform lives of people from impoverished and marginalized communities. This is the essence of their $5000 annual scholarship, the ‘Ela Award’, to support post secondary education for children (primarily girls) who have sight loss, and are from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour) population.

Am I eligible?

To be considered eligible for a CNIB post-secondary scholarship, you must be:

A) Blind or partially sighted (i.e. your visual acuity is 20/200 or less in both eyes after correction, and/or you have a visual field of 20 degrees or narrower).

B) Entering post-secondary education.

C) A Canadian citizen, or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application.

D) Highly motivated, independent and able to demonstrate a reasonable level of personal achievement.

How to apply

Submit your completed application form, along with:

A) Proof of secondary education completion (interim).

B) At least two letters of references (1 academic and 1 community source).

C) Letter of acceptance from an accredited post-secondary institution, college or university.

D) Transcript (interim).

E) A short essay (two pages max) detailing how a CNIB scholarship will change what it means to be blind for you in your education.

F) List of other sources of funding.

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Deadline: Oct 31, 2022
$40,000
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Deadline: Oct 31, 2022
$2,000
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Deadline: Oct 29, 2022
$2,222
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Deadline: Oct 31, 2022
$2,500
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$50,000
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Deadline: Oct 31, 2022
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Deadline: Nov 15, 2022
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Deadline: Oct 31, 2022
$1,000
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