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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:

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

eSight Award

eSight Logo.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

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.

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

  • Candidate must be a young Canadian student (i.e. not going abroad) pursuing undergraduate studies.
  • Candidate must demonstrate financial need.
  • Candidate should demonstrate resilience to overcome barriers.

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

  • 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.
  • Applications will be accepted year-round for students attending post-secondary in the upcoming school year and are issued for fall or winter term.
  • All applicants must be a Manitoba resident and a Canadian citizen or a Landed immigrant.

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:

  • Blind or partially sighted.
  • Entering post-secondary education.
  • A Canadian citizen, or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application.
  • Highly motivated, independent and able to demonstrate a reasonable level of personal achievement.

How to apply

Scholarship applications for the 2022/23 school year will open spring 2022. Please check back then.


For more information about CNIB's scholarship program, please email