CNIB Post-Secondary Scholarships

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CNIB post-secondary scholarships are awarded to Canadian students who are blind or partially sighted to pursue post-secondary studies. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

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

Joyce Family Foundation bursary – 4 at $4,000

  • Created by Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce, who invested in the first Tim Hortons donut shop in Hamilton, ON in 1964, growing the business into one of the most successful food-service chains in the world. The Joyce Family Foundation's focus is to provide access to education for children and youth with significant financial need, or facing other socio-economic barriers to success.

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).

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.

Ben McConnell Scholarship - 1 at $1000

  • 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.

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.

Am I eligible?

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

  • Blind or partially sighted (less than 20/70 corrected vision).
  • A secondary school graduate 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

Submit your completed application form, along with:

  • Proof of secondary education completion (interim)
  • Academic transcript (interim)
  • Letter of acceptance from an accredited postsecondary institution, college or university
  • At least two letters of reference from a teacher, school official or volunteer supervisor
  • An essay (maximum two pages or 1,000 words) on the topic: “How this scholarship will change what it means to be blind for me in my education”
  • An eye report (not older than one year)
  • List of other sources of funding

By submitting an application, you’re automatically considered for all scholarships. Successful recipients are chosen by the CNIB Foundation’s scholarship selection committee.

To apply for the scholarship, please click here. The deadline to submit is June 15.

Please note that based on the volume of applications, only successful candidates will be notified.


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