Scholarship for Blind Performing Arts Majors

Meshoppen, PA (PressExposure) November 21, 2009 -- The non-profit Performing Arts Division of the National Federation of the Blind (PAD, NFB) is currently taking applications for its Mary Anne Parks Performing Arts Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded at the NFB's annual convention July 3-8, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. The winner will receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to the convention. The scholarship is open to legally blind students (high school seniors through graduate school). Applicants must either be currently majoring in or planning to major in some form of the performing arts in the fall of 2010. The deadline is March 31, 2010. Applications are available to download at:

Applicants will be judged on their performing arts achievements and excellence, performing arts-related aspirations and goals, academic excellence and community service endeavors.

"Finalists," says Scholarship Coordinator Lisa Ostrow, from the Boston area, "will be contacted for a teleconference interview with the Scholarship Committee."

"The Mary Anne Parks Performing Arts Scholarship," says PAD's President Dennis Holston "was created in memory of our late secretary, Mary Anne Parks, of Atlanta, Georgia. Mary Anne was a master's candidate and a dynamic leader who held several offices in the NFB. She died at age 30 in August of 2007 on her way to do volunteer teaching for Hands on Atlanta when a car struck the van in which she was riding."

To contact Scholarship Coordinator Lisa Ostrow, send an e-mail to:

About Performing Arts Division, NFB

About the National Federation of the Blind: With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.
It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

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Press Release Submitted On: November 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm
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