BCA Scholarship Program
Blind Citizens Australia, (BCA) is strongly committed to ensuring people who are blind or vision impaired have opportunities to develop skills which equip them to contribute to the social, economic and cultural life of Australian communities. BCA has received funding through the Commonwealth’s Information, Linkages and Capacity-building program and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation to award educational scholarships to BCA members (BCA membership information and application form).
Applications for the first round of scholarships are open May 17 – June 30, 2021. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program that results in a recognised qualification and may request funds for specific educational expenses, including assistive technology, course materials or other expenses directly relevant to support their ability to be successful in their course of study.
The scholarships program has two key objectives:
- To increase the opportunities available to people who are blind or vision impaired to participate in tertiary/further education, by offering financial assistance
- To raise the awareness of main-stream education providers of the valuable contributions and unique perspectives people who are blind or vision impaired make to education and training
For 2021-2022, BCA is offering a total of 15 scholarships of up to $5,000 for educational expenses for each of the following semesters: Semester 2, 2021, Semesters 1 and 2, 2022. Each semester will have a separate application and awarding process. Scholarship recipients will be funded for one semester only.
Applications will be assessed by the following criteria:
- Course of study is a logical trajectory for the student’s skills, interests and goals
- The potential of the scholarship to enhance ability to successfully complete the program of study
Preparing Your Application
Please note that in order to submit your application you will need to:
- Upload a signed Authority to Release / Exchange Information form to confirm your enrolment with your place of study
- Upload at least one reference
- Prepare answers to open-ended questions
Expectations of Recipients
Recipients will participate in at least two activities for the scholarships program. These activities may include, but are not limited to;
- Interviews on BCA’s weekly radio program and podcast, “New Horizons”
- Writing articles for BCA’s Magazine, Blind Citizens News
- Speaking at BCA virtual and face to face events
- Working with one of BCA’s or JBF’s committees or representative groups, in an area that relates to the focus of their studies.
Benefits to Recipients
- Financial support for study
- Recognition of personal ambition, promoted and celebrated through organisational channels
- Alumni network of support
- BCA support and/or advocacy as appropriate to ensure their study is accessible to them
- Support for their place of study to further develop its institutional accessibility and inclusion by utilizing BCA’s expertise, advice and/or resources
- Pathway to BCA leadership and/or committee roles
- Access to BCA programs to support their study and skills development
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