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Mountain State Council of The Blind, Inc

Anna L. Hunt Memorial Academic Scholarship Application

Eligibility and Selection:

Any blind or low vision student who is a permanent resident of West Virginia and is attending college or vocational school full-time (part-time if a hardship condition exists) during the academic school year 2020/2021 is eligible. Selection criteria for all scholarships include academic performance, blind or living with a significant vision loss, community activities and service, letters of recommendation and an autobiographical sketch. The Awards Committee will also consider financial or other hardship in addition to the above criteria. The MSCB Awards Committee and Board of Directors select the winner.

Scholarship Amount: $500.00

Application Deadline and Instructions:

Below is the online application.  Alternatively, you may download the MS Word version here. Completed applications and all supporting documents must be post marked no later than July 31, 2020.  Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on July 31, 2020.  Email applications may be submitted to  Hard copy applications or supporting documents that cannot be emailed should be sent to:

Mountain State Council of the Blind
Awards Committee
PO Box 4006
Morgantown, WV 26504

Notification Date:

Winners will be notified by August 20, 2020.


The scholarship will be presented at the 2020 MSCB Annual Conference and Convention to be held in Huntington, WV September 18-20, 2020. Barring extreme circumstances, the winner must be present to qualify for the scholarship and must agree to sign a release granting MSCB permission for publicity. MSCB will provide the winner with travel expenses, convention registration, convention meals, and lodging for two nights.


Completed hard copy application must be typewritten. Handwritten or audio applications will not be accepted. Include the following with your completed application: 

  1. Autobiographical sketch: No more than two (2) pages containing information about you.  Tell us about your personal goals, strengths, weaknesses, hobbies, honors, achievements, community activities, etc.  Be sure to list the field or course(s) of study you are pursuing and explain why.
  1. Certification of blindness or significant vision loss from an eye care specialist, family physician, or agency representative serving the blind.
  1. Certified transcripts from the school you are currently attending. Entering freshmen, please include high school transcripts; graduate students, please include undergraduate transcripts.
  1. Two letters of recommendation from a current or recent instructor, professor, or other professional.
  1. Proof of acceptance from a post-secondary school.  Entering and transferring students must submit a notice or letter from the admissions office certifying acceptance.  Students continuing at the same school do not need to submit this document.

 Please note:  In some instances, the Internal Revenue Service may consider scholarship awards taxable income.