The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is pleased to announce that the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for 2020-2021 will include two scholarships in the amounts of $2,000 and $1,500.  These scholarships will be awarded to qualified blind students who exhibit academic achievement and community involvement.


The John T. McCraw Scholarship Program has been established to promote post-secondary educational opportunities for Maryland's blind students.  The recipients may use these scholarships to defray the cost of educational expenses incurred at any post-secondary institution during the 2020-2021 academic year. 


NOTE:  In addition to these two scholarships, a special scholarship may be awarded to former McCraw Scholarship recipients.  To apply for this special scholarship, former recipients must still meet all of the requirements for the McCraw Scholarship Program and submit a new application.




  1. Any legally blind student is eligible to receive a scholarship who:
    1. Is a legal resident of the State of Maryland, or is pursuing post-secondary studies in the State of Maryland;
    2. Will be enrolled as a full-time student at any post-secondary institution.
  2. Recipients are expected to attend the annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind, July 14- 19, 2020, in Houston, Texas, as well as the annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, November 6-8, 2020, in Towson, Maryland.  Financial assistance to attend the Conventions will be provided.
  3. Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2020.  Shortly thereafter, the scholarship committee will select the recipients, but will not determine the amount to be awarded to each recipient until personally interacting with the recipients at both conventions.  Scholarships will be awarded at the state convention banquet.  Recipients' participation in both conventions is mandatory in order to qualify for these scholarships.
  4. The scholarship committee may request additional information from an applicant.  The scholarship committee's decision for the recipients of the John T. McCraw Scholarship Program is final.


(Blind students are also invited to apply for the nationwide scholarships offered by the National Federation of the Blind.  The application deadline for the national NFB scholarships is March 31, 2020.  Visit to apply for the national scholarships.)


Please apply online or download, fill out, print, and mail the offline application.