The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is pleased to announce that the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2022-2023 will include up to four individual scholarships with a combined maximum total of $10,000.  Though the Scholarship Committee will determine the amounts awarded to each finalist, the minimum amount to be awarded is $2,000 and the maximum is $3,500.  These scholarships will be awarded to qualified blind students who exhibit academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership.


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 2022-2023 academic year.  All John T. McCraw scholarships are merit-based and are awarded based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership.


NOTE: 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.



A)  Any legally blind student is eligible to receive a scholarship who:

      1.   Is a 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 or part-time student at any post-secondary institution in the Fall of 2022 and the Spring of 2023. Priority will be given to full-time students.

B)  Recipients are expected to attend the annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind in its entirety, July 5-10, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as the annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, November 11-13, 2022, in Towson, Maryland.  Financial assistance to attend the Conventions will be provided. 

C)  Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2022.  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 in their entirety is mandatory in order to qualify for these scholarships.

D)  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, 2022.  Visit to apply for the national scholarships.)


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