CNIB Post-Secondary Scholarships due date July 5, 2020

Every year, the CNIB Foundation's scholarship program awards multiple scholarships to students who are blind or partially sighted in recognition of their academic aspirations and achievements. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Scholarships available:

The eSight Scholarship Program – 5 eSight Eyeglasses Award Recipients

eSight Logo.eSight is a life-changing device used daily by thousands of people living with low vision to achieve dramatically enhanced vision. Clinically-validated, eSight is easy to use and demonstrates a 7 line improvement on the doctor eye chart while maintaining 100% of the wearer’s mobility. To help low vision students advance in their studies, the eSight Scholarship program will award 5 applicants eSight glasses. 

Barney Danson scholarship – 1 at $5,000

Created in honour of Barney Danson, partially sighted veteran, MP, cabinet minister, consul general, businessperson and philanthropist, this scholarship honours students who have proven their dedication to success through academic, personal and charitable endeavours in spite of sight loss

Ben McConnell Scholarship - 1 at $1,000

Started in memory of Ben McConnell, the scholarship will be given to a legally blind student from Alberta registered or accepted into any year of post secondary program.

CNIB scholarships – Multiple at $3,000

Awarded to students who are blind or partially sighted and who demonstrate amazing courage, determination and passion in fighting for their independence and future.

Dr. John and Olive Pyper scholarship – 1 at $4,000

Established by the family of Dr. John Pyper, a Stratford, ON ophthalmologist who extracted the first two human eyes donated to the Eye Bank of Canada in 1955. The scholarship is given to a student who is blind or partially sighted living in Southwestern Ontario (Perth, Wellington, Oxford, Middlesex and Huron counties).

FJL Woodcock SAPA scholarships – Multiple at $1,000

Established in 1989 in honour of Capt. Fred Woodcock, a WWII war-blinded veteran. Families of veterans blinded in WWI, WWII and the Korean War donated to encourage students with sight loss to pursue post-secondary education and training.

Am I eligible?

To be considered eligible for a CNIB post-secondary scholarship, you must be:

Blind or partially sighted (less than 20/70 corrected vision).

A secondary school graduate entering post-secondary education.

A Canadian citizen, or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application.

Highly motivated, independent and able to demonstrate a reasonable level of personal achievement.

How to apply

Submit your completed application form, along with:

Proof of secondary education completion (interim)

Academic transcript (interim)

Letter of acceptance from an accredited post-secondary institution, college or university

At least two letters of reference from a teacher, school official or volunteer supervisor

An essay (maximum two pages or 1,000 words) on the topic: “How this scholarship will change what it means to be blind for me in my education”

List of other sources of funding

Apply Now! 

By submitting an application, you’re automatically considered for all scholarships. Successful recipients are chosen by the CNIB Foundation’s scholarship selection committee. Please note that based on the volume of applications, only successful candidates will be notified. 

CNIB Scholarship Application Form. Application closes July 5, 2020.


For more information about the CNIB Foundation's scholarship program, please contact April Assenza, Executive Business Partner and Lead, Operations and Special Events, at