The Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship is given annually to a legally blind student who exemplifies the fruits of Dr. Jernigan's teachings. The Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship is valued at $12,000. Dr. Jernigan changed perceptions regarding the capabilities of the blind in this country and around the world.
Applications for this scholarship are available for five months, from November 1 to March 31 of the following year. In order to more effectively reach potential applicants, this funding is offered as one of many available scholarships in the National Federation of the Blind's scholarship program—however the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship is funded entirely by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. To obtain an application and read the directions to apply for the $12,000 Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship, go to www.nfb.org/scholarships after November 1.
The winner of the 2014 Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship is Ms. Deja Powell, who is working toward her Ph.D. in K-12 education at Capella University. From Ms. Powell: "I found my passion. I realized that blind kids deserve every opportunity possible; they deserve to be told that whatever they're dreaming and wanting to be, they can be. That's my goal. I'm working on my Ph.D. in K-12 education so I can improve the lives of blind kids in the future. I want to say that I'm so grateful for this scholarship, and whatever you invest in me, you'll also invest in them..."
How do you feel about giving the gift of literacy along with the love of reading to a young blind child? You can find that feeling of joy by donating $10.00 to supply a blind girl or boy with a Braille book from a current popular children’s reading series. This gives blind children the ability to interact with their sighted peers about the books that excite them.
These books also encourage blind children to improve their Braille reading skills, which in turn improve the spelling, vocabulary, and overall literacy of these students.
The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults believes that all blind children should have these skills, as well as a collection of books of their very own to read and enjoy over and over again.
We hope you believe as we do that every child should have the opportunity to read, learn, and enjoy all of the places that books can take you. Donate $10.00 today to cover the cost of a Braille book and make it known that you want blind children to have books they will love just like their sighted friends.
The Kenneth Jernigan Library for Blind Children is dedicated to the reading pleasure and education of blind children and young adults. The library is run by volunteers and unlike the traditional ‘walk-in’ library, distributes Braille books entirely by mail. Applicants may have books sent either to their home or school according to their preference.
Books are available in two distinct formats: Twin Vision®or Braille. Twin-Vision® books contain adjacent pages of print and Braille, making it the ideal form for sighted or blind teachers and parents. Many of our Twin-Vision® books contain colorful pictures in print, which can be equally enjoyed by sighted children with blind parents or students with limited vision. Braille books are produced for the use of more advanced students and for upper grade readers. Titles in this category contain many classics.
This program provides blind children a free Braille book every month from a popular children’s reading series. The books are for the children to keep and collect for as long as they want them. In the past seventeen years over two hundred ninety titles from popular children's reading series were distributed to thousands of blind children. Each year the American Action Fund breaks new ground by offering fresh and interesting titles and series that are sometimes overlooked in the Braille community.