Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults annually sponsors the largest scholarship granted in the United States to a legally blind person*. Named the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship, it honors the man who changed perceptions regarding the capabilities of the blind in this country and throughout the world. Dr. Jernigan, who was active in affairs of the blind for over half a century, taught that with proper training in the skills of blindness and a proper attitude toward blindness, any blind person can be as successful as a similarly situated sighted person. Finally, Dr. Jernigan taught that the real barrier to success as a blind person is the public's misconceptions concerning blindness, often shared and even affirmed by the blind themselves.

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.

Applications for this scholarship are available for five months, from November 1 to March 31 of the following year. To obtain an application and read the directions to know how to apply for the $12,000 Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship, go to after November 1.

*Legal Blindness is defined using the federal statue as follows:
[T]he term "blindness" means central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees shall be considered for purposes in this paragraph as having a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less.
42 U.S.C. -
416(i)(1)(B) (Supp. IV 1986).[1]