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Debbie Van Cleave Scholarship

  • Purpose and History: Established by her parents in memory of Debbie Van Cleave, an East Tennessee award winning artist whose talent in pottery was not diminished by the fact that she was blind. The scholarship is intended to benefit legally blind students pursuing higher education.
  • Scholarship Amount: $1,000 one-time award for one year
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Residency Requirement: East Tennessee Foundation’s 25-County Service Area (click here for eligible counties).  NOTE: Students enrolled in the Tennessee School for the Blind whose permanent residence is in the 25-County Service Area may apply.
    • Education requirement: Graduating high school senior, current college/university student, GED recipients, and returning adult students
    • Field of Study: Not applicable
    • GPA minimum: Not applicable
    • College/ Enrollment Requirement: Enrollment in an accredited, not-for-profit public or private college/university or vocational, technical or trade school or program
    • Must demonstrate financial need
    • Additional Requirements: Applicants must be blind with vision of 20/200 or less AFTER correction and/or visual field reduced to 20 degrees or less (statement from eye doctor of applicant’s current vision required).
  • PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE ACCESSING ON-LINE APPLICATION, CONTACT BETH HELLER toll free at (877) 524-1223 FOR ALTERNATIVE FORMAT.

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