[Nfbnet-members-list] 10 best ways to avoid winning an NFB scholarship

Chang, Patti PChang at nfb.org
Mon Feb 27 14:53:06 UTC 2017

By Patti Gregory Chang, Chair of the NFB 
Scholarship Committee and Debbie Stein, Chair of 
the NFB of Illinois scholarship Committee

Over the years, thousands of qualified blind 
postsecondary students have succeeded in not 
winning an NFB scholarship. If you wish to follow 
in their footsteps, you are encouraged to employ 
any or all of these tried and true techniques. 
For your convenience, we have arranged these 
methods in reverse order, with the most successful listed last.

10. Wait until the evening of March 31 to upload 
your scholarship application. By that time the 
site will be experiencing heavy traffic, and you 
may be unable to upload all of your documents 
before the deadline of midnight Eastern Time.

9. Omit as many of the required documents as 
possible, or submit them after the deadline.

8. Appoint your mother to speak to the 
scholarship chair on your behalf. Encourage her 
to call regularly, raising all of your questions 
and concerns, including those that never occurred to you.

7. Address your essay to “Dear ACB Scholarship 
Committee,” “Dear Admissions Director,” or “Dear 

” any other entity other than the NFB Scholarship Committee.

6. Don't proofread your essay or application. 
This technique is especially easy to follow when 
you compile your material on the evening of March 31.

5. Invite your mother, your sister, or your best 
friend to write your letter of recommendation.

4. Insist that your mother write your essay. Send 
it from her email address so the scholarship 
committee will be sure to give her proper credit for her hard work.

3. Make sure you are eating supper or chewing gum 
during your scholarship interview. A loud TV in 
the background is also very effective.

2. Avoid scheduling an interview with your state 
president for as long as possible or fail to 
answer the phone when the president calls you at 
the time you finally designated.

1. The most reliable method to avoid winning a 
scholarship is not to apply at all. So do not 
or check with your state affiliate about state 
NFB scholarships. Thousands of students can 
testify that this method is 100 percent 
foolproof. You can't win a scholarship if you don't apply!

Patti S. Chang Esq.
Director of Outreach
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2422 | pchang at nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind


The National Federation of the Blind is a 
community of members and friends who believe in 
the hopes and dreams of the nation’s blind. Every 
day we work together to help blind people live the lives they want.

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