[nfbwatlk] About scholarships and Programs

Robert Sellers robertsellers500 at comcast.net
Sat Feb 6 02:44:34 CST 2010


Hmp,

You have a good attitude and desire, with Federation training and philosophy
you should be quite successful.

Do you have access to your birth certificate?
Do you have a telephone number that you can be contacted on?

If you don't want to share your phone number on this list, please contact me
and we should be able to assist you in guiding you in getting a social
security number.

My email address is: 
Robertsellers500 at comcast.net

Bob Sellers

  


-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of hmp
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 4:50 PM
To: NfbWaTlk at nfbNet.org
Subject: [nfbwatlk] About scholarships and Programs

To Whom It may Concern:
     I am a regular blind high school student and I am a senior. 
I attend Eisenhower High School in Yakima, WA. I want to get 
scholarships and also I would like to get services and attend 
transition programs that would help me be independent and a 
successful adult. Today I turn 19 years old, and I am planning to 
maybe graduate this year.
     However, I arrived to the U.S. four years ago and I am not a 
legal resident/immigrant. I currently live in the state of 
Washington and they say they cannot help me because I don't have 
a Social Security Number. I can't apply for any financial aid 
because of the same issue. In addition, just exactly two years 
ago I tried to attend a program that helps blind students with 
Orientation and Mobility (O&M), get independent and competent, 
and also get a job. This was the YES program or Bridge program 
(not sure which one exactly it is). This program was offered to 
me during the summer time. So, just when I was filling out the 
application I come across the "social Security" question, and 
this totally put a big huge gate in front of me and I can't open 
it so far. I mean, I totally missed the boat. It was a good 
opportunity. I would like to be able to do these things in my 
life and expand my horizons farther; open my wings to fly in 
life.
     If there is any information regarding programs and services, 
scholarships to get higher education, and any type of aid I can 
get without a social security number, I would like to know. Any 
comments on this are welcome. And as I said, I am going to be 
successful in life and I'm not going to give up. I want to be a 
totally independent blind adult, live and work successfully, and 
get a career. Thanks.

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