Scholarships & Awards

Recognizing outstanding achievements in the community

Photo collage of the 8 smiling WCBVI Scholarship recipients

Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired recognizes outstanding individuals in our community through our awards and scholarship program.

Scholarships and Excellence Awards are typically presented in May or June. 

On June 4, 2020 a virtual celebration to honor the students receiving scholarships was held. To view the virtual celebration and hear from 2020’s scholarship recipients, visit our YouTube Channel.


Scholarships are available for post-secondary students who are blind or visually impaired attending two-year college, technical college or four-year university, as well as graduate programs. The application period is now open! Applications are due April 9, 2021.

Excellence Awards are given to honor individuals or organizations who have made an important contribution in the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired in Wisconsin. Award categories include:

  • Community Volunteer Service Award
  • Community Partnerships and Collaborations Award
  • Community Giving Award
  • Exceptional Accommodations in Employment Award
  • Public Policy Award
  • Lifetime Service Award
Contact Lori with any questions at 608-237-8114. Applications due Friday, April 16, 2021.
Nona Graves

“I have worked for the county for almost 38 years and it was such an unexpected surprise to be acknowledged for the work I have done. It was special to receive the award right as I was retiring; I am very grateful.”

Lois Miller,
2018 Public Service Excellence Award Winner

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The mission of the Council to empower people who are blind or visually impaired to live the kind of lives they want resonates with me because of the equity principle. The Council’s scholarship program is a great example of how they are using scholarship money to make getting an education an equal playing ground for students with visual impairments. It was quite an honor to receive this scholarship. I’m very grateful to the scholarship committee for their generosity.

Sophia Keil,
2018 Council Scholarship Recipient