Scholarships have been awarded for the 2019-2020 school year.

Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida (VAVF) is once again offering scholarships to 2020 graduating seniors.  Please share the attached application form with any of your students who may qualify.  Applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Applicant must be legally blind.
  • Student must be a Florida resident.
  • Student will be continuing education at college, technical or vocational school after graduation.
  • Completed application form must be received by the March 15, 2020 deadline.

Scholarship funds will be distributed directly to the student’s account at the school they will attend.  For further information, contact Mariann Witengier at

A thank you letter from one of our Scholarship recipients, makes it all worthwhile.

September 1, 2018

Dear Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida:

I hope this letter finds you well. Things in Tallahassee have been amazing. I made it!
My name is Alex Follo and I was fortunate to receive the VAVF scholarship all four years of my attendance at Florida State University. I just wanted to share with you a little about what it meant to have the support of the Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida throughout my education. I graduated this spring with a BA in Psychology and BS in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Currently, I volunteer at 211 Big Bend helpline and lifeline, an organization aimed at providing crisis counseling and referral in the Tallahassee area. I am also preparing for the GRE so that I may enter graduate school for psychology. After graduation, I hope to become a counseling psychologist.
Your unwavering support of my education is the reason why this has all been possible. I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for the opportunity to attend a four year university. Your faith in me has helped shape me into the person that I am. I am so thankful that an organization like the Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida exists not only to help students like me but also for what you do to increase braille literacy. No matter what my future plans may hold, braille will always be an integral part of my life. I am thankful that your organization is able to extend the gift of literacy to other individuals like myself, and I am sure that your work has touched many lives in the same way that it has touched mine.
Alex Follo

Thank you for the kind words, Alex. We are honoured to be a small part of success stories like yours and look forward to contributing to new success stories every day.
Success is often about one person’s journey but even more often it is about a community’s rise through adversity. We are proud to be part of your community. We thank you for striving and reaching and allowing us to be part of your journey.


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