SCA luncheon - student accepting awardLighthouse International's Scholarship and Career Awards program recognizes outstanding students for overcoming the challenges of vision loss, helps them to pursue higher education and nurtures their career aspirations. This time-honored tradition is celebrating its 35th anniversary -- offering seven $10,000 awards.

Please read all information and instructions on this website carefully. If you have questions about the Scholarships and Career Awards, contact Melissa Shorey at or 212-821-9227

Award Categories

  • College-Bound Awards
  • Undergraduate Award
  • The Trinka Davis Graduate Award was permanently endowed with a gift from the Trinka Davis Foundation
  • The Judy Van Nostrand Arts Award is given to someone already distinguished, or who shows exceptional promise, in a creative endeavor such as the visual arts, writing, music, graphic arts, etc.
  • The Harry G. Starr Endowed Scholarship was endowed with a generous bequest from the late Harry G. Starr, a successful financial entrepreneur and investor.
  • The Syde Hurdus President's Award is given in memory of Ms. Hurdus' dedication to the Lighthouse, and in honor of her commitment to preparing young people with vision loss for promising lives rich in achievement.

Candidates may apply at any time immediately, prior to, or during their course of study.

Applicant Criteria
Students interested in applying for a scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be visually impaired (i.e., have a severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses).
  • Scholarships are based on academic and personal achievements. Therefore, candidates are not required to demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must be US citizens.
  • Applicants must attend an accredited college or university in one of the 50 states, District of Columbia or a US territory.
  • Proof of citizenship will be required of all award recipients.
  • Previous SCA recipients and current Lighthouse employees and members of their immediate families are ineligible.



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