CNIB Post-Secondary Scholarships

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CNIB post-secondary scholarships help support people who are blind or partially sighted in their educational journeys. If you are pursuing a post-secondary diploma, degree, skilled trades certificate or apprenticeship program, we encourage you to apply!

Scholarships available:

Barney Danson Scholarship – 1 at $5,000

  • Created in honour of Barney Danson, partially sighted veteran, MP, cabinet minister, consul general, businessperson and philanthropist, this scholarship honours students who have proven their dedication to success through academic, personal and charitable endeavours in spite of sight loss.

Ben McConnell Scholarship – 1 at $1,000

  • Started in memory of Ben McConnell, the scholarship will be given to a legally blind student from Alberta registered or accepted into any year of post secondary program.

    CNIB Scholarships – Multiple at $3,000

    • Awarded to students who are blind or partially sighted and who demonstrate amazing courage, determination and passion in fighting for their independence and future.

    Dr. John and Olive Pyper Scholarship – 1 at $4,000

    • Established by the family of Dr. John Pyper, a Stratford, ON ophthalmologist who extracted the first two human eyes donated to the Eye Bank of Canada in 1955. The scholarship is given to a student who is blind or partially sighted living in Southwestern Ontario (Perth, Wellington, Oxford, Middlesex and Huron counties).

    eSight Award

    • As part of the CNIB scholarship program, eSight will provide one student, who would benefit from eSight eyewear, with a device. eSight is a life-changing device that enhances functional vision. eSight users typically live with serious eye conditions such as macular degeneration, Stargardt’s disease, diabetic retinopathy, optic nerve hypoplasia and more. A typical eSight user has a visual acuity range from 20/60 to 20/800 but some users live with up to 20/1800. To find out if eSight is the right device for you, please visit

    FJL Woodcock SAPA Scholarships – Multiple at $1,000

    • Established in 1989 in honour of Capt. Fred Woodcock, a WWII war-blinded veteran. Families of veterans blinded in WWI, WWII and the Korean War donated to encourage students with sight loss to pursue post-secondary education and training.

    The Joyce Family Foundation Bursary – 6 at $4,000

    • Candidate must be a young Canadian student (i.e. not going abroad) pursuing undergraduate studies.
    • Candidate must demonstrate financial need.
    • Candidate should demonstrate resilience to overcome barriers.

    KPMG Scholarship – 4 at $2,500

    • Established in 2022, the KPMG scholarship was created to help alleviate financial barriers, promote access and inclusivity, and ensure an equitable playing field to education for people who are blind or partially sighted. KPMG recognizes that workforce inclusion and diversity strengthens business, enriches our culture and enables us to deepen relationships with our colleagues and communities. 

    Dr. Phiroz N. Dastoor Memorial Scholarship – 1 at $1,000

    • Established in 2022 by the family of Dr Phiroz N. Dastoor. Dr. Dastoor had a passion for education and believed that everyone should have equitable access to post-secondary opportunities. To commemorate and honour his love of education and spirit of volunteerism, his family is awarding one scholarship to a student with sight loss who is studying at a Canadian university and has demonstrated financial need.

    Queen Elizabeth II CNIB Insight Scholarship – 5 at $1,000

    • Awarded to students who are blind or partially sighted and/or individuals interested in post-secondary education in the field of blindness with the intent of working with the blind community upon graduation.
    • Applications will be accepted year-round for students attending post-secondary in the upcoming school year and are issued for fall or winter term.
    • All applicants must be a Manitoba resident and a Canadian citizen or a Landed immigrant.

    The Sappani Foundation Ela Award – 1 at $5,000

    • The Sappani Foundation strives to inspire, educate, and empower, believing that education has the single largest impact in our ability to transform lives of people from impoverished and marginalized communities. This is the essence of their $5000 annual scholarship, the ‘Ela Award’, to support post secondary education for children (primarily girls) who have sight loss, and are from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour) population.

    Am I eligible?

    To be considered eligible for a CNIB post-secondary scholarship, you must be:

    • Blind or partially sighted (i.e. your visual acuity is 20/200 or less in both eyes after correction, and/or you have a visual field of 20 degrees or narrower).
    • Pursuing a post-secondary diploma, degree, skilled trades certificate, apprenticeship program or equivalent.
    • A Canadian citizen, or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application.
    • Highly motivated, independent and able to demonstrate a reasonable level of personal achievement.

    How to apply

    Submit your completed application form, along with:

    • Proof of secondary education completion (interim).
    • At least two letters of references (1 academic and 1 community source).
    • Letter of acceptance from an accredited post-secondary institution, college or university.
    • Transcript (interim).
    • A short essay (two pages max) detailing how a CNIB scholarship will change what it means to be blind for you in your education.
    • List of other sources of funding.

    Scholarship applications for the 2023/24 school year will open spring 2023. Please check back then.


    For more information about CNIB's scholarship program, please email