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CNIB Scholarship Recipients

Meet CNIB Scholarship recipients and discover how scholarships, bursaries and other external awards can help support your educational and professional aspirations.

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2021/22 CNIB Scholarship Recipients

CNIB received many remarkable scholarship applications this year and awarded $128,000 in funding to people who are blind or partially sighted in recognition of their educational and professional aspirations and achievements.
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Sewing in the Dark with Jaclyn Pope – a 2020 CNIB Scholarship Recipient

Jaclyn Pope is determined to not let COVID-19 railroad her education and professional ambitions as she expands her online business, Sewing in the Dark.

When a sewing course at Durham College was cancelled due to the pandemic, Jaclyn, 39, viewed it as an opportunity to reconsider her educational plans.

“I started to think about other things that I could learn that would ultimately help my business and help me achieve my goals,” says Jaclyn. “I realized one of the ways I can promote my business is to have a website, but I didn't want to pay someone to create a website for me. Because I like to have control, I decided to learn how to build my own.”
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Congratulating Tait – A 2020 CNIB Scholarship Recipient

A 2020 CNIB Scholarship recipient, Tait Hoyem says he was pleasantly surprised when he received the news.

“I knew CNIB Scholarships existed, but I never really thought of myself as someone who could get a scholarship because, frankly, my grades are not stellar,” says Tait. “But the scholarship application said they were looking for someone who likes to do things outside the box. It wasn't just about academics and grades, so I took a chance and applied.”

Read his story and find out how CNIB scholarships, bursaries and other external awards can help support your educational and professional aspirations.