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Wilbur Radcliff State Convention Grant

Wilbur Radcliff History

Wilbur Radcliff was a blind man in the Orange County area. He had a wife named Francis who was also vision impaired. Wilbur and Francis tried to encourage blind people to socialize. Francis knew that if a newly blinded person could spend sometime with a veteran or mentor they could learn so much from each other. One UCLA student remembers being invited to their home with other blind people to barbecue and swim in their pool.

Francis was a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Blind in the Department of Rehabilitation. Francis believed strongly that if a blind person could get to a convention of the National Federation of the Blind of California, they would understand the value. She knew that coming together and working together to improve the lives of blind people would make us want to stay together. When Wilbur passed away in 1980, Francis endowed a small amount of money to be held in an account that would grow each year. Every year, blind people could apply for a grant to assist them to attend the National Federation of the Blind of California state convention. So if you know of any newly blinded adults in California who would really benefit from meeting others who have walked in their shoes, then please share this link to the application with them. The deadline for applying is October 1, 2016.

It is with that commitment to service that we continue to award the Wilbur Radcliff Memorial Scholarship to blind Californians who have a desire to learn and give back.

We are pleased to announce that this year we have accrued $5,000.00 which will be dispersed to applicants for a one time grant to the National Federation of the Blind of California Convention in varying amounts depending on need.

The convention will be held on October 21—23 at the Embassy Suites LAX South at 1440 East Imperial Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245. The deadline to apply for a Wilbur Radcliff Memorial Scholarship is October 1st.

To apply, please complete the Wilbur Radcliff Memorial Scholarship Request Form.

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