National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

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The Reverend Frank Lee Memorial Scholarships

The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama is honored to present the 2019 winners of the Reverend Frank Lee Memorial Scholarship.  

Our first winner, receiving $1,000, is Gabriella Ahbee Orton.  Ahbee graduated from Florence High School in December of 2018 and is currently attending the Louisiana Center for the Blind in Ruston, Louisiana. In the fall of 2019, Ahbee will be a freshman at Blue Mountain College located in Blue Mountain, Mississippi.  Blue Mountain College has awarded Ahbee the Provost Scholarship for her excellent academic achievements. Ahbee will be majoring in Business Administration. She is energetic and an achiever! We will be seeing great accomplishments from this young lady. Congratulations Ahbee Orton! 

Our second winner, receiving $500, is Gabriel Mendez-Frances. In May, Gabriel will be graduating from Tarrant High School in Birmingham, Alabama. This fall, Gabriel will be commencing his studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he intends to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and become a Software Engineer.  Gabriel achieved a 30 on his ACT and will be graduating at the top of his class. Gabriel is motivated and has high expectations.  Gabriel has come to know the power behind the philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind.  He will no doubt live the life he wants!  Congratulations Gabriel for all you have achieved.   

The NFB of Alabama and the Alabama Association of Blind Students are pleased to present two 2019 Frank Lee Memorial Scholarships The aim of these scholarships is to help blind college students in Alabama unleash their full potential and become leaders in their communities. We are looking for dedicated students who are determined to succeed and facilitate the success of other blind students. We urge all blind college students in the state of Alabama to apply for these scholarships. One of the scholarships will be in the amount of $1,000 and the second in the amount of $500. The deadline to submit an application is January 14, 2019, and the winners will be notified no later than February 14, 2019.

Once the winners have been selected, they will have the opportunity to attend, all expense paid,  the NFB of Alabama’s convention in Huntsville, Alabama, during the weekend of March 8 through 10, 2019. While there, the winners will meet other successful blind college students and professionals. The Alabama Association of Blind Students (AABS) will host various activities which will give the scholarship recipients the chance to learn about AABS and become involved in the organization. 

The scholarship eligibility guidelines can be found by clicking hereThe scholarship application can be found by clicking here.   You can also download the scholarship check list by clicking here.

Any questions pertaining to the application process can be directed to the scholarship Chairperson, Grace Anderson, either via Cell Phone at: 423-827-5628 or email at  

We encourage all blind students in Alabama to apply!  Good luck and we hope to see you in Huntsville, Alabama in March, 2019.