The Alcon Blind/VI Veteran's Scholarship Program is designed to assist Service members severely injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other recent conflicts. The program helps Service members develop the physical skills and the confidence needed to enjoy sports and bring back a "quality of life". The goal is to create a foundation to facilitate a positive, sustainable, long-term impact on the life and rehabilitation of our participants with blindness.
Unexpected, life altering trauma such as loss of sight can severely impact the lives individuals through emotional, psychological, physical and social challenges. Our twenty-five years of experience has proven that sports and recreation can dramatically affect self-confidence, outlook on life and the ability to lead a rich, full, independent and productive life. ASA founder Dave Spencer once described this as the difference between "living life and just surviving a disability".
The Alcon Veteran's Scholarship is free of charge to qualified recipients and includes: travel to/from Durango, Colorado, most ground transportation, lodging at a motel, most meals, specialized adaptive equipment, clothing, instruction and other program related costs. Evening activities include a potluck and farewell dinner at a local restaurant. The average scholarship stay is 6 days including 4 days of ski/snowboard instruction. All logistics and reservations are coordinated by ASA. Spouses and/or assistants may be eligible for full or partial funding.
The scholarship program is in collaboration with Alcon, medical facilities, rehab hospitals, and disability advocacy groups. Funding is provided by Alcon www.alcon.com.
Individuals interested in applying for this scholarship should complete the Alcon Blind/VI Scholarship application by Clicking Here - Alcon Application 2013-2014 and then submitting it to ASA for selection.