Scholarships, Grants & Stipends


Virginia AER announces the 2021 Barbara McCarthy $1500 Scholarship. Applications are now available. Submissions are due by January 15, 2021. The scholarship recipient will be honored in a virtual presentation at Virginia AER’s 2021 February new online celebration gathering, TEA Notes.

2021 McCarthy Scholarship Application link

2020 Recipient:
Kittie Cooper
Kittie Cooper completed her  Master’s in Special Education with concentration in Teaching Students with Visual Impairments at George Mason University in May 2020.  With her rich experience as a music teacher, she has already impacted the lives of students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.  She has organized and presented biannual accessible arts performances and presentations focusing on music and arts students’ accomplishments.  She has  fostered relationships with local music and arts organizations to plan activities for students and provided lessons for students with visual impairments learning to play musical instruments.

Kittie plans to continue her work with accessible and sensory-friendly arts programming groups.  She would like to share the lessons, materials, tactile graphics, and songs/exercises she wrote to help students learn music braille with other Teachers of Blind and Vision Impaired Students so they can be successful teaching braille music regardless of their own musical experiences. Virginia AER gives you an official welcome to the field, Kittie!

Grants and Stipends Award

In support of Virginia AER’s mission to empower, encourage, and educate professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired children and adults, the chapter empowers members by offering ongoing opportunities to encourage creativity through grants and education through stipends.

Virginia AER offers $400 grants and stipends to members. Application submission deadlines are:  March 30, June 30, September 30 and December 30. Apply now!

 Grant Application
 Rubric for Grants Application
Stipend Application
Rubric for Stipends

For the 2019 Virginia AER Conference Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Continuing the Vision, Tentative Agenda, please click on the following link: Tentative Agenda