2019 Mouse Hole Scholarships
sponsored by Blind Mice Member Purchases
The Mouse Hole Scholarship Program began as a dream in 2000. It became a reality in 2004 with the first
scholarships being awarded to students.
The program is funded by purchases at Blind Mice Mega Mall and private donations!
The number of awards and the amount of each scholarship varies each year. Our goal is to offer more and larger
scholarships every successive year!
This depends upon the income generated by these sources. Every time you make a purchase at Blind Mice Mega
Mall the Scholarship Fund grows!
Blind Mice Inc, through your purchases, donations from companies, and contributions by friends of the Mice,
has offered over $45,000 in scholarships to students since 2004!
The goal for the program is to be able to provide a scholarship to every student that applies!
The scholarships are open to visually impaired students and also to sighted students with visually impaired
Let's all work together to make life better for everyone!
See this year's awards
Awards for the 2019 Mouse Hole Scholarship Essay Contest
Jump to this year's essay topic
Read the eligibility rules for the Mouse Hole Scholarship Essay
Jump to 'How to get an application'
Jump to 'Directions for Submitting Essays'
Blind Mice Shoppers raised over $3,400.00 in 2018 for the Mouse Hole Scholarship Fund and The Mice are adding to
that amount to bring the total to $4,000.00!
2019 Mousehole Scholarship Awards
The Antonia M. Derks Memorial Scholarship: $2,000.00
The Antonia M. Derks Memorial Scholarship carries the name of a great lady and will be awarded to the top
The Phil Parr Memorial Scholarship: $1,000.00
The Phil Parr Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the first runner-up!
The KelseyDawg Memorial Scholarship: $1,000.00
The KelseyDog Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the second runner-up!
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The topic for this year's essay:
Mouse Hole Scholarship 2019 Essay Topic
Applicants are asked to write on the following:
The year is 2029. You have just received an invitation to your 10-year high school reunion. Thoughts of
the past fly through your head.
As you reflect upon the past, write about where you are in your life in the year 2026.
The essay should be a combination of fact and fiction. Use your imagination, experiences, and dreams to
create your essay!
Here are some questions to get you thinking!
A winning essay will be composed using these prompts in a very creative manner!
Please don't put our judges to sleep with a boring essay!
Don't be afraid to have some fun with this essay and dream a little!
Remember, it is ten years in the future! Let your imagination go!
Who makes up your family and What are they like?
- What are your likes and dislikes.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses.
- What groups and organizations did you belong to in high school?
- What were your activities and interests in high school and how did they influence you?
- Did you continue these interests in college?
- How have the members of your family influenced you?
- What else has influenced you and your beliefs, goals, and dreams?
- Has blindness affected your ideas, goals, and dreams?
- Why did you want to attend college and study in your chosen field?
- Why did you choose the college you attended?
- How did earning a college degree help you reach your goals?
- What did you expect college to be like?
- What was the hardest part of college and earning your degree?
- Entering college, what was your biggest fear and how did you overcome this fear?
- What activities and interests did you pursue in college?
- What groups and organizations did you belong to in college?
- Did you go on to Grad School?
- How did the Mouse Hole Scholarship help you?
- What career did you end up in?
- Are you married?
- Do you have children?
- Is your life turning out as you expected?
- What are your goals for the future?
- Are you looking forward to your 10 Year Graduation Reunion?
Again, this essay is an opportunity to dream a little about your future and to tell us about yourself in a
The length of the essay should be between 6 and 15 pages.
Essays will be judged on originality, creativity, grammar, spelling, and the judge's overall impression of the
We look forward to reading your essays!
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2019 Mouse Hole Scholarship Essay Contest Rules
- Applicants or their parent or parents corrected vision must be 20/200 or worse in both eyes, i.e.
legally visually impaired, to apply for this scholarship.
- Applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and be graduating by the summer of 2019 and not
have been previously enrolled solely in any college. If receiving a GED, it must be earned by the summer of
Applicants must be attending a college or university degree program in the United States beginning in either
the Fall of 2019 or the Spring of 2020.
The length of the essay will be at least six pages and not exceed fifteen pages.
Essays may be submitted for consideration only in these ways:
A. Electronically sent as attachments by e-mail
B. Saved on a CD-R or thumb drive and mailed
Submissions must be in MS Word (.doc format) or text format.
Entries received in any other formats will not be considered for an award.
Your letter of recommendation must accompany your essay when submitted.
This document must be in the same format as the essay.
The letter of recommendation must be written by the student?s school counselor, an administrator , or by one
of the student?s teachers.
All Submissions will become the property of Blind Mice inc and Mouse Hole Scholarships.
All decisions made by the judges and Blind Mice Inc. are final.
Essays will be accepted until May 15, 2019.
- Recipients of awards will be notified on or before May 30, 2019.
- The names of award recipients and their essays, in part or whole, may be used by Blind Mice inc for
- Scholarships will be paid, in the name of the winning students, to the general scholarship fund of the
college or university the winning applicants will be attending.
- Proof of visual impairment may be requested before awards are presented.
- These scholarships are limited to individuals pursuing a post-secondary college or university degree
program in the United States.
- Individuals may submit only one application for an award period
- Judges, officers, Board Members, Blind Mice Mega Mall Merchants, Blind Mice inc employees, and families
are not eligible for the scholarship awards.
- These rules may be amended or changed at anytime by Blind Mice Inc. . without notice.
E-mail address for submissions:
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How to Get an Application
Submit Essay, Application, and
Recommendation Letter Here!
We will be happy to e-mail an application to you. Click on the link below to request your application. If
you need us to send it to a different e-mail address, please indicate the address that the application should be
Send for an application now!
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Directions for Submitting Essays:
The application, letter of recommendation, and essay will be submitted by e-mail
The documents should be saved in MS Word (.doc format only) or Text format only to be considered.
To Submit Electronically by E-mail:
Send application, recommendation letter, and essay as attachments to email@example.com
send entry? Click here!
Remember The files must be in MS Word (.doc format only) or Text format.
br>Submissions must be received before midnight (central time) May 16, 2019 .
br>A confirmation will be sent confirming the receipt of your essay.
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