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Application materials must be received electronically or postmarked by April 15, 2018.

Read about our 2017 Bolotin Award Winners (accessible PDF)

The Bolotin Awards seek to honor initiatives, innovations, and individuals that are a positive force in the lives of blind people and advance the ultimate goal of helping them transform their dreams into reality.

Dr. Jacob W. Bolotin (1888-1924) was a pioneering blind physician, the first in history, who achieved that goal despite the tremendous challenges faced by blind people in his time. Not only did he realize his own dream, he went on to support and inspire many others in making their own dreams a reality.

Award winners have:

  • Broken down a barrier facing blind people in an innovative way.
  • Changed negative perceptions of blindness and blind people.
  • Pushed past existing boundaries to inspire blind people to achieve new heights.

Winners have included entrepreneurs, volunteers, film-makers, authors, mathematicians, technology developers, artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations, programs, partnerships, and more.

The awards will be presented at the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, Florida, during the first week of July.

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin awards are made possible through the generosity of his late nephew and niece. Their bequest, the Alfred and Rosalind Perlman Trust, allows the National Federation of the Blind to provide direct financial support to awardees. Please visit the Application Information and Materials page to submit a nomination or submit a letter of recommendation.

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History of Dr. Jacob Bolotin
Who Should Apply?
Application Information and Materials

Recent Bolotin Winners

Contact Information:

For additional information contact:
James Gashel, Chairman
Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee
Telephone: (970) 306-9779

Sponsored by the Alfred & Rosalind Perlman Trust
Presented by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)