Who is eligible to apply for our sponsorship?
Any visually impaired student who has procured admission for pursuing under graduate course in a reputed/recognized college having disability certificate can apply for sponsorship.
How to apply for sponsorship?
The sponsorship is to be applied for through their college and to be submitted to our trust’s volunteer/college coordinator. Mark sheets for the class 10 and 12 with proper attestation to be attached to the form. Generally, the last date of applying for sponsorship will be end of August every year. This will be displayed in our web site.
Can the student apply for your sponsorship if he / she is availing of sponsorship from other agencies?
Yes, but this has to be clearly mentioned in the Application Form. However, the amount of sponsorship will accordingly be adjusted.
Can a student in the second or third year of graduation apply?
Are students pursuing post-graduation / professional course or any other advanced courses eligible for sponsorship?
Yes. HTBF considers such request selectively at the discretion of Trustees
Can visually impaired children get funds support from the HTBF for purposes other than college education?
As of now, HTBF is focusing on “College Education for the visually impaired’ as the prime objective. HTBF considers such other requests selectively at the discretion of Trustees.
Will the HTBF help us in getting employment? Provide necessary training for taking competitive exams?
HTBF has plans to take up such activities in future
Who can give donation to HTBF?
Any individual or corporate can donate to our Foundation. They would have to give ID proof along with the donation. If the donation is made by a foreign entity, then in the case of individuals a copy of the passport and for a corporate a copy of Registration Certificate is mandatory.
How do we donate to HTBF?
A donor can send a donation by a cheque drawn in favour of HTBF and send it to its registered office in Chennai. If a donor wants to remit the donation directly, then our Office in Chennai should be contacted to get the bank account details of HTBF.
Is there a minimum amount for the donation?
No. There is no minimum or maximum amount that can be donated. All helping hands are welcome.
Can a donor specify the purpose for which the donation is given?
Yes. The donors can specify their wish to donate for a specific purpose. For example, they can say that the amount is to be used to purchase laptops or study guides like Angel Readers. Otherwise they can choose a specific college and give donation for a group of students studying in that college or to build facilities like a library or music room for the visually impaired students.
Can the donor identify the particular student/students that they are supporting?
Yes. If the donors specifically ask for it, the Foundation would send them details of the set of students sponsored by them as well as keep them posted of the students’ progress.
Can the donor pay the sponsorship amount direct to the college after due diligence by Foundation?
Yes. We can do the entire process of due diligence on behalf of the donors. We can also monitor the progress of the students and keep the donors posted of the same.
Who can be a volunteer?
Any individual willing to serve our Foundation’s cause can become a volunteer
What is the role of a volunteer?
The volunteer acts as an agent for the Foundation and helps in disbursing funds to the visually impaired students. This process needs them to collect application forms from the colleges, to interview the students to assess their eligibility, to ensure receipt of funds by the colleges/students and obtaining receipts for the same. In short, they have to be guardians to the visually impaired students.
What is the cost involved for a volunteer?
The Foundation only needs their time and commitment to ensure proper disbursement of sponsorships. They can devote either full time or part time depending upon their time availability. The actual expenses incurred by volunteers, up to a reasonable extent, are reimbursed by the Foundation.
What is the role of a mentor?
A Mentor can be either a donor or a volunteer, who makes a long-term commitment towards the progress and development of a visually impaired student or a group of them. This means that the mentor needs to be in touch with the students throughout their graduation, counselling them whenever needed. The relationship between the mentor and the students will be for longer term beyond college education and employment.