This award has been established as a living memorial to James Chappell, whose hard work on behalf of the National Federation of The Blind (often in the face of seriously impaired health) was an inspiration and a demonstration of undaunted loyalty and dedication to the organized blind movement.
The award is intended to assist persons interested in NFBI to attend conventions, seminars, and the like. Recipients of the Chappell Award must demonstrate genuine interest in, and commitment to the blind of Illinois or the potential to develop such interest and commitment. Recipients are expected to attend all sessions relative to the event for which they receive assistance.
The NFBI President, any Chapter President, or any member of the Chappell Award Committee may nominate candidates. No nomination may be made unless the nominee has been consulted.
The attached application must be completely filled out and submitted to the President of the National Federation of The Blind of Illinois. The NFBI expects all participants to contribute to funding to attend events. The Chappell Award Committee may award partial funding to assist individuals to attend seminars, conventions, or the like.