Participating colleges help support the program and their Brother James Kearney Scholars in several ways:
- Publicizing the Brother James Kearney Scholarship for the Blind (in college catalogues, web sites, etc.), recruiting eligible students, and identifying incumbent (currently enrolled) students who are eligible to participate. Students may be admitted to the program anytime from now through June 30, 2024. Once admitted, Brother James Kearney Scholars who remain in good academic standing will continue to be eligible for up to four years of Brother James Kearney Scholarship support regardless of the end date of that support.
- Ensuring that interested students sign the program’s release form.
- Counseling Brother James Kearney Scholars about seeking non-Lavelle scholarship aid for which they are eligible and calculating how much the students’ families can afford to pay without borrowing.
- Determining the students’ last-dollar-of-need for Brother James Kearney Scholarship support.
- Helping their Brother James Kearney Scholars obtain the campus accommodations, support services, and adaptive equipment that they need to succeed in college. In many cases, needed services will actually come from outside the college – for example, from the students’ home state commission for the blind.
- Reporting: (1) annually to the Lavelle Fund about the program’s overall progress and (2) at stipulated times on students’ individual education and employment outcomes.
For its part, the Fund will honor the scholarship aid commitments just outlined, up to certain stated maximum amounts per college. Should the financial need of actual and potential Brother James Kearney Scholars ever exceed this maximum, the colleges should inform the Fund and then be prepared to determine which students receive support by rank-ordering based mainly on degree of financial need.