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Arizona Blind & Deaf Children's Foundation
3957 E. Speedway Blvd., Ste. 208
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: 520-577-3700

Project SENA

Scholarships - Our Cause

Project SENA is not accepting new applications at this time. Please check back in 2019.

To apply for a Project SENA Scholarship, please click here.

Maricopa Skills Center

Through collaboration with the Maricopa Skills Center, your Project SENA Scholarship may be applied to several certificate programs.

Ophthalmic Assistant Program

The Ophthalmic Assistant Program prepares individuals to assist ophthalmologists and optometrists in examining and treating patients with vision problems, vision disorders and eye diseases.

As a Project SENA Scholarship awardee, you will embark on an exciting profession within the healthcare field, helping people with vision disabilities. In addition to working closely with the ophthalmologist, you will experience direct patient interaction and learn areas of biomedical engineering.

Some of the tasks you will perform as an ophthalmic assistant are:

  • Taking patient histories
  • Administering directed treatments and topical medications
  • Diagnostic test procedures and equipment operation
  • Anatomical and functional ocular measurements
  • Education and instruction
  • Ophthalmic and surgical equipment maintenance
  • Safety and sterilization procedures
  • Office administrative proceduresFor more information about this program and to learn about the admission requirements, please visit:

General Scholarship Programs

As Project SENA grows, so does our desire to provide financial assistance through our scholarship programs. We aim to provide the assistance needed for completion of the following educational advancement programs for Native Americans:

  • GED (general education diploma or high school equivalent)
  • Associate or Bachelor degree from a credited University or College
  • Vocational/Technical Training program based on the interest of the applicant

A General Educational Development diploma, which is more commonly know as a GED, is an avenue for those who were unable to completely finish high school by choice or circumstance. If you do not have a high school diploma, then you may not be able to find gainful employment with higher pay rates or attend a higher education institution. If you live in Arizona and don't have a high school diploma, then you will be able to take the Arizona GED examination, which is held throughout the state.

For more information about GED eligibility and requirements, please visit:

Two-Year College Degree

The Arizona General Education Curriculum certification (AGEC), awarded for the completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Business degree respectively, indicates the completion of all Bachelor's degree lower level course work and permits the student to block transfer to any of the three state universities and several private universities as a third year student or "Junior."

To obtain an AGEC certification, one must:

  • Complete all Associate Degree credits at regionally accredited colleges
  • Satisfy all their Bachelor's Degree Lower Division Credits and Courses
  • Meet credit transfer restriction guidelines
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0

Although an AGEC certification meets the requirements for the Bachelors Degree Lower Level, it may or may not meet any prerequisite requirements for any given degree program. Associates degrees with an AGEC certification are often custom tailored with electives to meet the prerequisite requirements for the program and university the student wishes to transfer to.

Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor’s degree is a four-year degree. It typically takes four years of full-time study to earn a bachelor’s degree. In these four years, you will complete 120 semester credits or about 40 college courses. The bachelor’s degree remains the standard for entry into many professional careers.

Vocational Training Degree or Certificate

Vocational education - also known as Vocational Education and Training or VET - is education that prepares people for a career at various levels from a trade, technician or a professional position in many fields.

Some examples of successful vocational training education are:

Computer Programming

According to UNICEF, computer programming is considered a "livelihood skill," or one that enables a person to earn a living. People who have computer-programming skills usually excel at logic, which enables them to arrange symbols and perform non-arithmetic functions that run computers. With the ever-growing use of laptops, cell phones and other highly technical products, there will always be a need for people with computer programming skills.

Mechanical Aptitude

A high school student who has mechanical aptitude or an interest in auto body mechanics may opt to study at a vocational school. He/she will study the basics of auto body mechanics, while gaining practical experience in the school's auto body garage. Some vocational schools offer their services to the general public at a tremendous discount in order to garner projects for their students.


The vocational skill of carpentry is important in the construction industry. Carpenters mark, measure and cut wood for building houses, roads, bridges and even factories, according to the career description described in Career Overview's article, "Carpenter and Carpentry Careers, Jobs and Training Information." A person can also use their carpentry skills to build cabinets, install windows, lay floors and perform remodeling work. During disasters, such as tornadoes and floods, carpentry skills are indispensable when it comes time to rebuild.