Education Programs

The East Texas Lighthouse offers educational programs designed to prepare teens and adults for their secondary education experience. Through college preparatory programs, a scholarship program, and an annual summer camp, blind and visually impaired teens and adults have the opportunity to become equipped and ready to conquer their academic goals.

Camp Lighthouse


We believe summers should be full of fun, friends, and fearlessness! In 2022, ETL launched “Camp Lighthouse” to ensure blind and visually impaired high schoolers have an opportunity to safely experience a week of independence, confidence, and connections with friends like them.


During the five-day camp each June, students stay on campus at UT Tyler and participate in fun and educational activities around the area while making memories and creating lasting relationships.


The Summer 2024 Camp Lighthouse application will be opened in January/February 2024.

Summer College Preparatory Program


For students with low vision, moving out and heading to college is a big step, and can be even more intimidating without a local network. With our College Prep Program at Tyler Junior College, graduating and recently graduated high schoolers can experience college firsthand while receiving ongoing support and training from our staff.


Students enrolling in the three-hour summer class live independently on campus while receiving training and exposure to volunteering, interning and socializing.

Scholarship student right during graduation ceremony, standing with Educational Services Manager, Lori Arteaga
client in Microsoft Office classroom with enlarged print on the computer screen

College Prep skills training include orientation and mobility, independent living, assistive technology, Microsoft Suite, pre-employment services, and much more!

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have been recent high school graduates (within the last three years). 


The Summer 2024 College Prep Program application will be opened in January/February 2024.

Scholarship Program


We believe in removing barriers and creating opportunities for those who are blind or visually impaired. Our scholarships could help cover school-related expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, technology, housing, and transportation. The program is more than just financial support as students receive ongoing case management, ensuring a holistic approach to success.


All scholarship applications are reviewed and awarded each semester based on previous semester’s performance. Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of 2.0 and acceptance into an accredited college or university within the state.

Scholarships provide assistance to eligible blind persons and their dependents enrolled or seeking enrollment in regionally accredited post–secondary institutions. The program also aides in the purchase and/or loaning of adaptive technology and equipment.


The Scholarship application and Scholarship Renewal requests for the Spring 2024 semester will be opened in September/October 2023.

East Texas Lighthouse Educator Grant Opportunity


The East Texas Lighthouse is proud to announce a new grant opportunity for Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI’s), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS), and other professionals who serve blind or visually impaired children or young adults. We have three cycles throughout the year based on when the activity is planned.

Student Grant Details

  • Students who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind living in Texas
  • Activity focused on the Expanded Core Curriculum
  • Up to $500/teacher/school year (Considerations may be made for larger groups).



  • Application submitted on or before the deadline
  • Summary of activity including students, goals, objectives and budget
  • Letter of recommendation

Professional Development Grant Details

  • Professionals working with students who are visually impaired, blind or deafblind living in Texas
  • Professional Development specific to serving BVI population
  • Certifications, CEU’s, Conferences, Workshops, Webinars
  • Travel expenses related to accessing training
  • Up to $1,000/teacher/school year



  • Application submitted on or before the deadline
  • Summary of professional development goals and application of knowledge
  • Letter of recommendation

The Educator Grant application for the Spring 2024 will be opened in September/October 2023.