This Prize was established by E. (Ben) Hochhausen in 2014 to honour the memory of his late wife Mary and to celebrate her joy and love of music; her family values; her commitment to education and to community service.
When established it was the intent of the family that the full amount of the capital ($100,000) including earned interest, by expended in approximately a 15-year timeframe.
- The Prize to be presented annually, or more frequently at the discretion of the Selection Committee, is directed to young blind women and men in the developing world who have a specific interest in music, braille music code; to further their education and/or potential employment; or purchase equipment or special materials related to braille learning. Funds are also available for creating a school music program or similar project.
- The amount of each prize shall be up to 4000 USD unless otherwise authorized by the Selection Committee.
- The total amount of awards shall not exceed 10,000 USD in any one year, unless otherwise authorized by the Selection Committee.
- All applications may be made in braille, print or electronically at any time during the calendar year.
- Each application must include a project budget.
- The prize/s shall be presented prior to March 31 of the ensuing calendar year.
- Applicants will require two credible letters of reference, with preference given to one reference from the in-country affiliate of the World Blind Union National member.
- Funds will be transferred to the successful applicant/s through the intermediary of an in-country Association of or for the blind with appropriate banking credentials.
- World Blind Union retains the right to promote or publicize, with photographs selected funded projects while respecting the privacy of the recipient.
- A final report will be due to the World Blind Union on the completion of the program/project or earlier if requested.
Revised June 2020