[Nfbc-info] National Federation of the Blind Announces 2010 Scholarship Program Winners

Lisamaria Martinez lmartinez217 at gmail.com
Thu May 13 20:01:28 UTC 2010

Hey Californians!

I believe this went out to our list already. However, I want to point
out that we have 1.5 californians who recieved a national scholarship
this year. Of course, we have our very own deepa Goraya who counts as
one whole Californian.

We also have Kristin Mathe which counts as our point five. she is
currently residing in Pennsylvania but grew up in California. Kristin
Mathe was a recipient of a CA state scholarship a few years back. I
have had the privelege of knowing Kristin since she was 5 and we
attended the same elementary school. I have to say that San Luis Rey
had some pretty awesome blind students.

Congrats ladies!


>Chris Danielsen
>Director of Public Relations
>National Federation of the Blind
>(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
>(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
><mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org
>National Federation of the Blind Announces
>2010 Scholarship Program Winners
>Baltimore, Maryland (May 12, 2010): The National
>Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s
>oldest and largest organization of blind people,
>today announced the winners of its 2010
>Scholarship Program, which awards thirty
>scholarships each year to recognize achievement
>by blind scholars.  The winners are listed below
>in alphabetical order with their home states and vocational goals:
>    * Beth Allred, CO: professional vocalist and music teacher
>    * <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
> "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"
> />Sheri Anderson, TN: emergency management professional
>    * Sina Bahram, NC: computer-science technologist and entrepreneur
>    * Alicia Betancourt, FL: social worker for disabled persons
>    * Zachary Brubaker, PA: high school teacher of math and physics
>    * Chelsea Cook, VA: astronaut or astrophysicist or physicist
>    * Mary Fernandez, NJ: clinical psychologist
>    * C. J. Fish, VA: mental health counselor
>    * Rashi Goel, GA: environmental engineer
>    * Deepa Goraya, CA: attorney­disability
> rights and civil rights legislation specialist
>    * Antonio Guimaraes, RI: social studies teacher, grades 5–12
>    * Mary Hernandez, NE: classroom or itinerant teacher of blind students
>    * Chris Jeckel, IL: attorney
>    * Andrea Jenkins, GA: Spanish translator and interpreter
>    * Kayleigh Joiner, TX: elementary school teacher
>    * Melissa Lomax, NJ: high school English teacher
>    * Kirt Manwaring, UT: attorney
>    * Kristin Mathe, PA: professor of rhetoric (communication)
>    * Esha Mehta, CO: elementary school teacher
>    * Tabea Meyer, IN: social worker for children in school or foster care
>    * Josie Nielson, ID: violin soloist­performer and recording artist
>    * Shaun Reimers, UT: attorney and community activist
>    * Ashley Ritter, IN: teacher of blind children
>    * Cali Sandel, SC: federal program administrator, Washington, D.C.
>    * Jessica Scannell, NJ: teacher of blind
> children, birth through junior high
>    * Quintina Singleton, NJ: teacher, special education classroom
>    * Yadiel Sotomayor, PR: English/Spanish translator or English teacher
>    * Tara Prakash Tripathi, FL: teacher of
> access technology and active advocate
>    * Kayla Weathers, GA: special education
> teacher for blind and visually impaired students
>    * Michelle Wesley, IL: veterinarian
>“These students represent academic excellence,
>and many of them are doubtless future leaders of
>this nation’s blind,” said Dr. Marc Maurer,
>President of the National Federation of the
>Blind.  “They are forging a path in disciplines
>as varied as astrophysics, computer science,
>social work, law, and psychology.  They are
>proof of our conviction that we, the blind of
>this nation, can compete on terms of equality
>with our sighted peers, and we are very proud of their accomplishments.”
>In July each winner will attend the NFB’s
>seventieth annual national convention in Dallas,
>Texas, where the committee will spend several
>days getting to know each student and then
>decide which scholarship (ranging in value from
>$3,000 to $12,000) to award each of them.  The
>scholarship winners will then be announced at
>the banquet of the NFB convention on Thursday, July 8.
>For more information on the National Federation
>of the Blind Scholarship Program, visit
>About the National Federation of the Blind
>With more than 50,000 members, the National
>Federation of the Blind is the largest and most
>influential membership organization of blind
>people in the United States.  The NFB improves
>blind people’s lives through advocacy,
>education, research, technology, and programs
>encouraging independence and
>self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the
>blindness field today and the voice of the
>nation's blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened
>the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan
>Institute, the first research and training
>center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

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