[Nfbmo] Fw: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] From Marc Maurer

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Wed Jan 6 20:57:08 UTC 2010

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From: "Office Of The President" <OfficeOfThePresident at nfb.org>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 2:47 PM
Subject: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] From Marc Maurer

> Fellow Federationists:
> Allen Harris asks me to pass along the following important information
> about Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarships. 
> Marc Maurer, President 
> 200 East Wells Street
>       at Jernigan Place
> Baltimore, Maryland 21230 
> Phone: 410-659-9314 
> Fax: 410-685-5653 
> officeofthepresident at nfb.org <mailto:officeofthepresident at nfb.org>  
> www.nfb.org <http://www.nfb.org/> 
> Convention Scholarships Available
> by Allen Harris
> The Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship Fund is looking for
> individuals who can use some financial assistance to attend our national
> convention in Dallas, Texas. In 2010 our convention will begin on
> Saturday, July 3, and run through Thursday, July 8. This will be only
> the second year that we have operated on this abbreviated schedule. The
> convention is a day shorter than you might expect, ending with the
> banquet Thursday evening.
> Who is eligible to receive a Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship?
> If you are a member of the National Federation of the Blind, you are
> eligible to apply. Preference, however, will be given to first-time
> convention attendees. The scholarship selection committee is able to
> make an occasional exception, but first-time convention participants are
> the target group.
> What do I have to do to apply for a Kenneth Jernigan Convention
> Scholarship?
> You must do the following and are responsible for these application
> requirements:
> 1. Find out who your state NFB president is and get him or her to write
> a letter of recommendation for you, or you may have a chapter president
> or other officer write a letter of recommendation, but we must have a
> letter from a Federation leader who is familiar with you.
> 2. You must write a letter to the Kenneth Jernigan Fund committee
> expressing the reasons why you want a scholarship. Describe your
> participation in the Federation and what you think you would get and
> give to the convention. Please send all information to Allen Harris,
> 5209 Sterling Glen Drive, Pinson, Alabama 35126, or email the
> information to <allen.harris at dwx.com> or <joy.harris at dwx.com>.
> 3. You must register for and attend the entire convention, including the
> banquet.
> What else must I do to insure that my application will be considered?
> We must receive all of the following:
> 1. Your full name
> 2. Your address
> 3. Your telephone numbers (home, business, cell)
> 4. Your email address (If you have one)
> 5. Your state president's name and the name of your local chapter, if
> you attend one
> All applications must be received by April 14, 2010.
> How do I get my scholarship funds?
> You will get a debit card at the convention loaded with the amount of
> your scholarship award. The times and locations to pick up your debit
> card will be listed in the notice you receive if you are a scholarship
> winner. The committee is not able to provide funds before the
> convention, so work with your chapter and state affiliate to assist by
> advancing funds you can pay back when you receive your scholarship.
> When will I know if I have been selected as a Kenneth Jernigan
> Scholarship winner?
> The committee makes every effort to notify scholarship winners by May
> 15, but you must do several things to be prepared to attend if you are
> chosen:
> 1. You must make your own hotel reservation. If something prevents you
> from attending, you can cancel your reservation.
> 2. You will receive a letter with the convention details which should
> answer many of your questions. It is also helpful to find a mentor from
> your chapter or affiliate to act as a friend and advisor during the
> convention. Although you will not know officially whether or not you
> have been selected until mid-May, you must make plans to attend and then
> adjust your plans accordingly.
> This past summer in Detroit the Jernigan Fund scholarship committee
> awarded seventy Kenneth Jernigan Scholarships. The average grant was
> $600. You can include in your letter to the committee any extenuating
> circumstances which the committee may choose to take into consideration.
> Above all, please use this opportunity to attend your first convention
> and join several thousand other blind Federationists in the most
> important meeting of the blind in the world.
> If you have questions or need additional information, call Allen Harris
> at (205) 520-9979 or email him at <allen.harris at dwx.com>. You may also
> email Joy Harris at <joy.harris at dwx.com>. We look forward to seeing you
> in Dallas.
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