[NFBOH-Cleveland] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Announces 2018 Scholarship Program Finalists

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
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National Federation of the Blind Announces 2018 Scholarship Program Finalists

Baltimore, Maryland (May 29, 2018): The National Federation of the
Blind (NFB), the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind
people, today announced the finalists for its 2018 Scholarship
Program, which awards thirty scholarships each year to recognize
achievement by blind scholars. The students are listed below in
alphabetical order with their home states and vocational goals.

    * Naim Muawia Abu-El Hawa, VA: Diplomat
    * Alexandra Alfonso, DC: Music, Education, and Pre-law
    * Tasnim Alshuli, AZ: Professor
    * Millad Bokhouri, PA: Medical program designer
    * Tyron Bratcher, MD: Rehabilitation counselor
    * Chrys Buckley, OR: Physician
    * Ozgul Calicioglu, PA: Environmental sustainability specialist
    * Olivia Charland, MA: Conservation biologist
    * Purvi Contractor, TX: Aerospace
    * Kenia Flores, NC: Civil rights attorney
    * John Harrison, WI: Advocate
    * Eric Harvey, CA: Near East cultural specialist
    * Justin Heard, GA: Teacher
    * J.D. Humphrey, MI: Ethnomedicine
    * Trisha Kulkarni, OH: Software engineer
    * Amanda Lannan, FL: Teacher education
    * Shane Lowe, KY: Cyber security and business administration
    * Seth Lowman, ID: Sound design and music production
    * Sara Mornis, VT: Writing and psychology
    * Connor Mullin, NJ: Cane travel instructor
    * Sara Patnaude, VA: Victim's advocate
    * Menuka Rai, ND: Physical therapist
    * Elizabeth Rouse, IA: Attorney
    * Yasmine Marie Sarraf, AZ: Forensic scientist
    * Caitlin Sarubbi, NY: Physician
    * Rilee Sloan, OK: Attorney
    * Harry Staley, Jr., TX: Autonomous vehicle development
    * Matt Turner, ID: Economics and technology
    * Cathy Tuton, OK: Dietician
    * Paige Young, ME: Business administration

"The scholarship program is one of our most important initiatives,"
said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the
Blind. "We are proud to honor these blind scholars, who are studying
everything from sound design to international diplomacy, and to
welcome each of them to our upcoming national convention and to the
family of the National Federation of the Blind. The accomplishments
of these outstanding students are proof of our conviction that we,
the blind of this nation, can live the lives we want; blindness does
not hold us back."

Each finalist will attend the NFB's seventy-eighth annual national
convention, beginning July 3, in Orlando, Florida, where the
Scholarship 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 National Convention
on Sunday, July 8.

For more information on the National Federation of the Blind
Scholarship Program, visit


About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in
Baltimore, is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind
Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters,
and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.
The NFB defends the rights of blind people of all ages and provides
information and support to families with blind children, older
Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes
and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into
reality. Learn more about our many programs and initiatives at

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

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Wishing You All the Best,

Cheryl E. Fields

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human
life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will
never sit.
--D. Elton Trueblood

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