[NFBOK-Talk] National Federation of the Blind Announces 2018 Scholarship Program Finalists

Jeannie Massay jmassay1 at cox.net
Thu May 31 19:06:58 UTC 2018

Congratulations to our Oklahoma finalists! It pays to apply and, if not selected the first year, to keep doing so!Applications for next year will be open November 1, 2018. 




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 www.nfb.org/scholarships <http://www.nfb.org/scholarships> . 




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 www.nfb.org <http://www.nfb.org> . 



Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

cdanielsen at nfb.org <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org> 

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