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Announces 2011 Scholarship Program Winners
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Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

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National Federation of the Blind Announces
2011 Scholarship Program Winners

Baltimore, Maryland (May 13, 2011): The National
Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s
oldest and largest organization of blind people,
today announced the winners of its 2011
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:

§       Yasen Angelov, FL: certified public accountant (CPA)

§       Jessica Beecham, TN: therapeutic
recreation specialist for persons with disabilities

§       Mary Billington, NY:   educational policy and management specialist

§       David Bouchard, MS: teacher of orientation and mobility

§       Christine Daniels,
CO:  scientist/professor of cellular and molecular biophysics

§       Roberto Diaz, CT:  teacher of American history to at-risk youth

§       Aleeha Dudley, OH:  equine veterinarian

§       Heather Edwards, SC: disability services coordinator

§       Christopher Fountain, VA: family and marriage counselor

§       Brenton R. Fuchs, CT: business administration and marketing

§       Diane Graves, IN: social services administrator

§       Michelle Hackman, NY: scientist specializing in behavioral science

§       Shafeka Hashash, NJ: lawyer or
international relations specialist at the UN

§       Carry Joanis, NY: MBA-credentialed financial analyst or product manager

§       Kathleen Katulak, NY: teacher of the blind and educational researcher

§       Catherine Lei, CA: patent attorney and expert in the physical sciences

§       Ma’ayan Malter, IL: professor of economics

§       Daniel Martinez, TX: teacher of blind students

§       Ryan T. McBee, OR: elected politician or political consultant

§       Julie McGinnity, MO: vocal coach,
professional singer, and German translator

§       Terence Meehan, CA: medical doctor
involved in clinical research and teaching

§       Sylvia Modesitt, MO: scientist/professor
of astrophysics or molecular biology

§       Justin Salisbury, CT: professor of quantitative economics

§       Kyle Shachmut, MA:
administrator/professor of educational media and technology

§       Amber K. Sherrard, LA: nutritionist

§       Sandra Sommers, OH: physical therapist

§       Mikaela Stevens, ID: motivational public speaker

§       Kristina Vu, TX: lawyer

§       Henry Wedler, CA: professor of chemistry

§       Matthew C. Yeater, IN: minister and evangelist

“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 economics, molecular biology,
physical therapy, law, and nutrition.  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
seventy-first annual national convention 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 convention on Friday, 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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