[nfb-talk] Fwd: National Federation of the Blind Announces 2010 Scholarship Program Winners

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Wed May 12 20:47:27 UTC 2010

>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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