[NFBWA-Students] Fwd: Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Program Finalists

Marci Carpenter mjc59 at comcast.net
Wed May 12 22:48:54 UTC 2021

I want to give a special shout out to Shannon Donahue and Luc Gandarias for being selected as 2021 NFB national scholarship finalist. We are thrilled for and proud of you!


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> From: National Federation of the Blind <webmaster at nfb.org>
> Date: May 12, 2021 at 3:18:27 PM PDT
> To: Marci Carpenter <Mjc59 at comcast.net>
> Subject: Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Program Finalists
> Reply-To: National Federation of the Blind <webmaster at nfb.org>
> Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Program Finalists
> Baltimore, Maryland (May 12, 2021): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for equal education of the blind, today announced the finalists for its annual scholarship program, which provides financial assistance and connects students with mentoring and other resources. The thirty scholarship finalists are listed below in alphabetical order with their home states and vocational goals.
> Maryam Abdul Sattar, California: Social Worker/Advocate
> Christopher Abel, Georgia: Financial Planner
> Kaleigh Brendle, New Jersey: Disability Rights Attorney
> Samantha Chase, Montana: Behavioral Health
> Tashara Cooper, Florida: Modeling/Simulation
> Shannon Donahue, Washington: Pediatric Mental Health Counselor
> Lizzie Dunn, Michigan: Social Work
> Christina Ebersohl, Illinois: Musician/Musical Education Advocate
> Maya El Cheikh, New York: Law/Advocacy
> Lucien Gandarias, Washington: Quantum Physics Researcher/Professor
> Joel Gomez, California: Industrial Engineer
> Michael Jaden Gretchokoff, Mississippi: Emergency Services Dispatcher
> Manahil Jafri, New York: Public Policy/Disability Rights Advocate
> Peter Jansen, Michigan: Medical Research
> Adi Lemmon, Pennsylvania: Elementary Teacher
> Eric Mandell, California: Physics
> Haylee Mota, Rhode Island: Mechanical Engineer
> Lizzy Muhammad-Park, Maryland: Foreign Service Officer
> Demetria Ober, Texas: Social Work/Medical Interpretation
> Treasa Marie Praino, New Jersey: Policy/Human Rights Advisor
> Stephen Proski, Arizona: Visual Artist/Disability Arts Advocate
> Tina Reisner, Utah: Cane Travel Instructor
> Syed Mahmud Rizvi, Massachusetts: Civil Rights Attorney
> Megan Swanson, California: Instructional Designer
> Kinshuk Tella, Ohio: Environmental Professional
> Sam Theoharis, New York: Civil Rights Law
> Zachary Ryan Thibodeaux, Texas: Public Policy
> Tanya Wigfall-Harrington, Pennsylvania: Disability Consultant
> Mirranda Williams, Georgia: Geriatric Behavioral and Mental Health/Social Work
> Chantale Zuzi, Massachusetts: Diplomacy, United Nations
> “The scholarship program is one of our most important initiatives, and these blind students are facing and overcoming many barriers and challenges due to the pandemic and its impact on higher education,” said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “We are therefore proud to honor these blind scholars, each of whom are raising expectations and expanding possibilities. The accomplishments of these outstanding students are proof that we, the blind of this nation, can live the lives we want; blindness does not hold us back.”
> For more information about the National Federation of the Blind scholarship program, visit nfb.org/scholarships.
> ###
> About the National Federation of the Blind
> The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in Baltimore, 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. Founded in 1940, the NFB is the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind Americans with affiliates, chapters, and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. 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 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
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