National Federation of the Blind Announces 2010 Scholarship Program Winners.
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
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: attorney - disability 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 soloist - performer 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 www.nfb.org/scholarships.
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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