[Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Announces 2011 Scholarship Program Winners

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Fri May 13 20:46:00 UTC 2011



Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

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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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