[Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Announces 2017 Scholarship Program Finalists

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National Federation of the Blind Announces 2017 Scholarship Program Finalists

Baltimore, Maryland (May 11, 2017): The National Federation of the 
Blind (NFB), the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind 
people, today announced the finalists for its 2017 Scholarship 
Program, which awards thirty scholarships each year to recognize 
achievement by blind scholars. The students are listed below in 
alphabetical order with their home states and vocational goals.
    * Lindsay Ball, ME: Adaptive physical education teacher
    * Cricket Bidleman, CA: Anthropology professor
    * Katherine Brafford, CA: Work at the intersection of science and religion
    * Aneri Brahmbhatt, IL: Record label manager
    * Shannon Cantan, HI: Business administration
    * Melissa Carney, CT: Clinical psychologist
    * Trinh Ha, AR: Dietitian
    * Afton Harper, MO: Journalism
    * Qusay Hussein, TX: Psychologist
    * Catherine Jacobson, MN: Healthcare policy analyst
    * Cassandra Mendez, OH: Assistive technology developer
    * Tabea Meyer, CO: Advocate for marginalized groups
    * Ibeth Miranda, TX: University professor
    * Regina D. Mitchell, NV: Psychologist
    * Jackie Mushington-Anderson, GA: Braille instructor
    * Maureen Nietfeld, CO: Dietitian/Nutritionist
    * Efose Oriaifo, VA: Biotechnology
    * Chelsea Peahl, UT: Law/Advocacy
    * Gloria Rodriguez, WA: Disaster mitigation and emergency preparedness
    * Carla L. Scroggins, CA: International politics
    * Luke Schwink, KS: Athletic marketing/Player development
    * Alyssa Shock, NJ: Child psychologist
    * Heather Simmons, CA: Literature professor
    * Wayne Smith III, MD: Computer engineering/Data security
    * Andrew Sydlik, PA: English teacher or disability advocate
    * Sophie Trist, LA: Novelist
    * Rachel Wellington, GA: STEM career
    * James N. Yesel, ND: Entrepreneur
    * Zeynep S. Yilmaz, AZ: Rehabilitation counselor education
    * Ayoub Zurikat, TX: Mental health care provider

"The scholarship program is one of our most important initiatives," 
said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the 
Blind. "We are proud to honor these blind scholars, who are studying 
everything from biotechnology to anthropology, and to welcome each of 
them to our upcoming national convention and to the family of the 
National Federation of the Blind. The accomplishments of these 
outstanding students are proof of our conviction that we, the blind 
of this nation, can live the lives we want; blindness does not hold us back."

Each finalist will attend the NFB's seventy-seventh annual national 
convention, beginning July 10, 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 National Convention 
on Saturday, July 15.

For more information on the National Federation of the Blind 
Scholarship Program, visit 


The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the 
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise 
the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create 
obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life 
you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

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