[Nfbnet-members-list] Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Scholarship Program Winners

National Federation of the Blind webmaster at nfb.org
Fri Feb 12 14:30:07 UTC 2021





BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (FEBRUARY 12, 2021): The National Federation of the
Blind (NFB), the premier membership and advocacy organization of blind
Americans, today announced the winners of its 2020 named scholarships,
which were awarded at the kickoff meeting of the organization's Washington
Seminar on February 8. The winner of the organization's top prize of
$12,000, donated by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
and named in memory of Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, is Precious Perez, an aspiring
music educator from Massachusetts. 

Here is an alphabetical listing of the other winners, with their home state
and career goal or field of study. Unless otherwise indicated, each student
received a $3,000 National Federation of the Blind Scholarship: 

 	* Deiascha-Britte Bancayanvega, California: Healthcare Inclusion (Edith
R. and Alvin Domroe Foundation Scholarship, $3,000)
 	* Robert (Rob) Blachowicz, Arkansas: Counseling
 	* Christopher (Chris) Bove, Rhode Island: Public Service
 	* Brianna (Bri) Broadwater, Maryland: Psychologist or Education
 	* Sean Carlson, Oregon: Vocational Rehabilitation Instructor
 	* Natalie Charbonneau, Oregon: Animal Genetics and Conservation Research
(Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in a STEM Field, $8,000)
 	* Moreblessings Chikavanga, Texas: Civil Rights/Disability Law (Charles
and Betty Allen Scholarship, $3,000)
 	* Kevin Darcy, Colorado: Anthropology Professor (Pearson Scholarship,
 	* Matthew Duffell-Hoffman, South Carolina: Electrical Engineer
 	* Paxton Franke, North Dakota: Forensic Pathology (National Federation of
the Blind Leadership Scholarship, $5,000)
 	* Lauren (Elaine) Hardin, Georgia: Higher Education Student Affairs
 	* Kaitlyn (Kat) Hippe, Wisconsin: Linguistics and Education (Charles and
Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship, $3,000) 
 	* Emily Kiehl, Ohio: Information Technology
 	* Josh Loebner, Tennessee: Inclusive Technology
 	* Sara Luna, Illinois: Museum Accessibility (E.U. and Gene Parker
Scholarship, $3,000)
 	* Victor Marques, Michigan: Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and Access
Technology Specialist (JAWS for Windows Scholarship, $5,000)
 	* Griffin Miller, Pennsylvania: Actuary
 	* Jillian Milton, New Jersey: Product Development
 	* Marissa Nissley, New Jersey: Attorney
 	* Sherry Pablo, California: Public Health, Health Policy and Management
(special scholarship for first responders and others affected by COVID-19,
 	* Teresita Rios, California: Attorney
 	* Dannielle Schutz, Nebraska: Medical Scientist
 	* Nicolas (Nick) Spohn, Pennsylvania: Mechanical Engineer (National
Federation of the Blind STEM Scholarship, $3,000)
 	* Logan Stenzel, Minnesota: Finance and Technology Entrepreneur (Oracle
Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science, $8,000)
 	* Marie Villaneda, Indiana: Orientation and Mobility Instructor (Mimi and
Marvin Sandler Scholarship, $5,000)
 	* Monica Wegner, Minnesota: Corporate Attorney (Charles and Melva T. Owen
Memorial Scholarship, $10,000)
 	* Alek Wolfe, Vermont: Broadcasting
 	* Brayan Zamarripa, Oklahoma: Media Production (Dr. Adrienne Asch
Memorial Scholarship, $3,000)

"The scholarship program is one of our most important initiatives," said
Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. "We are
proud to honor these blind scholars, who are studying everything from media
production to genetics and, in so doing, raising the expectations of what
blind people can achieve. Their accomplishments are proof of our conviction
that we, the blind of this nation, can live the lives we want; blindness
does not hold us back." 



The National Federation of the Blind, 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 premier 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 [2].


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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