[NFBWATlk] Fwd: Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Program Finalists

Kristina Colcock tishgifts at gmail.com
Thu May 13 00:06:03 UTC 2021

Congratulations to Shannon and Luc! So very exciting!

Kris Colcock

On 5/12/21, Marci Carpenter via NFBWATlk <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 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!
> Marci
> Sent from Marci's iPhone
> Begin forwarded message:
>> 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
>> National Federation of the Blind | 200 E Wells Street | Baltimore, MD
>> 21230 | 410-659-9314
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