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American Foundation for the Blind Awards Scholarships to Outstanding Visually Impaired Students

For Immediate Release

Brent Hopkins
(212) 502-7676

New York, NY—The American Foundation for the Blind has announced the 2003 recipients of scholarships for students in higher education who are blind or visually impaired. Eight scholarships were awarded this year, totaling $14,500. AFB also administered four 2003 Freedom Scientific Technology Scholarship Awards totaling $10,000.

Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship: one grant of $1,000 to a legally blind junior, senior, or graduate student studying rehabilitation and/or education.

  • Paula Warren of Starkville, MS, attending Mississippi State University.

The Ferdinand Torres AFB Scholarship: one grant of $1,000 to a full-time post-secondary student who is legally blind and presents evidence of economic need; the applicant must reside in the United States, but need not be a citizen; preference given to New York City residents.

  • Eddie Molina of Queens, NY, attending St. Lawrence University.

Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship: one grant of $500 to a legally blind full-time graduate student.

  • Jaime Zadzilka of Parma Heights, OH, attending Baldwin-Wallace College.

R. L. Gillette Scholarship: two grants of $1,000 to women who are legally blind and enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program in literature or music.

  • Katharine Ball of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, attending the New England Conservatory of Music.
  • Carolyn Danno of Chicago, IL, attending Wilbur Wright College.

Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship: four grants of $2,500 undergraduate or graduate students who are legally blind and studying rehabilitation and/or education of people who are blind or visually impaired.

  • John Jay Frank of Mississippi State, MS, attending Syracuse University.
  • Anna Miller of Tucson, AZ, attending the University of Arizona.
  • Varinia Morales Rosado of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, attending Bayamon Central University.
  • Michael Triplett of Little Rock, AR, attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

2003 Freedom Scientific Technology Scholarship Awards: four grants of $2,500 for high school seniors and graduating college students who are blind and plan to continue their education. The scholarship awards are in the form of vouchers to be applied toward the purchase of any of Freedom Scientific's full line of assistive technology products, including computer screen magnifiers, braille computer interfaces, computer screen reading software, training, and/or tutorials.

  • Lauren Elizabeth Conner of Nathalie, VA, attending Christopher Newport University.
  • Meagan Daniels of Lathrup Village, MI, attending Eastern Michigan University.
  • Shayla Parker of Santa Clarita, CA, attending Stanford University.
  • Matthew Selm of Florence, KY, attending the University of Louisville.

The American Foundation for the Blind—the organization to which Helen Keller devoted her life—is a national nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate the inequities faced by the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired. Visit AFB online at www.afb.ord.

June 2003

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