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AFB Awards Scholarships to 11 Exceptional Students with Vision Loss

New York (June 28, 2005)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the 2005 recipients of its annual scholarships for students in higher education who are blind or have vision loss.

Eleven scholarships were awarded this year totaling $17,000. The grants weave together two of AFB's most important areas of work for people with vision loss - independent living and employment. "Education is critical to people with vision loss in order to secure a place in the workforce and to maintain an independent lifestyle," said Carl R. Augusto, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. "AFB is proud that we can be a part of the personal and professional advancement of young people."

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

  • Daniel J. Furton of Lansing, Michigan attending Michigan State University.

The Ferdinand Torres AFB Scholarship: one grant of $1,500 to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who is legally blind; the applicant must reside in the United States, but need not be a citizen; preference given to New York City residents and new immigrants to the United States.

  • Francisco Chavez of Mt. Holly, North Carolina attending college in North Carolina.

The Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship: one grant of $1,000 to a legally blind female undergraduate or graduate studying classical or religious music.

  • Katharine Ball of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan attending New York University.

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

  • Angela C. Winfield of Newburgh, New York attending Cornell University Law School.

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship: one grant of $1,000 to a legally blind undergraduate or graduate student studying engineering, computer, physical or life sciences.

  • Blake Cole Billings of Flint, Texas attending Texas Christian University.

The 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.

  • Jessica Hall of Winter Park, Florida attending Stetson University.
  • Angela Mosley of Puryear, Tennessee attending Murray State University.

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

  • Greg Beaulieu of Austin, Texas attending University of Texas at Austin.
  • Eric Hicks of Tallahassee, Florida attending University of Florida.
  • Suzanne Kamel of Plano, Texas attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Brittany Swedelius of Billings, Montana attending Western Michigan University.


Abby Manishor
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