National Federation of the Blind Announces 2015 Scholarship Program Finalists

Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) May 11, 2015

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, today announced the finalists for its 2015 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.

Katie Adkins, KY: Teacher

Douglas Alt, MI: College professor

Karen Arcos, CA: Policy advocacy

Annika Ariel, CA: Disability law

Liliya Asadullina, PA: Naturopathic doctor

Michael Ausbun, NV: Foundational professor

Brianna Brown, TX: Education

Mary Church, CA: Psychology

Chase Crispin, NE: Public school band director

MarChé Daughtry, VA: Law

Bryan Duarte, AZ: Software engineer

Alexandra Engraf, ND: Human services, counseling

Lashawna Fant, MS: Counselor

Robert Gulledge, AL: Secondary education

Dezman Jackson, MD: Health education

Mary Abby Jusayan, RI: Teacher for visually impaired

Kaitlyn Kellermeyer, TX: Government service or investing

Miriam Lozneanu, SC: Programmer

Nefertiti Matos, NY: Helping/teaching profession

Sarah Myer, FL: Mental health counseling

Mark Myers II, MO: Computer and software design/development

Crystal Plemmons, NC: Community college instructor

Jason Polansky, MD: Youth ministry, counseling, or civil engineering

Karolline Sales, LA: Braille teacher

Kaitlin Shelton, OH: Music therapy

Christopher Stewart, KY: Legal field

Teri Stroschein, OR: School counselor

Kelsi Watters, WI: Spiritual counseling

Hannah Werbel, WA: Biomedical engineering

Tamika Williams, AL: Blind services/entrepreneurship/social services

“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 electrical engineering to horticulture, 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.”

In July each finalist will attend the NFB’s seventy-fifth annual national convention 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 convention on Friday, July 10.

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

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