Future Reflections                                                                                       Volume 20, Number 1

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The Scholarship Class of 2000

     In celebration of and preparation for leader-ship in the new millennium, the National Federation of the Blind expanded the scholarship program yet again in 2000. During the annual banquet on July 7 we awarded thirty scholarships: twenty-two in the amount of $3,000, four of $5,000, three of $7,000, and the newly named Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship of $21,000. This last award was made in recognition of the new century. It will return to $10,000 next year.

     In addition, in memory of Dr. Jernigan, the Kurzweil Foundation again presented an additional $1,000 scholarship, a document scanner, and, from the Kurzweil Education Group, the latest software for the Kurzweil 1000 reading system to each winner. Dr. Ray Kurzweil was on the platform to present a check and plaque to each student during the ceremony.

     This yearís class was a remarkably strong one. At the banquet Peggy Elliott, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, made a few remarks while the winners were making their way to the platform and then read each name in turn with the name of the award being made, the name of their home state, the state where they are attending college, and a brief description of what the student is studying and planning to do in the future.

     Following are photographs of each winner at the convention. Next to each photo is Peggyís introduction and description of that student.

Rod A. Baker
Rod A. Baker

Rod A. Barker,
Oregon,
Oregon

     Rod is completing his senior year at Portland State University, where he is earning a bachelorís degree in business and finance and is about to enter his career as a law student at the University of Oregon School of Law in the fall. Rodís vocational goal is obviously to be a lawyer. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

Denise L. Cunningham
Denise L. Cunningham

Denise L. Cunningham,
Missouri,
Missouri

     Denise is currently not in school, being employed full-time teaching first- and second-graders near her home in St. Louis. She is entering the University of Missouri at St. Louis in the fall as a first-year graduate student, where she intends to earn a Ph.D. in education and become a professor of elementary education.
[Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

Nicole E. Ditzler,
Minnesota,
Minnesota

Nicole E. Ditzler
Nicole E. Ditzler

†    Nicole has just completed her junior year and will begin her senior year in the fall at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she is earning a bachelorís degree in psychology with a concentration in child and family studies. She intends ultimately to earn a Ph.D. in psychology and to become a Head Start teacher and eventually a family therapist. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

Lisa Ann Hansen
Lisa Ann Hansen

Lisa Ann Hansen,
Wisconsin,
Wisconsin

Lisa is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, where she has just completed her sophomore year. Lisa is earning a bachelorís degree in elementary education with a minor in Spanish. She intends to earn an advanced degree in education and become a middle-school teacher of language arts and Spanish. Lisa is a chapter president in the National Federation of the Blind. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

Jessica Ann Hosier
Jessica Ann Hosier

Jessica Ann Hosier,
Iowa,
Iowa

Jessica is currently not in school and will be returning to her studies at the University of Iowa in the fall, where she will be a junior. She is currently earning a bachelorís in social work and intends to make herself a career as a social worker in the rehabilitation context. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Robin L. House
Robin L. House

Robin L. House,
Missouri,
Missouri

Robin is enrolled at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and is classified as a senior. Robin is currently earning a bachelorís in elementary education. She intends to go on and earn a masterís degree and become an elementary school counselor. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Lynn Cox Korsgard
Kelsey Lynn Cox Korsgard

Kelsey Lynn Cox Korsgard,
Oklahoma,
Oklahoma

Kelsey is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University, where she will be beginning her second year in the fall. She is earning a masterís degree in marriage and family therapy, and she intends to be in private practice as a marriage and family therapist. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Melissa A. Lehman
Melissa A. Lehman

Melissa A. Lehman,
Wisconsin,
Wisconsin

Melissa is attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she will be a senior in the fall. Her degree program is a bachelorís in psychology, and she intends to earn advanced degrees in her chosen field and to be a child psychologist. Melissa is the President of the Wisconsin Association of Blind Students. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Amy Crystal Mason
Amy Crystal Mason

Amy Crystal Mason,
Nebraska,
Illinois

Amy is attending Lincoln Christian College, where she will be a sophomore in the fall. Amy is earning a bachelorís degree in counseling and intends to be a Christian counselor for children in crisis. She is an officer of her state student division. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Jessica Bates McKinney
Jessica Bates Mc Kinney

Jessica Bates McKinney,
South Carolina,
South Carolina

Jessica is currently attending Furman University, where she will be classified as a junior in the fall, earning a bachelorís degree in psychology and political science. It seems to me that some of our politicians should do the same. Jessica intends to become a psychologist. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

 

 

John A. Miller
John A. Miller

John A. Miller,
California,
California

John is the first of our five tenBroek fellows this year. He won his first scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind in the year 1988. John is currently a graduate student at the University of California at San Diego. He is earning a Ph.D. in electronic and computer engineering, and he wants to be an electrical engineering professor. His professors say he is a truly brilliant student and teacher.
[Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

Teresa (Tai) Tomasi
Teresa (Tai) Tomasi

Teresa (Tai) Tomasi,
Massachusetts,
Vermont

Tai is studying at the University of Vermont, where she will be a junior in the fall. Tai is earning a bachelorís degree in political science and in French. She intends to earn a juris doctorate and to be a disability advocacy lawyer or lobbyist. [Scholarship: $3,000]

 

 

 

 

 

Melinda Louise Zuniga
Melinds Louise Zuniga

Melinda Louise Zuniga,
Montana,
Montana

Melinda is currently studying in the graduate program at the University of Montana, where she is earning a masterís degree in physical therapy. Melinda intends to be a physical therapist and to emphasize the treatment of back pain. [Scholarship:† $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Brook Nichole Sexton
Brook Nichole Sexton

Brook Nichole Sexton,
California,
Utah

Brook is a tenBroek fellow who won her first scholarship in 1996. She is currently a senior at Brigham Young University, where she is earning a bachelorís degree in family science with a concentration in human development. Brook intends to be a teacher of blind children and serves as President of the Utah Association of Blind Students. [NFB Educator of Tomorrow Award, $3,000]

 

 

 

Kristen M. Witucki
Kristen M. Witucki

Kristen M. Witucki,
New Jersey,
New York

Kristen is a graduating high school senior from Overbrook Regional High School. She is entering Vassar College as a freshman in the fall. She will be earning a bachelorís degree in English, and she wants to be a high school English teacher. [NFB Humanities Scholarship, $3,000]

 

 

 

Zachary J. Battles
Zachary J. Battles

Zachary J. Battles,
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania

Zachary is earning three different academic degreesótwo undergraduate and one advanced, at the same time. Iím not exactly sure what they are, but he is at Pennsylvania State University. He is earning degrees in the areas of computer science and mathematics, and he will conclude his studies with a Ph.D. in computer science. Zach obviously intends to be a computer scientist, but I also want to mention that Zach has a vocation of teaching English as a second language to his current countryof interest, the Ukraine. [The NFB Computer Science Scholarship, $3,000]

 

 

 

Stacy Leigh Cervenka
Stacy Leigh Cervenka

Stacy Leigh Cervenka,
Illinois,
Minnesota

Stacy will be a sophomore in the fall at Concordia College, where she is earning a bachelorís degree in political science and French. She intends to conclude her studies by earning a juris doctorate degree and then to become a foreign service officer. Stacy serves in her state student division as an officer. [Hermione Grant Calhoun Scholarship, $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Priscilla Ching
Priscilla Ching

Priscilla Ching,
California,
Louisiana

Priscilla is currently attending Louisiana Tech University in a masterís degree program in educational psychology with a concentration in O & M, and she wants to design and coordinate programs for blind children. [The Mozelle and Willard Gold Memorial Scholarship, $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Nathan Earl Danes
Nathan Earl Danes

Nathan Earl Danes,
Idaho,
Idaho

Nathan is currently studying at Albertsons College in Idaho, where he will be a sophomore in the fall. He is earning a bachelor of science degree in physics and computer science. He intends to earn a masterís or further advanced degree in physics and computer science and then to be a nuclear physicist with a particular interest in research into anti-matter fusion. [Frank Walton Horn Memorial Scholarship, $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Rowell Westhaver
Suzanne Rowell Westhaver

Suzanne Rowell Westhaver,
Connecticut,
Connecticut

Suzanne is currently a student at the University of Connecticut at Waterbury, where she will be classified as a senior in the fall. She is earning a degree in the discipline of English. Her final degree she hopes will be a Ph.D. Suzanne intends to be an English professor. She also announced her intention to be a best-selling author and has organized a chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. [Kuckler-Killian Memorial Scholarship, $3,000]

 

 

 

Erik C. Motsinger
Erik C. Motsinger

Erik C. Motsinger,
Oklahoma,
Oklahoma

Eric is currently a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, where he will continue in the fall toward a bachelorís degree in business administration. Eric intends to earn a law degree, and he wants to be a prosecuting attorney. [Howard Brown Rickard Scholarship, $3,000]

 

 

 

 

Debra Delorey
Debra Delorey

Debra Delorey,
Massachusetts,
Virginia

Debbie is a tenBroek fellow and a colleague of many of ours. Debbie won her first scholarship in 1996, and, if any of you have ever been to a Washington Seminar or to an occasional convention of the National Federation of the Blind, you will find Debbie walking around with roses in her hand selling them to you. Sheís currently a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is earning a masterís degree in rehabilitation counseling. She intends to complete her studies with a Ph.D. and become a rehabilitation counselor. [E. U. Parker Scholarship, $3,000]

 

 

Kioomberly Aguilar
Kimberly Aguilar

Kimberly Aguillard,
Texas,
Texas

Kim has just graduated from high school in Beaumont, Texas, and will be matriculating at Texas A & M University as a freshman in the fall, where she will begin her studies in psychology. Kim would like to earn a Ph.D. in psychology and then to serve as a psychiatric counselor. Kim serves as an officer of her state student division and at the age of eighteen founded a chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. [NFB Scholarship, $4,000]

 

 

 

Peter Andrew Berg
Peter Andrew Berg

Peter Andrew Berg,
Illinois,
Illinois

Peter is currently a senior at North Central College, where he is working on a bachelorís degree in history. Peter will be starting studies as a first-year graduate student at DePaul University in the fall and intends to complete his studies with a masterís degree in history. Peter wants to be a high school history or social studies teacher. [NFB Scholarship, $4,000]

 

 

 

Seth Justyn Leblond
Seth Justyn Leblond

Seth Justyn Leblond,
Maine,
Maryland

Seth has just graduated from Deering High Schoolin Portland, Maine, and will be attending Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, in the fall, where he will start his studies on a degree in communications with a concentration in radio and TV journalism. Seth intends to be a writer and a broadcaster. This eighteen-year-old gentleman serves as an officer ofhis state affiliate and also as a chapter president. [NFB Scholarship, $4,000]

 

 

Michael Anthony Leiterman
Michael Anthony Leiterman

Michael Anthony Leiterman,
Ohio,
Ohio

Michael is currently a senior at the University of Cincinnati, where he is earning a bachelorís degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. He will be continuing at the University of Cincinnati in the fall and plans to complete his studies ultimately with a law degree so that he can be a genetic biologist and lawyer. [NFB Scholarship, $4,000]

 

 

 

 

Cheralyn Braithwaite
Cheralyn Braithwaite

Cheralyn Braithwaite,
Utah,
Utah

Cheralyn, as we all know, is currently not in school because she is teaching. She will be starting her studies as a graduate student in the fall at the University of Utah, where she intends to earn a masterís degree in special education. She wants to be a special education school administrator. Cheralyn is an officer of her state affiliate and is also a chapter president. [Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship, $7,000]

 

 

 

Thomas Ladu Philip
Thomas Ladu Philip

Thomas Ladu Philip,
Minnesota,
Minnesota

Thomas is a student at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. He is currently classified as a senior and will be continuing his studies in the fall, earning a degree in English literature and creative writing. Thomas will ultimately earn a Ph.D. in the same subject and intends to be a professor of English literature and also a creative writer. He is already a published poet and serves as the President of the Minnesota Association of Blind Students. [NFB Scholarship, $7,000]

 

 

Nathaniel Thomas Wales
Nathaniel Thomas Wales

Nathanael Thomas Wales,
California,
California

Nathanael is a tenBroek fellow, having won his first scholarship in 1997. He is currently studying at the University of California at Davis, where he will be classified as a senior in the fall, completing a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He intends to earn a law degree and wants to work as a civil and environmental engineer and as a lawyer. Nathanael serves on the board of his state affiliate, is a chapter officer, and is also the President of the California Association of Blind Students. [NFB Scholarship, $7,000]

 

Angela Renee Sasser

Louisiana, Texas

Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship
$21,000

Angela Renee Sasser
Angela Renee Sasser

Angela is a tenBroek fellow, having earned her first scholarshipóand apparently quite a number of friends and colleaguesóin 1997. She is currently studying at the University of Texas at Austin, where she will be a senior in the fall. Her current degree program is entitled ďHumanities Honors,Ē and she is also earning an elementary education certificate. She intends to complete her studies with a masterís degree in elementary education and to be an elementary art teacher. Thatís only one of many aspirations. She also intends to be an artist herself and to work in the field of museums and presentation to both blind and sighted persons. Angela, as you would expect, also serves as the President of the Texas Association of Blind Students.

 

 

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