At its July 3 banquet in Louisville, Kentucky, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) presented its $3,000 scholarship to Harriet Go of Philadelphia, PA, who will be a senior majoring in elementary education at Temple University.
The Baltimore-based Federation chose Go as one of 30 outstanding blind students in the nation.
“These students are the hope of the nation’s blind,” said Marc Maurer, president of the NFB.
“They have demonstrated excellence in fields as challenging as neuroscience, studio art, linguistics, meteorology, biology, and law. They are living proof of our contention that the blind can compete on terms of equality with the sighted, and we are very proud of them.”
The 30 scholarships were presented to the recipients during the Federation’s 63rd annual convention at the Galt House Hotel.
The Kurzweil Educational Foundation contributed to this year’s scholarship program by presenting $1,000 awards and the Kurzweil 1000 reading system software (a $1,500 value) to each of the 30 winners.
The NFB is the nation’s oldest and largest consumer group of blind people.
It has affiliates in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
The advocacy group works to educate the public to understand that the real handicap of blindness is not lack of sight but social attitudes that keep blind people from achieving fully.