Compiled by Greg Lindberg
Sheila Young and the scholarship committee received the following two letters from this year’s recipients:
Dear Sheila and scholarship committee members,
I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Gayle M. Krause-Edwards, $1,500.00 scholarship. I would like to thank you and the scholarship committee members for your generosity, which will allow me to complete my research and dissertational work by the end of December 2016. The completion of my Ph.D. will allow me to return to work in the Defense field.
I felt honored and moved upon receiving the Gayle M. Krause-Edwards scholarship at the 63rd FCB Convention. I believe President Jim Kracht and his executive members produced an excellent conference and one to always remember. Besides completing my degree and returning to work, there are two additional objectives that have surfaced from this important May 13th Awards Banquet. Firstly, I would like to commit myself to volunteer more time as a member. Secondly, I want to continue to help people with disabilities, especially the blind and the legally blind. I was inspired from talking with you and other committee members about giving back to the FCB community that has helped and taught me a lot about my disability and how to forge forward in a challenging world.
Thank you again for your warm presentation and generosity.
Florida Council of the Blind,
I would like to thank the Florida Council of the Blind for awarding me the Teresa Blessing Scholarship at this year’s FCB convention. I plan on using the scholarship to go towards my college expenses. I’m a Master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of North Florida. This scholarship will help relieve some of my financial responsibilities. This will also help me continue my education and strive for my ultimate goal of becoming a Mental Health Counselor so that I can help others. I would also like to thank all of the FCB members for making me feel so welcomed at the convention. It was a privilege to meet everyone and be accepted with open arms. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful experience. Once again, thank you!
Lily Brooke Griffis