by Denise Colley
Once again this year, the ACB Scholarship Program is privileged to recognize and honor a highly qualified class of students as they venture forward on their higher education journey. This year we decided to give you all a little glimpse into their busy and productive lives.
Krishna Bodawala is from Jersey City, N.J., but is originally from Gujarat, India. He is a graduate student pursuing an MBA in management. He will be attending New York Institute of Technology.
Kevin Cohen is from Hewlett, N.Y. He is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in accounting and a B.A. in economics. He will be attending Binghamton University - State University of New York.
Brodie Enoch is from New York, N.Y. He is a pursuing a law degree at the City University of New York’s School of Law.
Gabriel Gates is from Thornton, Colo. He is a graduate student pursuing a degree in Leadership in Educational Equity, in support of his new career in disability support services in higher education. He will attend the University of Colorado.
John Geraci is from Waban, Mass. He is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in communication and media studies, and a minor in religion and theological studies. He will be attending Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
Madilyn Grose is from Bethlehem, Pa. She is an entering freshman and wants to pursue a degree in art therapy. This fall, she will attend Marywood University, located in Scranton, Pa.
Carmen Guzman is from Celebration, Fla. She is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in music education. She will be attending the University of Miami.
Maureen Hayden is from College Station, Tex. She is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in marine biology. She will attend Texas A&M University.
Qusay Hussein is from Austin, Texas, but is originally from Iraq. He is a graduate student pursuing a master’s in social work. He will attend the University of Texas.
Robert Lamm is from Fort Collins, Colo. He is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in environmental engineering. This fall, he will attend Colorado State University.
Julia Murray is from Pittsburgh, Pa. She is an entering freshman interested in pursuing a degree in exercise science/pre-occupational therapy. She will be attending Slippery Rock University.
Camille O’Neill is from Gretna, Neb. She is an entering freshman, and is interested in pursuing a degree in business/data analytics. This fall, she will attend Creighton University.
Ghania Oussaci is from San Antonio, Texas, but is originally from Algeria. She is an entering freshman and is interested in pursuing a degree in health information technology. She will be attending Austin Community College.
Grace Patterson is from Saint Petersburg, Fla. She is an undergraduate student, pursuing a dual major in English literature and Law and Society as a pre-law student. She will attend Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College.
Avery Sallean is from Cary, N.C. She is an entering freshman, and is interested in pursuing a degree in biology. She will be attending the University of South Carolina.
Bhavya Shah is from Stanford, Calif. He is an undergraduate student, pursuing a B.S. degree in mathematical and computational science with a minor in education. He will be attending Stanford University.
Brandon Swallow is from Rockingham, N.C. He is an entering freshman, and is interested in pursuing a degree in information technology with a minor in cyber security. He will attend the University of North Carolina.
Malia Thibado is from Pell City, Ala. She is an entering freshman who is interested in pursuing a degree in international business and foreign language with a minor in entrepreneurship. She will attend Hillsdale College.
Tatyana Tolliver-Hughes is from Dunbar, W.Va. She is an entering freshman who is interested in pursuing a degree in humanities, advocacy, communications, or public policy. At the time of this application, she had been accepted at two different universities, but hadn’t decided where she would attend.
Chantale Zuzi is from Holden, Mass. She is an entering freshman who is interested in pursuing a degree in international development or international relations, with a minor in computer science. Chantale will attend Wellesley College.
ACB’s scholarship program was established in 1982. The American Council of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have formed a partnership to offer educational scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 for legally blind students attending a technical college or who are entering freshmen, undergraduates or graduate students. This program awards students with scholarships to help with post-secondary education financial needs such as tuition, fees, room and board and other additional costs associated with adaptive technology.