Last Call for Low Vision Scholarships
Time waits for no one, or so it is said. Scholarship hopefuls should heed this timely admonition as the deadline for CCLVI’s Scheigert scholarships for low-vision students approaches. The acceptance window for applications and all supporting documentation closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, March 15.
The Scheigert program provides three scholarships of $3,000 each to an incoming freshman, an undergraduate and a graduate student. Eligible applicants must submit evidence of academic achievement and community involvement. Details may be found on CCLVI’s website, www.cclvi.org, under the link Scheigert Scholarship. The Guidelines and Expense Reimbursement Policy set forth the requirements for submitting an acceptable application, establishing one’s eligibility for the scholarship and the financial support available to recipients.
Low-vision students are invited to compete for these grants and the opportunity to attend the 2019 ACB national conference and convention in Rochester, N.Y., July 5-11, as guests of CCLVI. Interaction with ACB and CCLVI members, exposure to the latest assistive technology, and hearing from national speakers on a variety of important topics are among the highlights of the conference and convention experience.
Time will not wait. Once the window closes, applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the scholarship subcommittees, finalists selected, and telephone interviews scheduled. In the short time that remains, refer any questions to CCLVI at 1-844-460-0625.
ACBDA Fun(d) Raiser
ACB Diabetics in Action is holding a 50-50 raffle. Tickets are one for $5, or 5 for $20. If you would like some for yourself, or want to take a few and sell them, that would be fine. The winning ticket will be drawn during ACBDA’s luncheon at the ACB convention in Rochester, N.Y. You do not need to be present to win.
We are also selling fidget spinners in many different colors for $7 each. They help you reduce stress and keep your fingers spinning; they also help relieve boredom.
If you have any questions, contact Danette Dixon at (425) 238-4560, or via email, [email protected].
ACBRA Seeks New Members
The ACB Radio Amateurs affiliate is always looking for new members who may be interested in joining our affiliate. You do not have to be a licensed radio amateur or ham to join; all you need to have is an interest in amateur radio.
We will meet on Wednesday, July 10th from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. See the convention program for the room location. This year we hope to discuss and vote on a newly revised constitution. Other program details are still being finalized.
If you know of someone who’s interested in amateur radio, or a licensed ham who would be interested, please pass this information along to them. Dues are $10 per year. Make checks payable to ACBRA, and mail them, along with the following information, to the address at the end of this message: your name, address, phone number, email address, call sign, license class, do you wish to be added to the ACBRA email reflector, preferred format for “The ACB Braille Forum” (braille, large print, digital cartridge, email), and whether you are fully sighted or blind/visually impaired.
Mail this information, along with dues of $10, to Mike Duke, K5XU, 5127 Parkway Dr., Jackson, MS 39211. Your name and address information may also be sent via email to [email protected]. If sending the information via email, please use ACBRA member as the subject line.
Save the Date for the Georgia Convention!
The GCB 2019 conference and convention committee has been very busy planning the upcoming convention. This year’s theme is “Courage to Empower Your Dreams.” It will be held May 2-4, 2019 at the Days Inn in Madison. Room rates are $63 per night plus tax. To reserve your room, call the hotel at (706) 342-2121. Tell them you are with the Georgia Council of the Blind.
There will be exciting and educational events each day of the convention. On Saturday, May 4, from 12:45-5 p.m., we will hold a children’s carnival as well as activities for the youth. We plan to invite teachers of the visually impaired, blind and visually impaired children and youth, and their parents to attend. There will be games and prizes and a bouncy castle. Lunch will be provided.
Meetings will be held at the Philadelphia Baptist Church in Rutledge, Ga. Transportation will be provided to and from the hotel if you do not have a driver with you. For more information, contact Betsy Grenevitch at (678) 862-3876, or send email to [email protected]. Registration will soon be posted at georgiacounciloftheblind.org.