2015 NFBN UNITY SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada has broadened its commitment to blind college students and would like to recognize their achievements by awarding two students merit-based scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. To be eligible:
- Applicants must be legally blind
- Applicants must be taking courses in a higher education institution in the state of Nevada
- Applicants must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a Nevada institution in the 2015-2016 scholastic year; one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time
- Applicants must participate fully in the 2015 NFB of Nevada state convention including all of the scheduled scholarship program activities
In addition to a scholarship, each winner may receive financial assistance to attend the 2015 NFB of Nevada state convention which will take place October 30, 2015 through November 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
TO APPLY: Complete the application, which may also be obtained by emailing the NFB of Nevada President, Kimie Beverly at President@nfbnevada.org or by requesting a copy from the Las Vegas, Henderson, or Reno Chapter Presidents. Please submit all documents listed on the application via e-mail to Frida Aizenman, Secretary, at email@example.com.
DEADLINE: September 15, 2015.
HOW THE AWARD WILL BE DISPURSED: Scholarship finalists will be contacted by the affiliate president one week after the scholarship deadline. At that time, finalists may request financial assistance to attend the 2015 NFBN state convention. Scholarship awardees will be announced during the convention banquet.
Friends of the DRC Doing Great Things
Professor Eelke Folmer has been awarded the NSHE Board of Regents 2015 Rising Researcher Award. For Folmer, a professor of computer science, helping blind and visually-impaired people navigate their world has been a long-time passion. Read more in the NEVADA Today article.
Christine Braunworth is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno and she is determined to make an impact in the Native American community. Braunworth, who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in social work this spring, recently helped secure a $10,000 grant from Native STAND, a comprehensive, sustainable curriculum for training peer educators who promote healthy decision making for Native youth. Read more about Christine's work in the NEVADA Today article.
DRC has Extended Hours During the Semesters
Wednesdays and Thursdays
8:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
The DRC is open late on Wednesdays and Thursdays to accommodate alternative testing times. The computer lab and other services will still be available. Please stop by and take advantage of the extra time!
Important Alternative Testing Service Information
Please schedule an appointment with Michelle to schedule your exams for the2015 Spring semester. We have seen a huge increase in students requesting alternative testing accommodations and have limited space to provide such service. As a result, it is imperative that you get in as quickly as possible to schedule your exam dates. Even if you are unsure whether you plan to utilize alternative testing accommodations, it is our recommendation that you go forward and schedule your exams with the DRC. We can always remove your name from the schedule if you opt to take your exams in class. Please note that scheduling exams (in particular final exams) at the last minute will no longer be an option. We simply cannot accommodate students' requests for alternative testing without proper notification.
In addition, as we are sure you are aware, construction north of the Thompson Building continues to impact the noise level at the DRC. We do have headphones and ear plugs to help alleviate some of the noise. However, noise will continue to be a factor for at least the next 6 months. If you are concerned about the noise, you may want to check with your instructors to see if they have a place to proctor your exams.
Fall Semester is Here!
To receive your Alternative Media quickly, please submit your required documents. This includes:
- Alternative Media Request Form
- Proof of Purchase
- The Class Syllabus
Please visit the Disability Resource Center during normal office hours if you require any assistance.
DRC Peer Mentor Project
The DRC Peer Mentor Project matches incoming students with disabilities (mentees) and upperclassmen and graduate students with disabilities (mentors). Mentors use their knowledge of campus life and resources, as well as their personal experiences to provide invaluable advice and guidance to mentees.
If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee, please visit the following webpage for more information.
Become an Eye to Eye Student Coordinator
Eye to Eye is a national mentoring program that pairs college students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD with similarly labeled middle school students.
Each week next year, UNR students will work with middle school students on art projects that are designed to help the younger students learn about themselves and embrace their learning differences. If you are interested in becoming a Student Coordinator or have any questions, please contact Micah Goldfus at firstname.lastname@example.org
All art is good art; you do not need to have backgrounds in art to get involved!
View the flyer.
For more information about Eye to Eye visit www.eyetoeyenational.org
College Scholarship Guide
Education costs are at an all-time high, and landing into the right scholarship could be the difference between graduating debt-free or paying off loans for years and years. The great news is that anyone can just be eligible for some type of scholarship. In fact, there are numbers of scholarships in place to help students with disabilities realize that further education is indeed possible.
To help you look for these scholarships please visit this guide: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/college-scholarship-guide/
New DRC Printable Brochures!
Pick up a brochure from the DRC or print your own!