Congratulations to the 2019 Council Excellence Awards and Scholarship Recipients

The 2019 Scholarship winners stand in a line holding their certificates.

The Council is delighted to recognize the 2019 Excellence Awards winners, and to announce the recipients of our scholarship program. Scholarships and Excellence Awards were presented at a luncheon on Saturday, May 18, in Madison.

Excellence Awards:

Each year, the Council awards individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions promote the dignity and empowerment of those living with vision loss.

  • Nona Graves – Louis Seidita Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Judy Lehmann, Watertown School District – Community Volunteer Award
  • Jim Turk – Community Volunteer Award
  • Greenville Lioness Club – Community Giving Award


Students with the highest ranking applications for academic endeavors, community and extra-curricular participation, and the quality of their essay responses received $2,000 each for seeking post-secondary education. This year’s recipients range from high school seniors to those working towards Bachelor’s, Master’s and law degrees. Our 2019 scholarship recipients are:

  • Alexander Kloety, UW-Milwaukee graduate school, career goal: mental health professional
  • Amy Hatten, UW-Madison graduate school, career goal: rehabilitation counseling
  • Brandon Klas, undergraduate freshman, accepted into several schools, career interest in business
  • Christina Alger, University of Minnesota graduate school, career interest in teaching
  • Elena Santin, incoming freshman at UW-Stevens Point, career interest undecided
  • Hunter Lemerond, UW-La Crosse, junior, career interest in business
  • John Harrison, UW-Whitewater, junior, career interest in advocacy
  • Mia Zutter, the College of Saint Scholastica, junior, career interest in public speaking and writing
  • Sean Whalen, Harvard Law School, third year, seeking a clerkship in a circuit court this summer
  • Shannon Columb, UW- Stevens Point, senior, environmental studies

Watch Council publications for more in-depth stories featuring these talented individuals.

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