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.
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.