[Menvi-discuss] Congrats to Julie, Miso and Kaiti, for winning the NFBScholarship!

Bettie Downing bnbdowning70 at embarqmail.com
Wed May 8 22:19:40 EDT 2013


Thanks for the explanation.  Very exciting.



On May 8, 2013, at 8:56 PM, Brandon Keith Biggs wrote:

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> AHH! Three on this list! LOL this is unbelievable!
> I knew no one when I went, now the year I didn't apply, I know 3... That's just not cool! :D
> That makes 5 scholarship winners on this list in the last year. That's pretty marvelous, how many students are there on this list, and how many apply for the NFB scholarship each year? That must mean something... :D
> Bettie and everyone else who doesn't know, the National Federation For the Blind scholarship is probably the most prestigious scholarship program in the country for blind students. They bring 30 people to the convention and pay everything completely. They then give each person at least $3000 along with around $1000 in accessible tecnoligy, and another $1000 from other donors. But when they go for the week, the scholarship committee gets each one of the students for a day, and the scholarship winner has to impress the committee and show them that they are a contender for one of the larger scholarships. They have 2 5 grand scholarships, one 7 grand one 10 grand and one 12 grand I believe and all the scholarship winners are the best at what they do. When I went, I was going to bed at midnight, getting up at 7 AM while being jetlagged and trying to produce my most cheerful self constantly. One wants to be memorable, but not too far out there. The woman who won the 12 grand scholarship last year was very quiet, but was very organized and knew about blind issues in her community and she was able to present her challenges very well in conversation. My aproach to singing and being very unique in front of large audiences was probably uncomfortable to the scholarship folks... On the upside though, everyone knew who I was the first day and it is very hard to be unique when everyone else is blind. Have you ever wondered how it feels to be a perfectly normal person who has to work to be remembered, here you get your chance! Everyone is talented, everyone is going for the same goal and everyone is blind.
> Do everything you are told, even if it sounds ridiculous and or way too much work.
> But know you can never loos! :D
> Let me know if you want to talk and I can let you know what goes on in a little more detail, and despite what I said above, there is times when it is very fun. *points at Julie and our midnight singing sessions!*
> Congrats again to everyone!
> 
> Brandon Keith Biggs
> -----Original Message----- From: Brandon Keith Biggs
> Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 6:20 PM
> To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
> Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] Congrats to Julie and Kaiti, for winning the NFBScholarship!
> 
> OMW, I was reading Caitlin and trying to figure out if I knew any music
> therapy major by that name... I did not know it was
> Kaiti!
> Congrats Kaiti too!
> That makes 4 NFB scholarship winners in the last two years on this list!
> Who is going to be the two musicians next year?... hm :D
> Congrats again!
> 
> Brandon Keith Biggs
> -----Original Message----- From: Julie McGinnity
> Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:08 PM
> To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
> Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] Congrats to Julie for winning the
> NFBScholarship!
> 
> Hi Brandon,
> 
> Thank you so much!  How thoughtful you are!
> 
> Yes, it is a difficult process.  Practicing...  There is hardly time
> to think straight that week!  Lol  But it's a great process and
> definitely one of the most wonderful honors I have been granted.
> 
> I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Kaiti Shelton,
> who is also on this list.  She won her first scholarship this year.  I
> believe that there is one other music person in the scholarship class.
> We will definitely show them how awesome we musicians are!  :)
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On 5/8/13, Brandon Keith Biggs <brandonkeithbiggs at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just wanted to give a shout-out of congratulations to Julie McGinnity for
>> 
>> winning an NFB scholarship!
>> I think this is her second time which is truly amazing and I wish her all
>> the luck on going through the hardest week in the world! It is extremely
>> difficult as a musician in my opinion, as there is very little time during
>> the week for a scholarship winner to get 10 minutes free to practice and
>> everyone is always wanting to hear you perform.
>> Congrats Julie and reach for that $12000 baby!
>> 
>> Brandon Keith Biggs
>> 
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> Julie McG
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> Federation of the Blind performing arts division secretary,
> Missouri Association of Guide dog Users President,
> and Guiding Eyes for the Blind graduate 2008
> "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
> everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal
> life."
> John 3:16
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