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Freedom Scientific Begins $101,000 Scholarship Program for Studen ts Who are Blind

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  • Dusty Voorhees
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19, 2001
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      > Media Contact: Scott Meyers
      > Director of Marketing
      > 800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000
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      > www.freedomscientific.com
      > Freedom Scientific Begins $101,000 Scholarship Program for Students Who
      > are Blind
      > St. Petersburg, FL - June, 19, 2001-- Freedom Scientific Inc., a leader in
      > assistive technology products for people with sensory impairments and
      > learning disabilities, announced today that it has launched a program to
      > award $101,000 in technology scholarships annually, beginning in the
      > 2001-2002 school year, to high school and college graduates in the U.S.
      > and Canada who plan to continue their educations.
      > Richard H. Chandler, chairman and president of Freedom Scientific,
      > announced that this program will be implemented through a partnership with
      > six leading non-profit organizations in the blindness field: American
      > Council of the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, Braille Institute
      > of America, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, National Federation
      > of the Blind, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. Each partner will
      > be responsible for screening applicants and selecting the recipients for a
      > portion of the funds.
      > "The Freedom Scientific Technology Award Program will help 50 deserving
      > students obtain the assistive technology products they will need to
      > achieve success in their educational pursuits, future careers and their
      > everyday lives," Chandler said. "We received enthusiastic support from
      > our partner organizations--all of whom are already playing key roles in
      > expanding opportunities for those who are blind."
      > The winning applicants will receive vouchers in amounts of either $2,500
      > or $1,500 to apply toward the purchase of Freedom Scientific's full line
      > of products, including hardware, software, accessories, training and
      > tutorials.
      > Applicants for the award must be U.S. or Canadian residents, who are
      > legally blind and planning to pursue a full-time course of study at either
      > the college/university or graduate school level. Winners will be selected
      > by the partnering organizations based on three areas of consideration:
      > academic achievement; extra-curricular or community service leaderships,
      > and demonstrated personal qualities. The organizations will apply these
      > general guidelines as well as supplement them with their own specific
      > criteria.
      > Application forms and other submission requirements will be available from
      > the partnering organizations websites. Four organizations will award to
      > graduating high school seniors in the U.S.: ACB, AFB, Braille Institute
      > and NFB. The CNIB will select the winners among high school seniors in
      > Canada, while the RFB&D will make the awards for college seniors planning
      > to pursue graduate studies from either the U.S. or Canada. Applicants
      > should contact the specific organization's scholarship coordinator for
      > additional information.
      > Freedom Scientific Inc. emerged as the largest manufacturer of software
      > and hardware for people with visual impairments in the United States when
      > it was formed by the merger of Henter-Joyce, Blazie Engineering and
      > Arkenstone in early 2000. The consolidation of these companies brought
      > together expertise in the development and manufacturing of both hardware
      > and software assistive technology products.
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