By providing financial support to selected blind and visually impaired Washington residents, the Washington Council of the Blind…

  • supports their personal growth and realization of educational goals
  • increases the visibility of blind and visually impaired students on campuses
  • and promotes the development of future leaders in our communities.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

The Washington Council of the Blind honored nine winners of WCB Scholarships for 2016 on November 5 at the annual convention at the Seattle Airport Marriott in SeaTac. The WCB awarded a total of $17,500 to the following recipients:

Eric Werbel is a freshman at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and is pursuing a B.S. in Engineering.

Tracy Fejeran plans to complete her AA degree during the spring of 2017 and transfer to Eastern Washington University to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work.

Jeff Bowler is a graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado. Jeff is carrying a 4.0 GPA in his Teacher of the Visually Impaired – Orientation and Mobility Specialist Master Degree program.

Cindy Van Winkle is a senior at Southern New Hampshire University where she is taking the final few courses online needed to earn her BS in Organizational Leadership.

Shelby Kappler a senior at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She has dual majors of International Studies and Spanish and is minoring in anthropology and disability studies. She is studying in the Netherlands this year as an exchange student at University
College Utrecht.

Amanda Sutherland is a graduate student at the Fuller Theological Seminary. She is seeking a Master of Divinity degree.

Erick Vasquez, a Pasco resident, is a sophomore at Columbia Basin College where he is working towards a BA in early childhood education.

Courtney Cole is currently a freshman at Seattle University where she is studying psychology with a career goal of becoming a mental health counselor.

Abby Griffith attends Clark College working towards an education degree with plans to transfer to the University of Washington and a career goal of being a teacher of the visually impaired.