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Published: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Alexa, my granddaughter, was born blind.

She has attended mainstream schools through high school. She overcame many obstacles, but also reaped many awards, including being inducted into the National Honor Society at Johnsburg High School. She also received several scholarships.

She was a finalist for a scholarship from the National Federation for the Blind. She had to go to Bloomington last month for a convention, which lasted an entire weekend. There were three requirements she had to meet: academics, outside activities and attend the whole convention.

She met two out of three requirements, but thought going to classes and not being able to attend the entire convention was more important because she has to work harder than other students to accomplish what she has accomplished so far.

The NFB said if she didn’t attend the whole convention, they would pull her scholarship.

I don’t understand. Isn’t a scholarship for helping to further your education and not to condone missing classes?

The NFB says that is their rules. Don’t you think it is time to change that rule?

Steve Schwichow


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