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WAER SCHOLARSHIP

The Wisconsin Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (WAER) is pleased to award one $500 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester to an individual interested in entering or continuing a vocation in education, rehabilitation teaching, rehabilitation counseling, or orientation & mobility for persons with visual impairments. Individuals entering these fields will provide the training and experiences that enable people with visual impairments to increase their independence. WAER is committed to supporting professionals in our field, including college students.

WAER is interested in awarding this scholarship to a student who is a Wisconsin resident or has a verifiable commitment to work in Wisconsin. A person will be considered a resident if he/she currently resides in Wisconsin or was a resident of Wisconsin during the year prior to a move to pursue his/her degree in the field.

Students applying must have declared their majors and be enrolled in the university program during the semester in which the scholarship is awarded (Fall 2016).

**Please Note: Students MUST be AER members to apply for this scholarship.**

Include with your application:

 

1) Proof of residency of intended employment in Wisconsin,

   a) Photocopy of Wisconsin driver's license,

   b) Photocopy of photo identification card issued by Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, student signature, and expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance,

   c) Photocopy of Wisconsin ID card,

   d) Photocopy of employee photo identification card issued by current employer, containing employer's name and address, or

   e) Photocopy of utility bill for water, gas, electricity or telephone service issued within the last 90 days.

   f) Ask if other options are needed.

 

2) A copy of most recent college transcript (or high school transcript, if applicable),

 

3) Documentation of enrollment during the semester in which the scholarship is awarded,

 

4) The Personal Data Form and Applicant Questions, and

 

5) A letter of recommendation accompanied by the Ratings Scale sheet, completed by a high school counselor, college advisor, professor, or employer.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Hapeman and JHapeman@gmail.com or 414-405-8332.

 

Return all forms postmarked by April 15, 2016 to:

WAER Scholarship Committee

c/o Julie Hapeman

3628 W Lakefield Dr.

Milwaukee, WI 53215

 

Applicants will be notified by April 21, 2016 and announced at the Collaborative Vision Conference, which will be held April 21-22 in Stevens Point, WI.

 

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PERSONAL DATA

DESCRIPTION OF SCHOLARSHIP: For an undergraduate or graduate student who is a resident of Wisconsin or has a verifiable commitment to work in Wisconsin, is a member of AER, and is pursuing a career in teaching children with visual impairments, rehabilitation teaching, rehabilitation counseling, or orientation and mobility for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Name:

Address:

City, State, Zip:

AER Membership Number:

 

Name and address of high school last attended:

Name:

Location:

 

College or university you desire to attend or are currently attending:

 

Name:

 

Location:

Major:


If you are not currently a university student, have you been accepted to a university training program?

 

Yes    No   If no, when do you expect notification?


List academic achievements (awards, honors, etc.).


List other high school, university, or professional achievements (include extracurricular activities).


Are you receiving financial aid, other scholarships, and/or loan programs to pay for your tuition?

 

Yes    No    If yes, please explain.

 


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APPLICANT QUESTIONS

Please type or print out on a separate sheet of paper the following:


1. Discuss which career you wish to pursue and why you have chosen this area. (approximately 200 words)

 

 

 

2. What are your long-term objectives? (approximately 100 words)

 

 

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RATING SCALE

The Rating Scale is to be filled out by a high school guidance counselor, college advisor, professor, or employer. Attach the Rating Scale to the letter of recommendation and send to (postmarked by February 15, 2016):

WAER Scholarship Committee

c/o Julie Hapeman

3628 W Lakefield Dr

Milwaukee, WI 53215

 

 

Name of Student:

 

Your Name and Job Title:

Date:


Instructions: Rate the student on each of the listed traits.

 



Weak

0-2

Below

Average

3-4


Average

5-6

Very

Good

7-8


Outstanding

9-10

Scholastic Motivation:

 

How serious is the student in pursuing an education






Leadership:

Fairness to all, respect for and from others






Responsibility:

Work done promptly and engagements kept






Creativity:

Ability to work with alternatives, etc.






Human relations:

Unselfishness, sociability, tact, cooperation






Self-discipline:

Ability to define and follow through on plan of action