2017 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Winners

The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship was recently awarded to three Arkansas students by the Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas.

The scholarship is awarded annually to Arkansas residents with documented learning disabilities to attend a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program.

The 2017 scholarship winners are:

Justin L. Little, a 2017 graduate of Westside High School in Jonesboro, will attend Black River Technical College this fall and plans to study mechanics and auto body repair. He is the son of Kevin and Tracy Little.

“Overcoming adversity has made me goal oriented and ready to take on the world,” Little wrote in his application.

 

2018 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Winners

Caleb Carr, a 2018 graduate of Shiloh Christian School, will attend the University of Arkansas this fall. He plans to study civil engineering.

“Caleb showed a tenacity for learning that did not end in the classroom but extended to athletics and all remaining school activities,” said Rick McClarrinon, Ed.D., Carr’s teacher. “His work ethic was superior, his character exemplary, and his leadership qualities well above average.”

 

 

 

Foster Rash, a 2018 graduate of Jacksonville High School, will attend Central Baptist College in the fall. He plans to become a high school math teacher and baseball coach.

“Foster Rash is a rarity among students,” said Debra Stanchak, Rash’s guidance counselor. “He is mature, patient and an all around good person. He wants to be a great teacher, one who inspires students to chase their dreams and not to give up when life gets difficult.”

 

 

 

Grace West, a 2018 graduate of Monticello High School, will attend the University of Central Arkansas this fall.  She plans to obtain a degree in biology and anthropology to become a neuroscientist.

“Grace West is one of the finest examples of self-advocacy whom I have had the pleasure of teaching,” said West’s AP English teacher Julie Fakouri. “Grace asks questions; she asks for explanations; she checks to make sure that she is doing the activity correctly. She never makes excuses.”

 

 

 

The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship is awarded to Arkansas residents with documented learning disabilities to attend a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program. Ideal applicants must have a deep commitment to overcoming academic challenges and set realistic goals for their future.

2018 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Winners

Caleb Carr, a 2018 graduate of Shiloh Christian School,  will attend the University of Arkansas this fall. He plans to study civil engineering.

“Caleb showed a tenacity for learning that did not end in the classroom but extended to athletics and all remaining school activities,” said Rick McClarrinon, Ed.D., Carr’s teacher. “His work ethic was superior, his character exemplary, and his leadership qualities well above average.”

 

 

Foster Rash, a 2018 graduate of Jacksonville High School,  will attend Central Baptist College in the fall. He plans to become a high school math teacher and baseball coach.

“Foster Rash is a rarity among students,” said Debra Stanchak, Rash’s guidance counselor. “He is mature, patient and an all around good person.  He wants to be a great teacher, one who inspires students to chase their dreams and not to give up when life gets difficult.”

 

 

Grace West, a 2018 graduate of Monticello High School,  will attend the University of Central Arkansas this fall. She plans to obtain a degree in biology and anthropology to become a neuroscientist.

“Grace West is one of the finest examples of self-advocacy whom I have had the pleasure of teaching,” said Parrish’s AP English teacher Julie Fakouri. Grace asks questions; she asks for explanations; she checks to make sure that she is doing the activity correctly. She never makes excuses.”

 

The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship is awarded to Arkansas residents with documented learning disabilities to attend a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program. Ideal applicants must have a deep commitment to overcoming academic challenges and set realistic goals for their future.

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The Music Therapy Center of Houston is a non-profit center that educates the community about music therapy through community outreach and in-services as well as works to match board certified music therapists with families and clients throughout the Houston and greater surrounding areas.

In addition, each year we provide grants and scholarships to families and facilities in order to help start music therapy services or help with the overall cost of services.

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Our members include educators, therapists, other professionals and parents who care for Arkansans with disabilities. Members may attend our regularly scheduled meetings, serve on our scholarship committee and schedule one of our learning disability simulation workshops for their organizations.  Members also gain access to all the resources available through the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

The annual LDAA conference brings administrators, educators, special educators, reading specialists, academic therapists, speech-language pathologists and parents together to learn the latest treatment and teaching strategies for children with learning disabilities. The conference offers professional development hours and insight from local professionals and regional or national speakers.

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Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Application

The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas is seeking applicants for its annual Ralph G. Norman Scholarship. The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2,500 to an individual with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in the Fall Semester at a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program. The ideal scholarship recipient is an individual who:

  • Recognizes and understands his or her learning disability and is able to self-advocate when necessary
  • Is committed to pursuing higher academic study or career training and has begun to set realistic career goals
  • Is committed to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of a learning disability
  • Participates in school and community activities

 

ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

To be eligible for the Ralph G. Norman scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an individual who will be attending a university, two-year community college or a vocational or technical training program
  • Be a current Arkansas resident
  • Be able to provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability. Eligible learning disabilities include:
    • Impairment in Reading (Dyslexia)
    • Basic Reading/Word Reading Accuracy
    • Reading Rate/Reading Fluency
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Impairment in Written Expression (Dysgraphia)
    • Impairment in Mathematics (Dyscalculia)
    • Math Calculation
    • Math Problem Solving

 

SELECTION PROCESS

The top 10 candidates as selected by the LDAA scholarship committee will be presented to members of the board who will select three candidates who have overcome academic challenges related to their learning disabilities.

 

SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS

The $2,500 scholarship is paid in two installments: a $1,250 installment in the fall and a $1,250 installment in the spring. The payment is made directly to the university, college or vocational/technical program the individual is attending. In the event the scholarship recipient withdraws or separates from the institution or program during the Fall Semester; any unused scholarship funds will be refunded to LDAA. The scholarship will not continue if the recipient withdraws or separates from the institution or program prior to the Spring Semester.

 

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you would prefer to download the scholarship and submit by mail, please click here:  Scholarship Application 2019

If submitting by mail, all required materials must be postmarked in one packet to be considered for the scholarship. Completed packets should be mailed to:

 

Ralph G. Norman Scholarship

Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas

P.O. Box 23514

Little Rock, AR 72211

Or e-mail to info@ldarkansas.org

Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by March 31, 2019.

Please note that materials submitted as part of the application process will not be returned.

 

Scholarship Application

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  • Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Application 

    The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas is seeking applicants for the 2019 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship. The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2,500 to an individual with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in Fall Semester 2019 at a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program. The ideal scholarship recipient is an individual who:

    • Recognizes and understands his or her learning disability and is able to self-advocate when necessary

    • Is committed to pursuing higher academic study or career training and has begun to set realistic career goals

    • Is committed to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of a learning disability

    • Participates in school and community activities

     

    ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

    To be eligible for the Ralph G. Norman scholarship, the applicant must:

    • Be an individual who will be attending a university, two-year community college or a vocational or technical training program in Fall 2018

    • Be a current Arkansas resident

    • Be able to provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability. Eligible learning disabilities include:

      • Impairment in Reading (Dyslexia)

      • Basic Reading/Word Reading Accuracy

      • Reading Rate/Reading Fluency

      • Reading Comprehension

      • Impairment in Written Expression (Dysgraphia)

      • Impairment in Mathematics (Dyscalculia)

      • Math Calculation

      • Math Problem Solving

     

    SELECTION PROCESS

    The top 10 candidates as selected by the LDAA scholarship committee will be presented to members of the board who will select three candidates who have overcome academic challenges related to their learning disabilities.

     

    SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    The $2,500 scholarship is paid in two installments: a $1,250 installment in the fall and a $1,250 installment in the spring. The payment is made directly to the university, college or vocational/technical program the individual is attending. In the event the scholarship recipient withdraws or separates from the institution or program during the Fall Semester 2018; any unused scholarship funds will be refunded to LDAA. The scholarship will not continue if the recipient withdraws or separates from the institution or program prior to the Spring Semester 2019.

      

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENT CHECKLIST:

    Please include the following information in the following order. If mailing, do not staple pages or provide double-sided copies. Failure to follow this request may result in your application not being reviewed.

    1. Scholarship Application Form

    2. Most recent documentation of your learning disability:

      1. A copy of Professional Evaluation indicating your learning disability, OR

      2. A letter from a qualified professional certifying your learning disability (psychologist, psychological examiner, or speech-language pathologist)

    3. Personal Statement: Include a brief essay (less than 1,000 words) about how your disability has impacted your life and about future educational and career goals. Write or type this information on a separate sheet of paper. Applicants may also elect to submit a 2-4 minute video or audio taping as an alternative to the written essay.

    4. Transcript of all high school and/or college courses.

    5. Two letters of recommendation from adults that can testify to your academic abilities, personal character, volunteer services and community involvement. These letters should be from a teacher, coach, counselor or community member - not a relative.

    6. Signed media and signature page.

     

    Please e-mail info@ldarkansas.org (Attention: Scholarship Chair) if you have questions regarding the application process.

     

    Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Application Form

    Please print or type in the following blanks. All blanks must be filled. If you are unable to fit a complete response to a question on the application, please write the section heading and the completed response to the question on a separate sheet of paper. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by March 31, 2019. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2019.

     

    GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Scholarship Application

Step 1 of 7

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  • Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Application 

    The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas is seeking applicants for the 2019 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship. The Ralph G. Norman Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2,500 to an individual with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in Fall Semester 2019 at a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program. The ideal scholarship recipient is an individual who:

    • Recognizes and understands his or her learning disability and is able to self-advocate when necessary

    • Is committed to pursuing higher academic study or career training and has begun to set realistic career goals

    • Is committed to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of a learning disability

    • Participates in school and community activities

     

    ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

    To be eligible for the Ralph G. Norman scholarship, the applicant must:

    • Be an individual who will be attending a university, two-year community college or a vocational or technical training program in Fall 2018

    • Be a current Arkansas resident

    • Be able to provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability. Eligible learning disabilities include:

      • Impairment in Reading (Dyslexia)

      • Basic Reading/Word Reading Accuracy

      • Reading Rate/Reading Fluency

      • Reading Comprehension

      • Impairment in Written Expression (Dysgraphia)

      • Impairment in Mathematics (Dyscalculia)

      • Math Calculation

      • Math Problem Solving

     

    SELECTION PROCESS

    The top 10 candidates as selected by the LDAA scholarship committee will be presented to members of the board who will select three candidates who have overcome academic challenges related to their learning disabilities.

     

    SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    The $2,500 scholarship is paid in two installments: a $1,250 installment in the fall and a $1,250 installment in the spring. The payment is made directly to the university, college or vocational/technical program the individual is attending. In the event the scholarship recipient withdraws or separates from the institution or program during the Fall Semester 2018; any unused scholarship funds will be refunded to LDAA. The scholarship will not continue if the recipient withdraws or separates from the institution or program prior to the Spring Semester 2019.

      

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENT CHECKLIST:

    Please include the following information in the following order. If mailing, do not staple pages or provide double-sided copies. Failure to follow this request may result in your application not being reviewed.

    1. Scholarship Application Form

    2. Most recent documentation of your learning disability:

      1. A copy of Professional Evaluation indicating your learning disability, OR

      2. A letter from a qualified professional certifying your learning disability (psychologist, psychological examiner, or speech-language pathologist)

    3. Personal Statement: Include a brief essay (less than 1,000 words) about how your disability has impacted your life and about future educational and career goals. Write or type this information on a separate sheet of paper. Applicants may also elect to submit a 2-4 minute video or audio taping as an alternative to the written essay.

    4. Transcript of all high school and/or college courses.

    5. Two letters of recommendation from adults that can testify to your academic abilities, personal character, volunteer services and community involvement. These letters should be from a teacher, coach, counselor or community member - not a relative.

    6. Signed media and signature page.

     

    Please e-mail info@ldarkansas.org (Attention: Scholarship Chair) if you have questions regarding the application process.

     

    Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Application Form

    Please print or type in the following blanks. All blanks must be filled. If you are unable to fit a complete response to a question on the application, please write the section heading and the completed response to the question on a separate sheet of paper. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by March 31, 2019. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2019.

     

    GENERAL INFORMATION