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2017 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship Recipients

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 Little

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.





Steven Neumeier



Steven Austin Neumeier, a 2017 graduate of Bigelow High School, will attend the University of the Ozarks this fall and plans to major in history and education. He is the son of Craig and Heather Neumeier.

“I want to impact other people the way that I have been impacted, and I want them to know that if they work hard and try, they can do great things with their lives,” Neumeier wrote in his application.




Katie Shannon


Katie Shannon, a 2017 graduate of Beebe High School, will attend Harding University this fall and major in occupational therapy. She is the daughter of John and Lori Shannon. 

“I grew up hearing my dad say, ‘Do the little things right,’ and I know now that he meant the little things add up and will eventually lead you to your ultimate goal. As an occupational therapist, I will aspire to help others reach their goals,” Shannon wrote in her application.



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Did You Know

Research shows that 8 to 10 percent of American children under 18 years of age have some type of learning disability, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.