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Ralph G. Norman Scholarships Awarded
The Ralph G. Norman Scholarships were recently awarded to three unique individuals. Each student will receive $2,500 to be applied to tuition and fees at the college or university of their choice. Included below is a bio on each of the recipients.
Tabor Andrews, UCA
Tabor Andrews, of Conway, is a freshman at the University of Central Arkansas and a 2014 graduate of Conway High
School. Tabor was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age and has made great strides in overcoming academic challenges related to his disability. 
Tabor's self confidence and understanding of his disability has impressed his teachers, classmates and members of LDAA. We are proud to award him this scholarship and look forward to watching him prosper.
Crystal Bles, UACCM
Crystal Bles, of Fairfield Bay, is a 2015 graduate of West Side High School in Greers Ferry. She will attend the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton where she plans to concentrate in welding.
Crystal, who was diagnosed with dyslexia, has worked hard to achieve success in the field of welding. This past year, she won first place in Metal Fabrications on the state level at Skills USA and finished in the top ten at nationals. Her dream is to be the first female welder to compete in the World Welding Competition and Olympics for Welding. Teachers describe Crystal as kind, helpful, willing and optimistic. We are proud to award this scholarship to such a dedicated and deserving individual.
Casey Estep, NWACC
Casey Estep, of West Fork, is a 2015 graduate of the Archer Learning Center in Springdale. She was accepted to Northwest Arkansas Community College where she plans to major in nursing.
Casey was recently diagnosed with learning disabilities and has worked hard to become a self-advocate. One of Casey's teachers described her as a hero and praised Casey's quiet strength in overcoming homelessness, disabilities, and shyness with a vengeance. We are proud of Casey and excited to be able to assist with her educational goals.
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Did You Know

Learning disabilities should not be confused with other disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, autism, deafness, blindness and behavioral disorders. None of these conditions are learning disabilities. In addition, they should not be confused with lack of educational opportunities, such as frequent changes of schools or attendance problems. Also, children who are learning English do not necessarily have a learning disability.