2018 National Federation of the Blind of Missouri Scholarship Winners

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Bethany Bennington

I attend Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph and study
biochemistry and childhood studies. I plan to graduate in December of
2018 and begin pursuing my Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis
in infectious disease. I am a lover of life and all its quirks. Three
things I treasure most are: my family, I adore my better half Logan
and our beautiful baby girl Nora whom we welcomed to our tribe 3 short
months ago; my education because knowledge is power, and is one thing
that cannot be taken away; and lastly the passion I have for others,
doing what I can to help other people with disabilities and those
without disabilities live the lives they want, and be fulfilled. I am
also a mom to two fur babies whom I spoil entirely too much if that’s
even possible.

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Jenny Carmack

My name is Jenny, I am a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).  I am working toward my Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. Next semester I plan to begin working toward my certification of Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI), while completing my final course in the master's program.  Upon completing my educational goals I am looking to advocate for families and/or consult with schools so that children with disabilities have the opportunity for an appropriate education.  I also plan to work with students who are blind/visually impaired in guiding them to become self-sufficient life long learners.  In addition to being a student, I am married to Randy, who is my best friend and my biggest fan in this journey of life.  We have four wonderful children and two adorable grandchildren.  In my free time I enjoy reading, going for walks with friends or family, and listening to music.

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Nina Theroff

My name is Nina Theroff. I am a sophomore majoring in accounting at
Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. At Lincoln I am a
member of the women's bowling team. My guide dog's name is Tetra. We
have been a team for 3 1/2 years. I am married with 4 children. I am
currently the secretary for the Jefferson City NFB chapter.

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Nina Villano

My Name Is Nina M. Villano. I’m a 57 year old full time student majoring in Media Studies. I have one 34 year old son Brandon, and one dog named Poncho. I am now a junior at UMSL University and I absolutely love it! I also enjoy working out in the fitness center. I am a single female who simply enjoys and appreciates life. I have my own radio show, NinaVDoinMe every Sunday from 12-3 on KCFV 89.5 The Wave. I am a member of True Witness Christian Community Church. My days start with what is necessary and end with the things I like. My hobbies are listening to music, fishing, jig-saw puzzles, reading and writing. Upon graduation in May 2019 I plan to go further and get a Masters while applying for as many voice-over positions as possible.