NC AHEAD student scholarship for spring 2017. Apply now! Application deadline is Feb. 13!

North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability (NC AHEAD) is offering 3 scholarships, which are $500 each for 2017. You must be registered with Disability Services and working with a Disability Counselor in order to apply for the scholarship.

Here is more information about the eligibility criteria from NC AHEAD:

A total of three *scholarships ($500 each) are available—one scholarship will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • an *undergraduate student enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at a private college or university in North Carolina
  • The Jim Kessler Scholarship” an *undergraduate student enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at a public college or university in North Carolina
  • a student enrolled in degree or certificate program at a 2-year/community college in North Carolina

*Please note students are only considered eligible if they are seeking a 2 year degree OR their first bachelor’s degree. Second bachelor degree seeking students are not eligible to receive this award.

Criteria for these scholarships include:

  1. Applicant MUST be an undergraduate student with a disability registered with the disability services office on your campus.
  2. Disability Services Provider at your institution MUST be a member of NC AHEAD for the 2016-2017 academic year
  3. Applicants are evaluated based on: a) leadership and service to campus and/or community, b) academic achievement, c) well-articulated goals
  4. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA

(An unofficial transcript is required that verifies the cumulative GPA from the current institution from beginning of matriculation to the Spring 2017 semester)

The applicants must submit a complete package including the following:

  • Completed Scholarship Application (page 3)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from faculty at College/University and one from another professional from the college/university)
  • One-Two page personal essay including the following:
    • Leadership and service to campus or community
    • Academic achievement
    • Career goals/aspirations

The deadline for the completed scholarship application (including all required documents) is Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5p.m. Scholarships packets are to be submitted to Georgieann Bogdan, Awards, Scholarships and Grants Committee Chair at georgieann.bogdan@greensboro.edu or fax to 336-271-6634 by the deadline to be considered for the award.  The 2017 Student Scholarship recipients will be announced at the NC AHEAD Spring Conference.

*Please note: The NC AHEAD Scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition and will not be made available to be applied to books, living and/or other personal expenses.

View the Disability Services Student Resources page of our website to download the application. Also, let your Disability Counselor know if you are planning to apply. Good luck!

Staff Spotlight: Gavora Jones Senior Administrative Clerk in Disability Services

Gavora Jones is a vital member of the Disability Services team. She is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that students receive the best services from our office and from the college as a whole. Being a CPCC student herself, she knows how to navigate the college and is willing to help connect others with resources at the college to help them be successful. She has a big heart and it shows when you meet her! With her experience and personality, she provides high quality services to our students and helps to keep the department running smoothly.

Gavora Jones, PT Senior Administrative Clerk

Now it’s time to get to know Gavora…..

Q: How long have you worked at CPCC?

A: I’ve been working at CPCC for 4 years.

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?

A: I worked as a work-study student with TRiO and Financial Aid, which helped shape me for my professional future.

Q: What are your areas of expertise?

A: Because of my experiences in life over the years I believe it makes it easy for me to make others smile. I have a way with people.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at CPCC?

A: I truly enjoy meeting new people and learning more about the world around me. I find it true that you’re never too old to learn.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?

A: I enjoy shopping, music, reading, and spending time with my family. And maybe cooking every now and then.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?

A: I enjoy making gift baskets and taking pictures for fun. For me making others smile gives me a warm feeling on the inside. Most of all traveling to visit my dad and going to flea markets on the weekends.

Get financial help for assistive technology!

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Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator Disability Services

Disability Services at CPCC is happy to provide students with assistive technology on all of CPCC’S campuses. However, we recognize that sometimes students need access to assistive technology outside of school, especially after students have completed their education at CPCC. The good news is, students do not have to fund assistive technology on their own. There is financial help available!

Visit the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program website to find information about funding scholarships, purchase of technology/devices for students with hearing and visual difficulties, and more.

In addition, you can purchase used assistive technology devices through the North Carolina Assistive Technology Exchange Post.

Interested in learning about FREE assistive technology? Here are some helpful resources for free software.

Please keep in mind that CPCC Disability Services is not responsible for mishaps that may occur when downloading free software.

NaturalReader

NaturalReader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.

Windows Eyes

Windows Eyes is free read aloud software for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled. Available in multiple languages.

SpeakIt

SpeakIt is free downloadable software used with Google Chrome. SpeakIt uses text-to-speech technology to read selected text in over 50 languages.

NVDA

NonVisual Desktop Access, or NVDA, is a free, downloadable screen reader that converts text to speech. NVDA is available in our Disability Services Testing Center, but students may also wish to download this free software onto their personal computers or onto a USB drive, which allows students to use NVDA with virtually any computer.

Have questions about assistive technology at CPCC? Visit our website for more information!