Fifteen students and one faculty member were honored Nov. 11 at the Disability Resource Center’s ninth annual Student and Faculty Recognition Reception.
The event, which was held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel, served primarily as a way for students with disabilities to thank their scholarship sponsors and share their stories with the audience.
“Legally, I am disabled, but I’ve never defined myself that way,” said Jamie Diamond, who is majoring in telecommunications. “With a little assistance I have worked to accomplish what anyone else can. Nobody has ever gotten away with telling me I cannot do something.
“”I am very honored to be the recipient of Margaret Ann Towson Scholarship. I vowed long ago to change the world for the better,” he also said “I am trying to make myself as useful in as many ways as I can. Because of the generosity of Margaret’s family, I can continue my studies of journalism, production and new media at the Grady College of Journalism. I have never been more engaged in my academic work.”
Other honorees included James Woodrow Morgan and Courtney Gale, who received the Gregory Charles Johnson Scholarship; Sarranda Scott and Jenna Buckley, who earned the Weldone Johnson Access Abroad Award; Justin Elliott, who was honored with the Matthew Peddicord Award; Zachary Hogue, who received the Joe Coile Award; Alexander Lunn and Amarachi Anukam, who were awarded the Lauren Melissa Kelly Award; Britney Bennett, who earned the Aynes Award; Clancey Windham, who was honored with the Carey Louis Davis Award; Jarryd Wallace and Jessie Savini, who were awarded the John and Frances Mangan Family Scholarship; Melanie Dupont, who earned the Choate Family Scholarship; and Elizabeth
Dale, who earned the Hamilton Family Scholarship.
Laura Jolly, vice president for instruction, presented Norris Armstrong, an associate professor in biological sciences, with the Outstanding Faculty Award for his work with disabled students.