In 2009, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation began a partnership with The Loreen Arbus Foundation to focus on the needs, achievements, contributions and stories of citizens with disabilities.
This journalist scholarship program consists of one $2,500 scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student’s educational institute. The winning student must also be able to attend AWMF’s Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 22, 2015 in New York City to receive the scholarship. Female undergraduate and graduate students studying media, journalism, English, communications and related fields are encouraged to apply.
The 2015 Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship winner is Amanda Morris. The theme for the Scholarship was ADA: Opening Doors to Opportunity for 25 Years. When reflecting on the ADA, Morris wrote, "Instead of looking at what disabled people couldn‟t do, the ADA helped Americans to focus on what disabled people can do." She went on to write that despite her hearing loss, "Thanks to my stenographer, provided to me under ADA, I rarely miss important information and have actually maintained a high GPA. In a way, through my intellect and success, I am serving as a positive representation of the disabled." To read her eniter winning essay, click here.
Past Scholarship Recipients:
2014: The 2014 Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship theme was My Voice, My Time. Temple University student Krystan Lenhard, Class of 2014, was awarded the 2014 scholarship. Ms. Lenhard submitted a creative writing piece focusing on the challenges and triumphs that come with living with a disability. “I am passionate about seeing people with disabilities become fully empowered and employed individuals,” said Lenhard in her award-winning essay. To view her winning essay, click here.
2013: The 2013 Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship theme was A Different Lens. New York University student Destiny Leann Lopez, Class of 2016, was awarded the 2013 scholarship. Ms. Lopez submitted a creative writing piece entitled "An Encouraging Burden: A Personal Perspective on Discovering and Living with Hearing Loss," focusing on the challenges and triumphs that come with living with a disability. The piece can be read here.
2012: The 2012 Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship theme was You Make the Difference. The winning video was created by Allyson Conyers (CUNY Hunter College) and tells the compelling story of one person with a disability and her involvement in her community.
Previous Scholarship Recipients:
In 2011, the AWM Foundation and the Loreen Arbus Foundation challenged students to create a creative thought-provoking concept for a PSA based on the theme The Power of Perseverance.
The winning PSA, created by Ashley Thai Wilson (Georgia State University), reflects upon the daily obstacles people with disabilities face and how the surmounting of these obstacles allow them to become thriving and valued members of our community:
In 2010, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced that George Washington University student Haley Lesavoy was the recipient of the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship. Ms. Lesavoy created a video Public Service Announcement (PSA) reflecting the theme of Opening Doors & Minds: Celebrating 20 Years of the ADA.