Student wins scholarship for visually impaired

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Genoa resident and Western Illinois University student Alexis Kathaly has earned a $2,500 scholarship from The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired for her strong academic record and impressive resume of giving back to the community.

Despite being visually impaired, Kathaly found ways to participate in a wide range of social activities, including dancing, playing the viola and acting. She took her talents to the WIU campus, where she continues her strong academic performance and plans to major in English or law.

Kathaly volunteered in producing a community dance, assisted with a number of Bible school projects and provided meals to underprivileged individuals at her church.

Her guidance counselor at Genoa-Kingston High School believes Kathaly will go far in school and beyond.

The Chicago Lighthouse Scholarship Program was established in 2004. To date, more than 200 students have received scholarships to pursue their dreams of college and graduate education. The program is the second largest in the country for students with visual impairments, second only to the National Federation of the Blind.

For further information on the scholarship program and services offered by The Chicago Lighthouse, call Donna Jenkins at 312-666-1331, ext. 3433.

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