Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship
In keeping with the goals of P. Buckley Moss, who struggled with dyslexia during her school years, this Scholarship represents the artist’s dedication to the field of special education. Students with a learning disability often graduate from high school with no recognition of their hard work and perserverence toward achieving their academic, technical, or artistic goals. When a student does attain and surpass expectations, there is often no extrinsic reward or incentive. The Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship is intended to help fill that void.
The Scholarship is named to honor the Society’s first president, Anne Harbison, and her husband, Matt, the first treasurer. The Harbisons were instrumental in founding the Society. As a school counselor, Anne understood firsthand the challenges faced by students with learning disabilities.
The recipient of the 2013 Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship is Alex Oberthaler of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. With learning differences in the areas of reading and written language, as well as hearing loss Alex, has worked hard to achieve a 3.5 grade average and has accumulated 28 points when only 23.5 were required for graduation from the Stevens Point Area Senior High School.
Alex has worked behind the scene, filming for channel 99 (the schools television station), volunteers at the Portage County Cultural Festival where he designed over 100 booths, volunteers at a nursing home, is committed to the Wisconsin Off Road Series Bicycling Team, SPASH Cross Country Team, Cross Country Ski Club, student council, the school's senate vice president. Alex has been described by his teachers as the "perfect role model, respectful, dedicated, energetic, and most importantly balanced between academics, social and extracurricular activities, and family."
Alex says "his hearing loss and difficulty reading and writing have made his life challenging at times." These challenges have made him the person he is today. Alex's motto is Never Give Up When it Get's Hard. He says "I will do whatever I want in my life and even if it takes me a few more steps, I WILL reach my goals." Alex will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Fall, achieving his goal of attending a University.
Nominations for the Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship can be made only by members of the P. Buckley Moss Society. If you do not know a Society Member you may contact the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education for information on (540) 932-1728 or Foundation@mossfoundation.org or Brenda@mossfoundation.org
- $1,500 scholarship to one high school senior with a certified language-related learning difference who is pursuing post-secondary education
- Renewable for up to three additional, consecutive years
- Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31
- Nomination by a P. Buckley Moss Society member (brief letter from nominator stating relationship is optional). Students who DO Not know a Society Member should contact the P. Buckley Moss Foundation Office.
- Verification of a language-related learning disability. Provide a letter (maximum two pages) from your case manager or counselor which details diagnostic information and progress. DO NOT SEND AN IEP.
- High school transcript - Unofficial.
- Two letters of recommendation, one academic and one personal (not from a relative).
- Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member at your school and the other from someone who knows you outside of the school setting (not from a relative).
Essay responses to the following four questions (be specific and convincing):
- Select three words that best describe you and provide evidence and examples of these qualities.
- Explain your specific learning disability, how it has challenged you, specific strategies you have used to cope, and the effects it has had on your life.
- Discuss your accomplishments in extra-curricular, community, work, church interests. Then focus on the one that’s of most importance to you, explain how you became involved in it, and tell how this involvement has affected you.
- What are your plans for next year? What career do you hope to pursue? How would this scholarship benefit you?
WHAT SOCIETY MEMBERS CAN DO:
As a member of the Society, you yourself may know a deserving learning-different student; most often, however, you will need to contact special education teachers or guidance counselors at local high schools for their suggestions. Nominations for the Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship can be made only by Society members, who then help to complete an application form in conjunction with the nomimated student and/or an educator in the community.
Applications and supportive information must be returned to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation by March 31st. All materials for each nominee must be included in one mailing and will not be returned. All applicants will be notified of the results, and the winner each year will be publicly announced on June 1st by the Moss Foundation.
You can download a scholarship application from our website or request one by contacting the Foundation office (540) 932-1728 or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation reserves the right not to award the scholarship in a year when a suitable candidate is not nominated. In that case, the funds for the scholarship for that year can be carried over and applied to a scholarship awarded in the following year. All information will be confidential.