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Watertown native receives scholarship

May 26, 2019

WHITEWATER -- Watertown native John Harrison received a $2,000 scholarship from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired for outstanding academic achievements and community involvement.

Harrison will be a junior in fall at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is pursuing a double major in English creative writing and psychology.

“I would like to thank the council for believing in me and making this possible,” said Harrison. “You help so many people, and you’re making the future a better place.”

Scholarship recipients were selected based on GPA, a personal essay, community engagement and letters of recommendation. Harrison’s community activities include serving on numerous panels and writing for a publication for parents of children who are blind or visually impaired. Harrison is involved in UW-Whitewater IMPACT, UWW Dungeons & Dragons Club, the Wisconsin Association of Blind Students, and serves as a research assistant in a psychology lab on campus. During his free time, Harrison is a blacksmith and has built a forge.

“We are very pleased and honored to offer 10 scholarships this year to a talented and diverse group of students,” says Denise Jess, CEO/executive director of the council. “I am hopeful that they will make a positive difference in the world.”

Harrison received the scholarship at the council’s annual scholarship and awards luncheon on Saturday, May 18 at the Radisson Hotel in Madison. The council awards multiple $2,000 scholarships each year to students who are blind or visually impaired, who exemplify personal growth and scholastic achievement.

WHITEWATER -- Watertown native John Harrison received a $2,000 scholarship from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired for outstanding academic achievements and community involvement.

Harrison will be a junior in fall at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is pursuing a double major in English creative writing and psychology.

“I would like to thank the council for believing in me and making this possible,” said Harrison. “You help so many people, and you’re making the future a better place.”

Scholarship recipients were selected based on GPA, a personal essay, community engagement and letters of recommendation. Harrison’s community activities include serving on numerous panels and writing for a publication for parents of children who are blind or visually impaired. Harrison is involved in UW-Whitewater IMPACT, UWW Dungeons & Dragons Club, the Wisconsin Association of Blind Students, and serves as a research assistant in a psychology lab on campus. During his free time, Harrison is a blacksmith and has built a forge.

“We are very pleased and honored to offer 10 scholarships this year to a talented and diverse group of students,” says Denise Jess, CEO/executive director of the council. “I am hopeful that they will make a positive difference in the world.”

Harrison received the scholarship at the council’s annual scholarship and awards luncheon on Saturday, May 18 at the Radisson Hotel in Madison. The council awards multiple $2,000 scholarships each year to students who are blind or visually impaired, who exemplify personal growth and scholastic achievement.

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