Billy Don Sims Scholarship


The Billy Don Sims Scholarship Fund will reach $125,000 milestone in 2018!

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In early 2004 the AER Board of Directors renamed the AER scholarship the "AER Billy Don Sims Scholarship" in honor of Billy Don Simsís memory, membership in Alabama AER, and his advocacy and professional contribution to the field of blindness. To date the BDS Scholarship through various fundraising activities has exceeded its goal and in 2018 will reach $125,000 in principal. The fund will now support an annual scholarship to assist a student planning to work in the field of blindness. The presentation of the 2017 scholarship to Veronica Harrington marked the 15th person to receive a scholarship bringing the grand total of awarded scholarships to $21,200.

Thanks to all of you who have helped make this possible!

Alabama AER Scholarship Recipients
2017Veronica Harrington$2,500
2016Jessica Williams$2,500
2015Mary Catherine Cole$2,500
2014Ashleigh Hatcher$2,000
2013Melisa Pardi$2,000
2012Haley McManus$2,000
2011Brianna Jeffrey$2,000
2010Loretta Bryan$2,000
2009Brittney L. Urquhart$1,000
2008Ellen Bowman$1,000
2007Nicholas Derzis$1,000
2006Donna G. Smith$500
2005Chad Nichelson$500
2004Bill Driggers$500
2003Meredith Gerrard$200
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Alabama Chapter