Billy Don Sims Scholarship


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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 Sims’s 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 original goal of $125,000 in principle. Alabama AER Chapter members can be very proud of their efforts to support an annual scholarship to assist a student planning to work in the field of blindness in Alabama. The presentation of the 2023 scholarship to Tonya R. Chatman marked the 21st person to receive a scholarship bringing the grand total of awarded scholarships to $40,700.Thanks to all of you who have helped make this possible!

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

Alabama AER Scholarship Recipients
Year Name Award
2023 Tonya R. Chatman $3,500
2022 Joseph M. Arnold $3,000
2021 Yolanda V. Smith $3,000
2020 Jennifer Reeves $3,000
2019 Lisa B. Geist $3,000
2018 Meredith Grace Kerr $3,000
2017 Veronica Harrington $2,500
2016 Jessica Williams $2,500
2015 Mary Catherine Cole $2,500
2014 Ashleigh Hatcher $2,000
2013 Melisa Pardi $2,000
2012 Haley McManus $2,000
2011 Brianna Jeffrey $2,000
2010 Loretta Bryan $2,000
2009 Brittney L. Urquhart $1,000
2008 Ellen Bowman $1,000
2007 Nicholas Derzis $1,000
2006 Donna G. Smith $500
2005 Chad Nichelson $500
2004 Bill Driggers $500
2003 Meredith Gerrard $200
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Alabama Chapter