In addition to the award recipients mentioned above, INARF was proud to recognize two outstanding Direct Support Professionals with the Costa N. Miller Scholarship Award at the 2013 Annual Awards Luncheon on March 13. Established on behalf of Costa Miller, INARF's founding CEO, the Costa N. Miller Scholarship was created in 1999 to assist Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) pursuing higher education to benefit the human service industry. The recipients of the award must be employed for a minimum of two years at an INARF member agency, be enrolled in an undergraduate program and have a grade-point-average of at least 2.0.
Amanda Meyer of Noble of Indiana grew up with a sister on the autism spectrum, providing her with a unique perspective on the challenges faced by siblings and family members of persons receiving services. Working as a DSP at Noble of Indiana was a natural fit for her personal and professional goals , which include obtaining a BA in social work and an advanced degree in ABA therapy. Amanda looks forward to using her education and personal expertise to develop programming for siblings and family members.
Heidi Lanzer of Occazio has wanted to be a nurse for a long time - and she's making her dream a reality. After being diagnosed with a medical condition and treated at Riley Hospital for Children, Heidi focused her efforts on making positive change in the world and set her sights on good grades and a nursing career. After high school graduation, she accepted a DSP position at Occazio to earn extra money for college, beginning as a substitute DSP in one home. One year later, she had gained experience in all of Occazio's group homes in New Castle. Heidi will graduate from Indiana University-East with a BS in Nursing in a few short months and looks forward to using her degree to make a positive impact on the world around her.
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