In addition to the award recipients noted above, INARF was proud to recognize two outstanding Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) with the Costa N. Miller Scholarship Award at the 2014 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 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.
Paige Klemme of Tangram did not intend to make a career of serving individuals with disabilities. In a very short time, however, she developed a great passion for the human services field and a deep devotion to the individuals she serves. The little victories that come from the support she gives her clients have become deeply rewarding, and prompted her to pursue a career as a behavior specialist. She plans to use her degree to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to live their lives to their full potential.
Stella Modirim loves her job in Tangram's Community Living Services program. A student at the Chamberlain College of Nursing, Stella plans to use her degree to benefit individuals with disabilities by becoming a nurse in the human services field. She feels that, just as serving individuals with disabilities has positively changed her life, she can make a deeper contribution to the individuals she serves with her degree.