Louisiana Association for the Blind (LAB) announced the awardee of its 2016-17 academic year scholarship recipient, Jimmy Wayne “Jimbo” Yocum. Jimbo is starting Mississippi College School of Law this fall. He is a 2016 graduate of Louisiana Tech University, and 2014 graduate of Bossier Parish Community College.
LAB provides annual scholarships opportunities to people who are blind or have severe vision impairment. He has not allowed his vision problem to prevent him from pursuing his life goals. “I will be studying Louisiana law, and plan to return to my home state to practice upon graduation,” said Yocum. “A disability should never discount you are exclude you from achieving your goals, and I would like to help others to experience the same opportunities that I have been so blessed to experience.”
LAB is headquartered in Shreveport, where people with severe vision loss receive rehabilitation, work readiness, and employment services. “The scholarship program helps people achieve their potential through realizing their educational goals,” said Shelly Taylor, LAB president and CEO. “We want people who are blind to have endless opportunities for independence. It is an honor to help Jimbo advance his education and independence.”
For more information about the LAB scholarship program, call (318) 635-6471 or visit lablind.com.