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    When she was five, India Scott lost her vision three weeks after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. To converse with her, you’d never guess she has struggled with anything, however. Her independence and her drive to succeed are fierce, and her positive outlook overshadows the fact that she is blind.

    India is a sophomore majoring in disability services, fulfilling a passion that started in childhood, when she wanted to emulate Helen Keller. Time and experiences changed her thinking. The aspiring rehabilitation counselor wants to “help people climb a figurative mountain, to make people of any disability understand their possibilities and abilities and to teach them to be independent.”

    For added challenge and to make herself more marketable when she graduates in two years, India is pursuing minors in child development and Spanish. To her, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship she received is an honor.

    “It’s a blessing and an honor. Education doesn’t come easily, and when an honor is involved, it feels even more worthwhile,” she said.