Chase Crispin, a 2015 graduate of Blair High School, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Lighthouse Guild, a not-for-profit vision and health care organization. Crispin will attend Nebraska Wesleyan this fall. He plans to earn a degree in K-12 music education, and would like to be a middle school band teacher.
The Lighthouse Guild awards scholarships to outstanding students who are blind or visually impaired. Born with leber congenital amaurosis, which affects the rods and cones in the retina of the eye, Crispin is blind and only able to vaguely sense light. The application process included two essays and two letters of recommendation, as well as listing extracurricular activities. Crispin was a member of National Honor Society, president of Tri-M Music Honor Society and a member of the Spanish and drama clubs. He played alto saxophone in marching band and jazz band, and bass clarinet in concert band. Crispin also plays piano and sings. He has always loved music.