Nancy LaFevers Ambroze Scholarship Fund
Nancy LaFevers, M.A., CCC, believed in early diagnosis and remediation for students with dyslexia using Orton-Gillingham methods and principles. An effective and powerful advocate for children with dyslexia, learning differences, and related language disorders, Nancy was a founding member of the Houston Branch (HBIDA) and has served as its president.In April, 2006, the Houston Branch presented Nancy with the HBIDA 2006 Nancy LaFevers Community Service Award, which was founded to recognize Branch members who made outstanding contributions for students with dyslexia and related language learning differences in our community. Donations from friends, family, and colleagues provided funds to fulfill Nancy’s wish to enable diagnostic services for families who could not afford them otherwise. In April, 2006, the Nancy LaFevers Ambroze Scholarship Fund was established.
Houston Branch of The International Dyslexia Association has a limited number of scholarships that are granted to students ages 3 – 17 years of age and adults between 18 – 35 years of age (exceptions on the age limit can be made) who have shown that they need educational diagnostic testing and who have limited financial resources. If approved testing will be covered directly by HBIDA to preselected diagnostician.
William Van Cleave Scholarship Fund
William Van Cleave, M.A., was an educational consultant whose specialties included morphology and written expression. An internationally recognized speaker with an interactive, hands-on presentation style, William presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools both in the United States and abroad since 1995. Some of William’s projects included consulting with three schools as a part of a literacy grant in Montana; participating on the MTSS Writing Standards Committee for the State of Pennsylvania; implementing several Trainer of Trainers projects using his sentence structure approach; and a writing series of workbooks and a companion book on developing composition skills to complement his sentence approach. He authored three books, including Writing Matters and Everything You Want to Know & Exactly Where to Find It, as well as several educational tools and and activities. Previously, William served as a classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator in private schools arena at various points in his career..
Current classroom teachers, and other educators, including currently employed certified teachers, Licensed Dyslexia Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Educational Diagnosticians, serving the dyslexia community to participate in high quality professional development programs aligned with the science of reading, as offered virtually or in person.
The Annette C. Stokes Scholarship for High School Seniors
In 1982, Annette C. Stokes became one of the first Dyslexia Therapists in the Houston Area to be trained by the Neuhaus Education Center. She worked as a Dyslexia Therapist in the Houston area for 14 years until retiring to the Austin area. Annette was passionate about helping kids and young adults with dyslexia, and in addition to teaching, served as a committee member for HBIDA over the years, advocating for those with dyslexia.
Annette’s other passion was her fervent determination to help high school girls have an opportunity to obtain higher education. In retirement, she was twice President of the Lago Vista Women’s Association, helping raise over $30,000 annually for college scholarships for local high school senior girls.
Annette knew firsthand what it was like to have a child with dyslexia, and the public school system’s toll on their self-esteem. She would have loved to help high school seniors with dyslexia recognize that their dyslexic thinking is actually a gift. These students have managed to successfully navigate public school, with grit and determination and despite the numerous obstacles in the system that does not teach in the way they need to learn.
We seek to honor Annette C. Stoke’s legacy by combining her causes to provide scholarships for high school seniors with dyslexia.