2009 Incight Summer Newsletter

In Our World

This has been an amazing summer for Incight. We received over 1,700 applications for our scholarship and it has been an extremely difficult task to narrow it down to only 100 individuals that will receive the award (Click here to view this years recipients). We recruited leaders in the disability community to help us a review and rate the applications. Our review committee all agreed that that there are far more qualified applicants than there are scholarships to grant.

Unfortunately Incight can not support every person that applied for our scholarship but Incight is a resource for every person with a disability. In addition to the scholarships that Incight grants we also have many other programs (employment, independence and networking) to support people with disabilities. You can find more about our programs at incight.org and learn how you can stay connected and benefit from Incight.

We wish all of our applicants the best of luck in the coming year and we hope to stay connected to all of you all!!!

Incight Graduate: Wes Studer

Wes first learned about Incight through his councilor at Lake Oswego High School while looking for scholarships to help with tuition. He received his first scholarship in 2005 as a freshman at the University of Portland. Incight renewed the scholarship each succeeding year until his graduation May of 2009 with a BA in History and Political science.

Incight does not stop with just monetary support; Wes was matched with a mentor who assisted him during his search for summer internships in his field of study. During the summer of 2007 Wes had a remarkable internship as staff associate with the office of Mayor Sam Adams when he was City Commissioner.

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University of Portland graduate Wes Studer

Incight-ful Advice: Using Un-Paid Work Experiene on Your Resume

When you are looking for a job, your resume gets your foot in the door. It represents you to a potential employer and you want it to stand out from the resumes of the other applicants. One way to capture the interest of an employer is to show that you are an involved citizen — someone who works to make the community a better place to live. In other words, make sure your volunteer work appears on your resume.

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Thank you,The Incight Team

Incight Portland
310 SW 4th Ave
Suite 530
Portland, OR 97204
971-244-0305

Incight Palm Desert
73754 Highway 111
Suite C
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: 760-674-2473

2009/2010 Incight Scholarship Recipients Announced

This has been an amazing summer for Incight. We received over 1,700 applications for our scholarship and it has been an extremely difficult task to narrow it down to only 100 individuals that will receive the award. We recruited leaders in the disability community to help us a review and rate the applications. Our review committee all agreed that that there are far more qualified applicants than there are scholarships to grant.

Here are the 2009/2010 Incight Scholars

Alexenia AldapeEric Allen

Jessica Andrade

Austin Angelus

Candace Attwood

Sara Azar

Taylor Bacon

Sandra Baroni

Kimberly Becker

Anna Bitencourt

Ming Canaday

Burkhardt Casey

Michelle Chebeir

Daniel Ciccarone

Ramiro  Cisneros

Shannon Coe

Susan Crane

Christina Davidson

Ryan DeLuca

Omer Faruk Demirer

Scott Douglas

Margaret Drew

Alison Ecker

Paul Faghan

Shavone Flores

Anthony Franco

Tingting Gao

Todd Gore

Amanda Goyne

Ashley Graff

Harrison Greanias

Daniel Guenther

Andrew Halpin

Rebecca Hernandez

Amarelis Hernandez

Kasey Hodges

Matthew Howard

Dominique Howard

Remington Howe

Anne Huguelet

Dustin Hunter

Hana Ikuta

Charles Ive

Alysha Jeans

Joanne Johnson

Ian Joslyn

Glen Kagan

Timothy Kelly

Jeffrey Kosmo

Russ Kroeker


Emily LangMark Larik

Jonah Lee

Peter Lenkey

Marneet Lewis

Meaghan Lopez-Mijares

Andrew Lyon

Richard Mason

Sean McAlpine

Charles McCarthy

Jordon McDonald

Angella Mentze

Grant Miller

Jennah Mittelsdorf

Brandon Morehouse

Ann Motl

Dustin Mueller

Andrew Munroe

Samuel Muwanguzi

DeeAn Nakagawa

Amber Nicholas

Cyndi Obasi

Brittany Oehlers

Cassandra O’Hearn

John Palmer

Jessica Perez

Jorge Perezchica

Nicholas Pitz

Thomas Porter

Russell Reitter

Eric Rissler

Kelley Roma

Hannah Salo

Victor Sanders

Anna Settle

Jennifer Shirley

Chrissy Spangenberg

Robert Thompson

Gus Townson

Elizabeth Underwood

Robyn Varner

Giacomo Vitko

Amelia Wallrich

Lorelei Walthall

Alex Wilson

Jessica Winchester

Logan Wirkuty

Elizabeth Woods

Briana Wright

Tony Zanolini

Unfortunately Incight cannot support every person that applied for our scholarship but Incight is a resource for every person with a disability. In addition to the scholarships that Incight grants we also have many other programs (employment, independence and networking) to support people with disabilities. You can find more about our programs at incight.org and learn how you can stay connected and benefit from Incight.

We wish all of our applicants the best of luck in the coming year and we hope to stay connected to all of you all!!!

Incight-Ful Advice: Using Un-Paid work Experience on Your Resume

When you are looking for a job, your resume gets your foot in the door. It represents you to a potential employer and you want it to stand out from the resumes of the other applicants. One way to capture the interest of an employer is to show that you are an involved citizen — someone who works to make the community a better place to live. In other words, make sure your volunteer work appears on your resume.

It is a common misconception that there is only one “right” way to design a resume. Actually, the most important thing is to present the information in such a way as to document and support your career goal. If you tell a prospective employer that you want a particular job, your resume must prove that you are the right candidate to fill it. Sometimes your paid work history may not be as important as what you have done as a volunteer in demonstrating that you have the necessary job skills.

One approach used by many people is to add a section to their resumes called “Community Service” or “Volunteer Work.” They list the highlights of their volunteering here, to show that they have interests outside of their employment history already described. This is certainly better than ignoring volunteer experience on a resume, but it is not the best way to highlight what you have learned as a volunteer.

Focus on Experience and Achievements

Consider integrating your volunteer work into the section of your resume called “Work Experience.” Even if you were not paid a salary and did not consider the volunteering to be “employment,” it certainly was productive work and should count as “experience.” The key is to translate what you gained from the volunteer activity into the language of the paid work world.

Don’t use “volunteer” as a job title. It’s an adjective and alone does not convey the work that you accomplished. So, if you did tutoring, use the title “Tutor.” If you coordinated a project, identify your work accurately as “Project Coordinator.” The fact that you filled this position in an unpaid capacity is part of your description of the work. First grab your prospective employer’s interest with an accurate position title.

Next describe the volunteer work in terms of your achievements, highlighting the skills that you learned and demonstrated. What would be important to the work world about what you did? For example, did you raise $100,000? Did you manage a budget or accomplish goals on schedule? Did you supervise a staff of people? Even if they, too, were volunteers, your success required the ability to be a motivating leader. All these sorts of things impress an employer.

Take the time to analyze what you learned as a volunteer. Did you have the chance to practice public speaking? Write reports, news releases, newsletters? Plan projects, coordinate sub-committees, train others to do the work? Such skills are applicable to just about any setting.

Describe your activities and achievements fully. You do not need to say these were done as a volunteer, though you are of course welcome to do so. If you feel uneasy about representing volunteer work as equivalent to a full-time paid job, you can identify the volunteering as being part-time. Be honest. Don’t overstate what you did. But also be sure to give yourself the credit you deserve.

If you are a student seeking your first real job, being able to show volunteer work on a resume demonstrates that you had interests beyond the classroom. If you are returning to the paid work force after some time away, your volunteer activities prove that you kept yourself sharp and involved. If you want to change career fields, it may be your volunteer work in the new field that tells a prospective employer you’re worth the risk, even if all your paid employment history is in some other field.

Be unapologetic about giving space on your resume to volunteering. Since the whole goal of a resume is to get you an interview, think how more interesting your face-to-face conversation will be when you add all those community activities to show who you really are.

by Susan J. Ellis http://www.charityguide.org/volunteer/motivation/resume.htm

Incight Scholarship Decisions

Dear Incight Scholarship Applicant,

The Incight Staff wants to thank everyone who submitted an application for our Scholarship Award. This year we have received 1,636 applications for this coming academic year scholarship.

We are currently in the process of reading each of one of them and selecting which ones to award. Due to the record breaking amount of applications, it is taking us longer than we originally anticipated. Notification of our decisions will be sent out around the beginning of July. We are continually astonished when reading through the applications. Every application is a reflection of amazing self-determination, strength and creativity. It is very difficult to be able to award only to a limited number of applicants. This year’s number of $750 awards will be 100. I hope that you will be among them.

There are approximately 56,000,000 disabled Americans. Only about 18% earn a college degree. The number of full-time gainfully employed disabled is only a little more than 20%.

You and the rest of the 1,573 applicants are on your way to being among the top 18% and 20% respectively, whether or not you receive one of our scholarships. We at Incight offer our congratulations that you are already on your way. If you aren’t sure about what we are suggesting, then please reread your own application: revisit your already demonstrated strengths.

Incight would like to recommend to you that you do all you can to receive as much support as you can from your schools Office for Students with Disabilities and other agencies in your community that exist to serve people with disabilities. This country and especially other people with disabilities can benefit from you succeeding in your own personal career path. As you take care of yourself and as you get service agencies to serve you, then you are helping make our social systems work better. Anyone of us can contribute to making our world a better place.

Incight exists to do our best to help you achieve in your education and in your world of work. Call on us as you will.

Sincerely,

The Incight Team

www.incight.org

questions@incight.org

310 SW 4th Ave
Suite 530
Incight Oregon
Portland, OR 97204
Incight California
73754 Highway 111
Suite C
Palm Desert, CA 92260