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National Down Syndrome conference, July 19-22, Washington, DC

Posted 3/28/2012

This is the 40th annual conference.  Click here to see more information: 

The Northwest Iowa Down Syndrome Society, Inc. is sponsoring a scholarship application for the convention.  See below:

In July 2012 the NDSC 40th Annual Convention will be heading to our Nation’s Capitol in Washington, DC.  From your house to the White House, it will be an opportunity to share in the milestones of the last 40 years, advocate for continued progress through a Day on the Hill, and embrace all individuals with Down Syndrome as they live the dream.  You’ll come back with new friends and new insights!  Convention registration recently just started in March.

Are you interested in attending . . . we’d like to help!  The Board of Directors of the Northwest Iowa Down Syndrome Society has approved a scholarship program for families in NW Iowa wishing to attend the 2012 NDSC National Convention.  A scholarship fund has been established, and scholarships may be granted up to a maximum of $1,000 per family.  The dollar amount per family is contingent upon how many scholarship applications we receive for the 2012 convention.  The scholarship will assist in covering the conference registration fees, travel expenses, and hotel expenses.

Information on the 2012 NDSC National Convention can be found online at  Click on the Convention 2012 link on the home page for detailed convention information.

How to apply . . . 3 simple steps:

1)    Tell us about you and your family.

2)    Tell us about your family member with Down syndrome.

3)    Tell us why you’d like to go to Washington, DC, and how this scholarship can assist you.

 You may send this info on a single page letter or e-mail to Scott Hallgren, President of Northwest Iowa Down Syndrome Society.  You may send electronically to Scott Hallgren at or mail to Scott Hallgren, 228 6th ST SW, Spencer, IA 51301.  Applications are due by May 1, 2012.  Families will be notified by May 15, 2012.  Registration information on the conference is now available.  Hotel information is currently available on NDSC’s web site at

The scholarship dollars are reimbursable after the convention and upon submitting proof of attendance at the convention (i.e. confirmed convention registration document) and receipts covering and/or exceeding the dollar amount received by the family.  Expenses covered by the scholarship are convention registration, hotel, and travel.  All receipts and proof of convention attendance will need to be submitted to Donna Seehusen, Treasurer of the Northwest Iowa Down Syndrome Society.  Details will be confirmed with family receiving the scholarship award.

For more information about the scholarship or the 2012 National Convention, please contact Scott or Trudy Hallgren at 712-580-6671 (home – day or evenings).


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