Tyler Rosenbluth and Benjamin Weiser received the 2018 John T. Wheeler Memorial Scholarships awarded by Quota International of Northside Atlanta for this semester. The annual college scholarships are awarded to deaf or hard-of-hearing Georgia high school seniors who excel academically and socially.
Benjamin, who attends Chattahoochee High School, received $5,000, and Tyler, a student at Alpharetta High School, received $4,000.
Tyler and Benjamin were recognized by Quota for their outstanding achievements during their high school years. Tyler will study biopsychology, cognition or neuroscience at the University of Michigan and Benjamin will study political science at the University of Richmond.
Quota International of Northside Atlanta was chartered in 1975 as a volunteer network that provides financial and social support for the deaf community in Georgia through scholarships, summer camps and other activities related to education and recreation. The scholarship was created to memorialize Wheeler, who became the first deaf aerospace engineer at NASA, where he worked for 38 years. He was a pioneer in the early development of virtual reality astronaut training programs and established the NASA Space Camp for the Deaf.
Wheeler was the husband of Margaret Wheeler, one of the longtime members of the Quota chapter, who encourages deaf students to: “Move onward and upward without letting deafness be your defining characteristic. You can do wonders! Deafness does NOT have to hold you back and be your adversary. Deafness enables you to focus to a much greater degree than the hearing can do.” ■