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Diller Foundation Awards First Scholarship Recipients

Posted June 27th 2022

In celebration of its 50th camp season, the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children Foundation, Inc. launched the inaugural Helen L. Diller Scholarship program this spring. The program, open to blind and visually impaired children who have attended the Diller Vacation Home’s summer camp for at least one season, will award five individuals with a $20,000 scholarship, paid in the amount of $5,000 per year, up to four years.

The first recipients are Nick Spohn, Devin Adams, Theo Robinson, Kayleigh Brendle, and Simon Bonenfant.

Spohn attends Penn State Harrisburg, where he majors in project and supply chain management.

Adams recently graduated from Penn State. She will attend National University of Ireland Galway in the fall as a graduate student to pursue an LLM (Master of Laws) in international and comparative disability law and policy.
Robinson is enrolled at Clark Atlanta University, where is he majoring in psychology.

Brendle, who is enrolled at the Diller Home this summer for alumni week, just completed her freshman year at Villanova University where she is studying writing, rhetoric, and peace and justice.
Bonenfant currently attends Chestnut Hill College and is majoring in communications.

“The Helen L. Diller Scholarship program is such a positive and life-changing extension of our mission as an organization,” said Emily O’Donnell, the camp’s supervisor. “Not only do we provide a week of summer vacation to some of the most deserving children, but we also now have the honor of financially supporting their educational and career goals through these scholarships each year. We are so grateful that we are able to provide such impactful opportunities to our campers as a result of our generous community.”

The 2022 scholarship recipients will be formally recognized at the Diller Vacation Home’s annual Barefoot Ball on Saturday, Sept. 10 at ICONA Windrift. For sponsorship and ticket information, go to

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