(British Embassy, Washington DC)

Scott Douglas MacIntyre, a 2005 Marshall Scholarship winner, recently received the 2005 Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award, an award for college seniors who are blind or visually impaired, from the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D).

As one of the top three winners of the award, each receiving $6,000, the RFB&D are honoring MacIntyre for his extraordinary scholarship, leadership, enterprise and service to others.

Several events to honor the winners took place inWashington,DC, including a visit with the First Lady Laura Bush at the White House.

Having graduated fromArizonaStateUniversityat the age of 19, Suma Cum Laude, in Piano Performance, MacIntyre went on to receive the coveted Marshall Scholarship for 2005 where he is currently studying in theUKat the Royal College of Music and Royal Holloway University of London. He previously studied on full scholarship at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Universitat Mozarteum inSalzburg,Austria, and Royal Conservatory of Music inToronto,Canada.

British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir David Manning said, “Scott is a remarkable young man. Despite the challenge he has excelled in piano, composition and vocal performance and is currently studying piano at the Royal College of Music and Royal Holloway University of London on a British Marshall Scholarship. Congratulations, Scott, on this award.”

MacIntyre visually impaired since birth was playing the piano at age three and composing since the age of five. He was diagnosed with the rare genetic eye disorder, Congenital Leber’s Amaurosis, and is only able to see one note at a time on a sheet of music.

Scott has received numerous awards for piano, composition, and vocal performance. He has been internationally profiled on CNN, Headline News, Global Television Network, national and local news and radio programs as a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. He has independently produced, engineered, and released 5 full-length CDs, which include his original material in classical and modern genres.