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Financial Aid

This is a list of sources of financial assistance for deaf and hard of hearing students and for hearing students whose career goals include service to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. All scholarship items listed are annotated. For current information on scholarships and deadlines, contact the sources directly.

The National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities, a program of the American Council on Education
The George Washington University
HEATH Resource Center
2121 K Street, NW Suite 220
Washington DC 20037
Voice/TTY: 202-973-0904
Voice/TTY Toll Free: 800-544-3284
Fax: 202-973-0908
E-mail: askheath@heath.gwu.edu
Web site: http://www.heath.gwu.edu

The HEATH Resource Center of the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. The clearinghouse gathers and disseminates information to help people with disabilities reach their full potential through postsecondary education and training.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

The following scholarships have been created specifically for deaf or hard of hearing students. Most scholarships are based on financial need and academic achievement.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf  and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)
3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, DC 20007
Web site: http://www.agbell.org
AG Bell offers several College Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study to fulltime students with pre-lingual bi-lateral hearing loss in the severe to profound range who are attending a mainstream accredited college or university.

In addition, the George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is for full-time graduate students with a moderate to profound bi-lateral hearing loss who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration.

both scholarship programs are merit-based and extremely competitive.  Each program has specific eligibility criteria and deadlines which are subject to change and may vary from year to year.  For details about the scholarship programs, please visit the AG Bell website at www.agbell.org

GUAA Graduate Fellowship Fund
Chair, GFF Committee
Peikoff Alumni House
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE,
Washington, DC 20002-3695
Website: http://aaweb.gallaudet.edu/Development_and_Alumni_Relations/Alumni_Relations/Alumni_Association_(GUAA)/The_Centennial_Fund/GF_Fund.html
By agreement between the GUAA and the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University, the income from the investment of the GFF is used to provide financial assistance to deaf graduates of Gallaudet University and other accredited colleges and universities in pursuit of graduate study at colleges and universities for people who hear normally.

International Alumnae of Delta Epsilon Sorority (IADES) Betty G. Miller Fellowship Award
IADES Scholarship Committee
2453 Bear Den Road
Frederick, MD 21701
TTY: 301-663-9235
Fax: 301-663-3231
The Betty G. Miller Fellowship Award is to provide financial assistance to deaf women pursuing a doctoral degree. This award is in honor of Sister Betty, who was the first Gallaudet woman graduate to receive a doctorate degree.

International Alumnae of Delta Epsilon Sorority (IADES) Fellowship Award
IADES Scholarship Committee
2453 Bear Den Road
Frederick, MD 21701
TTY: 301-663-9235
Fax: 301-663-3231
The International Alumnae of Delta Epsilon Sorority offers a $1,000 fellowship award for deaf women in need of financial support for doctoral studies. This award is intended for tuition costs only. The student must be deaf, have completed 12 or more credits in a doctoral program at an accredited institution of higher education, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program
The EAR Foundation
1817 Patterson Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Voice/TTY Toll Free: 800-545-4327
Voice/TTY: 615-284-7087
Fax: 615-284-7935
E-mail: info@earfoundation.org
Web site: http://earfoundation.org/
The Minnie Pearl Scholarship is an $2,500 award to be used for undergraduate tuition at any accredited junior college, college, university, or technical school in the United States. If a recipient continues to maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, the selection committee will consider this individual for annual renewal through his/her four years of undergraduate study only. Recipients who obtain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of each school year are eligible for a $500 bonus, which will be paid directly to the individual.

National Fraternal Society of the Deaf Scholarships
National Fraternal Society of the Deaf
1118 South Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62703
TTY: 217-789-7438
Voice: 217-789-7429
Fax: 217-789-7489
E-mail: thefrat@nfsd.com
Website: www.NFSD.com
This organization awards 10 $1,000 scholarships each year. Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing persons who are enrolled in or accepted to a post secondary education institution are eligible to apply, if they have been members of this organization for at least one year prior to application.

President’s Fellowship Program
Gallaudet University
The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technologies
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
Voice: 202-651-5470
Voice/TTY: 202-651-5224
E-mail: Rebecca.Hogan@gallaudet.edu
Web site: http://www.gallaudet.edu/CLAST/Presidents_Fellowship_Program.html 
The Gallaudet University President's Fellowship program supports post BA deaf and hard of hearing full-time graduate students in their pursuit of a Ph.D. or terminal degree in an academic discipline. The goal of the program is to increase the number of deaf people qualified for teaching positions at the University level. There is no guarantee of future employment at Gallaudet, but a two-year commitment to teaching at Gallaudet is expected if a faculty vacancy occurs.

The fellowship provides up to five fellowships of $18,000 in tuition per year; an annual stipend in return for teaching duties at Gallaudet University. Support is renewable, based upon the results of annual review of the student's progress towards the degree and of teaching performance, contingent on available funding, for up to five years.

Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and Near-Deaf
Travelers Protective Association of America
Scholarship Trust Board of Trustees
3755 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-3476
Voice: 314-371-0533
Fax: 314-371-0537
E-mail: support@pahq.org
Web site: http://www.tpahq.org/scholarshiptrust.html
The intent and purposes of the trust are the giving of financial aid or assistance to residents of the United States or its possessions who are deaf or hard of hearing and who will benefit from medical, mechanical, or specialized treatment, or special education and who are unable to provide funds for themselves. Financial aid is usually a one-time disbursement.

Sertoma International Scholarships
1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132
TTY/Voice: 816-333-8300
Fax: 816-333-4320
E-mail: infosertoma@sertomahq.org
Web site: http://www.answers4families.org/book/export/html/364
Ten $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students with a documented hearing loss, who are full-time entering or continuing students in a four-year bachelor’s degree program at colleges in the USA.

William C. Stokoe Scholarship
National Association of the Deaf
Stokoe Scholarship Secretary
814 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500
TTY: 301-587-1789
Voice: 301-587-1788
Fax: 301-587-1791
Email: nadinfo@nad.org
Website: http://www.nad.org
The Stokoe Scholarship is limited to deaf students who have graduated from a four-year college program and are currently enrolled in a part-time master's or doctoral program in a field related to Sign Language or Deaf Community, or is developing a special project related to one of these topics. For additional information visit the NAD website (http://www.nad.org) and type "Stokoe" into the search box.

Other Resources for Students Who Are Deaf

Several colleges and universities have college-based scholarships for students with disabilities. You should contact the school you are interested in to see whether they have a scholarship for deaf or hard of hearing students.

For instance, the Mary Gammal Scholarship is for deaf or hard of hearing students who wish to attend the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Preference is given to local applicants, but students from other areas are also encouraged to apply. Students must be accepted at the College of the Holy Cross before they can apply for the scholarship. For more information, write to: Dr. Francis H. Delaney, Jr., College of the Holy Cross, Fenwick 125, Worcester, MA 01610.

Another example is the Dorothy Begun Memorial Endowment Fund for disabled students at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

State vocational rehabilitation agencies provide financial assistance to eligible individuals. Students should check their phone book for their local agency or call the National Rehabilitation Information Center at 800-346-2742.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HEARING STUDENTS IN DEAF-RELATED FIELDS

CODA International Scholarship
Dr. Jennie E. Pyers, Chair
CODA Scholarship Committee
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Wellesley College
106 Central St., SC1480
Wellesley, MA 02842
TTY/Voice: 781-283-3736
Fax: 781-283-3730
E-mail: codascholarship@gmail.com
Website: www.coda-international.org
The Children of Deaf Adults (CODA International) organization offers two annual scholarships to two hearing children of deaf parents.

IDARA Academic Scholarship Fund
PO Box 395
Voice: 815-753-1694
DeKalb, IL 60115
Website: www.deaf-center.org
The Illinois Deafness and Rehabilitation Association Academic Scholarship Foundation was established to financially assist high school or post-secondary school students with tuition and related academic expenses. Applicants must be in a rehabilitation-related program and show interest in deafness as part of their career goals, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and reside in Illinois.

Sertoma Communicative Disorders Scholarships
Communicative Disorders Scholarships
Sertoma International
1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132
Voice: 816-333-8300
Fax: 816-333-4320
E-mail: infosertoma@sertoma.org
Web site: http://www.sertoma.org
Sertoma International and the Sertoma Foundation offer scholarships totaling $75,000. Each of Sertoma’s 15 regions will award two $2,500 scholarships to students who live within each region pursuing master’s degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology, and have at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

OTHER SOURCES OF FINANCIAL AID FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The Council for Exceptional Children
1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-5704
Voice Toll Free: 888-898-7733
Voice: 703-620-3660
TTY: 866-915-5000
Fax: 703-264-9494
E-mail: service@cec.sped.org
Website: http://www.cec.sped.org/
This organization offers scholarships for first-time students beginning college. Applicants must have some type of disability. Multiple scholarships are awarded annually.

Financial Aid for Disabled Students
Website: http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/disabilities/
The financial aid and scholarship guide for students with disabilities is one of the few comprehensive and simple-to-use directories of its kind. The directory offers a listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.

Reference Service Press
Web site: http://www.rspfunding.com/
This is a directory of financial aid material with information about all characters of people and their needs. This includes gender, ethnic background, need requirements, and disabilities. RSP is committed to collecting, organizing, and disseminating—in print and electronic from—the most current and accurate information available on scholarships, fellowships, loans, grant and other funding.

Selected Resources

"The Big Book of Minority Opportunities: The Directory of Special Programs for Minority Group Members"
(7th Edition), edited by Elizabeth Oakes, lists more than 4,000 organizations that have established special programs to help African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans meet their educational and career goals. Programs listed include scholarships, career guidance, fellowships, loans and grants, and prizes or honors. Limited availability*
*This edition can be found through Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Book-Minority-Opportunities-Elizabeth-Oakes/dp/0894342045

 The College Financial Aid Emergency Kit
By Joyce Lain Kennedy and Dr. Herm Davis, (not disability specific). This annual booklet outlines various sources of financial aid for college, lists illustrative programs offering help, cites techniques for cutting college costs, and includes a bibliography. Website: http://www.amazon.com

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities
This website contains a six-page document about financial aid for students with disabilities. It is published by the University of Washington. Like the HEATH document, it provides a good list of scholarships and resources for students with disabilities. The website also offers a PDF version of this document. Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Creating Options 2007: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
The HEATH Resource Center operates a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Their Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities publication is updated annually and provides information on US federal student aid programs and other financial aid programs for students with disabilities. It also includes a list of 29 sponsors of scholarships specifically designated for students with disabilities. http://www.heath.gwu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=188&Itemid=51

Dollars for College: The Quick Guide to Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
(1998), edited by Elizabeth A. Olson, is a compendium of 525 listings of organizations (including state rehabilitation services, training programs, some colleges and universities, and those serving veterans) that offer some type of financial aid for students with disabilities, or offer programs to train people with or without disabilities to prepare to work in the disability work service field. In addition, there are several annotated list of organizations established to assist person with disabilities in area other than financial aid. There is a description of Federal Financial Aid Programs, a glossary of Financial Aid Terminology, a section of Useful Books, and contact information for a short list of Association Concerned with Person with Disabilities. The index helps readers locate programs of relevance to their own needs.

Don’t Miss Out: The Ambitious Student’s Guide to Financial Aid
(32nd Edition) is one of many special focus guides produced regularly by Octameron Associates. This 208-page book is full of useful strategies, helpful hints, and good solid planning information, as well as information on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and includes a brief section about students with disabilities. Others in the series cover academic scholarships, college grants, loans, cooperative education opportunities, admissions, campus visits, and transition from high school to college. Web site: http://www.octameron.com/pub-missout.html

Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families
(2008-2010) by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber. This book promises to inform readers about the 900 programs that have been established just for individuals with disabilities or members of their families. The book is a useful and comprehensive resource for librarians and counselors. It has chapters about financial aid for people with specific disabilities, and there are sections of each chapter for both undergraduate and graduate education. To order:
Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families

Funding Your Education
from the U.S. Department of Education is a booklet that describes the federal student aid programs. The booklet is widely available in schools and public libraries, or can be ordered free. Web site: http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/2012-13-funding-your-education.pdf

Loan Calculator: College Loans 101
http://onlineloancalculator.org/resources/college-loans-101.php
These resources will help high school students, current college students, and college graduates better understand the funding options and student loan repayment plans available.

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