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The Graduate Fellowship Fund (GFF) is one of three separate funds made possible by the half-million dollar Centennial Fund that was presented by the Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) to Gallaudet in commemoration of its centennial anniversary (1964). This fund makes up half of the Centennial Fund. Its principal has been established by the University as a permanent endowment. Its investment is the responsibility of the GUAA Board of Directors.
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.
The GFF is administered by the GUAA Board of Directors. The GFF Committee consists of seven members appointed by the GUAA. Their terms of office are four years. Members may be reappointed. The executive director of the GUAA or his/her representative is an ex-officio member of the GFF Committee.
A list of nominees for fellowship awards, the amounts, terms, and duration of such grants, shall be recommended by the GFF Committee, subject to approval by the GUAA Board.
No restrictions are placed upon eligibility because of race, color, sex, creed, or nationality. In cases of equal qualification, preference is given to applicants who are citizens of the United States. To qualify for a fellowship, the following criteria must be met:
Chair, GFF CommitteePeikoff Alumni HouseGallaudet University800 Florida Avenue, NE,Washington, DC 20002-3695
The deadline for receiving GFF applications is April 20. It is important that applications with all supporting material reach the GFF Committee Chair by that date or they will not be considered. Application for a GFF grant does not preclude seeking financial aid from other sources. Applicants are encouraged to discuss other financial assistance with the college or university financial aid official.
Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis. They may be renewed by the GFF Committee for the duration of the course of study and for dissertation expenses provided that the holder of the award maintains those personal and scholastic standards required by the college or university in which he/she is enrolled and provided that the holder submits to the committee an annual reapplication including an evaluation report from his/her department head or advisor.
The amounts of the grants vary and are based on the number of qualified candidates applying for assistance, the availability of funds, and the needs of individual applicants.
Half of the annual grant is paid to the college or university at the beginning of the first semester of the academic year. The other half is paid at the beginning of the second semester upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report from the department head or advisor.
Fellowships are available only for programs of study not fully supported by federal or other funds. Candidates must carry a full-time semester load.
Included in the Graduate Fellowship Fund are eight designated funds made possible by contributions of $25,000 or more each.
Donations to these funds are encouraged and will be gratefully acknowledged.
The Graduate Fellowship Fund is yet another legacy of Gallaudet's grateful alumni and friends. Other funds maintained by the GUAA are the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund for promoting projects and activities that will lead to the cultural enrichment of deaf people and the Alumni House Endowment Fund for the maintenance of "Ole Jim.
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