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The Education Abroad and International Fellowships (EA) unit within Gallaudet University’s Office of International Affairs is thrilled to share important news with deaf and hard of hearing U.S. students needing financial assistance to study or intern abroad. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program now allows sign languages as part of its Critical Need Language Award.
“I gave been lobbying for this for years, and now students can apply for extra funds to study sign languages in countries where the spoken language is a ‘critical’ language,’ said EA Manager Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn. “This opens increased funding for Gallaudet students.”
Gilman is the primary U.S. scholarship for undergraduate study abroad. According to its website, it allows U.S. students “…to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development.” The advantage of the Critical Language Award, said AbuRakia-Einhorn, is that students who are awarded Gilman scholarships can receive up to $3,000 in additional scholarship money — for a combined total of $8,000 — to study one of the languages that the Department of State designates as “critical.”
Students who are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of their financial aid package are eligible to apply for a Gilman scholarship. For more information, watch this video.
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Brad Hermes has been named the first Deaf senior financial leader in Gallaudet’s 157-year history, in the newly-formed role of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Said President Cordano in her announcement on July 14, “Brad brings to Gallaudet an impressive and proven track record, as well as an enthusiastic commitment to Gallaudet’s mission.” Brad comes...
Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, ’93, Special Assistant to the Provost for Research and Engagement, is one of three authors of a research letter in the July 15 edition of the Journal of Internal Medicine. They propose that there is a second pathway to COVID-19 infection: self-infection to the lungs via one’s one speech. An NIH researcher...
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