Scholarship Information for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

When heading to college, there are more opportunities than ever for students with hearing disabilities. Unfortunately, it can be expensive to take advantage of these opportunities despite their availability. For this reason, it is important that deaf or hearing impaired students are aware of the many resources that are available to them. Some of the most important of these resources are the scholarships and grants that are available. Scholarships vary in what they will and will not cover; but they can provide much needed financial relief.

  • Sertoma Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship: Review this link for information on available scholarships offered to as many as twenty hearing impaired students. Awards are $1000 each for U.S. citizens only. Eligible students must also have no less than a 3.2 GPA.
  • AG Bell College Scholarships: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf offers several scholarships for hearing impaired students. In fact, it is one of the largest sources for scholarships for deaf and/or severely hearing impaired students.
  • The Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program: This scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship in which applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and be a senior in high school. The maximum award is $4000 with $1000 paid annually.
  • Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired: Established by the Travelers Protective Association of America in 1975, this financial aid program is intended for the hearing impaired. Application period deadlines are March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st.
  • Nancy J. Bloch Leadership Y Advocacy Scholarship: This is a scholarship for a summer internship for deaf or hard of hearing students. Students must be graduate or undergraduate students majoring in law, public policy, or nonprofit management.
  • Incight Scholarship: Qualification for the Incight Scholarship requires a disability, which includes hearing disabilities. Eligible applicants must also have a GPA that is 2.5 or greater.
  • Help America Hear Scholarship: Click this link to go to a PDF file describing this scholarship program. Successful applicants will receive two hearing aids and $500 in financial aid. The application consists of an essay.
  • NHCA Scholarship Foundation: This financial aid organization provides scholarships to applicants who are graduate, post-doctoral and residency-class students who are involved in studies or research concerning applied or practical hearing loss technology at accredited educational institutions.
  • Caroline Kark Award: Click this link and scroll to the bottom of the page for information on the Caroline Kark Award. The scholarship is for either deaf students interested in pursuing a higher education or for hearing students interested in a career working with the deaf. This grant is only open to New York residents and Grange members.
  • Hearing & Visually Handicapped Student Grant: This is a grant for residents of Wisconsin who have a "severe or profound" hearing impairment. Eligible students may receive awards between $250 to $1800 per year for no more than ten semesters. Students must be enrolled at least part-time in courses in one of the colleges or universities within the University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Technical Colleges, Independent Colleges & Universities, tribal colleges, or in certain approved out-of-state colleges.
  • Dorothy E. Ann Fund (D.E.A.F): This financial aid program is intended to help deaf students develop the skills needed for success in life. It offers traditional grants with a yearly application deadline of December 15, and also grants for teachers.
  • Gallaudet University: Gallaudet University offers a choice of scholarships. These include scholarships based on exceptional academic achievement, and endowed scholarships for US citizens or permanent residents.
  • RIT/NTID Merit Scholarships: By clicking on this link students are opening a page that lists available scholarships for deaf and hard-of-hearing full-time students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Information is listed for each of the scholarship programs and includes award amounts, where to apply and eligibility requirements.
  • Graeme Clark Scholarship: Students who have had a Nucleus Cochlear Implant are eligible for this scholarship by Cochlear. The scholarship is open to eligible students from around the world. Applicants must be enrolled or have applied to an accredited university, college, or technical school and they must have and retain a GPA of no less than 2.5.
  • Blind Deaf Student Exemption Program: Persons eligible for this program must have a hearing disability in which his or her hearing is nonfunctional. The eligible applicant must be a permanent resident of Texas. In addition an applicant must also show certification of disability.
  • Grants for Deaf Education and Speech-Language Pathology: Click this link for information about a financial aid program that offers two grants, each one worth $1.25 million. One is for students of speech pathology, the other is for those pursuing education for the deaf.
  • Scholarship for Students with a Disability: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation offers this scholarship to a single graduate student. Priority for this scholarship is given to a disabled student. Funding is for $5,000.
  • The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship: This Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is funded by the National Tourism Association. Applicants for this scholarship must be deaf or otherwise sensory challenged or physically challenged. Eligible applicants must also purse a tourism industry related degree.
  • Foundation for Science and Disability Science Graduate Student Grant Fund: Review this link for information regarding this grant fund for fourth year undergraduate students with disabilities. Students must not only be disabled, but must also be accepted to a graduate school in science. Disabled graduate science students are also eligible for the $1000 award.
  • John Weir Academic Scholarship for College-Bound Seniors with Disabilities: Hearing impaired, graduating seniors living in Monroe County, Livingston or Washtenaw County, Michigan will find details for this scholarship opportunity by clicking on the link. The scholarship is open to anyone with a disability who has plans to attend a two to four-year university, college, or trade school. The awards are between $50 to $450.
  • Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation: Students with bilateral hearing loss are eligible candidates for this award. The hearing loss must be significant and the candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Awards are fro undergraduate study only and are paid to the school, which must be U.S. based.
  • Courage Center Scholarship for People with Disabilities: A scholarship for people who have sensory disabilities that funds books, supplies and tuition. The award is up to $1000.
  • AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability: Click this link to review information regarding this scholarship for individuals with disabilities who are enrolled as a full time undergraduate student. Students may also be a part or full-time graduate student. Ideally students should be majoring in a health or disability field. Students must be U.S. citizens.
  • Wesley Smith Memorial Award: Review information on this annual award that is available to eligible undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Michigan.
  • Visually or Hearing Impaired Tuition Waiver/Assistance: Deaf students who are Minnesota resident students may be eligible for a waiver of partial tuition. Requirements include a severe hearing loss and dependency on visual clues such as lip reading.
  • Anne Thorne Hearing Impaired Endowed Scholarship: Students admitted into the Hearing Impaired program at EMU may be eligible for the scholarship associated with this link. Student must be a junior or senior and have a 3.0 GPA.
  • Paula Marie Kuehn Endowed Scholarship: The scholarship associated with this link is for hearing impaired students as well as blind and wheel-chair bound students. To be considered eligible student must have a 2.5 or greater GPA and enrolled at UT.
  • Thessaly Lynne Miles Scholarship: Click and review this link to learn more about this need based scholarship for students with physical limitations, including hearing impairment. Eligibility requirements for this scholarship include being a part or full-time student, having a financial need, and the physical limitation.
  • Optimist: Scholarships from Optimist International are awarded to eligible students with a 40 decibel hearing loss or higher. Students must also be a high school senior. Scholarship awards are $2500.
  • GKF Scholarship: The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation provides scholarships to students with hearing and other disabilities. The scholarship requires the applicant to also act as a representative of the Foundation and attend certain events.
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