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Scholarships for Auditory-Verbal Therapy, College Students and Hearing Research

Scholarships for Postsecondary Education (College, Graduate School, Vocational School) or Private Instruction

Scholarships for Auditory-Verbal Therapy, College Students and Hearing Research

The Geoffrey Foundation

The Geoffrey Foundation, the only foundation dedicated exclusively to the pursuit, research, and advancement of Auditory-Verbal Therapy, was established in 1989 by Chester and Shirley Homer following the diagnosis of their 8-month-old son, Geoffrey, with profound hearing impairment.

Due to the determination of the entire Homer family, together with Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapists Lea and Jim Watson, Geoffrey learned to use his amplified residual hearing to listen, to process verbal language, and to speak.

The Geoffrey Foundation provides financial support in four categories:

  • Families with a demonstrated commitment to the principles and philosophy of Auditory-Verbal Therapy for their child or children with a severe to profound (>80db) hearing impairment whether newly-diagnosed infants or college-age people who have experienced hearing loss before acquiring language;
  • College students who attend schools with hearing students and communicate using spoken language;
  • Hearing research that advances amplification and/or seeks cures to hearing loss; and
  • Programs, initiatives, or organizations that the Board of the Geoffrey Foundation, in its discretion, chooses to support.

If you fall within these general guidelines and would like further information or to obtain a detailed grant application, write to 

The Geoffrey Foundation
P.O. Box 1112
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Please note that the deadline for submission of completed applications is a postmark date of March 31 of each year. All grant applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The Geoffrey Foundation is always seeking applications from new sources. While individuals who received support from the Foundation in the previous year may reapply for consideration, grants will not be awarded to the same individual for more than two consecutive years.

Scholarships for Postsecondary Education (College, Graduate School, Vocational School) or Private Instruction

Alexander Graham Bell (AGB) Association for the Deaf Scholarship

The AGB Association for the Deaf offers a college scholarship to provide financial assistance for Postsecondary education to students who are profoundly deaf or hard of hearing.

Application Process: Applications are accepted on November 1 of each year. Only the first 500 requests will be accepted. Requests must be made in writing.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a 60 dB or greater hearing loss in the better ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1,000, and 2,000 Hz. Applicants must be oral deaf students who were born with a profound hearing impairment, or incurred loss before language was acquired. Applicants must use speech and residual hearing and/or speechreading as their mode of communication.  Applicants must be accepted by or already enrolled in a regular full-time college or university program for students with normal hearing.

Deadline: All applications and materials must be postmarked by March 15th.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, Inc.
3417 Volta Place, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-5220 (V/TTY)


Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program

All Minnie Pearl Scholarship recipients are exceptional students. They have achieved academic excellence, are class leaders, and are aspiring to even higher levels after high school. Even more remarkable, these students have been able to reach such high goals in spite of being deaf/hard of hearing.

This year the EAR Foundation will award 14 $2,000 scholarships to deaf/hard of hearing students who will be attending prestigious colleges across the United States.


  • Be a high school senior with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Have significant bilateral hearing loss.
  • Have already been accepted as a full-time student at the university of their choice, but not yet be in attendance.
  • Be mainstreamed, deaf/hard of hearing, and a United States citizen.

Deadline: February 15th

The EAR Foundation
2000 Church Street, Box 111
Nashville, TN 37236
1-800-545-HEAR (Voice/TTY)


The Children’s Hearing Institute, Evelyn Glennie Scholarship for Deaf Musicians, Scholarship Award Competition

The Evelyn Glennie National Scholarship Award Program was instituted by The Children’s Hearing Institute to encourage the pursuit of instrumental music among children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The scholarships are based on accomplishments, interests, and involvement of the candidates in instrumental music. Candidates must be residents of the United States and have hearing losses of greater than 75DB in their better ear.

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for beginning, intermediate and advanced level skills. The scholarship awards are to be applied toward a year’s tuition for instrumental music curricula, either at an established music school or through private lessons. Entries will be judged by a panel of musicians and professionals working in the field of deafness. Semifinal winners will be submitted to Ms. Glennie for selection of the finalists.

Evelyn Glennie is an internationally renowned concert performer and is believed to be the first full-time solo percussionist in the world.  She has been deaf since the age of eight. Evelyn, who has more than 100 performances in more than 20 countries per year, performs with the world’s great orchestras and conductors, often premiering new pieces written especially for her. In 1998, she won a Grammy Award for her recording of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Sir Georg Solti, Murry Perahia and David Corkhill. Ms. Glennie is the recipient of many prizes, including the Queen’s Commendation Prize for all round excellence, the highest award granted by London’s Royal Academy of Music. Along with many Honorary doctorates of Music, she became an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 1993.

The Children’s Hearing Institute is a nonprofit organization in New York, focused on providing deaf individuals with access to the world of sound, through research and technological assistance.  The mission of the Institute was developed by renowned composer, Jule Styne: “…that all may hear the universal language of music.” Music is a natural part of a hearing person’s life and should also be accessible to any child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Deadline for scholarship applications is December 31st. Applications and further information can be requested from:

Ms. Melissa A. Willis
Director of Development
The Children’s Hearing Institute
210 East 64th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10021
(212) 605-3794
(212) 702-7336 (FAX)
E-mail:  [email protected]

Applications may also be downloaded directly from the Evelyn Glennie Web Site at http://www.evelyn.co.uk


Sertoma International Scholarships

Sertoma International is now accepting applications for scholarships for all deaf and hard-of-hearing college students pursuing four-year degrees. This organization will provide 13 awards of $1,000 each to students attending universities in the United States or Canada. This scholarship program has been made possible through a donation by Oticon, Inc. and Phonic Ear, Inc.  Both companies are well known for the hearing instruments they create and produce.

Application Process:  Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with request.


  • Have 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
  • Have a documented hearing loss.
  • Be a full-time entering or continuing student in a four-year degree program or university in the United States or Canada.

Deadline: May 2nd


Sertoma International
1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132
(816) 333-8300 (Voice/TTY)

Lion Clubs International:  Local chapter of Lions Clubs may provide financial assistance to individuals.  Contact the national office for the location of your nearest local chapter.


Lions Clubs International
300 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60570
(312) 571-5466


International Kiwanis Club

To find the number of the local chapter, call (317) 875-8755.

Elks Grand Lodge
For information regarding scholarships, contact (919) 358-7661.

Rotary Clubs
Local chapters of the Rotary Club offer scholarships for overseas study.
  Call: (202) 638-3555.

Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
Limited to students with physical and/or sensory disabilities who are
planning a career in the travel & tourism industry.


National Tour Foundation
546 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(800) 682-8886


Landscape Architecture Foundation

Award: 13 scholarships and internship programs with awards ranging from $500-$1,000.

To Study: Landscape architecture.

At: Any accredited university.

Open to: Undergraduate or graduate landscape architecture students. Some awards are only open to women, minorities, or students with disabilities.

Approximately 223 applied last year.

Selection Based On: Varies with award. Some require financial need, academic achievement, and/or an essay.

Deadline: Varies, call for exact deadline date (deadline was the end of March last year). Applications are available September 1.

Procedure: Please see the Web site for scholarship information or call, if you cannot access the web or download the information.


Mailing Address:

American Society of Landscape Architects
636 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3736

Telephone: 202-898-2444
Fax: 202-898-1185


American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation: Graduate
“Graduate Student”
“Student with Disability”
“International/Minority Student”

Award: Up to 6 – $2,000-$4,000 scholarships.

To study: Communication sciences and disorders at the graduate level.

At: Any accredited institution.

Open to: Full-time students accepted for graduate study in a communication sciences and disorders program. One $2,000 scholarship gives priority to a foreign or minority student. One $2,000 scholarship gives priority to a disabled student. Over 200 applied in a recent year.

Selection Based On: Academic and personal merit, faculty recommendations, and essay.

Deadline: Early June (contact ASLH Foundation after January for exact deadline).


Gina Smolka
Graduate Student Scholarship Competition
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 897-5700 ext. 203


National Institutes of Health: Predoctoral Fellowships
“Predoctoral Fellowship Awards for Minority Students”

Award: 650 – $11,748 stipends and tuition, fees and travel expenses.

To Study: Biomedical sciences at the graduate level.

At: Any accredited institution with a graduate program in biomedical sciences.

Open to: Individuals with disabilities and members of minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. biomedical sciences program.

Selection Based on: Quality of program, academic and research qualifications, and GRE scores.

Deadline: May 1 for fall applications; November 15 for spring applications.


Dr. Walter Schaffer
Research Training Office
Rockledge II, Room 6184
Bethesda, MD 20892-7910
(301) 435-2770
E-mail: [email protected]


National Science Foundation: Research Fellowships
“NSF Graduate Fellowships”

Award: About 750 – $15,000 stipends for three years. In addition, each fellow receives a $9,500 cost-of-education allowance per tenure year.  One-time international travel allowance of $1,000 available to fellows who have arranged to conduct full-time advanced study and research at appropriate international sites for at least three continuous months.

To Study: Science, mathematics or engineering leading to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and social sciences; and the history and philosophy of science.

At: Appropriate, accredited, nonprofit US or international institutions offering advanced degrees in science, mathematics or engineering.

Open to: Citizens and nationals of the US or permanent resident aliens of the US Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. There are also components for women majoring in engineering or computer and information science. 5,128 applied last year.

Selection Based On: Ability. Evaluation of applicants is based on all available evidence of ability, including: academic records, recommendations, and GRE scores (GRE scores highly important).

Deadline: Early November (contact NSF for specific dates).


  1. Acquire application materials.
  2. Take GRE General Test and Subject Test in science or engineering field most closely related to area of study.
  3. Compile materials necessary for application.
  4. Submit materials for selection, including proposed plan of study and/or research.


Deans of science and engineering schools, college financial aid office, or request information from:

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
PO Box 3010
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010
(423) 241-4300
E-mail: [email protected]


National Institutes of Health: Research Grants
“Supplements to Principal Investigators Research Grants”

Award: Several high school summer work grants of up to $2,000; renewable.  Several undergraduate/graduate hourly paid grants, including travel and supply allowances.

To Study: Biomedical research, e.g., anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and molecular biology.

At: Any accredited institution where grant funding exists.

Open to: Minority or disabled students, high school through graduate school.

Selection Based on: Academics, interest in biomedical sciences, and interviews by principal investigators.

Deadline: Open


  1. Contact NIH to obtain list of grantees.
  2. Contact principal investigator and inquire if there is a need for a research assistant.


NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
National Institutes of Health
Federal Building, Room 604
7550 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-9121
(800) 528-7689
E-mail: [email protected]


Central Intelligence Agency: Undergraduate Scholar
“Undergraduate Scholar Program”

Award: Up to $15,000 in tuition assistance and a salary throughout college career for those who maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better. Employment with the agency after graduation for a period of 1-1/2 times the length of college career.

To Study: An academic major that is relevant to current agency requirements.

At: Any four-year or five-year college program.

Open to: High school seniors, particularly minorities and people with disabilities, who will be 18 years of age by April 1. Must have financial need. Must have a GPA of 2.75 or better. Must have an ACT composite score of 21 or better or a SAT combined score of 1000 or better. Must be committed to work for the Central Intelligence Agency after graduation.

Selection Base on: Academics and financial need.

Deadline: November 1. Students who will not reach 18 by April 1 of their senior high school year may apply to begin the program the following year.

Procedure: Send cover letter with a resume and an unofficial copy of transcripts.


Personnel Representative
PO Box 12727
Arlington, VA 22209-8727


Central Intelligence Agency: Undergraduate Program
“CIA Summer Internship Program”

Award: Summer employment. $2,000-$2,500 in tuition assistance for seniors who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and are going to be offered employment with the Central Intelligence Agency after graduation.

To Study: An academic major that is relevant to current agency requirements.

At: Any four-year or five-year college program.

Open to: Undergraduate students, particularly minorities and people with disabilities, who have completed one or two years of college-level academic study. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Must be over 18 years of age at time of application.

Selection Based on: Academics.

Deadline: November 1.

Procedure: Send cover letter with a resume and an unofficial copy of transcripts.


Personnel Representative
PO Box 12727
Arlington, VA 22209-8727


Samuel Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund, Inc.

Award: 12 – $1,000-$5,000 interest-free loans; renewable.

To Study: Any course leading to a recognized degree.

At: Any accredited college or university.

Open to: Jewish men and women. About 250 applied last year.

Selection Based on: Academic ability, financial need, family problems, physical and mental disability, and potential for leadership in Jewish community.

Deadline: Application, transcripts and letters of recommendation must arrive together by April 1.


Myron E. Schoen, Secretary
Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund
60 East 42nd Street – Suite 1814
New York, NY 10165


Alaska Scholarships:
Quota International of Anchorage

Award: 1 – $500 award.

To Study: Any field of study for a hearing impaired student or for a student who is planning to work in programs for the hearing impaired.

At: Any accredited institution.

Open to: High school seniors or undergraduate students.

Selection Based On: Academic achievement and goals.

Deadline: April 15.


Quota International of Anchorage
Jerry Fuller, Scholarship Chair
4751 Sportsman Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502
E-mail: [email protected]

AVI is furnishing this scholarship information as a service to its members.  However, by furnishing the same, AVI is not verifying or warranting the substance, dates or contact information of these scholarships offered by third parties and urges those individuals interested in these scholarships to directly contact the institutions providing these scholarships.


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