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Scholarships and Resources for Education

College and other post-secondary education can be expensive.  So we have put together an information sheet of scholarships and other resources for eduction.  Check back to this site often. We will update and post information specific to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and especially those from Michigan.

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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.

Criteria In order to be eligible for any scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hearing loss must have been diagnosed prior to acquiring spoken language (pre-lingual hearing loss);
  • Hearing loss must be in the moderate to profound range. This means that applicants must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz. Applicants with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. Unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss does not qualify.
  • Spoken communication must be the applicant's primary mode of communication.
  • Applicants must be enrolled (or registered for enrollment,) or applied full-time to a mainstream and accredited college or university.

To learn more about deadlines and submission requirements and to download an application, please visit the AG Bell website at:

The Graduate Fellowship Fund (GFF) offers financial support to individuals who are deaf who are studying for their doctoral degrees. Grants are awarded annually. Applicants must be deaf or hard of hearing and must be accepted for doctoral study at an accredited college or university.

Graduate Fellowship Fund
Gallaudet University Alumni Association
800 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002-3695
Phone: (202) 651-5060

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 US.  Eligibility:  Be a high school senior with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, 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 US citizen.

Deadline:  February 15


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


Minnie Pearl Scholarship
1817 Patterson Street
Nashville, TN  37203
(615) 329-7807 (Voice/TTY)

National Fraternal Society of the Deaf Scholarships

Financial assistance to members of the society.  The Society presents 10 $1,000 scholarships each year.  Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing persons who are enrolled in or accepted to a postsecondary educational institution are eligible to apply, if they have been members of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf for at least one year prior to application.

Deadline:  July 1

National Fraternal Society of the Deaf
1118 S. 6th St.
Springfield, IL  62703
(217) 789-7429 (Voice)
(217) 789-7438 (TTY)
(217) 789-7489 (Fax)

Sertoma International Scholarships (Oticon - Phonic Ear)
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 US 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.  Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with request.  Must 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 at a college or university in US or Canada.

Deadline:  May 2

Sertoma International
1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO  64132
(816) 333-8300 (Voice/TTY)
(816) 333-4320 (Fax)

Travelers Protective Association of America (TPA)

Scholarship Trust for Deaf and Near Deaf. In 1975 the Travelers Protective Association of America (TPA) established a scholarship trust for the deaf and near deaf. The intent and purposes of the trust are the giving of financial aid or assistance to US Residents who are deaf and hearing impaired who may benefit from medical, mechanical or specialized treatment or special education. Candidates must also demonstrate financial need.


Scholarship Trust for Deaf and Near Deaf
3755 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone (314) 371-0533

Tourism Foundation Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
Eligibility: Hearing Impaired, interest in tourism/travel or hotel/restaurant management. 
Minimum GPA 3.0

National Tourism Foundation
546 East Main Street
Lexington KY 40508

United Way
Scholarship for People with Disabilities

Scholarships for undergraduate study at vocational, 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities.
Must be hearing impaired and a U.S. Citizen residing in Minnesota (or a U.S. Citizen who participated in Courage Center services).
Award - $500-$1000
Number of Awards – 14
Deadline – May 31 


Courage Center Vocational Services
United Way
Leanne Jackson-Butala
3915 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55422-4298

Wisconsin Handicapped Student Grant
Eligibility: Hearing impairment and resident of Wisconsin.

Higher Educational Aids Board
Sandy Thomas
131 West Wilson
Madison, WI 53707-7885

Plus Many More:

"Financing Your Education: Options for Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing"
Northeast Technical Assistance Center
National Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology