The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), Washington, DC, has awarded $93,000 in college and graduate-level scholarships for the 2006-2007 school year to 31 students who are deaf or hard of hearing and use spoken language to communicate. The students, who represent 17 states, India and Korea, include:

  • Kimby Caplan, a cinematography student at the American Film Institute, was recognized at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 32nd Annual Student Academy Awards for her documentary, “Listen,” a film about living with hearing loss.    
  • Anat Maytal of Floral Park, NY, and Keith Vick of Yonkers, NY, each received $5,000 as the inaugural recipients of the George H. Nofer scholarship, which encourages students with hearing loss to enter careers in law and public policy.    
  • Joo Young Hong of Daegu, South Korea, is studying deaf education at the University of Kansas.

“The AG Bell College Scholarship Program is proud to support all of our scholarship recipients as they explore their chosen career paths,” said K. Todd Houston, PhD, executive director and CEO of AG Bell. “The success of these students serves as a constant reminder of the role listening and spoken language have played in empowering individuals with hearing loss to pursue life’s limitless opportunities.”

The AG Bell College Scholarship Program offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 for students identified with moderate to profound hearing loss since birth or before acquiring language. Scholarships are available to students in any field of study who use speech and residual hearing and/or speechreading (lipreading) as their primary mode of communication. Applicants must demonstrate a serious commitment to academic and career excellence, and must attend or have been admitted to a college or university program that primarily enrolls students with typical hearing. 

[SOURCE: AG Bell, July 20, 2006]