- Spoken communication must be the student’s primary mode of communication.
Hearing loss must have been diagnosed prior to age seven (during the language-learning years).
- Hearing loss must be bilateral and in the moderate to profound range. Applicants must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better hearing 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.
Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better hearing ear at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz and add those three numbers together, then divide that total by three. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this award, the applicant’s PTA must be 60 or greater.
- Applicant must be enrolled in or have applied to a mainstream and accredited college/university as a full-time student.
- Applicants in the United States must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 non-weighted scale. This is a cumulative GPA for grades 9-11 and the first semester of grade 12. For college freshman, this is cumulative GPA for grades 9-12 and first semester of college. For college sophomores or higher, it is the cumulative GPA on your college transcript for all semesters completed.
Scholarship awards are based on a combination of academic achievement and personal accomplishments. Past scholarship recipients have demonstrated academic excellence*, exceptional personal qualities, and potential for ongoing contributions to society. Involvement in high school/college or community activities is a plus. Financial need has a limited impact on award selection.
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