Deaf and Mute Scholarships

Scholarships for Deaf and Mute Students

Deaf and mute students face not only social and economical challenges but academic ones as well.  However, society has slowly started taking  care of deaf and mute students.  There are several organizations who offer scholarships for Deaf and Mute Students:

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship

AG Bell Association offers several scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.  Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.   Applicants are eligible for one scholarship per school year and are limited to a total of two scholarship awards.  Below are the eligibility requirements for the scholarships:

  • Hearing loss must have been diagnosed prior to acquiring spoken language (pre-lingual hearing loss).
  • Hearing loss must be bilateral and in the moderate to profound range. 
  • To be eligible for this award, the applicant’s PTA must be 60 or greater.
  • Spoken communication must be the student’s primary mode of communication.
  • Enrolled in or applied to a mainstream and accredited college/university as a full-time student.

Graeme Clark Scholarship

The Graeme Clark Scholarship is a unique award open to Nucleus® cochlear implant recipients around the world.  Awarded by Cochlear, this Scholarship has been set up to help individuals further themselves by undertaking university studies. The Scholarship consists of financial assistance toward a minimum three-year undergraduate degree at an accredited university and is paid in annual installments on the completion of each year of study.  It is available to those currently completing their final year of high school, to mature aged students who have been accepted into a university course and to current university students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity.

Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program

In 1986, country music entertainer Sarah Cannon, also known as Minnie Pearl, was instrumental in assisting The EAR Foundation in establishing the Minnie Pearl Scholarship Fund. The Minnie Pearl Scholarship was established to offer hearing impaired students the opportunity to obtain financial assistance for higher education.The scholarship is also designed to enable these exceptional students the opportunity to continue to function as productive individuals in a hearing world.  To qualify for the Minnie Pearl Scholarship, An applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently be a high school senior with a least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Must plan to attend a junior college, university, or technical school on a full-time basis (12 hours per quarter or semester)
  • Have significant (severe to profound) bilateral hearing loss.
  • Be a mainstreamed hearing-impaired student.
  • Be a United States Citizen.

Sertoma International Scholarship

Sertoma International Scholarship is for the students who are hard of hearing or deaf.  This $1,000 scholarship to cover tuition, books and supplies. The funds may be used for any term, including the
summer term, during the awarded academic school year.

TPA Scholarship Trust For The Hearing Impaired

The Travelers Protective Association of America established the TPA Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired in 1975 to provide financial aid to children and adults who suffer deafness or hearing impairment and who need assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment or specialized education as well as speech classes, note takers, interpreters, etc. and in other areas of need that are directly related to hearing impairment.