Unusual Deaf Scholarships for Hearing Disabilities by Alexander Graham Bell

Unusual Deaf Scholarships for Hearing Disabilities by Alexander Graham Bell

Sometimes, overcoming a physical challenge seems like an impossible goal, but many foundations and organizations have dedicated themselves to making the impossible possible by awarding some unusual deaf scholarships for hearing disabilities.

Have you ever heard of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing? If you haven’t, you might not know that this disabilities scholarships foundation offers a number of deaf scholarships for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired.

These scholarships for hearing impaired are highly competitive though, and last year only 27 persons of the 243 who applied received hearing scholarships, so don’t miss out on your chance to win one of these unusual scholarship awards – make sure you have everything required for application.

To be eligible for these hearing disability scholarships, you must have experienced a major hearing loss in both ears before you were seven years old. Students who have cochlear transplants are eligible to apply for this award as well. If you have a severe hearing loss, you must submit an audiogram to prove that your hearing loss meets the deaf scholarship award’s requirements.

Students who are eligible to receive a disability scholarship from this organization will also be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university. These hearing scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000. Each person may receive one financial aid scholarship each year, and no student may receive more than two of these deaf scholarships for students with disabilities.

Some of the unique tuition awards offered by this scholarships foundation include the Volta Award for Hearing Impaired Persons, the Maude Winkler Hearing Impaired Scholarship, and the Fibelman Jr. Award for the Hearing Impaired. Students are advised not to apply for specific scholarships for deaf persons, however; the scholarship committee, which is composed entirely of volunteers, will determine who gets which awards.

Each of the applications for the hearing scholarships funds administered by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing must be submitted by April 20th of this year to be considered for distribution in the fall. If you don’t submit your application by that date, you’ll have to wait until next year to have your chance at this unusual scholarship opportunity.

Additionally, be sure to send all of your application materials together, with the exception of your high school or college transcripts. Disability scholarship applications submitted after 5pm on April 20th, 2009 will not be accepted for the 2009-2010 school year. If you include an email address, the foundation will notify you of your application receipt about a week after the deadline, or you can send the application by a mailing service that requires signature confirmation of receipt.

Don’t worry, though, none of the deaf scholarships for hearing disabilities by Alexander Graham Bell of this highly competitive awards program are likely to go unclaimed this year. Just get your application materials ready and plan to request an application in the fall. Get your applications in early, though, or you won’t have a chance at this exceptional scholarship; the Foundation doesn’t award latecomers. Only the first 500 applications will be accepted, and you don’t want to take a chance at being turned away from this truely unique deaf scholarship!

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42 Responses

  1. timothy wirzburger says:

    Age 18
    Senior year of highschool
    Hearing aids since age 3 (both ears)
    applied and accepted to colleges in MA, NH RI
    GPA good
    What needs to be done?

    Thank you.

  2. admin says:

    since you are accepted at the schools you listed, I would go to each of their financial aids office and inquire into their disability scholarships they have. They may have one that is a perfect fit for your condition. As always: we recommend that you use a scholarship search service to see if you qualify for some unknown scholarship which you are not familiar with. You don’t have to pay for this either. The one we applaud because it’s free and easy to use and has a very large scholarship database and in which you can access here is : List of Scholarships – click on the link “Need money for college? ” (3rd paragraph) and see what you can qualify for. Also; this page has many various unknown scholarships which you can learn and read about which will give you a heads up on. I would bookmark this page and/or sign up for their feed because their scholarship list seems to grow everyday and you will want to know about them so you can apply before their deadlines. (Let someone else do the research for you especially if your busy)

    Good luck!

  3. Jack says:

    Alexander Graham Bell was a very unique individual and would of been very proud of this hearing scholarship in his name. Most people don’t know that he was associated with so many other things besides the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell is synonymous with the telephone. But that wasn’t his only invention. He always said that his most important creation to be the photophone — an invention that transmitted sound through beams of light. The photophone never met with very much success, which he always hoped for, it became the key element in the invention of fiber optics. Fibor optics transport over 80 %of the world’s telecommunications. Born on this date in 1847, Bell always considered himself primarly a teacher of the deaf. His other interests made him an early leader of the National Geographic Society. Inventions from the prototype of the iron lung to various ways of removing salt from sea water. His work with tetrahedrons led to the creation of the hydrofoil. Then in 1919, a hydrofoil he built with Casey Baldwin, set a world water-speed record which was not broken until 1963. He was truely the most influental inventor ever!

    Alexander Graham Bell famous Quote: “A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with — a man is what he makes of himself.

  4. habte gonsamo says:

    my name is habte from the Ethiopia. i am a deaf, i have had learning IT at college
    in Diploma. i searching or looking for free scholarship to studies at here.
    i would like to in ….and wishing application form. all ready very know that is God smiles…

  5. admin says:

    you must contact the government educational department in the country in which you are a citizen to inquire about disability scholarships/financial aid for your disability. Also inquire into study abroad disability scholarships too.

  6. jose of california says:

    My daughter is in High School entering Junior year next fall. She is in IEP and has hearing lost since grade school. What kind of planning should she do for college? what kind of programs are available out there for her? thanks

  7. admin says:


    Information on how to make the transition to college, including how to find the best school and visiting their office for students with disabilities, determining whether any accommodations will be needed, communicating with teachers about one’s disability, getting books and other materials and orienting oneself around the campus can be found at college help for students with disabilities.

  8. Yonas Hagos says:

    Hello My name is Yonas A Hagos and I am a hard of hearing/Deaf student that is currently attending University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I am currently a junior and my major is Communication.
    Do you have any advise for any other current scholarships, that I maybe able to apply for?

  9. admin says:

    try going to deaf scholarships for more. Also try hearing scholarships from Sertoma. Also go to this hard of hearing scholarships list.

  10. Binta says:

    I am a deaf form the Gambia seeking for a scholarship to go n learn at a deaf college.

  11. admin says:


    go to deaf scholarships to apply or contact them on the phone to discuss their deaf scholarships program.


  12. Rochelle says:

    Hello, I am 46 years old deaf female with no college degree but has always been working in disability services. Unfortunately, in few weeks, I will be laid off due to budget cuts in City government. I contact Vocational Rehab with phone calls, left messages, and e-mails and they still have not respond. In the mean time, which scholarship is (or are) appropriate for me? Thank you.

  13. admin says:


    you must call the financial aids office of the college you wish to attend and inquire into disability scholarships. They all have them. Also inquire into financial aid which is need based.
    Aarp Scholarships for Women 40 and Over. There are also colleges and universities that have their own adult scholarship programs. The University of Wisconsin has three scholarships for adults: the Alma Baron Second Chance for Women and the Osher Reentry Scholarship. The Alma Baron Second Chance for Women is for female applicants who are more than 45 years old. This scholarship program awards $5,000 financial aid, which is renewable for five years. Meanwhile, the Osher Reentry Scholarship is for those who are 25 to 50 years old. The recipient of this scholarship programs gets $5,000 worth of financial assistance, which covers the tuition and other school expenses. You can also get no cosigner student loans to help pay for your education too. College Federal Work Study (FWS) Programs are a great way to pay for college too.

  14. Rae says:


    I’m an up and coming high school senior, Hard of hearing (since the age of 3) .
    I have about a 3.0 GPA, all honor classes. I am going to apply to colleges in the fall and I’m kind of worried that I will get accepted to the college of my dreams but won’t have the money to pay for it… Is there a cap on the amount of scholarship that I can apply to?

    Thank you,

  15. admin says:


    there is no cap on the number of scholarships you can recieve or awarded unless the scholarship is financially need based. Normally this is the case with grants. You must find out once you win the scholarship if they have a restriction on the number and amount of other scholarships you can receive before you accept it if you win it to be certain.
    You can also look into no cosigner student loans if you don’t win any other financial aid. College loans without cosigners allow you to get your student loans all by yourself without relying on someone else to help you or cosign for you regardless of your credit.

  16. Chelsea says:

    I am not sure if it is too late to apply. I have had hearing loss since I was 4 years old. I am now 18. I have 75% hearing loss in my right ear and 53% hearing loss in my left ear. I have a 3.0 gradepoint average. It would be a great help to be able to earn a scholarship since my family is not very financially stable at the moment. Please email me with information! Thank you!

  17. admin says:


    consider inquiring into ‘disability scholarships’ at the colleges you are interested in and not just specific hearing impaired. Many colleges have programs for disability – even grants to apply for.

    If you interested in overseas studies you may want to read up at Study Abroad Scholarships Grants for more on your particular area. Also go to GSLC or the Global Student Loan Corporation which may help.

    Also try a Fulbright Scholarship and more Fulbright Scholarship Program information. Also go to disability Fulbright scholarship program.
    Then go to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) -they recently announced several grants that have deadlines in July and August 2010.

    A great source of college money can be be obtained from poetry writing scholarships as well even if you think you can’t write poetry you should still try them because if you win some you can use the money for any college cost.

  18. Jeff Kassinger says:

    Hello my name is Jeff Kasisnger. I am deaf and my wife is also deaf. We have two kids, and we live rural a area with small farm in Bardstown Kentucky. Our family is low income, and we received disability check from Social Security Disability Office. I attended University of Phoenix Online course and I received 3.54 GPA. I have 69 credits left to complete my Public Admin/Business BSB/PA program. I applied Financial Aid this year and FAFSA will only pay up to $5,000 per year. I am seeking for free scholarship to support tuitions, books, and others fees for 3 years.


    hey . im MARY ROSE ROMERO .. i just want to get help w/ you guys bec of the condition of my son .. he’s 2 years of age .. im so worried bout him wat can i do? please help me ..

  20. admin says:


    please be more specific on what you would like us to help you with. Is it some type of scholarship for disabled children?

  21. Staci Dobbe says:

    I’m 18, a freshmen in a private college in Salt Lake City, Ut. I have a genetic hearing loss, I have hearing aids in both ears, but I got them the day I moved to college, and my childhood and social abilities have suffered from it. I graduated my from high school in the top half with a GPA of 3.6 and with about 15+ college credits. I am fighting right now to stay in school, not because of classes, but because tuition is a burden. I need help, what do i need to do?

  22. admin says:


    Start with your state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency. Vocational Rehabilitation many times will pay college tuition for deaf students. Check into social security benefits if you are of legal age to receive it. You may want to look into government student loans with no cosigner needed as a very good last option. Look also into Pell grants. Go to government disability scholarships too.

  23. kwaku appenteng says:

    My name is kwaku appenteng and l am hearing impaired from ghana. l am accepted to the college in the uk but unfortunately l have a financial problem. l need a disability scholarship and financial aid to help me to obtain a degree.

    l am looking forward to receive information on disability scholarship.

  24. Julia says:

    Hello Good Day, My name is Julia Ribeiro. I am a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. I was born deaf in both ears. At present i wear one hearing aid on my right ear and communicates with the use of speech and lip reading.I have a BSc Degree from my country with a 3.2 GPA and is interested in pursuing an online masters programme but i would like information on scholarships that are available to assist me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

  25. admin says:


    before you apply I would direct the question to the contact section of the scholarship sponsor to see if online tuition would be acceptable if you were awarded the scholarship. Because of your disabilities it may be acceptable but better to ask first. Apply to all disability scholarship programs which you seem to have a good fit for. Also look into grants too. Go to MSc scholarships to read more.

    Go to Prestigious scholarships to read more. Some scholarships for master students are below:

    lpah Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation
    American Institute of Physics
    Committee on Institutional Cooperation
    Council of Graduate Schools
    Guggenheim Foundation
    Institute for Humane Studies
    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
    Morris K. Udall Fellowship Program
    The National Academy
    National Science Foundation
    Quentin N. Burdick Program
    Roller Penhellenic Scholarship
    Scholarly Societies Project
    Social Science Research Council
    Woodrow Wilson Center
    Zonta International

  26. Julia Price says:

    Hello my name is Julia. I recently graduated from Darlington High school in the top ten of my senior class. I accomplished receiving my certificate as a Nursing Assistant. I would like to further my education at Florence- Darlington Tech in SC. I was born partially deaf in both ears. I just recently started wearing two hearing aides due to financial issues. To pursuit my goal of being a nurse I really need financial assistance. I recently received a $750 scholarship, but that is not enough.

  27. Janay says:

    I am a 28 year old community college student and I have a nerve loss in my right ear causing me to be deaf in that ear. I’m not completey but partially deaf and I was wondering where and how I can go about getting a scholarship for my hearing loss. P.S. I was born with this problem.

  28. admin says:


    read more at scholarships for deaf students. Since you have a disability you can apply to any disability scholarship program which states you need any disability to apply. There are many of those and we highly recommend applying to those. You would be well advised to visit the FinAids office at your community college to see what disability programs they offer. Most colleges do and they are not disability specific to apply.

  29. MMD says:

    Hi, hope you can offer suggestions. I’m a 40 yr-old female, single deaf adult in both ears since birth. I received BSB/EB from University of Phoenix GPA 3.5 & AA from local community. I do have a VRC in Texas, qualified for tuition waiver (full time required), and have been accepted into TWU 8 hours away. I have never been a full independent due to low salary jobs since high school except 11-month unemployment after massive layoffs at one company. I have no financial means for on-campus living, books, student fees, student health ins. I am actively seeking extra employment (work as para at an ISD). My family are not able to help.

  30. admin says:


    you may want to visit http://www.disability.gov for your question.

  31. Emily says:

    Is there anywhere I could find a scholarship for Unilateral Deafness. I am completely deaf in my left ear and have been since birth. Thank You.

  32. admin says:


    you want to look for general deaf scholarships; and look for organizations which support your deaf related disability such as deaf foundations and deaf memorial scholarships and other related organizations which provide support for the deaf. Read more at deaf scholarships and hearing impaired scholarships. Also go to: http://www.deafinc.org/empower/deaf-support.html.

  33. susan arce says:

    I am a senior in high school. I was born with one good ear and no ear at all. I am applying at the Academy of Art in Chicago I am looking for scholarships that can help me how would I apply and who would I look up for these scholarships to help me. thank you.

  34. admin says:


    applying to any disability scholarship that allows you to apply as long as you have ANY disability is your best bet. There are many on our website. These are general disability scholarships. It’s never too early to speak to a college FinAids office to inquire about their disability programs. Every college will have their own disability educational awards too. Read more about high school scholarships for college.

  35. Sally says:

    My son (18) has an 80% hearing loss from cholesteatoma at age 2 in his left ear, (his right ear is fine). Wondering if he can qualify for any hearing loss scholarships for college, as he will graduate this May 2015 gpa3.5 act 26, interested in business college either WKU or UL in KY,thanks, Sally

  36. admin says:


    only way to tell is to apply.

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