Gallaudet University is the only university in the world where all of the services and programs are specifically designed to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The university was founded by an Act of Congress in 1864 and the school’s charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
Students attending the university are able to choose from among 39 different majors, all of which lead to a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree. A small number of hearing students are also admitted to the university each year. In addition, students may choose to design their own majors, which are known as self-directed majors, allowing them to choose classes from an array of departments or to take classes offered by thirteen other schools that are all members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
The university also offers graduate programs that are open to hearing, hard of hearing and deaf students, including master of science, master of arts and specialist degrees as well as doctoral degrees and certificates.
Gallaudet hard of hearing scholarships for disabled students are funded by gifts made to the university from a host of organizations and individuals. Applicants for the disability scholarships must be regular, full-time, degree-seeking students. The amount of hearing scholarships is limited based on donor requirements. Most hearing impaired scholarships offered by the university are based on academic performance.
The school’s merit-based scholarships are open to all deaf or hard of hearing undergraduate students who demonstrate an exemplary personal and scholastic history of achievement. Hard of hearing scholarships may range from full tuition and room and board to half-tuition for up to as many as four years. All students who are newly admitted to the school will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships for disability students.
A variety of factors will be considered when awarding the Gallaudet scholarships, including letters of recommendation, GPA, SAT or ACT test scores, leadership qualities, special talents and extra-curricular involvement. Special talents might include leaderships, creative writing, debate team, student body government membership, film, acting, drawing, photography, dance, sculpting and community service.
The President’s Honors Distinction Scholarship offers an award of full tuition, room and board. This hard of hearing scholarship is made annually. Students must achieve a minimum level on the ACT and/or SAT to qualify for this scholarship.
The Provost’s Honors Distinction Scholarship offers $12,000 and is an annual disability scholarship. The Provost’s Excellence scholarship offers a scholarship award of $8,000 and is an annual scholarship. The Dean’s Prestige scholarship is a $6,000 annual award. The Leadership scholarship provides for a $4,000 annual award. The Achievement scholarship is a $3,000 award.
Since its inception, Gallaudet University’s mission has been to provide the highest quality professional and liberal education through both undergraduate and graduate programs for both hearing students as well as those that are hard of hearing and deaf. This is accomplished by offering an educational environment that is both supportive and welcoming and accessible through a bilingual approach.
The University seeks to embrace diversity within the community by appreciating and respecting various choices of communication, while at the same time guiding students through a process of cultural self-actualization.
The University also seeks to pursue excellence in the fields of scholarship, pedagogy, research and creative activity by leading the advancement of linguistic, economic, social, intellectual vitality in individuals with hearing loss through outreach, educational, regional, leadership and international development programs.
The school is also dedicated to preserving death history and the use of visual media for the purpose of promoting the recognition of people with hearing loss. Offering Gallaudet hard of hearing scholarships for disabled students is just one of the many ways the school hopes to position the community to reach its optimal potential and achieving social justice and civic responsibility.