TDI is proud to announce the 2022 TDI Scholarships awardees. This year the 2022 TDI Scholarship awarded 6 outstanding students a total $15,000 to support their collegiate goals.
2022 TDI Scholarship Recipients
The 2022 recipients are Parker Noffke, attending the Rochester Institute of Technology; Julia Poole, attending the University of California; Celilo Bauman-Swain, attending the University of Southern California; Antonio Fiorentino Wong, attending the Villanova University; and Sofia Miracco, attending the UC Berkeley.
This is the fifth year of the TDI scholarship program. “It is thrilling to see a wonderful slate of bright and talented recipients each year, and that the first scholarship cohort are now beginning their 4th year in college.” said Jan Withers, President of TDI Board of Directors.
A committee of board members and leaders in the deaf and hard of hearing community awarded the 2022 TDI Scholarships. Additionally, the committee looked for the criteria of community volunteerism, academic performance, and leadership skills in applicants. Dr. Mei Kennedy, committee chair shared “This year’s applicants demonstrated the talent and skills of youth throughout the country. Upon reviewing the applications, it was apparent that many had worked hard to overcome the effects of COVID.”
Moreover, “With college costs continuing to rise, TDI recognizes the importance of offering critical financial support to the next generation of deaf and hard of hearing scholars to turn their passions into life-long professions and help break down barriers in information and communication technologies.” said Eric Kaika, Chief Executive Officer of TDI.
Established in 1968, TDI is the nation’s leading nonprofit advocacy organization for deaf and hard of hearing people’s equitable access to telephone, radio, television, wire, satellite and cable networks. Specifically, TDI monitors and comments on federal policies and rules involving access to information and communication technologies.
An annual TDI Scholarship program recognizing graduating high school DHH seniors. These seniors are those who are committed to giving back to their community in order to continue improving access to communications technologies for DHH people.
Students are recognized for their passion and capacity to lead and serve. Additionally as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on accessible communication technologies. The application window is from Feb – May every year.
DHH graduating seniors may apply between Feb – May at TDIforAccess.org/scholarship.