Scholarship Program

TDI award scholarships to graduating deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind high school students who are planning to attend post-secondary school at either a technical college or university.

The TDI Scholarship Program

TDI’s Communications Access Scholarship Program is an annual scholarship program recognizing graduating high school DHH seniors 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, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on accessible communication technologies. The application window is from Feb – May every year.

Congratulations to the 2022 Scholarship Recipients!

A graduation portrait of a white male in late teens. He has a thick black curly hair and wore a black tuxedo suit. He was beaming to the camera

Antonio Fiorentino Wong

Pennsylvania,                    Villanova University

a graduation portrait of a tanned white male in late teens. He has a thick brown curly hair and wore a blue suit under the blue graduation gown with thick light blue collar.

Gavin Morrobel

New Jersey,
Rochester Institute of Technology

a graduation photo. A white female in late teens was smiling at the camera. She has a brown braid to her side. She wore a blue graduation cap and gown along with golden stole. The white dress was shown between the sides of the blue graduation gown. The graduates were in the background along with some greenery.

Julia Poole

California,
University of California

a senior picture. The white male in late teens was smiling at the camera. He wore a simple blue shirt. He has his hands in the pant pockets. The greenery was shown in the background.

Parker Noffke

Wisconsin,
Rochester Institute of Technology

A portrait of a white female in her late teens with black glasses. She wore a velvet green dress and held a large cello with black flats. Her head was turned away from the camera. The greenery was shown in the background.

Celilo Bauman-Swain

Vermont,
University of Southern California

a senior portrait of a white female in her late teens. She has a long brown, wavy hair. She wore a square-cut black dress and was smiling at the camera.

Sofia Mirraco

California,
UC Berkeley

Eligibility

1

Applicants must be high school students graduating in 2022

2

Applicants must be committed to attending post-secondary school starting in Fall 2022

3

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents

4

Current TDI board members and staff as well as their siblings, children, and grandchildren are not eligible for the Access Communications Scholarship Program

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated record of volunteerism in the community in non-school sponsored activities.

  • Participation in extracurricular school sponsored activities.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Academic achievement.

  • Applicants must have the endorsement of their school guidance counselor.

FRIDAY MAY 14, 2022 – 5pm EST

Application Requirements

 

  1. Application form, activities summary, and statement of accuracy.
  2. Proof of acceptance at an academic, vocational, or technical school for post-secondary studies. 
  3. Letter of recommendation from a volunteer organization or extracurricular school sponsored program (optional). 
  4. Most recent high school transcript (photocopy is acceptable for application). 
  5. Senior yearbook or graduation photo.
  6. Completion of written or video essay that accompanies this application outlining your idea for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind
    • Describing how you will advocate for greater communication access, or
    • Suggesting new communications technology that will provide greater access.

If you wish to print and mail the scholarship application, you can download it here. Paper applications must be postmarked by deadline.

ASK A QUESTION

Address

940 Thayer Ave #8009
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Email

Phone

301-563-9112

Recognition of Major TDI Scholarship Donors

 

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(Sorenson VRS logo) Design showing letter 'S' in yellow, with black background. Followed by company name in black: SVRS
(ZVRS logo) Large orange circle with black text inside: ZVRS. Links to another orange smaller circle on bottom.
(Purple VRS logo) Purple rectangle with slight protruding arc on bottom. Inside rectangle in white text: PURPLE
(Hamilton Relay logo) Design showing speech box, in blue (grey outline), with white text: HAMILTON. (There's 3 stripes (blue) running through Hamilton to become the 'O' looks like a rotary phone dialer. Below the speech box is a small box in pink/purple (grey outline) with word RELAY (in white).
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