TDI is now accepting applications for its “Communication Access Scholarship Program”. This is a nationwide search to encourage deaf and hard of hearing students to innovate and bring forth ideas for addressing the biggest communication access challenges that the community faces. To be eligible, students must be a graduating high school student committed to attending post-secondary school in the Fall.

“We’re calling on all high school innovators to help us truly transform and improve communication access for deaf and hard of hearing people in America,” said Mark Seeger, TDI Scholarship chairperson. “We’re looking for scholars who, not only excel academically, but also actively involved in their communities and schools.”

Sheila Conlon Mentkowski, TDI Board President, added “The TDI Board of Directors is delighted and pleased to introduce and inaugurate the newly created ‘Communications Access Scholarship Program’. This is a new and innovative opportunity to encourage youth who are passionate about pursuing the field of communication access and improving such opportunities for their community.”

TDI’s scholarship program is made possible by several telecommunication companies. “TDI is sincerely grateful to the four corporate sponsors- Ultratec, Sorenson Communications, ZVRS/Purple, and Hamilton Relay for making this annual scholarship program possible. Additionally, I’d like to recognize Mark Seeger, TDI Central Region Board Member for his leadership and tireless effort in getting this program running. Most importantly, a special thanks to Texas School for the Deaf and its Superintendent, Claire Bugen, for their willingness to help serve as a host review committee” expressed Claude Stout, TDI Executive Director. “We encourage the many graduating high school seniors from deaf schools and mainstream programs to participate in this program.”

Only electronic submissions are accepted and will be open until May 15, 2019 and the winners announced by September 2019. Up to six scholarships will be awarded. All applications will be reviewed by an independent party with vested interest in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

For full scholarship details on eligibility, requirements, and application, visit