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Scholarships & Grants

Dr. Nathie Marbury ASLHS Scholarship

ASLHS is proud to sponsor the first nationwide scholarships available to students majoring or minoring in ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, and/or Interpreter Preparation. For students graduating from a Deaf school, requirements for a major is in any field of study.  We offer 3 scholarships of $1,500 each in memoriam of a valued member of our community, Dr. Nathie Marbury.


Scholarships are offered to high school and/or college students who will begin college in the fall or are currently enrolled. Applicants must have an active chapter of the ASLHS on the college/university campus to be eligible. Under no circumstances will scholarships be awarded to students from campuses that are not members of ASLHS.


ASLTA is a national professional organization of American Sign Language and Deaf studies teachers. Our mission is to perpetuate, preserve, and promote American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture through excellence in teaching. Membership in ASLTA is open to teachers of American Sign Language, Deaf Studies and related professions, including individuals who support the goals of the organization. ASLTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by the generosity of its individual and organizational members and donors.

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About the Honorary

Dr. Nathie Marbury

Nathie was an instructor, linguist, and researcher in American Sign Language, a true pioneer at heart. She became the first Black deaf woman to enter the National Leadership Training Program for the Deaf at California State University, Northridge. Not only that, she was also the first Black deaf female instructor at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School for the Deaf, 1978-1986. That wasn’t enough for Nathie, she was also the first Black deaf woman to serve on the NAD board as an appointed Member-at-Large with Dr. Rosen as President. Her incredible personality and contributions to the field inspired many to appreciate the language. She has been known for her big heart for the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students who took her classes and spent countless hours mentoring many. Besides sharing valuable knowledge through many classes, workshops, and presentations – many enjoyed her humor. ASLHS is honored to offer annual scholarships to aspiring ASL professionals in her name.

Student Scholarship Application

All applicants must be active in an ASLHS chapter of their school site and the sponsor of their ASLHS chapter must be an ASLTA Associate or above member and ASLHS member. Deadline to apply November 10, 2022

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ASL Teacher Mini-Grant

ASLHS provides small grants to ASL teachers on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants help teachers defray the costs of providing exceptional ASL education on campus. Applicants for the ASL Teacher Mini-Grant must have an ASLHS chapter at their institution and hold current ASLTA membership. Under no circumstances will scholarships be awarded to teachers who are not members of ASLHS.

Teacher Grant Application

Teacher Grant applications are accepted August - November

What The Grants Can Be Used For

Grants can be used for a variety of educational purposes. You may pay for guest speaker honoraria, purchase DVDs and video equipment for class use, assist low-income students to participate in deaf events, or create signs and banners for Deaf Awareness Week activities on campus.

Depending on the number of applications received during the school year, the ASLHS may fund a single project or contribute to multiple requests. Mini-grants may or may not match the requested initial amount. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline. Applications are reviewed by the ASLHS advisory board, and decisions are made based on the quality of the project, its scope, and its expected impact.