The ASLHS is proud to sponsor the first nationwide scholarships available to students majoring or minoring in ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, and Interpreter Preparation. Three ASL scholarship amounts awarded at $1,500 each. Scholarships are offered to students who will begin college in the fall or are currently enrolled. Applicants must have an active chapter of the ASLHS on campus to be eligible. Under no circumstances will scholarships be awarded to students from campuses that are not members of the ASLHS.
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.
The applicant 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 April 29th @ 8 a.m.
Grants for Teachers
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 applications are accepted August 2021-April 2022
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.