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. Current ASL scholarship amounts range between $1,750.00 and $2,500.00 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.
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.
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.
Suggestions for Applicants
Be very precise in detailing what the funds will be used for. Rather than saying "appreciation gifts," say, "To purchase 10 gift cards from a local coffee shop to be given as appreciation gifts to Deaf presenters."
Participate in the annual Deaf Art and/or ASL Literature competitions sponsored by the ASLHS.