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Scholarships & Grants

Dr. Nathie Marbury ASLHS Scholarship

The ASLHS and the ASLTA is proud to sponsor the first nationwide scholarships available to high school seniors or current college/university students majoring or minoring in the study of American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf Culture/Studies, Deaf Education, or ASL/English Interpreting. 

We are also encouraging students who are Deaf to apply as well, whose major and minor degree requirements are open to any field of study, without restrictions. For the 2023-24 Academic year, we will be offering five (5) 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 who are currently enrolled at a college or university. Applicants must be current members of an active chapter of the ASLHS on their school campus.


The ASLHS, in cooperation with the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association (ASLTA) are the sponsoring organizations for the scholarships. The ASLTA is a national professional organization of
instructors of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf studies. Our mission is to perpetuate, preserve, and promote ASL and Deaf Culture through instructional excellence. Membership in ASLHS and ASLTA is open to teachers of ASL, Deaf Studies and related professions, including schools where the primary language used is ASL (schools for the Deaf). ASLTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by the generosity of its individual and organizational members and donors. The ASLHS is a supporting program of the ASLTA.

About the Honorary

Nathie Marbury was an instructor, linguist, and researcher in ASL, and 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 and the first Black Deaf female instructor at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School for the Deaf, 1978-1986. As a member of the National Association of the Deaf, Nathie was the first Black Deaf woman appointed Member-at-Large serving with Dr. Rosen as President. Her incredible personality and contributions to the field inspired many to appreciate and cherish ASL. She has been known for her big heart for the Deaf Community as well as the for the students who took her classes and for whom she spent countless mentoring hours. 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 honor of Nathie Marbury.

ASLHS Scholarship Application

By completing the ASLHS Scholarship application via Kaleidoscope, you can take a significant step towards achieving your educational goals and unlocking a world of possibilities. Don't miss the chance to make your mark in the ASL community—apply for the ASLHS Scholarship today!





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ASL Teacher Mini-Grant

The ASLTA and ASLHS will fund up to $500 for the 2023-24 academic year in the form of ASL Teacher Mini-Grants.  In order to qualify teachers must have an active ASLHS chapter at their institution and hold current ASLTA and ASLHS memberships, respectively. 

The Mini-Grant can be used to help teachers defray the costs of providing exceptional ASL education and Deaf cultural exposure.  Some examples could include the costs of hosting a Deaf community ASL-Story event, hosting a guest speaker in your classroom, purchasing DVDs, video equipment, ASL curriculum, the cost of student participation in Deaf community events, or covering the costs for supplies to create signs and banners for Deaf Awareness Week activities, just to name a few examples.

For the 2023-24 academic year, the ASLHS in collaboration with the ASLTA will provide four (4) ASL Teacher Mini-Grants.  The application for the grants will be closed on September 29, 2023.  Winners will be chosen based on the quality of the project, influence on quality ASL instruction, and the impact your project could have on the Deaf community.

What The Grants Can Be Used For

These grants offer funding for a wide range of educational purposes, empowering you to enhance the ASL learning experience. Whether you need to cover guest speaker honoraria, acquire DVDs and video equipment for classroom use, support low-income students' participation in Deaf events, or create impactful signs and banners for Deaf Awareness Week activities on campus, the ASLHS Grants have you covered.

The allocation of grants depends on the number of applications received throughout the school year, allowing the ASLHS to support either a single project or contribute to multiple requests. The awarded amount may or may not match the initial request, as each application is assessed individually. With a rolling application process, there is no fixed deadline, providing flexibility for interested applicants.

Applications undergo thorough review by the ASLHS advisory board, ensuring that decisions are based on the project's quality, scope, and anticipated impact. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to bring your innovative ideas to life and make a lasting difference in ASL education. Apply for an ASLHS Grant today and embark on a journey of educational excellence!

Teacher Mini-Grant Application

Apply for the ASLHS Teacher Mini-Grant through Kaleidoscope today!

Mini-Grant Application

Deadline: September 29th, 2023

APPLICATION CLOSED: Come back again for next school year! 

Have Questions? Reach out to our board.

National Coordinator: Stephanie Proctor at aslhs@aslta.org

Membership Coordinator: Steven Whitworth at aslhs.membership@aslta.org
Graduation Coordinator: Melissa Ibanez at aslhs.gradship@aslta.org
Competitions Coordinator: Sabrina Boyer at aslhs.competitions2@aslta.org
Scholarships Coordinator: Leonard Stevens at aslhs.scholarships@aslta.org
Public Relations Coordinator: Michelle Norman at aslhs.pr@aslta.org
Any other questions: Stephanie Proctor, ASLHS National Coordinator at aslhs@aslta.org

Any fiance questions: Jason Zinza at treasurer@aslta.org