AG Bell Arts & Sciences Award Program
About the Program
The Arts & Sciences Award Program is available to students who are deaf and hard of hearing who are in grades one through twelve to participate in after-school, weekend or summer programs focused on developing skills in the arts or sciences. Programs may be offered through museums, nature centers, art or music centers, zoological parks, space and science camps, dance and theater studios, martial arts studios or any other program with a focus on the arts or sciences. Awards cannot be used for programs that offer academic credit, travel or study abroad, recreational summer camps, sports camps or sports including figure skating or gymnastics.
2014 Arts & Sciences Award Program Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Bilateral hearing loss or Auditory Neuropathy (AN) must have been diagnosed prior to the child’s fourth birthday (pre-lingual). Note: children with unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss or unilateral AN do not qualify.
- The child’s hearing loss must be in the moderately-severe to profound range. This means that the child must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 55 dB or greater in the better-hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz. Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. NOTE: this may not apply for children who have been diagnosed with AN. For information on required documentation for AN, please see the “documentation” section on the Application Submission Instructions page of the application packet.
Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better hearing ear at 500, 1000 2000 and 4000 Hz and add those four numbers together, then divide that total by four. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this award, the child’s PTA must be 55 dB or greater.
- Listening and Spoken Language must be the child’s primary mode of communication.
- The child must be at least six (6) years of age and not older than 19 years of age as of December 31, 2014 and currently attending elementary or secondary school (grades 1 through 12).
- The child must be enrolled in or registered for the science or art program selected.
- The child (and primary contact) must reside in the United States, including territories, or in Canada.
Note: AG Bell membership is not required; however, the committee gives preference to AG Bell members.
Application Packet and Deadline
Arts & Sciences 2014 Application - PDF (print and complete by hand)
Arts & Sciences 2014 Application - Writable PDF (open and complete on computer, then save/print)
All applications must be received by April 14, 2014. All materials MUST ARRIVE together in one package at the address below by 5 p.m. local time on April 14, 2014. No supporting materials will be accepted separately from the application.
Send application package to:
Wendy Will – Arts & Sciences Award Program
8745 Gary Burns Drive, Suite 160-504
Frisco, TX 75034
- Due to the number of applications, it is difficult for us to confirm receipt of applications, especially for those received close to the deadline. If you would like to know whether or not your application was received, you may choose to send your application using a service that can confirm delivery. AG Bell does not accept responsibility nor make exceptions for any delays or delivery errors on the part of delivery services including delays due to the requirement of a signature. To ensure timely delivery, applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.
- Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted under any circumstances.
- Late and incomplete applications are not considered under any circumstances.
- Applications are not returned for any reason.
Please do not contact AG Bell seeking an exception to these policies.
In the days after the application deadline, all applications are screened for eligibility and completeness. Eligible and complete applications are then forwarded to the award selection committee for review; ineligible applications are discarded.
If an email address is provided on the application, once the screening process is complete (a minimum of two weeks after the deadline), you will be notified via email of the status of your application. In that email, you will also receive information about when you can expect to be notified of the award decisions. If an email address is not provided, you will not receive this notification.
Letters of notification will be mailed to all eligible applicants – those who were selected as well as those who were not selected to receive an award.
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