College Scholarship Awards Program

About the Program

Thanks to generous donations from individuals over the years, AG Bell is able to offer several scholarships for full-time students who are deaf and hard of hearing, use listening and spoken language, and who are pursuing a bachelors, masters or doctorate (not law) degree at an accredited mainstream college or university. This is a merit-based scholarship program and award selection is extremely competitive; over the past three years 10-12% of applicants were selected to receive an award. While the number and value of awards varies from year to year, in 2011, 142 eligible applications were reviewed for 18 awards, which ranged from $1,000 to $10,000. Find additional program information in the FAQs.

Information and an application packet for the 2013 College Scholarship Program will be available on this web page in January 2013.

Update for 2012 Program

The AG Bell College Scholarship Award Selection Committee is pleased to announce a total of $100,000 has been awarded to scholarship recipients for the 2012-2013 academic year. The scholarship program is merit-based and award selection is extremely competitive. The committee reviewed 110 applications all of which met the extensive criteria and gave stiff competition to the award winners.

AG Bell extends congratulations to this year’s award recipients: William Andes (VA), Johannes Boegershausen (Germany), Brian Carter (AZ), Rachel Drisdelle (Canada), Niklas Emerick (IL), Kenneth Freeman (KY), Alexandra Grafe (MN), Sophia Hu (PA), Mykella Jones (AZ), Nicholas Matthews (CA), Jared Miles (WA), John Miller (VA), Alana Murray (IN), Mario Pastura (OH), Erin Patridge (OR), Sachi Pitkin (CA), Shana Rafsky (PA), Sarah Smith (ME), Morgan Stansberry (TN) and Daniel Xu (CA). 

2012 Eligibility Criteria (subject to change for 2013 program)

In order to be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Listening and Spoken Language must be the applicant's primary mode of communication.
  • Hearing loss must have been diagnosed before the applicant’s fourth birthday (pre-lingual hearing loss).
  • Hearing loss must be bilateral and in the moderate to profound range. Applicants must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better-hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz. Applicants with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. Unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss does not qualify.
    Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better hearing ear at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz and add those three numbers together, then divide that total by three. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this program, the applicant’s PTA must be 60 or greater.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in or have applied to a mainstream and accredited college/university as a full-time student. This means that, for the 2012-2013 academic year, the applicant must be a fulltime undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree at a mainstream college or university.
  • Applicants in the United States must have a minimum cumulative un-weighted GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale (equivalent minimums: 4.06 on a 5.0 scale or 81.25 on a scale of 100). For high school seniors, this is a cumulative GPA for grades 9-11 and the first semester of grade 12. For college freshman, this is cumulative GPA for grades 9-12 and the first semester of college. For college sophomores or higher including graduate students, it is the cumulative GPA on college transcripts for all semesters completed.
    Non-U.S. Applicants: Applicants must have a minimum 80% cumulative on their high school or secondary school transcripts. For colleges outside of the United States, applicants must have a ranking equivalent to a minimum 3.25 GPA; for example, for students in the UK, Australia and India, a minimum of an Upper Second Class ranking is required.
  • Applicants may receive a total of two awards through the AG Bell College Scholarship program.

PLEASE NOTE: We are very strict with the eligibility criteria. Without exception, applications that do not meet all of the criteria are screened out of the process and are not considered for an award.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the AG Bell College Scholarship Program.

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