Our Grantees

Evelyn Evelyn is from Alaska. She lost her hearing from meningitis as a younger child. Despite that, she maintained a 4.0 grade point average in high school while completing it in three years. In order to help her family make ends meet, she worked while going through school, as well as volunteered in various community organizations. A member of the national honor society, she also participated in sports, robotics, and drama extracurricular activities. Read more -->>


Connor Connor is from Michigan. He maintained a 3.94 GPA in high school while also taking college courses and getting a 3.9 GPA there. In addition to his severe hearing loss, Connor has muscular dystrophy. However, he is an avid wrestler (all state honors in high school) and wrestling fan and established his own business repairing and selling wrestling footwear. His references were outstanding, and included comments like, "I can't say enough about Connor!" Read more -->>


Kiran Kiran currently lives in Oregon, but was originally from India, where she was adopted by her parents from Mother Theresa's orphanage. She excelled in high school, where in addition to obtaining a varsity letter in tennis (as a freshman!), she was heavily involved in volunteer and community service projects. The latter included working at a food bank, at the Salvation Army, with at risk youth, and with the Forest Service. Read more -->>


Eleanor Eleanor is from southern Illinois. She attended Parkland College where she excelled with a 3.8 GPA, and will be transferring to the University of Illinois in the fall of 2015. She has a goal to become a speech pathologist or elementary school teacher. During her high school years, she graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the National Honor Society because of her stellar grades. She was involved in volunteer activities such as the yearbook, marching band, and Family, Career, And Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Read more -->>


Jose Jose, born and raised in Los Angeles, graduated from Marlton School of the Deaf in Los Angeles where had the pleasure to represent Marlton as a Class of 2014 valedictorian with a 3.725 GPA. He enjoyed a broad high school experience as evidenced by his involvement in a wide variety of leadership, interscholastic, and extracurricular activities such as Cross Country, Varsity Boys' Basketball and Volleyball, and Drama Club. Read more -->>


Kinza Kinza is the daughter of two immigrants, and has a younger sister who also has a severe hearing loss. Despite not hearing well, she was very involved in her high school chamber and symphony orchestras. She was also on the student council. Kinza did quite well in school, both in terms of her grades as well as leadership, as evidenced by one teacher who said, "Kinza is a highly motivated student who demonstrates strong leadership skills and exception self-confidence." Read more -->>


Scott Scott hails from Pennsylvania. He has had a progressive hearing loss throughout his life, yet has done a remarkable job of dealing with his disabilities. He did well in high school as well as his first year of college. For example, he was chosen by his high school principal to be the project leader for a team of students that created a teacher evaluation application for the Peters Township School District to comply with a Pennsylvania Department of Education mandate. Read more -->>


Rivka Rivka has recently started a strength-training regimen and introduced herself to rock climbing with the idea that if one puts oneself in uncomfortable situations daily, then eventually one becomes comfortable with discomfort -- which exercises both our physical abilities and our everyday interaction abilities. In addition she is excited to have been accepted into her dream nursing program! She also has become a Toastmasters member and is now applying for a tutoring position at school. Read more -->>


Jennifer This year will be Jennifer's fourth year attending California State University, Northridge, where she's still majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. She's also worked as a tutor for deaf and hard of hearing college students and a teacher assistant in public speaking for deaf and hard of hearing students as well. Last summer she worked at Camp Pacifica in Ahwahnee, California, as a counselor and horse staff for 120 deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing campers. This coming year... Read more -->>


Adria is currently a 4th year Computer Engineering major at Rochester Institute of Technology. The past year, she participated in the Women in Engineering club, trying to encourage her female peers to achieve their goals. She is enjoying her college experience. Read more -->>


At last report, David was continuing his collegiate career at California State University Channel Islands, majoring in physics. David is our second grantee from California. He grew up with his younger brother and parents, and was also mainstreamed in high school. He was involved in numerous activities, including the basketball and baseball teams. He also worked at his local Jewish Community Center. Read more -->>



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