Scholarship Recipients

Alison Alison a Project Manager at the University of Michigan's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research where she oversees the deliverables and operations for two federally funded research data archives, one containing arts and culture research and another containing disability and rehabilitation research. She helped hold a successful data management workshop at the University of Michigan last spring.

She's also a commissioner with the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues. There she worked with the City Council to pass an ordinance requiring Ann Arbor public establishments (e.g., restaurants, gyms, waiting rooms) to have closed caption activated on any media streaming device that they have turned on.

Alison graduated from the U of M in the spring of 2007, after doing extremely well in college. She worked part-time as well as participated in numerous extracurricular activities, both on campus and with various types of community service.

Born profoundly deaf, Alison was mainstreamed by her parents into the public school system beginning in second grade. She worked extremely hard to learn speech and lip-reading skills and was very successful, as shown by her remarkable scholastic record: it included Academic Letter Awards (2000 - 2003), Athletic Scholar Awards (2000 - 2003), and the National Honor Society. Alison was a member of her high school's Executive Board, its Student Council, and its honor roll every marking period. In a class of 109 students, she graduated third highest.

She participated in basketball, volleyball, and softball -- all at varsity level -- as well as numerous community volunteer activities such as the Red Cross Blood Drive, the United Way Walk For Warmth, the Feed Your Neighbor Program at Faith Community Church, and the Bluestreak Buddy Program, which pairs an elementary student with a high school student -- all the while carrying a full academic schedule.

Alison is industrious, pleasant, and well liked, with a smile or kind word for everyone. She was chosen Homecoming Queen in 2002-2003 by the entire student body, and her teachers' letters of recommendation glow in the dark. Clearly, she has either overcome or compensated for difficulties that profound hearing loss can cause not only in education, but also in life.