Applications are now open for The Foundation for Sight and Sound’s Help America Hear Scholarship Program. The purpose of this scholarship is to help students with hearing challenges reach their full potential by giving them the gift of sound. The scholarship is open nationally to high school seniors who have a hearing loss, which requires the use of hearing aid(s) in their daily life.
To apply for the Help America Hear Scholarship, students must write and submit an essay that highlights the student’s creativity, research and life experiences. It MUST also include, but is not limited to, responses to the following questions that pertain to student’s situation:
- What is hearing loss?
- How have your peers and teachers supported your academic achievements?
- Explain how your hearing loss has influenced your productivity in school?
- What challenges do you face as a hearing impaired student? How are you overcoming those challenges?
- Do you perceive hearing aids have or will increase your ability to learn?
- List the ways hearing aids will improve your education, work and social goals. Explain what new activities you will engage in or pursue with new hearing aids.
- Upon receiving new hearing aids, how do you expect your life to change? What changes will you hope to achieve? Do you think your interpersonal relationships will be different?
- What are you looking to accomplish with your college degree in your life and how this award will help you achieve your goals for the future?
- How will you advocate change for self-determination for students and individuals who are hearing impaired?
The scholarship recipient will receive two state-of-the-art ReSound Hearing Aids which best fit his/her hearing loss, along with a $500 Scholarship to the student’s college or vocational school of choice.
Last year, ReSound was asked to be one of the judges for this program. This year, we will be judging the essays again and are looking forward to publishing the winning essay on the ReSound blog.
Applications are being received until March 31st, 2013. To learn more and to apply, visit the Foundation for Sight and Sound website.