Canadian Hearing Society Awards Record Number of National Scholarships to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

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Toronto, ON, Sept. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Today, the Canadian Hearing Society awarded a record 17 scholarships guaranteed for up to four years to Deaf and hard of hearing post-secondary students. The CHS National Scholarship Program helps to break down financial barriers for students who are often excluded from the full academic experience because of added accessibility costs, and makes it possible for these exceptional students to pursue their dream careers. 

“Each CHS scholarship winner has demonstrated incredible resilience, drive and determination to transform the future for themselves, their families and all Canadians through the power of education,” says Julia Dumanian, President and CEO of the Canadian Hearing Society. “We are grateful to our supporters for helping us make these students’ academic dreams come true.”

A committee of Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing business leaders and academics reviewed applications from across Canada to determine this year’s scholarship recipients. Winners are chosen based on key criteria, including community service, letters of reference and essays detailing how the scholarship will transform the future of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Students who are eligible will be guaranteed full-time scholarships of $3,000 a year for up to four years.

“I was profoundly moved and inspired by each student’s essay,” says Committee Chair Diane Gregoris. “We are proud to support our 17 CHS National Scholarship winners and look forward to cheering them on throughout their academic journeys. 

CHS would like to thank the National Scholarship Committee for participating in the application review process. Special thanks to Diane Gregoris, 2019-2020 Chair; Dr. Linda Campbell, Past Chair; Brahm Spilfogel; Jim Kyte; Lynn Lockhart-Menzies; Nigel Howard; Pam Feldman; and Rex Banks.

The names of the 2019 scholarship recipients were announced earlier today at the 4th Annual CHS President’s Scholarship Golf Tournament where all proceeds are directed back to support the National Scholarship Program.

CHS gratefully acknowledges the support of our scholarship funders: the Dr. Wolf Lebovic Charitable Foundation, the Canadian Foundation For Physically Disabled Persons, the Longo's Family Charitable Foundation, the John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation, the Walker Wood Foundation and all of our individual donors, Tournament Corporate Partners and participants.

 

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The CHS National Scholarship Program is uniquely inclusive of Deaf and hard of hearing students of all abilities. Winners are chosen based on key criteria, including community service, letters of reference and essays detailing how the scholarship will transform the future of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students, including mature students attending accredited post-secondary institutions inside or outside of Canada. Students that receive funding remain eligible for the same level of funding for up to four years. For more information, visit .

Trusted since 1940, the Canadian Hearing Society provides industry-leading services, programs and products to Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians to ensure barrier-free access and increased quality of life. It is an independent, registered non-profit organization that reinvests proceeds from product and program sales back into community services, the focus of the organization. Recognizing our ongoing commitment to providing world-class health care and social services, the Canadian Hearing Society was awarded Primer status from Accreditation Canada in July 2018.  For more information about CHS services, visit www.chs.ca or call 1-866-518-0000.

Pam Feldman
Canadian Hearing Society
416-254-8413
pfeldman@chs.ca

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Globe Newswire: 20:00 GMT Wednesday 11th September 2019

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