Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship Program

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Canadian Hearing Services (CHS) proudly offers scholarships to Deaf and hard of hearing students to help break down barriers to higher education and build brighter futures. 

Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students, including mature students attending accredited post-secondary institutions inside or outside of Canada. Students who receive funding remain eligible for the same level of funding for up to four years.

The scholarships are available to Canadian residents who are at least 17 years of age, and Deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. Scholarship grants of $3,000 for full-time students and $1,000 for part-time students may be applied to cover tuition, residence, and educational resources. The exact number of awards will be dependent on the number and ranking of qualified applicants.  

A committee of Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing business leaders and academics review applications from across Canada each year. They choose recipients based on key criteria, including student essays about how a scholarship would transform the future.

The financial support provided by our corporate partners and individual donors is an investment and a commitment to create a barrier-free Canada, a life-changing scenario not only for Deaf and hard of hearing students, but for each of us who will benefit from their contributions to society. These scholarships are truly transformational.

To learn about the generous donors who make this scholarship program possible, please visit the Scholarship Wall of Honour.

Eligibility Criteria

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Applicants must:

  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • Have documented hearing loss of 50dB or greater, pure tone average, in each ear (50dB or greater in the left ear AND 50dB or greater in the right ear);
  • Be 17 years of age or older and attending an accredited post-secondary institution in the Fall of 2021 as first-time or returning students.

How to Apply

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First-time Scholarship Applicants: 

Eligibility is based on the overall assessment of the following application materials:

  • Completed and signed scholarship application form;
  • Photocopy proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency with date of birth;
  • At least one audiogram documenting hearing loss of 50dB or greater, pure tone average, in each ear (50dB or greater in the left ear AND 50dB or greater in the right ear); 
  • Proof of Fall 2021 acceptance to an accredited post-secondary institution; 
  • Community Involvement checklist, as outlined in Section 2 of application form; 
  • Two (2) Referral Forms submitted via email by your references as outlined in Section 3 of application form; and,
  • Typed 12-pt font, 250-word essay in English or French, or YouTube link or Dropbox shared link (NO Google Drive shared links) to a 6-minute video in ASL/LSQ, as outlined in Section 4 of application form.

First-Time Applicant Application Form
Referral Form 

Previous CHS Scholarship Recipients:

Each previous CHS scholarship recipient must:

  • Have received a Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship in 2020;
  • Provide photocopy proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency with date of birth;
  • Be attending a recognized post-secondary institution in the Fall of 2020 and provide proof of Fall 2021 registration;
  • Complete a two-minute video stating your name, academic plans, and how the scholarship helped you achieve your goals over the past year. Please provide a YouTube link or Dropbox shared link (NO Google Drive shared links);
  • Complete the Scholarship Impact Survey found HERE.

Previous CHS Scholarship Recipient Application Form

Application Deadline: May 25, 2021, 4:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Selection Process

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A Canadian Hearing Services committee of educators, industry leaders, staff, and members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community will review qualified applications and select the winners. All winners will be notified on or before September 9, 2021 and recognized across the Canadian Hearing Services community later in the month. Scholarship awards will be distributed upon receipt of proof of registration, a signed letter of consent, a successful social media background check, and thank-you video. Please note, all awards are taxable income.

Date of notification of successful candidates: September 9, 2021 or sooner
Frequently Asked Questions about the National Scholarship Program

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Thank you for your inquiries. If your question is not listed below, please email giving@chs.ca or call 1-866-518-0000, ext. 4185.

Q1.    I’ve been accepted into my post-secondary program of choice; however, I won’t have proof of registration for my courses until later in the summer. What do I submit as part of my application?
A1.    Please include a copy of your acceptance letter with your application. Proof of registration is required before awards are granted to winning applicants.

Q2.    What is the criteria to qualify as being Deaf or hard of hearing?
A2.    To qualify, we require at least one audiogram documenting hearing loss of 50dB or greater, pure tone average, in each ear (50dB or greater in the left ear AND 50dB or greater in the right ear).

Q3.    I am a mature student; how do I complete the community involvement section of the application? 
A3.    There is a section for returning students and mature students. Please add all your volunteer and employment hours to the appropriate section along with your supervisor’s contact information. 

Q4.    Should I be sending in letters of reference with my application? 
A4.    No. First-time scholarship applicants require two (2) references to complete the Referral Form found on this website. Your references who must submit the completed form to giving@chs.ca by the May 25, 2021 deadline. Your application will be considered incomplete if these two Referral Forms are not received. 

Q5.    How do I make a donation to support student scholarships?
A5.    You can designate your gift to support the National Scholarship Program online at www.chs.ca/give-now, or you can call 1-866-518-0000, ext. 4185, or mail a cheque to: The Fundraising Dept., Canadian Hearing Services, 271 Spadina Rd, Toronto ON M5R 2V3. 

President's Scholarship Golf Tournament

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The Annual President’s Scholarship Golf Tournament is a charity event in support of the Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship Program. All proceeds help to break down financial barriers for Deaf and hard of hearing students and provide a new generation the opportunity to be educated, employed and empowered. 

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