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CHS Scholarships Program

About the CHS National Scholarship Program

The Canadian Hearing Society proudly offers scholarships to Deaf and hard of hearing students to help break down barriers to higher education and build brighter futures.

Scholarships of $3,000 a year for full-time students and $1,000 a year for part-time students are awarded to top qualified candidates who are pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution, inside or outside of Canada. Awards may cover tuition, residence or educational resources. Additionally, CHS is making a commitment to award this year’s winners with up to four years in funding to help remove as many financial barriers as possible, and to significantly reduce the stress of finding funding each year. The exact number of awards will be dependent on the number and ranking of qualified applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • Applicants must be either hard of hearing or Deaf;
  • Applicants must be 17 years of age or older and attending an accredited post-secondary institution in the Fall of 2019 as first-time or returning students; or mature students, 19 years of age or older.

How to Apply

For first-time applicants - Eligibility is based on the overall assessment of the following application materials:

  • 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 both ears;
  • Proof of Fall 2019 acceptance to an accredited post-secondary institution (proof of registration will be required before students receive their awards);
  • Typed 12-pt font, 250-word essay in English or French, or a YouTube link to a 6-minute video in ASL/LSQ, as outlined in Section 3 (page 4 of this application form);
  • Community Involvement checklist and letter(s), as outlined in Section 4 (page 4 of this application form); and,
  • Two (2) letters of reference, as outlined in Section 5 (page 5 of this application form).
  • Please complete and submit this application form as outlined on page 3 of the application form by the deadline to be eligible.   

For return applicants - Each return student will be required to:

  • Complete an abridged “Return Student” application by the May deadline;
  • Submit a supporting essay or video; And
  • Show proof of registration in August, prior to receiving a cash award.
  • Please complete and submit this application form as outlined on page 3 of the application form by the deadline to be eligible.   

Selection Process

A Canadian Hearing Society 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 by September 11, 2019 and recognized across the Canadian Hearing Society community later in the month. Scholarship awards will be distributed upon receipt of proof of registration. Please note, all scholarship awards are taxable income.

Application Deadline: May 20, 2019, 4 pm E.S.T.

Date of notification of successful candidates: September 11, 2019 or sooner


Frequently Asked Questions about the National Scholarship Program


Thank you for your inquiries. If your question is not here, please send it to 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 this 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 that shows a minimum of 50dB pure tone average hearing loss in both ears.

Q3.       I am a returning post-secondary 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, and include a letter from the organization where you volunteer confirming the number of hours and, if appropriate, a letter from your employer confirming your position, dates of employment and average number of hours you work each week.

Q4.       How do I make a donation to support student scholarships?

A4.        You can designate your gift to support the National Scholarship Program online at, or you can call 1-866-518-0000, ext. 4185, or you can mail a cheque to: The Fundraising Dept., Canadian Hearing Society, 271 Spadina Rd, Toronto ON M5R 2V3.


Please check this webpage for future updates.

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