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Canadian Hearing Services Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: June 15, 2020, 4 p.m. E.S.T.
Date of notification of successful candidates: September 10, 2020 or sooner 

Canadian Hearing Services 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. Once secured, students may receive an annual award for up to four years. Awards may cover tuition, residence or educational resources. 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 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);
  • Applicants must be 17 years of age or older and attending an accredited post-secondary institution in the Fall of 2020 as first-time or returning students.

How to Apply

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 2020 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
*NEW Referral Form 

Previous Canadian Hearing Services Scholarship Recipients:

Each previous Canadian Hearing Services scholarship recipient must:

  • Have received a Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship in 2019;
  • 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 2020 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 at https://bit.ly/2DOQsSZ.

Previous CHS Scholarship Recipient Application Form

Selection Process

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 10, 2020 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 and thank-you video. Please note, all awards are taxable income.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2020, 4 p.m. E.S.T.
Date of notification of successful candidates: September 10, 2020 or sooner 

Frequently Asked Questions about the National Scholarship Program

Thank you for your inquiries. If your question is not here, 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 must submit the completed form to giving@chs.ca by the June 15, 2020 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, 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. 

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who have supported the Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship Program.

 

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