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AG Bell College Scholarship Program

About the Program

Thanks to generous support from friends and families over the years, AG Bell is able to offer several scholarships for full-time students who have a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, use listening and spoken language, and who are pursuing a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree (a separate scholarship is offered for graduate studies in law or public policy) at an accredited mainstream college or university. This is a merit-based scholarship program and award selection is extremely competitive; over the past seven years approximately 16% of applicants were selected to receive an award. 

The timing for applications is between January and March each year for the following fall semester. The application process is closed at this time, but will open for the 2016-2017 academic year in January of 2016. 

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:  

  • Listening and Spoken Language must be the applicant's primary mode of communication.
  • Hearing loss must have been diagnosed before the applicant’s fourth birthday (pre-lingual hearing loss).
  • Hearing loss must be bilateral and in the moderately severe to profound range. Applicants must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better-hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz. Applicants with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. Unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss does not qualify.
  • Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better hearing ear at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz and add those three numbers together, then divide that total by three. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this program, the applicant’s PTA must be 60 or greater.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in or have applied to a four-year mainstream accredited college or university as a full-time student working to complete a bachelor’s or graduate degree. This means that, for the academic year beginning in the fall, the applicant must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree at a mainstream college or university. Applicants who are or will be attending a community college offering an associate’s degree (two-year) do not meet this criterion.
  • Applicants in the United States must have a minimum cumulative un-weighted GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale (equivalent minimums: 4.06 on a 5.0 scale or 81.25 on a scale of 100). For high school seniors, this is a cumulative GPA for grades 9-11 and the first semester of grade 12. For college freshman, this is cumulative GPA for grades 9-12 and the first semester of college. For college sophomores or higher including graduate students, it is the cumulative GPA on college transcripts for all semesters completed.
  • Non-U.S. Applicants: Applicants must have a minimum 80% cumulative on their high school or secondary school transcripts. For colleges outside of the United States, applicants must have a ranking equivalent to a minimum 3.25 GPA; for example, for students in the UK, Australia and India, a minimum of an Upper Second Class ranking is required.
  • Applicants may receive a total of two awards through the AG Bell College Scholarship program.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the competition is very high, we must be strict with the eligibility criteria. Without exception, applications that do not meet all of the criteria will be screened out of the process and will not be considered for an award.

Application and Deadline
The deadline for applications falls in mid-March each year. All materials must arrive together in one package by 5:00 p.m. EST on the deadline date; however, applications may be submitted at any time once the application period has opened and we recommend you submit your application well in advance of the deadline. Only transcripts sent directly from the educational institution will be accepted separately from the application.

Mail application package to:

    AG Bell College Scholarship Program
    3417 Volta Place NW
    Washington, DC 20007

Please note:

  • We do not confirm receipt of applications. If you would like to know whether or not your application was received, you may choose to send your application using a service that can confirm delivery (US Postal Service, Federal Express, DHL, UPS, etc). Please know that if you require a signed delivery confirmation, this may delay delivery. AG Bell does not accept any responsibility nor make exceptions for delivery delays including those resulting from delivery confirmation requirements. To ensure timely delivery, applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.
  • Faxed applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered under any circumstances.
  • Applications will not be returned for any reason.

Please do not contact AG Bell seeking an exception to these policies.

Administrative Processes & Notification
We do not confirm receipt of an application upon delivery and will not advise applicants of their status until the first round of review has been completed. This may take three to four weeks from the application deadline. Once the first round of review by the College Scholarship Committee has been conducted, AG Bell will advise all applicants by email as to whether their application has been recommended for the second round of review.  Notification of award decisions will be by email only. Both those selected and those not selected will receive an email.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the AG Bell College Scholarship Program.

Do You Still Have Questions or Need Clarification?
After reviewing the FAQs, if you have questions or would like clarification about something, please ask! It’s better to ask the question than to find out your application is considered ineligible for review. Not asking the question is NOT a case for reconsideration of your application. Please submit your question via email. Responses may take several business days, so please don’t delay in asking your questions.