Doreen Pollack Scholarship





The Listen Foundation has established a professional scholarship in the name of Doreen Pollack, a pioneer in the standards of excellence in listening and spoken language. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist one LSLS professional per year in fulfilling the requirements for certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS™) in Auditory-Verbal Therapy (LSLS Cert. AVT). Funds will be used to support the recipient’s qualification and examination through the AG Bell Academy and to enable the recipient to fulfill requirements such as mentoring and continuing education credits. This scholarship is available to LSLS professionals who are nearing their final year of mentoring to qualify for certification by the AG Bell Academy. Information about the certification process and requirements to be eligible to take the LSLS certification exam is provided on the AG Bell Academy web pages at www.agbell.org. 


To be eligible for the Doreen Pollack Scholarship, applicants must be able to present qualifications that would show their progress toward certification and likely eligibility to take the certification examination within 12 to 18 months of receiving the scholarship. The application for the scholarship mirrors many of the requirements that will be necessary to qualify for the certification exam and provides a guideline for fulfillment.


The Doreen Pollack AVT Scholarship is offered once annually in the Spring. Applications typically open in early March and end on April 30. This year’s due date is April 30, 2021. If you submit your application via email to academy@agbell.org, please request a Delivery Receipt. If you submit your application via regular mail or delivery service to AG Bell Academy – Doreen Pollack Scholarship at  3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007, and you choose to confirm delivery, please do not require a signature as this may cause a delay in receipt of your application. AG Bell and the AG Bell Academy do not make exceptions to deadlines related to the manner of delivery.




Professionals seeking LSLS certification must be mentored by a certified LSLS professional for at least three (3) years; three years is defined as 36 consecutive months. Ideally, each professional seeking LSLS certification will be mentored by another Cert. LSLS. For details on mentoring, please see the website at: Certification Handbook  

Qualified applicants for or the Doreen Pollack Scholarship should have completed the first 24 months of mentoring prior to receiving the award.

Any questions regarding qualifications or other special circumstances should be addressed to Academy staff at 202-204-4700 or  academy@agbell.org.




Completed applications for the Doreen Pollack Scholarship include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (current name, contact information, educational degrees, certifications/credentials, and licenses must be included)
  • Written Essay which includes an explanation of your professional background, your reason for choosing to work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, how you would use the scholarship if awarded, and what impact you hope to have on the children and families with whom you work as an LSLS Cert AVT professional.
  • Written attestation from your LSLS Mentor that you are or will soon be entering your third or final year of mentoring
  • Written description from your LSLS Mentor of your current skills. The written attestation and description may be provided as one document. (A completed F1 form does not serve as a written description or recommendation).
  • A signed copy of the, “Commitment to the Principles of Auditory-Verbal Therapy.”
  • Copies of up-to-date and signed forms E, F-1 and F-2 for your first two years of mentoring.



Scholarship applications must be received by the Academy by 5:00pm EST on May 31, 2019.  Applications received after this date will NOT be considered, without exception.


The information provided on the application form and accompanying documents will be used by the Listen Foundation’s selection committee to identify one candidate for this year’s Doreen Pollack Scholarship.

  1. Please type or clearly print the information on your application.
  2. Enclose all supporting written documentation/attachments 
  3. Submit your application by email to: academy@agbell.org or by regular mail to: 


Submit Application by Mail to:


AG Bell Academy – Doreen Pollack Scholarship
3417 Volta Place, NW 
Washington, DC 20007

 To submit by email, scan all pages of the application into a single document and email the one document to the Academy.

Applicants for the Doreen Pollack Scholarship should keep a complete copy of the application for their own records in preparing for certification. Application materials will not be returned. 


Reach Us

Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221
Fax: 202-337-8314


Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. 

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.