FAD College & Leadership Scholarships

                                                        Letter from Donna Drake, FAD Scholarship Chair                                                                

TO: Deaf High School Seniors in Florida

FROM: Donna Drake, FAD Scholarship Chair

RE: Announcement

I am very pleased to announce that the FAD Board has recently approved two scholarships to be given for the 2016-2017 school year. Below are some information that all deaf high school seniors in your district need to know before they can apply for the FAD Scholarship. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED on or before April 1, 2017.

FAD Scholarship

Determine Funding for Awards
For the school year of 2016-2017, the FAD Board has voted to award two $1,000 scholarships to two selected seniors for their higher education at an accredited institution. The first two scholarships is to be awarded to a senior from the Florida School for the Deaf and the second scholarship to a senior from a mainstreamed school in Florida.

Duration of Awards
Scholarships will be a one-time award and are nonrenewable.

Scholarship Criteria

A. Eligible Applicants
*Must have a significant bilateral hearing loss (30 dB or greater) unaided as
shown on a current audiogram.
*Must complete all courses for a high school Standard Diploma. Must be
verified by High School Principal and/or High School Guidance Counselor.
*Plan to attend a higher education accredited institutions as a full-time

B. Primary Award Criteria
*Academic achievement: unweighted 3.0 GPA or higher, ACT or SAT score
*Community/extracurricular involvement
*Good Citizenship

C. Others
*Two letters of support
*Most Current High School transcript
*Copies of acceptance letters from higher education institutions
*Completion of the scholarship application
*Attach a school picture of the applicant to the application
*Create and submit a 1-2 minute video using ASL or sign language, to the best of your ability. Please discuss your post-secondary plans—what do you plan to do after graduation from high school? This video may be submitted by emailing to Donna Drake, (draked11@aol.com).

Scholarship Application Instructions
Incomplete or late submissions will be ineligible. The Committee will screen all completed applications and select two winners. FAD will recognize scholarship winners at their Senior Awards ceremony if possible. Scholarship checks will be issued directly to the winners’ chosen school the next fall.

FAD Scholarships will be awarded based on the following eligibility criteria:
*Currently a senior at FSDB or at a mainstreamed school graduating in 2017
*Have evidence of bilateral hearing loss of 30 db or greater
*Have academic and leadership promise
*Have a record of school or community service
*Have two letters of support (one from school, one from the community)
*Enclose copies of acceptance letters from higher education institutions
*Must complete the application (See the Scholarship Application link below on this page)

Please share this letter with your guidance counselors, teachers who work with deaf/HH seniors and parents. Thank you.

Donna Drake,
Chair FAD Education Committee
1359 Prince Road
St. Augustine, Fla. 32086
Contact: draked11@aol.com or
VP 904/ 201-4744

FAD Scholarship Announcement Letter

FAD Scholarship Application Form

FAD Scholarship Announcement Flyer

                                       2016 Scholarship Winners                                             

    Garrett Brown     

Garrett Brown

Garrett Brown is from Land O' Lakes and graduated from the Land O' Lakes High School. He was the captain of the boys swim team. He was active in his school's Council of Exceptional Education and the special Olympics club. He worked at the Pasco County School office for Financial Services. He volunteered in the Pasco County Library and as a residential companion/game volunteer/event organizer at the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home. He plans to attend the University of Florida and major in biomedical sciences.

The Florida Association of the Deaf wishes Garrett the best of luck.

  Irma Agic  

Irma Agic

Irma Agic is from Jacksonville and graduated from the Florida School for the Deaf. She was involved in the Junior National Association of the Deaf, the Book Club and Student Council. She also was a photographer for the yearbook. She also volunteered in the Jacksonville Public Library. Irma plans to attend the National Technology Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Florida Association of the Deaf wishes Irma the best of luck with her future.

                                                                    FAD Leadership Scholarship                                                                  

Jomar Figueroa

The Florida Association of the Deaf (FAD) is pleased to announce that a Leadership scholarship has been awarded to Jomar Figueroa for his invaluable contributions that reflected great leadership for Deaf youth on behalf of FAD.

Jomar is a recent graduate from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB), and will be attending Gallaudet University this fall. This is a young man that has truly grown into an outstanding individual, thanks to the guidance and mentoring of a number of Deaf leaders in FAD and FSDB. He has shown maturity and leadership, starting with his involvement with the Page Program at the 2014 NAD convention in Atlanta, as well as the Jr NAD gathering in Orlando last year. He served as a lead for the Page Program at the recent NAD convention, and his commitment to the Deaf community is truly impressive.

In closing, Jomar is everything that the Deaf community needs – a Deaf youth that shows commitment and passion for our ideals. This is a young man that will go far, whether it be with FAD, NAD, or whatever endeavor he chooses to pursue. Everyone at FAD is extremely proud of Jomar, and wish him the best of luck, and he will always have his family in FAD.