Scholarship Opportunities

DHCC is proud to sponsor scholarship opportunities. We currently have the Naureen F. Collazo Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing High School Seniors and the Arlene Long Memorial Fund for continuing education of ASL teachers and interpreters.

Victor Collazo and Neil McDevitt with Scholarship winner, Paul Thiergartner, in 2016.

Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing High School Seniors


This scholarship has been established to honor Naureen F. Collazo, a deaf woman who believed in the importance of education. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide $1,000 each year to a deaf or hard of hearing high school student graduating from a school in the specified DHCC service area who is enrolled full time in a college or university of his or her choice. Click the flyer below to view the eligibility requirements.  Download the application to view the application requirements.
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Scholarship Decision and Award

  • The Executive Director will screen the applications and forward all that meet the requirements to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee decides the recipient of the scholarship.
  • The scholarship recipient will be announced by June 30th. Funds will be disbursed to the student as soon as proof of registration and start of college or university is provided. Proof needs to be an official letter from the college or university.
  • Funds must be spent on expenses related to attending college or university such as books, tuition, room and board, or travel to the college or university.

Scholarship for Continuing Education of ASL Teachers and Interpreters

The Arlene Long Education Fund was established in early 1994 to honor the life and memory of Arlene Long, a founding member of DHCC’s Interpreter Referral Service. Arlene valued education and believed that through education we could become empowered to make the world a better place. Therefore, the Arlene Long Education Fund supports the continuing education and advancement of ASL teachers and ASL/English interpreters.

There are two programs associated with the Arlene Long Education Fund: a scholarship fund for ASL teachers and ASL/English interpreters and a professional development program for DHCC to provide opportunities for teachers and interpreters to improve their skills.  Click below to view the application.

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