Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Scholarships Awards

Website: Alexander Graham Bell Association


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 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.



  • You must have bilateral hearing loss diagnosed before the age of 4.
  • You must use Listening and Spoken Language as your primary communication mode.
  • You must be enrolled in or planning to attend a mainstream university and working toward a four-year undergraduate degree or a graduate degree.
  • This isn't the right scholarship for law or public administration graduate students; apply for the Nofer Scholarship opening each February.

Things to Prepare:

  • If you use hearing aids, include an unaided audiogram dated no earlier than January 1, 2017. Use this to calculate your Pure Tone Average (PTA), which must be 55dB or higher. The formula is in the application.
  • If you use cochlear implants (CI), include your recent CI report (you already meet the PTA requirement). 


  • High school: Showing grades 9-11 and the first semester of senior year.
  • College freshman: Include high school transcript and first semester of your freshman year.
  • Four-year undergraduate and graduate students: Include college transcript only. If your college only uses an online access format, upload the acknowledgment from the school in your application and provide this address to the school:
  • Unweighted GPA: 
    • U.S.: 3.25 or higher.
    • Outside the U.S.: See application for international grade conversion.
    • All Applicants: If your school doesn't use a 4.0 scale or doesn't include your unweighted GPA on your transcript, you must include an official letter from your school explaining what your unweighted GPA would be. 

Recommenders Information:

  • Name, Address and Email for three recommenders.

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.


Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

AG Bell College Scholarship Program: The College Scholarship application will not open for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you are pursuing a graduate degree in law or public policy, please see the Nofer Scholarship program. Please become a member of AG Bell to receive program announcements on any future programs. For more information on scholarships, see Additional Scholarships listed here.

George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy:  This program provides awards of $5,000 each year for up to three full-time graduate students who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration. The application is now closed. Please check the calendar above for specific deadlines. To access the guidelines, click here

Contact Information

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. 


Lisa M. Chutjian, CFRE

Chief Development Officer

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW

Washington, DC 20007

Direct: 202-204-4678

Email: lchutjian@agbell.or