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.


George H. Nofer Scholarship  Eligibility Criteria

  • You use listening and spoken language as your primary mode of communication.
  • You have a pre-lingual hearing loss (diagnosed prior to your fourth birthday).
  • Your 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. If you have cochlear implants you 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 award, the applicant’s PTA must be 60 or greater.

  • You have been accepted at or are enrolled in an accredited law school or masters/doctoral program in public policy or public administration as a full-time graduate student for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Please Note:

  • Up to three awards of up to $5,000 each may be awarded in any given year.
  • Previous recipients of the George H. Nofer Scholarship may re-apply for a scholarship in their second and third years of study, provided that a minimum of nine credit hours was completed in the previous year of study.
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