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If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to assist you financially in order to attend ALDAcon 2019, please read the following information very carefully. If you do decide to apply, you can then CLICK HERE to fill out the ALDAcon Scholarship Application online.

Or, if you prefer, you can CLICK HERE in order to download, print, and complete the Application manually, and then send it to the scholarship chair at the address provided below. If you have any questions about the application or about the scholarship program in general, please contact Eleanor.

All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt and should you not receive that confirmation within 3 days, please contact Eleanor personally at the email address listed below so that we can be sure that all applications have been received and properly filed.

There are four major requirements to be eligible for a scholarship assistance.

  1. Every applicant must be a current paid up member of ALDA’s national organization, ALDA Inc. If you are not a member, you may join using the ALDA website at If you should encounter any problems in doing this on the website, please feel free to contact Eleanor at the above e-mail address for help. Absolutely no application will be accepted as complete until membership is confirmed. In addition, if you are already a member at the time of your application, please be sure that your membership extends to the actual date of ALDAcon 2019. No award will be honored unless you are a member both at the time of the application and at the period of time of the ALDAcon, which this year is from October 23-27th.

  2. ALDA members may receive a maximum of two scholarships in their lifetime (not in the same year) to attend ALDAcon, the second being for registration only, and only if allotted funds are available. Members who have already received two scholarships to attend ALDAcon are ineligible for additional scholarships.

  3. Please note that awards are only made to those who are deaf or hard of hearing and plan to attend the full five days of ALDAcon. They are also required to attend all newcomer events if they are newcomers to ALDAcon. Information on those events will be sent to successful applicants prior to the convention.

  4. All applicants must be in genuine need of financial assistance. The scholarship program is specifically designed to assist those who without help would not be able to attend the convention. ALDA’s scholarship funds are limited, and to meet our goal of helping as many as we can to attend the convention, we must stretch our funds as far as we can.  We ask that you think carefully as you list your financial needs on the application and list only what you absolutely need in order to attend. Also, please note that ALDA, Inc. scholarships apply only to the registration fee and the cost of the hotel accommodations. Travel expenses and extra costs of any entertainment are not covered by scholarship.

  5. Registration includes workshops, exhibits, entertainment, speakers, and the following events:  Wednesday Reception, Thursday Lunch, Friday Lunch and Banquet, Saturday Karaoke Party, and Sunday Farewell Breakfast.

The firm deadline, without exception, for submitting a scholarship application will be June 30th.

Scholarship awards will be made no later than the second week in July. Applicants should be sure that they check their e-mail frequently during this time. Your acceptance or declination of the scholarship offer must be made within forty-eight (48) hours of being notified of the award; otherwise, we will consider the offer as declined.

In addition, please note that all scholarship recipients will be contacted and requested to write a brief written account of their experience at ALDAcon and/or their life with hearing loss for ALDA’s quarterly newsletter ALDA News

Please submit the PDF application form to:

Eleanor Shafer
PO Box 132
Lyme, NH 03786
Ph. 727-365-3786 Voice/text

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