National Association of the Deaf

Call for Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship 2013 Applications

Applications are now being accepted for Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship stipend awards for the summer of 2013 (Application deadline: March 22, 2013). Qualified applicants will spend the summer at the NAD Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD where they will participate actively in NAD advocacy efforts to protect the civil, human and linguistic rights of the American deaf community. Preference will be given to students pursuing careers in law, public policy, nonprofit management or related fields. This scholarship provides financial stipends to assist qualified applicants with travel, housing, transportation and related needs during the internship.

Stipend Disbursement & Internship Duration

  • Duration of summer internships shall be on a full time basis for no less than 10 weeks and no more than 15 weeks per year.
  • Determination of the stipend amount for each qualified applicant is based on the length of the internship and the Application Criteria below. For example, a qualified applicant studying in law school (Juris Doctor degree) who commits to the entire length of the summer internship may be eligible for the full $6,000 stipend. Up to two qualified applicants studying for their Bachelor’s degree may receive stipends of up to $3,000 each.
  • Applicants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals. The NAD is located near the Silver Spring Metro station, which allows for convenient transportation throughout the DC Metro area (MD/DC/VA). Applicants are also responsible for their own automobile parking fees, if applicable.

Application Criteria

Applicants seeking Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship consideration must be currently enrolled in academic studies toward graduate or undergraduate degrees within the following or related fields:

  • Law (Juris Doctor degree)
  • Public Policy (Master’s or Bachelor’s degree)
  • Nonprofit Management (Master’s or Bachelor’s degree)

Applicants will be screened on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and advocacy for public service - specifically civil, human and linguistic rights of the American deaf community;
  • Evidence of leadership abilities and potential for continued growth in leadership skills;
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills; and
  • Strong academic and extracurricular credentials.

Applicants must supply the following information as part of their application package:

  • Cover letter and rationale for application
  • Full name
  • Permanent address
  • Phone number(s) 
  • Email address(es)
  • Educational institution name and mailing address
  • Proof of status as a current student, including academic and financial standing
  • Official transcript listing academic courses and grades awarded
  • Expected year of graduation, degree and field of study
  • Contact person at educational institution, e.g., internship or employment coordinator
  • Anticipated start/end dates of summer internship
  • Resume detailing employment history, internships, co-op experience, etc.
  • Description of community activities, especially those pertaining to advocacy and leadership within the deaf and hard of hearing community
  • References (minimum of three)

Applicants must indicate their area(s) of internship interest:

  • Education
  • Early intervention
  • Health care and mental health
  • Employment/vocational rehabilitation
  • Sign language as a human right
  • Technology/telecommunications
  • Transportation/travel
  • Other (specify)

Application Deadline

Applications for the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship must be submitted electronically to scholarship at no later than Friday, March 22, 2013.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by Monday, April 19, 2013.

Screening and Selection Process

The respective points of contact for the NAD Headquarters and the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship Committee shall coordinate screening of applicants and selection of recipients.

The screening and selection process is delineated as follows:

  • Monday, March 25,