Scholarship Opportunity for Those with Hearing Loss
(Hurry up, the Deadline is December 31st!)
It doesn’t matter if you’re 1 or 100 – if you have hearing loss, you may be eligible for an exciting scholarship opportunity through the Traveler’s Protection Association. The Traveler’s Protection Association (TPA) has been granting financial assistance to those with hearing impairments since 1975. To date, the scholarship fund has distributed approximately 2.2 million dollars to over 5,400 recipients. Read further if you or someone you love suffer a hearing loss and could benefit from a little extra financial help to cover some of the associated costs.
What Type of Financial Assistance is Granted?
Grants typically range from $100 to $1000 and can go towards anything that will help a person who is deaf or hard of hearing with an issue arising from their hearing loss. For example, grants have been issued for specialized hearing equipment such as hearing aids, training for those with hearing deficiencies such as lip reading courses, tuition for specialized schooling, and sign language courses. Applicants have also been granted scholarships to cover the costs of note-takers or sign language interpreters in college courses. The TPA scholarship fund is quite flexible, as long as the grant monies will be used help alleviate an issue associated with hearing loss. The application can be found here (https://www.tpahq.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/STF-Application-w-Guidelines-Revised-4.12.16.pdf) and is actually quite simple. After indicating your insurance and describing you hearing impairment in detail, the form simply asks what the “intended use of grant and anticipated costs” are. The grant must be approved by the Board of Trustees and is subject to amount of available funds and special consideration is given to those with the highest needs.
This scholarship becomes available each quarter, however, if you are interested in applying for this quarter the deadline is December 31st, 2017. If chosen for a scholarship, recipients will be notified within 30 days of the deadline and checks will be mailed on the first of the following month.
Previous Grant Recipients
During the previous quarter, the TPA granted a total of $23,400 to recipients in 20 states nationwide. The recipients were between the ages of 1-95 and received grants ranging from $100-$750 dollars – depending on need. A total of 18 scholarships were granted to Missouri residents in the previous quarter alone. Among the Missouri recipients are Herculaneum resident Delaney Boys, who suffers from severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Her scholarship was used to offset some of her tuition costs at the Moog Center for Deaf Education, where she is a full time student. (https://www.tpahq.org/travelers-protective-association-awards-23400-grants-recipients-hearing-loss/).
History and Fun Facts About the TPA
The Traveler’s Protection Association is a fraternal benefit society established in 1882. The TPA was originally established to protect the rights and treatment of the “traveling salesman” of the late 1800s. In 1890, the TPA averted near financial crisis by adding accident insurance to their current insurance offerings. Eligibility for membership was extended to all men who qualified as preferred risk, not just traveling salesmen and their managers in the 1930s. In 1946, the association successfully inaugurated an “Annual Child Accident Prevention Week” on a national scale. The program continues to be successful to this day, and the TPA has been a leader in the fight for children’s rights across the country. In 1975, the TPA created the “Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and the Near Deaf”. Today, the fund is known as “The Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired”. In 1993, membership was finally extended to include women as well as men. Women now hold a variety of leadership positions throughout the organization and the association is currently licensed in 29 states with thousands of members. In fact, about 17,000 have been members for over 25 years and 1,500 have been loyal members for over 50 years. ( https://www.tpahq.org/what-is-tpa/history/).
Greentree Audiology is Here to Help
At Greentree Audiology, we care about you, your hearing, and your quality of life. If you think you may be experiencing some of the signs of hearing loss, reach out to our friendly team to schedule your first hearing screen. We look forward to walking with you on your journey to better hearing. Who knows, you might just qualify for the “Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired” and get a little financial assistance! Remember to hurry, because the deadline is December 31st.