“Imagine how well she would do if she did not have a hearing loss.” This a phrase my mother commonly uses when discussing my grades, especially to my teachers. As an A-B student who is involved in Advanced Placement and honor courses, I personally feel that I do pretty well. But, when truly considering what…

I was born in Viet Nam with a cleft pallet and sever ear problems. When I was five months old I was abandoned at an orphanage. The day I was dropped off my orphanage care takers were sure I would die that night. But I am a fighter and I lived. At thirteen months old…

Dear David A. Black Hearing Impaired Scholarship committee, As of August 1st, 2016 I will be relocating to Washington, DC and will begin my studies in Masters of Arts in Public Administration program at Gallaudet University. Gallaudet University is the only liberal arts university in the world for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I’m…

The Fight I’ve never been in a fight. Now, I’ve been pushed to my breaking point once back in middle school, prodded by a girl who thought it was funny to rip my hearing aids out of my ears, but no, I’ve never actually participated in one. I was writing a short story for my…

Over the course of my life, my hearing loss has been an academic horror story. When I was in preschool, we found out about my hearing loss and I was not allowed to come to the preschool because of it. The main reason as to why, I believe, is because the teachers did not have…

Half a Sense to Learn “You get two for the price of one!” a friend said when he saw I only needed one earplug to watch the Blue Angels fly over the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. I had rolled my eyes and laughed. My unilateral hearing loss was the result of spinal meningitis at…

I joined the U.S. Air Force when I was 23 years old and recently retired at 44. While in the Air Force, I obtained my Associates degree but I am now continuing my education to obtain my Bachelors degree. I was an aircraft electrical environmental specialist the first 10 ½ years I was in the…

I deserve the Hearing Impaired Scholarship- Law Offices of David A. Black because I am bilaterally hearing impaired and have showed great leadership roles in my school. I have also overcome many obstacles in my life. I want to go further in my education by studying to be an accountant at Hillsborough Community College and…

Bright smiles plastered on all the little first graders faces, thrilled to end class with a game, Ms. Kamen called “Telephone”. We were all circled up, waiting for the whispered message to be passed along to us so we could pass it to the next classmate. The message reaches me. My friend leans over and…

In most places, a significantly lower number of felony arrests would result in smiles and satisfaction. After all, doesn’t that mean that serious crime in the city is down? But in Phoenix, no matter what the statistics say, law enforcement has a response that always calls for more cops, more arrests, more criminal laws, and…

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