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J. Paris Mosley Scholarship Foundation Fund Available for North Dakota Students

By Staff | Oct 7, 2016

Dr. C. Jean Mosley Hall, associate professor in the Department of American Sign Language/Deaf Interpretive Services at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Ohio, is taking applicants for the J. Paris Mosley Scholarship Foundation Fund.

The scholarship is offered to students who are either deaf or hard of hearing, or have someone in their family who is in the deaf community. Applicants must know and use some form of sign language.

“The signing is the important part,” Hall said. “If they are signing, they are apart of deaf culture and the community in some way.”

Hall started the scholarship fund after the death of her father, J. Paris Mosley, who she credits with raising her. He was a member of the deaf community, as well as Native American.

“I would like to be able to pull from the Native population, since my father was American Indian,” Dr. Hall said, explaining the reason why she is expanding the scholarship application to North Dakota.

The scholarship is available for high school students who are planning to pursue some type of degree or higher education.

The application process includes writing an essay explaining the applicant’s higher education plans, future career goals, and how he or she is connected to the deaf community.

“I want an authentic view of the person who is applying,” Dr. Hall said.

Applicants will also need to include high school transcripts, references and proof that he or she will be attending college.

“When my father was growing up, back in 1915, deaf people of color could not go to college. There was only one college for deaf people, and the students of color were not permitted to attend,” Dr. Hall said. “I want to provide opportunities for students because those services were not always available. I want to do my part to help.”

Applications can be found on clevelandfoundation.org and are due in March.

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