Call for Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship Applications

Call for Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship Applications

Applications are now being accepted for Nancy J. Bloch Leadership &
Advocacy Scholarship stipend awards for the summer of 2012 (Application
deadline: March 14, 2012). 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

* 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
* 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,
* 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 Shane H. Feldman, NAD Chief
Operating Officer at scholarship at no later than Wednesday,
March 14, 2012. Incomplete or late applications will not be
considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Wednesday,
April 25, 2012.

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 19, 2012 – Applications are screened for completeness
and satisfaction of criteria by the NAD, and eligible applicants’
documentation are shared electronically with the Scholarship Committee;
* Monday, April 2, 2012 – Top applicants are selected by the
Scholarship Committee , and interviews are scheduled in the next few
days. Local applicants will be interviewed in person at the NAD
Headquarters. Remote interviews will be conducted via video or phone
for those who reside outside the greater MD/DC/VA area;
* Monday, April 16, 2012 – Conclusion of interviews; NAD conveys final
recommendations to Scholarship Committee;
* Monday, April 23, 2012 – Committee selects scholarship recipients;
* Wednesday, April 25, 2012 – NAD Headquarters informs scholarship

About the Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship

Established by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) at its 50th
Biennial Conference in Philadelphia, PA, the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership
& Advocacy Scholarship encourages and enhances the NAD and its
distinguished history of advancing professional opportunities for young
deaf and hard of hearing individuals pursuing careers in law, public
policy, nonprofit management and related fields. Many NAD interns,
inspired by their passion and experiences at the NAD Headquarters in
Silver Spring, Maryland, have gone on to become successful leaders and
advocates in their respective communities.

Nancy Bloch served the American deaf and hard of hearing community
diligently for nearly 19 years as Chief Executive Officer of the NAD.
In 2011, when her tenure ended, the scholarship in her name was created
to honor Nancy’s life-long commitment to invest in the future of young
deaf and hard of hearing advocates so that they, too, can pave the way
for others to follow in the future.

About The Scholarship Committee

The Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship committee has a
simple, straightforward objective: to raise a specified amount each
year to ensure funds are continually available to support annual
disbursement of internship stipends and re-investment for fund growth

Currently supported through generous individual contributions made
during and since the 50th Biennial NAD Conference in Philadelphia, PA,
the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship relies on
individual, organizational, corporate and foundation support to further
its goals. To donate online or via mail/fax, visit
and select the button for “Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy
Scholarship Fund” in the Donor Designation section to ensure that your
contribution is directed appropriately.

Scholarship Committee members welcome inquiries from individuals and
groups interested in donating to the scholarship fund. Members include
Nancy Bloch, Chair; Barbara Jean (BJ) Wood, Vice Chair; LeWana Clark,
Jerry Nelson, Annette Posell, Julie Rems-Smario, and Jackie Roth, with
Shane Feldman and Howard Rosenblum as ex officio members on behalf of
the NAD Headquarters.


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