When NBDA was founded, one of its concerns was to strengthen the educational and economic advancement of Black Deaf and hard of hearing people. That concern is still true of today, and one of the ways NBDA is working on promoting educational advancement is by providing educational scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Black deaf and hard of hearing students.

Dr. Glenn B. Anderson Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunity (Black Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing students, and Deafblind)

This is an educational financial assistance for BDA members and non-members. The Dr. Glenn B. Anderson Scholarship is funded through the generosity of individual donors, corporate donors and fundraising. Scholarship can only be available to distribute depending on the available funds. If you are an interested donor or corporate donor, please go directly to the  donate page to make a donation. If you would like to make a large donation, please contact scholarship@nbda.org.

Dr. Glenn B. Anderson Scholarship Application

Dr. Glenn B. Anderson Biography


Since its founding in 1982, supporting the academic and career advancement of Black deaf students through educational and employment opportunities has been a major goal of National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA). Influenced by the self-help philosophy of many advocacy organizations within the hearing Black community (e.g., United Negro College Fund [UNCF], National Black United Federation of Charities [NBUFC], National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP], and the National Urban League), NBDA announced the establishment of its own scholarship program, the Dr. Glenn B. Anderson Scholarship, at its 30th anniversary celebration in Baltimore, MD during 2012. The scholarship program aims to provide financial support for Black deaf students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.

After reaching its fundraising goals in 2018, the scholarship program began awarding its first scholarships in 2019. To date, six scholarships have been awarded (three in 2019 and 3 in 2020). The awardees were students attending Gallaudet University (Washington, DC), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT (Rochester, NY), Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR), and Prairie State College (Chicago Heights, IL).


Students who attend any public or private college/university:

Please note that you must complete one (1) semester — with at least 2.75 GPA out of 4.0 scale — at any college or university, you are currently attending.

The deadline to complete your application (including academic/professional references) is Thursday, February 29, 2024

Dr. Andrew Foster Scholarship

In partnership with Gallaudet University, this scholarship is intended for Black Deaf and hard of hearing students of Gallaudet University who demonstrated financial need with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The University maintains the funds and the application process. Preference is given to those who demonstrate a desire to advance the lives of Black deaf and hard of hearing people. To donate to this fund, please Gallaudet University’s Giving Page. Instructions: Select “Other” when you click on “Giving On-Line” box. In the Other box, type “Andrew Foster Scholarship.” 

Dr. Andrew Foster Biography

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