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August 19, 2003

Gallaudet University Alumni Association Awards Grants

From: Gallaudet - Aug 19, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mike Kaika, Director of Media Relations

Phone: 202-651-5050


Gallaudet University Alumni Association Awards Grants

Washington, DC—The Gallaudet University Alumni Association’s Graduate Fellowship Fund (GFF) has awarded a total of $54,000 in grants to nine students who are enrolled in a doctoral or terminal degree program at an accredited university. Since the GFF was established in 1968, the fund has provided financial assistance totaling more than $850,000 to 155 deaf and hard of hearing students who further their education at institutions other than Gallaudet University.

The recipients for the 2003-2004 academic year are: Lyla Jelana Brown, Ph.D. in International & Comparative Education, University of Bristol; Jody Cripps, ’98, Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona; Jacquelyn Dalton, Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Daniel Davidson, DPT in Physical Therapy, Hampton University; Katherine Delorenzo, ’96, Ph.D. in English, City University of New York; Edina E. Jambor, Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Nevada; Philipp Rassman, Ph.D. in Archaeology, University of Washington; Damien Thompson, ’97, DPT in Physical Therapy, Hardin-Simmons University; and Kirk Van Gilder, Doctor of Theology, Boston University.

To be eligible for the fellowships, applicants must be deaf or heard of hearing, be admitted to an accredited graduate program, carry a full semester load, and have a need for financial assistance. The deadline for completing GFF application is April 20. Additional information and applications may be obtained by writing to the GFF Committee, Peikoff Alumni House, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002. E-mail users can send inquiries to

The GUAA Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) awarded grants to Dr. Clifton Carbin, a 1971 graduate of Gallaudet and to Elwood Miles. Carbin, who resides in Burlington, Ontario, received a $1,500 grant to write a biographical book about Samuel Green, an 1870 graduate of Gallaudet. He was the first deaf teacher in Ontario, Canada and cofounder of the Ontario Deaf-Mute Association (now called the Ontario Association of the Deaf).

Miles of Hyattsville, Md., received a $1,700 grant to create a 22x26 oil portrait of Linwood D. Smith, a 1965 graduate of Gallaudet. Smith was well known for his accomplishments as an educational therapist in the mental health program for the deaf at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. He was an advocate for the welfare of the deaf through his work in numerous organizations and the articles he contributed to professional journals. The portrait will be presented to Gallaudet for permanent display when completed.

The LCCF promotes projects and activities that will lead to the cultural enrichment of deaf people. Additional information and applications may be obtained also by writing to the LCCF Committee at the Peikoff Alumni House.

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