RIT’s New Scholarship for Deaf Students


Rochester Institute of Technology’s NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) has just recently announced that they will be offering a scholarship for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

The Michael E. Lawson Endowed Scholarship, for the 2016 – 2017 academic year will be offered to students with hearing problems and afflictions, primarily those in the College of Liberal Arts and in those taking up a master’s degree in secondary education, under the RIT-NTID.

Star Athlete

The scholarship is named after Michael Lawson, a former soccer player and an assistant coach for the Rochester Institute of Technology team, under Head Coach Bill Garno from 2006 to 2008.

He was the college’s Senior Male Athlete of 2006, having started in seventy-one games, with forty points as a midfielder, on thirteen goals, with fourteen assists. Eleven of those goals were game winners.

Lawson was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2002. A few years after, he also received the Player of the Year awards in 2004 and in 2005.

He helped his team, the RIT Tigers, to the Empire 8 Championships in 2004.

The athletic superstar had a lot more achievements, including being part of the 2004 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Adidas First Team All-Region selection.

He was an NSCAA scholar in 2004 and 2005, and as a university student, he maintained good grades in social work and deaf education.

He was inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

Each year, two students, one from the College of Liberal Arts, and one from the secondary education master’s program, will be awarded this prestigious scholarship.

Lawson, now himself a teacher for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students, says that he is proud to be part of the community that caters to and gives opportunities to hard-working and deserving deaf students.

He also wishes that the scholarship will help such university students achieve their dreams and life, and that they would enjoy their college life to the fullest, as he had when he was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The NTID president and RIT vice president and dean, Gerard Buckley expresses how proud and grateful the school is towards the Lawson family for providing this scholarship for the deaf and hearing-impaired students.

The importance of scholarship support for deserving deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT/NTID cannot be overstated.”

He went on to say that Michael Lawson continues to serve as a role model for the students.

National Technology Institute for the Deaf

The RIT/NTID is one of the university’s nine colleges. It was recognized as one of the entire country’s “Best College Values” and as having one of the “Best Career Services” among the top 20 universities nationwide.

There are over 1,200 deaf and hearing-impaired students studying in the NTID.

The school has state of the art technology and competitive curriculum.

The college is geared towards helping prepare the hearing-impaired students for the mainstream world beyond tertiary education.

The college is also open to those who are not deaf or hearing-impaired. These students will learn to work in professional fields or jobs related to deafness or hearing impairments.

Rob Clark

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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