The Nicholas J. Deleonardis Undergraduate
of The American Sign Language Project
Application deadline: June 15, 2022
The goal of the Nicholas J. Deleonardis Undergraduate Research Award
is to encourage full-time undergraduate college students to engage in
research regarding non-invasive technologies that will improve
communication between Deaf and hearing people.
Amount of Award
Scholarship program guidelines
To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited
four-year university or college in the United States.
Work of a recent (within six months) graduate of an
accredited four-year university or college in the
United States will also be considered.
- Have completed a research paper that explores
non-invasive technology that will improve communication
between Deaf and hearing people.
- The paper must have been completed by the applicant
as part of their coursework at the accredited four
year college or university from which they will graduate
or have recently graduated.
- Have permanent U.S. residency
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
- Complete the entire application packet
Application materials must include
- A completed paper that researches non-invasive technology that
will facilitate better communication between Deaf and hearing people.
- A letter of recommendation (500-1000 words) from a faculty member who is familiar
with the applicant's academic record, skills and abilities
A personal statement, no more than one page, that explains how the
applicant became interested in non-invasive technology for better
- Completed application form
- Official college transcript
- Proof of permanent residency, if not a U.S. citizen
Applications will be evaluated for the following:
- Quality of research paper, including
- Commitment to facilitating better Deaf / hearing communication
- Understanding of challenges of research area, e.g. Deaf culture
- Knowledge of current options available to the Deaf
- Paper organization
- Quality of writing (clarity, grammar, syntax, spelling)
- Personal Statement
- Letter of Recommendation from supervising faculty member
- Other qualifications as stated above:
Undergraduate status, completed application,
GPA, Permanent residency of U.S
A review committee established by The American Sign Language
Project will choose the award recipient based on the submitted
Application Period, Process and Deadline
Application materials must be received no earlier than
30 days before the posted deadline and must be received
by The American Sign Language Project no later than the
Application materials will not be returned.
Do not send originals of important documents. The American
Sign Language Project is not responsible for lost, delayed
or misdelivered applications.
Research Award Winner
The American Sign Language Project reserves the right to
announce that no winner has been chosen if none of the
applications meet its selection criteria.
The winner of the Nicholas J. Deleonardis Undergraduate
Research Award agrees to allow The American Sign Language
Project to use his or her name and photo, image or likeness
on the corporationís website and in public announcements
and press releases about the award.
The winner of The Nicholas J. Deleonardis Undergraduate Research
Award of The American Sign Language Project will be notified
approximately six to ten weeks after the posted deadline.
The winner will receive a check or similar remittance of
the award amount after confirmation of the winnerís address.
Statement of Non-discrimination
The American Sign Language Project does not discriminate on
the basis of race, color, disability, sexual orientation,
ethnic origin, religious beliefs, or gender.
Closely Associated Parties are not eligible for the award
Relatives of current or former members of The American Sign
Language Project are not eligible for the Nicholas J. Deleonardis
Undergraduate Research Award. Relatives of major contributors to The
American Sign Language Project are not eligible for the Nicholas J.
Deleonardis Undergraduate Research Award.
Application Delivery Method and Address
Send applications to scholarship (at) aslproject.com .