American Sign Language

American Sign Language as a major isn’t the most popular choice in today’s colleges and universities, but it’s an incredibly important field. While only about 3 dozen colleges offer this as a major, it’s needed in every single city in the United States. There are a few ways to major in sign language: a bachelor’s degree in Deaf community services or sign language interpreting are the most common.

Certificates in ASL can be earned as well as traditional four-year educational programs. Learning ASL takes time; the average student takes 2-3 years to gain an intermediate skill level. It is just as challenging to learn sign language as it is to learn a foreign, spoken language like French or Italian.

Careers for students majoring in American Sign Language include a teacher’s aide, a professional interpreter for business or even employment with civil services and disaster teams.

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Scholarships for American Sign Language Majors

Bullet name award deadline Link
 

Boren Fellowship

National Security Education Program

Up to $24,000 January 26, 2022 See Details
 

Boren Fellowship

National Security Education Program

award

Up to $24,000

deadline

January 26, 2022
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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

award

$2,000

deadline

Varies
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Eleanor B. Reiner Foundation ASL/Deaf Studies Scholarship

Union County College

$1,700 April 22, 2022 See Details
 

Eleanor B. Reiner Foundation ASL/Deaf Studies Scholarship

Union County College

award

$1,700

deadline

April 22, 2022
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Alan R. Barwiolek Memorial Scholarship

Union County College

$1,500 April 22, 2022 See Details
 

Alan R. Barwiolek Memorial Scholarship

Union County College

award

$1,500

deadline

April 22, 2022
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Doug and Dianne Taylor Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$1,100 Varies See Details
 

Doug and Dianne Taylor Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

award

$1,100

deadline

Varies
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Michael Hodge Memorial Scholarship

Galveston College

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Michael Hodge Memorial Scholarship

Galveston College

award

$1,000

deadline

Varies
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Humanities & Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Humanities & Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

award

$1,000

deadline

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Laura S. and Chester W. Nortz Endowed Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$600 Varies See Details
 

Laura S. and Chester W. Nortz Endowed Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$600

deadline

Varies
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Aldo and Adriana Busot Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

$600 Varies See Details
 

Aldo and Adriana Busot Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

award

$600

deadline

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Karl and Sue Roider Undergraduate Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

$500 Varies See Details
 

Karl and Sue Roider Undergraduate Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

award

$500

deadline

Varies
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