Scholarships

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Scholarship Program was established in 2002. This Program is supported by donations of the members of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and by the generous contributions from the Algar family and Doreen Laszlo (spouse of Dr. Charles Laszlo). We encourage applicants to review the eligibility criteria before applying to the CHHA Scholarship Program.

The application process is now closed. Thank you for all your applications and please remember we will begin the process for the 2018/2019 educational year in September 2018. If you have questions about the CHHA Scholarship Program, please contact the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.

CHHA National Office
2415 Holly Lane
Suite 205
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 7P2
Voice: 613-526-1584
TTY: 613-526-2692
Fax: 613-526-4718
Toll-Free: 1-800-263-8068 (In Canada)
E-mail: scholarship@chha.ca

Carrell Hearn Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship is being offered by the North Shore Branch in memory of Carrell Hearn a resident of West Vancouver, BC who passed away in 2014 at the age of 105. Carrell was a long-time member and generous supporter of the CHHA North Shore Branch as well as a number of other local North Shore charities.

Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

The Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship was created in 2004 by the Algar family in memory of their father who was one of the founding members of CHHA and provided outstanding service for many years to the work of the association at the National, Chapter and Branch levels.  He received numerous awards on behalf of his advocacy for the hard of hearing and people with disabilities, including the Marilyn Dahl Award of Merit in 2002 and the President’s Award in 1996.

The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship was created in 2007 by Dr. Doreen Laszlo to honour the commitment and work of her husband on behalf of hard of hearing people. Dr. Charles A. Laszlo was the founding President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and served on its Executive and Board of Directors in various capacities for 16 years. He also served as President of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People. Dr. Laszlo also served a six year term as the President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation.

The application process for the 2018/2019 educational year will begin in September 2018.

  1. Applicants to this Scholarship Program must be either hard of hearing, deafened or oral deaf. Support documentation is required. The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation (CHHAF) generally accept the following terms:
    hard of hearing
    a person with any level of hearing loss, from mild to profound, whose primary method of communication is the spoken language
    deafened
    a person with a profound level of hearing loss acquired in adulthood (hearing loss occurred after learning oral communication)
    oral deaf
    a person with a profound level of hearing loss, occurring congenitally or with an onset early in life, whose primary method of communication is the spoken language.
  2. Eligible applicants may be first-time or returning post-secondary students at a recognized College or University. Students should be registered in or planning to register for a full-time program as of September 2019. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident/landed immigrant, convention refugee or a protected person living in Canada, as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Field of study may be a factor in the selection process for some scholarships.
  3. Mature students are also eligible applicants (a mature student is defined as a student who is 18 years or older and has not attended a post-secondary institution for at least 1 year and is enrolled or planning to register for a full time program as of September 2019).
  4. Eligibility for this Scholarship is based on an overall assessment of the applicant. Applications will be judged by a number of criteria including academic achievement, determination to cope with hearing loss, and community involvement.
  5. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as selection has been made. Funds will be distributed upon receipt of proof of registration. Please note: scholarships are taxable income. Previous scholarship winners may not apply for the same scholarship to which they were awarded.
  6. Recipients must agree that names and/or photographs may be used for promotion of the Scholarship Program and to encourage future applicants. Mediums may include the annual CHHA Conference and Annual General Meeting, Listen/Écoute magazine, local newspapers (in the recipients community) and a press release to national media.

2018 Recipients

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Marco Chiaramonte of Vancouver, BC
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Emma Logan of Halifax, NS
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Bradley Clarke of Prince George, BC

Past Recipients

2017

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Jamie Sassi
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Ryan Shartau
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Frédérika Bélec

2016

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Angus Robertson
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Rebecca Wallace
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Michelle Edwards
  • MED-EL Scholarship: Kristin Piche

2015

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Liam Arason
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Breanna van der Starren
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Jesse Kazemir
  • MED-EL Scholarship: Nicholas Wolf

2014

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Rachel Jordan
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Trevor Kezwer
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Matt Friesen
  • MED-EL Scholarship: Marie-Andrée Boivin

2013

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Sebastien Chiasson
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Jesse Kazemir
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Alyssa Kavanaugh
  • MED-EL Scholarship: Hannah Brown

2012

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Shoshana Erlich
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Deborah Ann Scott
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Elissa Robb

2011

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Marina Opitz
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Kathleen Ann Fink
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Michael (Alasdair) Cumming

2010

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Mark Sherwood
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Kristin Ramsey
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Sarah Hajjar

2009

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: C J Dalton
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth Mary Cherniak
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Monique Guterres

2008

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Erika Breen
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Dailaan Shaffer
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Victor Wong

2007

  • CHHA Scholarship: Jessica Dunkley
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Sherwood

2006

  • CHHA Scholarship: Rosalind Ho
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Lorin MacDonald

2005

  • CHHA Scholarship: Tristan Treasure
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Simone Fortier

2004

  • CHHA Scholarship: Claudine Goulet
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Ainsley Latour

2003

  • CHHA Scholarship: Alison Graham
+ Available Scholarships

Carrell Hearn Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship is being offered by the North Shore Branch in memory of Carrell Hearn a resident of West Vancouver, BC who passed away in 2014 at the age of 105. Carrell was a long-time member and generous supporter of the CHHA North Shore Branch as well as a number of other local North Shore charities.

Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

The Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship was created in 2004 by the Algar family in memory of their father who was one of the founding members of CHHA and provided outstanding service for many years to the work of the association at the National, Chapter and Branch levels.  He received numerous awards on behalf of his advocacy for the hard of hearing and people with disabilities, including the Marilyn Dahl Award of Merit in 2002 and the President’s Award in 1996.

The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship was created in 2007 by Dr. Doreen Laszlo to honour the commitment and work of her husband on behalf of hard of hearing people. Dr. Charles A. Laszlo was the founding President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and served on its Executive and Board of Directors in various capacities for 16 years. He also served as President of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People. Dr. Laszlo also served a six year term as the President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation.

The application process for the 2018/2019 educational year will begin in September 2018.

+ Scholarship program eligibility
  1. Applicants to this Scholarship Program must be either hard of hearing, deafened or oral deaf. Support documentation is required. The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation (CHHAF) generally accept the following terms:
    hard of hearing
    a person with any level of hearing loss, from mild to profound, whose primary method of communication is the spoken language
    deafened
    a person with a profound level of hearing loss acquired in adulthood (hearing loss occurred after learning oral communication)
    oral deaf
    a person with a profound level of hearing loss, occurring congenitally or with an onset early in life, whose primary method of communication is the spoken language.
  2. Eligible applicants may be first-time or returning post-secondary students at a recognized College or University. Students should be registered in or planning to register for a full-time program as of September 2019. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident/landed immigrant, convention refugee or a protected person living in Canada, as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Field of study may be a factor in the selection process for some scholarships.
  3. Mature students are also eligible applicants (a mature student is defined as a student who is 18 years or older and has not attended a post-secondary institution for at least 1 year and is enrolled or planning to register for a full time program as of September 2019).
  4. Eligibility for this Scholarship is based on an overall assessment of the applicant. Applications will be judged by a number of criteria including academic achievement, determination to cope with hearing loss, and community involvement.
  5. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as selection has been made. Funds will be distributed upon receipt of proof of registration. Please note: scholarships are taxable income. Previous scholarship winners may not apply for the same scholarship to which they were awarded.
  6. Recipients must agree that names and/or photographs may be used for promotion of the Scholarship Program and to encourage future applicants. Mediums may include the annual CHHA Conference and Annual General Meeting, Listen/Écoute magazine, local newspapers (in the recipients community) and a press release to national media.
+ Current & Past Recipients

2018 Recipients

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Marco Chiaramonte of Vancouver, BC
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Emma Logan of Halifax, NS
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Bradley Clarke of Prince George, BC

Past Recipients

2017

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Jamie Sassi
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Ryan Shartau
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Frédérika Bélec

2016

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Angus Robertson
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Rebecca Wallace
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Michelle Edwards
  • MED-EL Scholarship: Kristin Piche

2015

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Liam Arason
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Breanna van der Starren
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Jesse Kazemir
  • MED-EL Scholarship: Nicholas Wolf

2014

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Rachel Jordan
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Trevor Kezwer
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Matt Friesen
  • MED-EL Scholarship: Marie-Andrée Boivin

2013

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Sebastien Chiasson
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Jesse Kazemir
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Alyssa Kavanaugh
  • MED-EL Scholarship: Hannah Brown

2012

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Shoshana Erlich
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Deborah Ann Scott
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Elissa Robb

2011

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Marina Opitz
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Kathleen Ann Fink
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Michael (Alasdair) Cumming

2010

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Mark Sherwood
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Kristin Ramsey
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Sarah Hajjar

2009

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: C J Dalton
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth Mary Cherniak
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Monique Guterres

2008

  • CHHA/CHHA Foundation Scholarship: Erika Breen
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Dailaan Shaffer
  • Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship: Victor Wong

2007

  • CHHA Scholarship: Jessica Dunkley
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Sherwood

2006

  • CHHA Scholarship: Rosalind Ho
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Lorin MacDonald

2005

  • CHHA Scholarship: Tristan Treasure
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Simone Fortier

2004

  • CHHA Scholarship: Claudine Goulet
  • Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship: Ainsley Latour

2003

  • CHHA Scholarship: Alison Graham