I am honored that Auditory Verbal Graduate, Teja Vontikommu invited me to accompany him as he accepted the Jacki Marcus Memorial academic college scholarship awarded by the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I am privileged to have guided his parents along the AVT journey. Teja and a rich future and will major in business or pre-med.
|Jacki Marcus Memorial Academic College Scholarship|
In 1992, the ITDHH Executive Board established a student scholarship fund to recognize deaf and hard of hearing high school seniors who wish to continue their education in a college, pre-college, or vocational program. In 2009, the scholarship was renamed in memory of Jacki Marcus, who served deaf and hard of hearing students in Illinois in many capacities throughout her career and was a long-standing board member of ITDHH. Jacki was instrumental in the development and continuation of this scholarship, and her legacy of advocating and supporting deaf and hard of hearing students in Illinois will continue. The scholarships are based on the motivation and future plans of the students. These monetary awards may be used for tuition, room, and board, or classroom materials.