Four students have been named winners in RIT’s SpiRIT Writing Contest for deaf or hard-of-hearing high school students, sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Dozens of entries, which included a short writing sample and an essay or report, were received from across the country.
The winners have the option of a $500 prize or a scholarship and travel expenses to RIT’s Explore Your Future career exploration camp on the Rochester, N.Y., campus. EYF is a six-day summer program that offers deaf and hard-of-hearing students opportunities to sample different careers and college life.
The winners are:
NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields. Today, 1,432 students attend NTID; more than 1,250 are deaf or hard of hearing. Others are hearing students enrolled in interpreting or deaf education programs. NTID’s Center on Employment assists NTID students with finding co-op and permanent jobs. More than 100 interpreters, tutors and notetakers support students in and out of the classroom. Visit: www.rit.edu/NTID.