Albert T. and Sally J. Pimentel of Fort Myers, Florida, have established an endowed scholarship to provide support to graduate-level RIT students who are deaf or hard- of-hearing and majoring in a science, technology, engineering or math program.
The Pimentel’s have contributed $50,000 to be designated to the Sally J. Pimentel Endowed Scholarship.
Albert Pimentel has been a longtime advocate of the deaf community and has served as past chairperson of the NTID National Advisory Group and a longtime member of the RIT Board of Trustees. The Pimentels have assisted young people in various states in obtaining higher education degrees.
Through this gift, they hope to encourage deaf and hard-of-hearing students to continue their education and obtain a master’s or doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering or math graduate programs at RIT.
Selection for the scholarship will be based on:
- Deaf or hard-of-hearing student enrolled at RIT
- Demonstrated financial need
- Full-time enrollment in a master’s or Ph.D. program
- Good academic standing
“We are grateful to Albert and Sally for establishing this scholarship,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “The Pimentels have been strong supporters of RIT/NTID and our deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and we appreciate their belief in the talents of our students. This gift to RIT/NTID continues their generosity in investing in young people and their futures.”