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The RIT/NTID Alumni Association is actively providing leadership for alumni events, supporting the NTID Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund for students in need of financial assistance, and promoting a sense of community among RIT/NTID graduates!

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RIT Alumni Referral Award

As a graduate of RIT, you know firsthand the transformative experience of an RIT education. The new RIT Alumni Referral Award gives you the opportunity to help students take a similar journey of discovery. With your referral, incoming deaf and hard-of-hearing students or students interested in the ASL-English interpretation program who you believe would make a great addition to our undergraduate community automatically qualify for a $500 scholarship (renewable for four years, totaling $2,000) upon acceptance to RIT. This new scholarship opportunity is a testament to the importance of your involvement in the lives of our future alums.

The RIT Alumni Referral Award allows you to nominate one incoming deaf or hard-of-hearing undergraduate student or a student applying for admission to the ASL-English interpretation program for a $500/year scholarship if:

  • They are a new student applying for this coming academic year
  • They apply and submit all admissions materials by the appropriate deadline
  • Are admitted to RIT
  • Choose to attend RIT

Referral names must be received by the Office of Admission by the application deadline for the selected admission program. Those deadlines are:

  • Early Decision 1 – November 1
  • Early Decision 2 – January 1
  • Regular Decision – January 15

The referral form must be complete by the deadline above in order to qualify them for this special award program. Scholarship dollars cannot be granted retroactively for this program, so please don't delay!

For transfer students, the referral received at the time of their application.

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Become a volunteer and you will benefit by reconnecting with the university and join a vast network of NTID alumni volunteers.

More information about becoming a volunteer will be provided here soon.


In addition to giving your good word to high-schoolers looking for a future at RIT and your time to our Alumni Association, you can also give support in other ways.

One of the biggest ways you can give back is by supporting student scholarships. Many of our students come from families that are eligible for state and federal aid, but are faced with economic headwinds that still require them to contribute to their child’s education beyond their ability to do so. Our endowed scholarship funds help ease that burden for families and allow our students to go on to do great things.

For more information on all the ways you can contribute financially to the success of RIT/NTID, visit our Support section below.

Distinguished Alumni Award

NTID 2023-2024 Distinguished Alumna: Rosa Lee Timm

Rosa Lee Timm, ’00 liberal arts (social work), is a biracial Deaf woman, known for her versatility as an executive leader, entrepreneur, and a performance artist. Her achievements include the creation of American Sign Language music videos, the establishment of a Deaf music camp, her starring role in the feature film “Versa Effect,” and captivating audiences with her one-woman show for nearly two decades. Rosa Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000 and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling on deafness from Western Oregon University in 2003.

Her unwavering dedication to marketing, creativity, and entrepreneurship paved the way for her current role as Division President at CSD Social Venture Fund, a division of Communication Service for the Deaf, one of the nation’s largest Deaf-run nonprofit organizations.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Rosa Lee is a loving partner and a devoted mother to two children.

You can also find out more about past NTID Distinguished Alumni recipients on this page under the National Technical Institute for the Deaf category.

RIT's Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a deserving graduate of NTID or a deaf or hard-of-hearing graduate from another college of RIT. Alumni selected for the award are highly successful in their chosen field of study or career, are actively involved in and contribute to the betterment of the deaf community, and promote spirit among NTID alumni and RIT's deaf and hard-of-hearing alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually for each college of RIT.

Success Stories

Andrew Jacobson

NTID’s Distinguished Alumnus took the skills he learned at RIT/NTID and applied them to his professional life.

Tiffany Panko

Persistence is at the heart of what drives Tiffany Panko to succeed in medical school and in life.


Jabril Jaha

After experiencing co-ops in Tanzania and at John Hopkins, Jabril Jaha is now working full time at the US Department of Agriculture in Iowa.


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AlumniNews features top stories, photos of alumni events, information on scheduled alumni happenings, and more!

RIT's Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a deserving graduate of NTID or a deaf or hard-of-hearing graduate from another college of RIT.

The RIT University Magazine is a quarterly publication that takes an in-depth look at the RIT campus and the lives of students, alumni, faculty and staff.

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Support NTID

You can be part of making great things happen, now and in the future.

NTID is the world leader in preparing deaf and hard-of-students for high-tech careers, and offers you many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from the United States and around the world.

Your gift could help fund a scholarship, help a high school student attend one of NTID's college preparation summer camp programs like Explore Your Future, or provide a student with an opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience. With gifts like these and many others, you can make great things happen.

Make a gift online — it’s convenient, quick and eliminates the need for envelopes, stamps or checks. Your gift starts working for RIT/NTID right away and is considered tax-deductible.

Some popular designations to consider donating to include:
  • The NTID Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund: Provides important financial aid to deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT/NTID who need it most.
  • The Theatre Renovation Project: A donation to this project contributes to needed theatre and lab renovations, as well as the expansion and naming of the Patrick Graybill Green Room. Click the link for instructions on how to give.
  • Robert F. Panara Endowed Scholarship Fund: Established in 1987, this scholarship honors the life work of NTID's first deaf professor, Dr. Robert F. Panara, and his 20 years of dedication to teaching and to the welfare of NTID students. Awards are made to students with a high degree of financial need.
  • The Alumni Museum Project: Your contribution to this project will allow RIT/NTID to pay homage to its 50-year history through the construction of an exhibit area that will highlight important aspects of life at RIT/NTID, as well as the institute's contributions to the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals around the world. More information is forthcoming.
  • NTID Summer "Campership" Fund: Gifts here provide the resources needed to allow deaf youth to participate in summer camp programs on the RIT/NTID campus that will help them prepare for success in college and beyond.
  • Jennifer Van Atta Hayes Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Established in 2014 in memory of Jennifer Van Atta Hayes, a top NTID interpreter who dedicated her career to facilitating communication access for the deaf students she so diligently served. Proceeds from this fund support deaf students participating in study abroad experiences, and interpreting students participating in study aboard mentorship experiences.
  • NTID Foundation Endowed Scholarship: Established by NTID as a means of accumulating unrestricted earnings to support various institutional needs such as student scholarships.
  • Undergraduate Research Fund: NTID’s undergraduate research fund provides students with substantial experiential learning opportunities that cannot be experienced in the traditional classroom and allows them to contribute in innovative ways to cutting-edge fields. Gifts to this fund will be used to purchase materials needed for their projects and to travel to conferences to present their findings.

If you don’t see your preferred scholarship, please view our comprehensive scholarship list.

Thank you for supporting RIT/NTID students through your scholarship gift. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship, please contact Bryan Hensel, senior director of Development & Special Funding, 585-475-6222.

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