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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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Distinguished Alumni Award

Smiling balding man, suit and tie, with RIT orange border and words 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards: Michael Rizzolo

Michael J. Rizzolo ('75, '78, MS '86) is the president and CEO of Interpretek, an American Sign Language interpreting service company based in Rochester, New York. Interpretek provides services nationwide, operates out of seven offices and employs 115 teammates across 22 states. Interpretek is celebrating 25 years in business and continues to expand its efforts to supply quality communication access nationally.
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You can also find out more about Michael Rizzolo and other 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.

NTID-supported student recipients from College of Liberal Arts
  • 1996 Gerard J. Buckley
  • 1985 Barbara J. Wood
  • 1980 Robert J. Mather
  • 1978 Daniel J. Langholtz
NTID-supported student recipients from College of Science
  • 1985 Andrew D. Baker
NTID-supported student recipients from College of Applied Science and Technology
  • 1976 Gerald A. Nelson
NTID-supported student recipients from College of Art and Design

Success Stories

Andrew Jacobson

NTID’s 2014 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.

Jibril Jaha

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


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

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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. Click the link for more information.
  • 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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