Hearing Loss Association of America Awards Local
Blair & Anita Mazin College Scholarship Winners
Celebrating eleventh anniversary of awards program for deserving high school seniors with hearing loss
Greenburgh, NY – June 9, 2019 – The Westchester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) held its annual Blair & Anita Mazin College Scholarship Award ceremony today at the Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford, NY. Approximately one hundred people attended as $1,000 scholarships were awarded to four deserving Westchester, Putnam and Rockland County high school seniors with hearing loss who are pursuing a college education this coming fall.
HLAA scholarships were awarded to:
Alnord Deski of New York School for the Deaf (White Plains, NY) to attend Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Hailey Hernandez of Carmel High School (Carmel, NY) to attend Western Connecticut State University
Jessica Nin of Albertus Magnus High School (Bardonia, NY) to attend New York University
Danielle Ramirez of White Plains High School (White Plains, NY) to attend Stonybrook University
Scholarship award chairperson Karen Ratner stated, “All of us at the HLAA Westchester Chapter are so proud to be able to offer college scholarships to this outstanding group of candidates in 2019. To date, we have awarded a total of thirty-nine scholarships to deserving students from our area who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants. Anita and Blair Mazin would be very proud of the continuing success of this program.”
About The Blair & Anita Mazin Scholarship Award
Started in 2008, the scholarship award program is named after Blair and Anita Mazin, a successful deaf couple from Douglaston, NY who were members of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (the predecessor organization of HLAA), who were tragically killed from an accidental case of carbon monoxide poisoning in their home. Unfortunately, they had their hearing aids and cochlear implants off to sleep and could not hear the carbon monoxide alarm going off. The scholarship program was funded in their memory. To date, thirty-nine scholarships have been awarded to deserving students or adults entering colleges, universities, or vocational training programs, and are funded from the proceeds of the annual Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing®.
About Hearing Loss Association of America
HLAA, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, has more than one hundred chapters throughout the nation and is the voice for people with hearing loss. Founded in 1979 by Howard E. “Rocky” Stone as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), HLAA is the nation’s largest consumer advocacy organization of its kind. HLAA publishes the bimonthly Hearing Life magazine, holds annual conventions, and hosts online learning with the Hearing Loss Academy. For more information about HLAA go to www.hearingloss.org
About HLAA Westchester Chapter
The Westchester Chapter of HLAA was founded in February 1983 by Miriam Koryn and Rosalyn Fein. It is one of more than one hundred chapters throughout the United States that provide education, communication, accessibility and social activities to help those with a hearing loss cope in the hearing world. The Westchester Chapter holds monthly meetings, social gatherings, distributes a newsletter, and maintains a comprehensive website, www.hlaawestchester.org
2019 Blair & Anita Mazin Scholarship Winners (from left) Alnord Deski, Hailey Hernandez, Danielle Ramirez and Jessica Nin,
together with members of the Mazin family.
ANITA AND BLAIR MAZIN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS/ADULTS WITH HEARING LOSS
The Hearing Loss Association of America-Westchester Chapter is pleased to announce scholarships for Westchester/Rockland/Putnam County, and Long Island (Suffolk and Nassau County) high school seniors/adults with hearing loss, who are pursuing a college degree or vocational training. We are awarding these scholarships to students residing in those areas who have been accepted for September 2020 admission. Each scholarship will be for $1,000.00.
Recipients must be applying to a college or vocational education program and wear a hearing aid(s) and/or cochlear implants(s). Financial need is not a consideration. The scholarship is a one-time award.
The Anita and Blair Mazin Scholarships are made possible in part by funds raised from our Walk4Hearing® event. The annual Walk4Hearing® is a national project of the Hearing Loss Association to raise awareness about the causes and consequences of hearing loss, and to raise funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Association of America is a volunteer, international organization of hard-of-hearing people, their relatives, and friends. It is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well, but are committed to participating in the hearing world.
HLAA Westchester has dedicated this to Blair and Anita Mazin in their memory.
This scholarship fund is named for Blair and Anita Mazin who were members of our chapter for many years. Blair and Anita were a deaf couple who lived in Queens, NY. They passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning in their home. Unfortunately, they had their hearing aids/implants off and did not hear the carbon monoxide alarm going off.
Blair and Anita were very active with Self-Help for the Hard of Hearing People, before it was changed to the Hearing Loss Association of America. They devoted their lives to advocating for people with hearing loss, promoting education and striving to make a difference in other people’s lives. The HLAA Westchester Chapter created this scholarship fund in their memory for deaf and hard of hearing high school students to help further their secondary education. Anita and Blair would be so proud of this program. They are truly missed by everyone.
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