Laurie Nash was a visionary leader and teacher. Her wisdom and passion for the profession of sign language interpreting were evident during her tenure on the Deaf Parented Interpreters Council (Chair & Vice Chair), Metro New York City RID (President) & Long Island RID Board (President), faculty at the LaGuardia Community College Interpreter Education Program and as a founding member of the Compass program with Sorenson Communications. As a deaf-parented interpreter, Laurie’s tireless work was always rooted in that of the deaf community. Her legacy of tenacity and perseverance will continue on in the commemorative Laurie Nash Deaf-Parented Interpreter (DPI) Scholarship. This scholarship aims to provide recognition and growth for deaf-parented interpreters by providing financial support to deaf-parented interpreters taking the RID certification exam.
Historically underrepresented, deaf-parented interpreters promote greater understanding and awareness of the values of the deaf community as well as innate skills, dedication, and sensibilities to the interpreting profession. This scholarship provides a pathway to specifically increase the number of diverse deaf-parented credentialed interpreters available to the deaf communities we serve.
This annual scholarship is open to deaf-parented interpreters (deaf or coda) who are ready to apply for a CASLI interpreting exam including both portions of the exam. There will be up to two (2) scholarship recipients each year. Applicants may apply for only one scholarship per year.
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