Rebecca Lund of Bemidji was awarded a $15,650 scholarship from the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation.
She is a sophomore at The College of St. Scholastica majoring in elementary/middle school education with an emphasis on social studies and a minor in American Sign Language.
The Phillips Scholars Program is open to sophomores at 16 private colleges and universities in Minnesota. Six students are chosen each year to develop summer-long service learning programs they carry out between their junior and senior years. Each campus may submit one application per year for the scholarship.
The goal of Lund's proposed project, called "Do You Hear What I See," is to provide a day camp for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and their hearing classmates, according to a press release from the college. The project objectives are to build relationships among the participants and teach hearing students about deaf culture, including American Sign Language.
Ultimately, Lund hopes her project will help decrease the social isolation that deaf and hard-of-hearing youth often encounter, and that their hearing peers will develop a greater understanding and appreciation of their deaf and hearing-impaired classmates and friends, according to the press release.