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The Dean Ritter Foundation was set up from the inheritance of Dean Ritter of Vandalia, IL. Dean passed away at age 90 in 2011. The Dean Ritter Foundation has been charged with providing educational opportunities for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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High schoolers can now earn money for college — no job required. Startup developed a program that allows high school students to start banking college scholarship money. What’s the catch? The money is tied to students’ individual achievements. The better they do in school, the more engaged they are with their communities, the more money they earn from’s college partners. There are 76 colleges on’s platform, including Penn State, UMass and Tulane. cofounder Preston Silverman hopes more »

Check out these 7 great tips (many of the them suggested by prior Dean Ritter recipients) to help you succeed in college: Communicate with your professor right away.  Let them know that you have a hearing impairment and ask for any accommodations you may require to succeed in their class.  College is much different than high school, and college professors are not usually given a list of students who need accommodations from the college or university.  It will be up more »