Scholarship Information

2017 Dean Ritter Scholarship

**The 2017 Dean Ritter Trust Scholarship is now posted!*

2017 Scholarship Information

The Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship is a scholarship open to graduating high school seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing in the state of Illinois.  The Dean Ritter Trust Scholarship is intended to cover tuition or related costs for the selected recipients to an accredited technical school or university.  Recipients may use the funds received for any semester, including summer sessions, during the awarded academic year.  For our 2017 scholarship, scholarship recipients will be awarded scholarships varying between $1,000 and $8,000 each.


– Must be a resident of the state of Illinois
– Currently is a high school senior in good standing
– Have a significant (severe to profound) hearing loss in one or both ears
– Exhibit financial need

Deadlines (UPDATED)

 Completed applications should be post-marked or submitted no later than 11:59 March 17, 2017, for consideration.

Required Materials

– Completed Application
– Two Letters of Recommendation
– Short Response and Essay
– Personal and Family Financial Information

Notification of Recipients

Scholarship recipients will be notified, in writing, no later than April 15, 2017.

Privacy Policy

All information received will only be viewed by the Dean Ritter Trust Scholarship selection committee.  Contact information will be confidential and will only be used with the purpose of awarding scholarships.

You can apply for the 2017 two ways

1.) Fill out and submit all documents online.  Click HERE to submit your application and all of your documents online.

2.) Download and mail in.  You can download the 2017 Dean Ritter Scholarship BY CLICKING HERE then mail it to:

Dean Ritter Trust

2413 Algonquin Rd. #313

Algonquin, IL 60102

Thank you for you interest in the 2017 Dean Ritter Scholarship for High School Seniors.  If you have any questions about submitting your application, please contact the Dean Ritter Executive Director, Heather Nelson at