Welcome to our website!
We are very happy you chose to visit us and learn more about our growing foundation.
It honors a remarkable woman, Louise Tumarkin Zazove. For the
story of her life, click on the History button above. Our mission and vision,
set forth just below, affirm our resolution to help deaf and hard-of-hearing
people realize their full capacities to grow and learn and be able to participate
fully in the modern world.
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if you have any comments or questions -- or suggestions how we can
make our web site more informative or helpful. We'd like to hear from you.
OUR MISSION: to provide scholarships and related assistance to people with hearing loss so they can compete successfully in our hearing society.
OUR VISION: A world in which Americans with hearing loss have the same opportunity for success and quality of life as those with normal hearing.
- To double the scholarship funds distributed.
Why is such a foundation needed?
People with hearing loss, regardless of its degree, tend to get less schooling. As a result, even when they complete high school, they read, on average, only at middle school level. Therefore their socioeconomic future is likely to be relatively low. Even a high school degree doesn't cut it in today's world. A college graduate earns 38% more in their lifetime, and a community college graduate earns 19% more during their lifetime, than someone with only a high school degree. Our foundation, by providing college scholarships and other assistance, is designed to change that situation -- to help people with hearing loss beat the odds.
Whether scholarship recipients prefer spoken English or American Sign Language, the Foundation's aim is to help them get the education they need to make their way more effectively in a hearing world. With a college or postgraduate degree, they will qualify for higher paying jobs, have more rewarding careers, and enjoy a better quality of life. Furthermore, they'll be more productive in our society.
What have we accomplished?
Since we began operations early in 2003, we've granted scholarships to nineteen students, at various colleges across the country. And we now have alumni, grantees who have completed college and are using their advanced education to establish their careers. All of our grantees had already done well in high school. They'd been active in sports and numerous other extracurricular activities, had volunteered in many ways both in and out of school, had been recognized as excellent college material by their teachers and were eager to continue their education. Their major problem was limited financial resources.
Our grants have helped them advance their education at the college level. And as the Foundation becomes more widely known, we look forward to helping other qualified students get the higher education they need -- for their benefit and the benefit of society.
In 2011, the T.A.F.F.Y. Foundation agreed to support an additional scholarship for a deaf or hard of hearing student from Michigan. We're very excited about this partnership; it enabled us to increase the number of students we can support, thus giving more deaf and hard of hearing persons an opportunity to succeed. Currently, they are supporting Christine who’s attending RIT. Read about their grantee in the T.A.F.F.Y. section of Our Grantee page.
How can you benefit personally from what we're doing?
- Because the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation meets the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3, you can deduct contributions to it from your federal income tax, which means you get to decide how that portion will be used (instead of Uncle Sam deciding).
- A contribution to the Foundation will give you the opportunity to know -- and the satisfaction of knowing -- that you have helped change someone's life for the better permanently, as well as improved the lives of their present and future families. Your gift has the power to enrich lives for generations to come.
- A better-educated adult can contribute more to our society -- which means we all benefit.