The Janessa Fleming Memorial Fund offers scholarships to deaf students and to any person in majors leading to careers serving the deaf community or sign language certification programs.  For more information please refer to the scholarship application here.  Applications must be received by March 23, 2018.


The 2016 Scholarships were awarded to Shyloh Wells, Samantha Gibbs, Dylan Jesko, and Kendall Lackner.

2016 Scholarship Recipient - Shyloh Walls

SHYLOH WALLS is a graduate of United Jr/Sr High School and will be attending Penn State Altoona.  She plans to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders to become a speech language pathologist and audiologist.

2016 Scholarship Recipient - Samantha Gibbs

SAMANTHA GIBBS graduated from Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.  She will attend Gallaudet University and will major in Biology/Microbiology.


DYLAN JESKO, from Saltsburg, PA, suffered a hearing loss as a 16 year old.  He attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  His major is Mathematics and he is researching possible careers as an Actuary, Statistician, or as an Accountant.

 2016 Scholarship - Kendall Lackner

KENDALL LACKNER is currently attending St Francis University, where she already received a minor in American Sign Language.  She attended the Deaf Freedom Cruise where she was immersed into the Deaf community.  This experience led to her desire to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a master’s degree in Occupation Therapy. She intends to work in a residential school setting for the deaf.