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As advocates for human rights and the interests of people with disabilities throughout the world, the Nippon Foundation has partnered with Gallaudet to provide international students with two scholarship opportunities. These scholarships, the Gallaudet-Nippon World Deaf Leadership Scholarship (WDL) and the Sasakawa International Scholarship (SIS) give international students financial stability as they strive to reach their full potential in our programs, and in their future.

The purpose of The Nippon Foundation is to enable social innovation. By supporting individuals, businesses, universities, governments, and international bodies, we form networks to bring about positive social change in developing countries.

World Deaf Leadership (WDL) Scholarship

  • WDL has granted 17 awards since 2003.
  • Provides deaf and hard of hearing students from developing nations with the opportunity to attend courses at Gallaudet.
  • Empowers students to make contributions to the deaf community in their home country through the knowledge and skills obtained through higher education.
  • Includes mentorship from faculty, and an internship in the student’s home country.
  • Supplies students with the funds to cover tuition, room, board, medical insurance, and a stipend to cover books, supplies, laundry services, and transportation.

Sasakawa International Scholars (SIS)

  • Has supported 180 students from 48 nations.
  • Ensures students can financially complete their program.
  • Assists qualified and academically deserving deaf international students who are in at least their second year of a degree program at Gallaudet.
  • Priority will be given to students from developing countries.


Sasakawa International Scholarship Fund
The SIS fund is available to deaf international students who have completed at least one full year of study at Gallaudet.
World Deaf Leadership Scholarship
The WDL Scholarship provides financial assistance to international deaf and hard of hearing students who want to study at Gallaudet and return home to make a difference in the lives of deaf individuals in their communities.


Contact Us

Nippon Foundation Scholars

Mona McCubbin

Building 103 #101/102

(202) 250-2294

(202) 651-5150

(202) 803-7546

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