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.


World Deaf Leadership Scholarship

The WDL Scholarship makes it possible for deaf and hard of hearing leaders from developing nations to attend Gallaudet University. WDL aims to empower selected individuals through the knowledge, skills, and aspirations that a higher education brings so that they can make significant contributions to...

Sasakawa International Scholarship Fund

The Sasakawa International Scholarship (SIS) Fund provides financial assistance to qualified, deserving, deaf international students who are enrolled in at least their second year of a degree-granting program at Gallaudet University to help ensure they have the financial means to complete their degree and graduate....


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