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March 26, 2014

HLAA-NJ Provides Scholarships for New Jersey High School Students with Hearing Loss

Deadline for Applications, May 1

By Joel Strasser

The Hearing Loss Association of New Jersey is using some of its proceeds from the Garden State-NJ Walk4Hearing held last October to help finance college scholarships for promising high school seniors within the state who have hearing loss. During 2014, four scholarships are being made available at $1,000 each, and next year, in 2015, these are expected to be increased to four awards of $1,500 each, assuming continued program, budgetary and fundraising success.

Applicants are asked to complete a detailed application posted on the state association’s website, and to write a thoughtful essay describing how their hearing loss has impacted their individual lives, and how these challenges have been met. The application process also includes the submission of several school and advisor references, as well as a copy of their professional audiological test results.

HLAA-NJ’s scholarship program is designed to encourage and support young students by publicly celebrating their successes and achievements with hearing loss. Aligned with the HLAA-NJ goal to bring awareness to life challenges of hearing loss, the application process is hoped to bring more awareness about HLAA to this age group as well to increase publicity about each student’s achievements and thereby help showcase the role and activities of HLAA throughout the state.

Invitations are publicly extended to all students in New Jersey with the following qualifications with most of these qualifications: 1) high school senior between the ages of 17 and 20; 2) New Jersey resident; and, 3) acceptance into a college, university or vocational school by June 1 of the current college entry year.

The official application is posted online at, can only be submitted online, with a firm filing deadline date of May 1 of the current year. The success of each application increases if students begin early in assembling the required application documentation sooner rather than later, and start considering and drafting the required personal essay. Applications are reviewed, considered and judged by an HLAA-NJ scholarship committee, and the best four are selected for the scholarships.

Scholarship winners are generally announced each year in May, and an award ceremony, ice cream/pizza reception and public celebration open to all is held at a central location during June.

After winners are finalized, HLAA-NJ begins the launch and preparation of a publicity and public information campaign throughout the state which has generally resulted in each and every student receiving extensive press coverage in local and statewide news media. Most recently, HLAA-NJ has been awarded various MarCom, community service, and creative awards for the thoroughness and extensive press coverage and recognition received for this part of the program.

Joel Strasser, APR, Fellow PRSA, is a trustee and public information office for the Hearing Loss Association of New Jersey (HLAA-NJ). He can he reached at, or at

March 20, 2014

HLAA Names New Director of Chapter Development

Read News Release.

March 19, 2014

Three Events this Weekend in Michigan

Just Added: Lunch on Saturday
The ground is frozen and there is no sign of a snow melt for this weekend as HLAA Executive Director Anna Gilmore Hall flies into Detroit to join HLAA members for a weekend of activities. If you’re in the area, don your winter coat and come out to meet Anna, attend a chapter meeting on Friday, lunch on Saturday, and a Walk4Hearing kickoff on Sunday.

Meeting: HLAA Downriver Area Chapter in Michigan
Friday, March 21, 2014
1 p.m.
William Ford Senior Activity Center
6750 Troy Street
Taylor, MI 48180-1633

Lunch in East Lansing
Anna will address attendees and CART will be provided
Saturday, March 22
11 .am. – 2 p.m.
Hall of Fame Café
1601 W. Lake Lansing Road
East Lansing, MI (just off 127 N)
Attendees will order from menu and pay for their own lunches.
Email Ann Liming ASAP if you would like to attend the lunch.

Southeast Michigan Walk4Hearing Kickoff
Sunday, March 23, 2014
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
C K Diggs Bar & Grill
2010 Auburn Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

If you would like to attend the kickoff (free and communication accessible) and find out more about the SE Michigan Walk4Hearing and to RSVP, click here.

Find a Walk4Hearing near you or sponsor a friend.

February 21, 2014

Act Now IRS Form 990 Filing Requirements
IRS Filing Due May 15, 2014

The IRS requires ALL tax-exempt organizations to file an annual information return. Each HLAA Chapter is a separate tax-exempt organization, each with its own EIN and as such, each HLAA Chapter must file its own annual information return with the IRS. This is true for HLAA Chapters that applied for their own tax-exempt status, as well as for HLAA Chapters that are tax-exempt as part of the HLAA National Group Exemption. Read more about the filing requirements.

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