Tyler Junior College

ETCIL names first TJC scholarship recipient

Published Monday, 24th March 2014

Vann Hassell of Tyler has been named the first recipient of the East Texas Center for Independent Living’s annual scholarship established at TJC.

Hassell will receive a one-time, $500 scholarship.

As defined by the ETCIL’s criteria for selection, scholarship recipients must:

• Reside in one of the 13 counties served by ETCIL;

• Be working toward an associate’s degree in sign language interpreting and have at least a 3.0 GPA on all prior course work; and

• Plan to perform contract community interpreting upon receiving certification

The mission of the East Texas Center for Independent Living is to help people facing barriers related to their disabilities achieve full participation in their communities with greater independence, self-sufficiency and involvement in the community.

The ETCIL provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on available resources for people with disabilities and assists individuals by providing referrals for employment, training, housing, education, transportation, rehab services, recreational services and financial assistance.

It also provides training opportunities for people with disabilities to gain skills that empower them to live independently, including: independent living skills, problem-solving, decision-making, functional life skills, social and recreational activities, assistive technology and vocational assistance.

Advocacy and peer support are also offered, as are program services including housing assistance, deaf and hard of hearing services, and assistance with managing monthly Social Security Disability Insurance and other financial resources.

For more information, go to etcil.org.

For more information on TJC scholarships, go to tjc.edu/scholarships.

Author: Elise Mullinix 

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