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William E. Woodrick Endowed Fellowship applications open

William Woodrick headshotWilliam E. Woodrick was a long-time faculty member at the University of Tennessee, joining the faculty in 1967 and serving until 1999.

He was a strong advocate for underachieving and underemployed deaf persons and the shortage of qualified professionals to serve them. He also served as an expert witness in legal cases which were often found to be a source of discrimination of consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The William E. Woodrick Endowment was created to help fill-the-gap in the availability of scholarship funds for graduate students pursuing studies to enhance the independency of deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and adults requiring specialized trained professionals.

Applicant Criteria

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at or admitted to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Education, Health and Human sciences
  • Applicants must be pursuing a masters or doctorate degree with at least two years’ experience working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • The candidate(s) must express a career goal of teaching, service, and/or research which will enhance and positively impact the lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • Applicants must demonstrate successful academic performance and potential for assisting individuals with disabilities in attaining independent living and gainful employment
  • A student holding the William E. Woodrick Fellowship Endowment in one year shall have preference in subsequent years.

Application Form

Applications must be received by April 30th of each year to be considered for that year’s summer session through the following spring session of classes.

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For additional information, please contact:

Jana Spitzer, Director of Advising

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

A332 Claxton Complex

Knoxville, TN 37996

(865) 974-8194