Tyler resident Vann Hassell is the first recipient of the East Texas Center for Independent Living’s annual scholarship.
The one-time, $500 scholarship was established at Tyler Junior College, according to a college news release.
The center required that its scholarship recipients live in a 13-county service area, be working toward an associate’s degree in sign language interpreting, meet a 3.0 GPA requirement on all prior coursework, and plan to be a community interpreter after becoming certified.
The center that established it works to help people facing barriers related to disabilities fully participate in their communities with more independence, self-sufficiency and community involvement, according to the news release.
The center provides complete and current information about resources for people with disabilities and helps people by providing referrals for jobs, training, housing, education, transportation, rehab services, recreational services and financial assistance.
Other services include advocacy and peer support, housing assistance, deaf and hard of hearing services, and financial resources.