Virginia Relay has selected Andrew Parker Leitner as the 2017 Hamilton Relay Scholarship winner! Andrew, a Woodgrove High School student from Round Hill, Virginia, has been given $500 to put towards his college education.

The $500 scholarship is available to high school seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have difficulty speaking. A recipient is selected within each of the states where Hamilton Relay is the contracted service provider and is one of several ways the company gives back to the communities they serve.

“Hamilton takes pride in recognizing outstanding leadership and promoting education,” said Frazelle Hampton, Virginia Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator. “We are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to furthering Andrew’s education and wish him success in reaching his personal and professional goals.”

Andrew was awarded the $500 Hamilton Relay Scholarship after completing the application process, including writing an essay under the topic of communication technology. Andrew plans to attend George Mason University this fall to study Civil Engineering.

Virginia Relay Welcomes New Advisory Council Member

  • Mar 23, 2011
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  • publicrelationsdept

The Virginia Relay Advisory Council (VRAC) recently announced the addition of Kathi Mestayer as a representative of the Virginia Chapters of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). HLAA works to eliminate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raises public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life.  HLAA provides assistance and resources for those with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.

The Virginia Relay Advisory Council represents the needs and concerns of Virginia Relay users and consists of members from the Association of Late Deafened Adults, the Virginia Association of the Deaf, the Virginia Association of Deafblind, the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia, the Central Virginia Center for Independent Living and other associations dedicated to helping those with hearing loss.

“Kathi is well-known to the Williamsburg hard of hearing community and is a strong advocate for communications access in her area,” said Clayton Bowen, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) relay and technology programs manager.  “Kathi writes her own blog on the topic of hearing loss and has also written for the Washington Post, so I know she will be a great resource for VRAC.”

A full list of the 2010-2011 VRAC members can be found here: http://www.varelay.org/advisorycouncil.htm.

Congratulations, and welcome Kathi!