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work, and ally with them, including interpreters, Support Service Providers, educators, parents,
and relatives. - RID, 2020
Gary Sanderson Scholarship
In order to honor the contributions of Lou Fant and to memorialize his work and influence, both locally and nationally, and to show respect for the huge impact that he has had on our field, SCRID developed the Lou Fant Distinguished Service Awards in 2003. In 2011, with the untimely passing of Gary R. Sanderson, the Lou Fant MemorialFund Committee recognized the immense professional impact Gary Sanderson alsoenacted in a profound and local way. To memorialize this recognition the committee established the Gary Sanderson Scholarship.
Gary was a loved and respected interpreter who “grew up” at California State University, Northridge. Gary attended CSUN, and later worked as an interpreter and outreach coordinator. He was one of the early interpreters to work at CSUN, when providing professional interpreters was a novel idea. For a time, he served as the interim director of the National Center on Deafness (NCOD). Gary was well-known for his exemplary skills, clever wit, wild humor, loving demeanor and inexhaustible contributions to the field of interpreting. His career at CSUN and involvement in the organizations that support interpreters, RID and SCRID, his enlightening workshops and presentations spanned over 38 years. Gary served SCRID in various capacities, including president, because he believed in and wholeheartedly supported the mission of SCRID. This scholarship, honoring the professional dedication of Gary Sanderson, provides the opportunity for dedicated individuals to further their own professional journey as interpreters through certification.
The award covers the registration fee for one of the following:
CDI Knowledge exam
CDI Performance exam
Generalist knowledge exam
Generalist Performance exam
Google form application that includes the following:
○ 2 letters of recommendation, one from a professional working in the field of interpreting and one from a Deaf individual
○ Narrative (250 words or less, or max 3 min ASL video) detailing current work in the field of interpreting (dates, date span, full- or part-time) and training (college program, workshops, etc.)
○ Copies of RID and SCRID membership cards, if applicable
○ If applying for Performance test, include RID Written Exam documentation
Application due date:
May 6, 2022
SCRID Annual Member meeting, May 21, 2022.
*Note, SCRID does not endorse, support, promote, or filter organizational members.*