"Watch That Child"
The Travelers Protective Association of America established the Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired in 1975 to provide financial aid to people who suffer deafness or hearing impairment and who need assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment or specialized education as well as speech classes, note takers, interpreters, etc. and in other areas of need that are directly related to hearing impairment.
The Trust is supported by gifts and bequests from members, individuals, local posts and divisions, businesses, foundations, other entities that make charitable contributions, and from the income earned on investments of Trust funds.
All contributions to the Trust regardless of source are tax deductible. As defined under the Internal Revenue Code, the Trust is entitled to exemption from federal income tax.
Persons who suffer deafness or hearing impairment may obtain an application for aid from the Trust at 2041 Exchange Drive in Saint Charles, Missouri or by visiting the website at www.tpahq.org. Click on the "Community" tab and then select "Scholarship Trust". Completed applications must be returned to the Trust by the end of each quarter: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st. Trustees will review all applications on file as of the last date of each quarter, recipients will be notified within 30 days of the decision, and Trust checks are mailed after the first of the following month. Recipients may only receive aid once a year by completing a new application each time they seek assistance.
Selection of recipients and amount of the scholarship awarded shall be decided upon by the majority of the Trustees meeting in April to review the applications. A selection criterion gives special consideration to children demonstrating the greatest financial need. Distributions are made from the interest earned by Trust investments or gifts as designated by donor.
The Trust is totally governed by a Board of Trustees that receive no compensation. Nearly $2 million dollars has been distributed to more than 4,600 recipients since inception. The Trust is housed at The Travelers Protective Association of America's national headquarters in Saint Charles, but is totally independent from the Association. More than 99% (ninety-nine percent) of the income earned on investments of the Trust is awarded to recipients, and more than 99% (ninety-nine percent) of donations go directly into the Trust's principal account.
Download a Scholarship Trust Application
Applications are due by March 1st annually.
To receive an application for aid by mail, send your name and address to:
The Scholarship Trust
2041 Exchange Drive
Saint Charles, MO 63303-5987