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MIRID has had the honor of working with countless individuals who have made a significant impact
within our community. Additionally, both generous donations and a commitment to set aside
a percentage of MIRID
 event earnings make it possible for the organization 
to financially support members through scholarships.

MIRID Lifetime Achievement Award: Testing Scholarship

MIRID has established a scholarship in honor and recognition of all MIRID Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. The scholarship fund will award up to $100 to two interpreters and/or interpreting students annually. The scholarship was created for the purpose of providing members who wish to apply for any BEI certification or any RID certification (including CDI) testing but are in need of financial assistance. There have been many amazing people in our state who have greatly contributed to and influenced the field of interpreting. This scholarship recognizes these individuals, and seeks to continue in furthering this cause.

Two scholarships will be awarded semiannually. The number of scholarships awarded annually may change depending on the financial state of MIRID.

Email MIRID Member at Large for Application

The Doris Watkins Workshop Scholarship

The Doris Watkins Workshop Scholarship was established in 2009 in honor of Doris Watkins, one of MIRID’s founding members and a long time Executive Board member. Doris mentored many interpreters in various ways and was interested in doing something to help interpreters attend MIRID workshops with the goal of enhancing skills. She will be missed by many.

This scholarship will pay for up to 50% of the registration fee.

NOTE: The award monies shall be directed to the workshop host and not sent to the individual.

Applicants must apply at least 30 days prior to the workshop and will be chosen by the MIRID Executive Board based on monies available in the scholarship fund.

An applicant is eligible to receive scholarship monies from Doris Watkins Workshop Scholarship only one time per year.

MIRID cannot ask specifics about an applicant's finances, and therefore we ask that you apply only when you feel it appropriate.

Email MIRID Member at Large for Application

The Dr. Brian D. McCartney Scholarship

Dr. Brian D. McCartney (July 19, 1950 - April 26, 1998) was the first Deaf Superintendent of the Michigan School for the Deaf from 1991 to 1997. He also served as Interim Superintendent for the Michigan School for the Blind from 1992 to 1997.

This scholarship is available to both working and aspiring interpreters.

This scholarship is for those who are studying to become an interpreter or are a working interpreter who is going back to school. The award amount is $500 plus a one-year MIRID membership.

Please allow a minimum of 30 days for the MIRID Executive Board to process your request.

One scholarship is available per year, however, under the discretion of the MIRID Executive Board, more than one scholarship may be awarded based on monies available in this scholarship fund.

Email MIRID Member at Large for Application


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Temperance, MI 48182

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