Three high school students received $1,000 scholarships at a recent dinner hosted by Hearing Loss Association of America Rochester Chapter at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Victor. The awards assist hearing-disabled high school graduates in pursuing their post-secondary studies. Hannah Martin, of Victor Senior High School, received the Vern Thayer HLAA Scholarship that was established in memory of a recently deceased founder of the organization. She was accepted at Keuka College. Scholars Olivia Rotoli, of Irondequoit High School, will attend Monroe Community College and Ashley Jones, of Sodus Junior-Senior High School, will attend Nazareth College. All three students applied to HLAA Rochester Chapter with copies of their audiograms, school transcripts, letters of recommendation and an essay. Initiated in 1996 with a grant by the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Stuart MacDonald, HLAA scholarships have distributed $107,500 to 123 recipients. This year’s scholarships were made possible by a donation from the MacDonald Fund at Rochester Area Community Foundation. HLAA honored local residents and organizations for their support, education, advocacy and information for those touched by hearing loss. Ralph Meranto, artistic director/producer at JCC CenterStage, was named Community Person of the Year for his advocacy and installation of open captioning at the theater. State of New York Unified Court System Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities was named Community Organization of 2018 after it installed hearing systems in courtrooms. Past President Margaret Cochran was named the Rochester Chapter honoree. The Rochester Chapter marks its 35th anniversary in November. Call (585) 266-7890 or visit for information.