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DawnSignPress Announces The Lawrence Fleischer Scholarship Winner for CSUN's Deaf Studies Majors

  • 03 April 2019

April 2, 2019, San Diego, CA- Media and Publishing House, DawnSignPress launched a new scholarship opportunity, The Lawrence Fleischer Scholarship, for Deaf Studies major students attending California State University, Northridge. The new scholarship opportunity is named after Lawrence “Larry” Fleischer to honor his contributions to California State University, Northridge’s Deaf Studies program.

Joe Dannis, CEO of DawnSignPress, received a one-thousand-dollar gift when he graduated from Gallaudet University in 1978, and Joe used the one-thousand-dollar gift to launch DawnSignPress. The company now wants to give back to the community, and give a one-thousand gift annually to a scholarship recipient. DawnSignPress created the scholarship program to tie in with their 40th Anniversary Celebration.

California State University, Northridge, has recently announced the scholarship winner, Marina Perry, an Interpreting Training Program (ITP) student at CSUN. Marina also studies ballroom dancing, and grew up in Paso Robles where she saw Deaf people signing. She began learning American Sign Language (ASL) when she was only nine-years-old, and took ASL classes in high school where she used DawnSignPress’s well-known product, Signing Naturally. Having worked four jobs simultaneously to support her studies, Marina is grateful for the $1,000 award to support her academics at CSUN.

DawnSignPress has agreed to a 5-year pledge, for the $1,000 annual scholarship award through the 2022-2023 academic year. DawnSignPress proudly supports the Deaf community through this scholarship and is thrilled to honor Dr. Lawrence R. Fleischer.

Dr. Flavia Fleischer, Chair and Professor of the Department of Deaf Studies at California State University Northridge, and also the daughter of Lawrence Fleischer says: “DawnSignPress continues to lend their never ending and unwavering support to the Deaf community through the creation of a scholarship for students in the field of Deaf Studies and, at the same time, ensures the continuation of the late Dr. Lawrence R. Fleischer’s legacy and contributions to the community. Thank you, DawnSignPress, for your wonderful stewardship of our Deaf community!”

About DawnSignPress: DawnSignPress is a media and publishing house that creates, develops, produces, publishes and distributes quality American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture-related materials. DawnSignPress is on the cutting edge of the educational, cultural, and social trends in the Deaf world. Deaf-owned and-operated, DawnSignPress produces educational materials that raise standards in ASL education, break new ground in ASL literature and the arts, and preserve the unique and rich contributions of the Deaf and signing community.

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