Student Grant Recipients
2020-2021 Student Grant Recipients
Stacy Martinez Arroyo
McKay High School, Salem, OR
Stacy Martinez Arroyo an 11th grade student at McKay HS in Salem has been awarded a student grant for the 2020-21 school year. Stacy will pursue a course of study in American Sign Language. In her application, Stacy says, “As a preschooler, I learned how to sign very few words. This was due to one of our classmates having a deaf mom, so we learned to help communicate and make her feel included.”…“My most recent experience learning sign language was just this summer. I took a short ASL course through Upward Bound. Throughout the years I have taken on learning more and more about the deaf community and ASL, and today with my basic knowledge of ASL I can communicate with customers at work and help them feel included.” In addition to her studies, Stacy plans to start an online club to raise awareness about ASL and deaf culture.
Although applications for the grants were affected by the uncertainties surrounding schools in the 2020-21 academic year, OATAG is pleased to help Stacy with this independent project.