To be eligible for the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation Scholarship, applicants must: have significant bilateral hearing loss (We require at least a 50 dB unaided hearing loss in both ears (or cochlear implant(s)), and we accept applicants who have a cochlear implant on an equal basis as those without an implant.); be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and be an undergraduate attending an accredited non-profit college physically located in the United States. Applicants who meet the specified criteria are considered regardless of age, sex, race, geographic location or ethnicity.
The LTZ Foundation was officially established as a 501(c)3 entity in January 2003 with total assets of approximately $7,000 from contributions at Louise Tumarkin Zazove's memorial service. Seven qualified applicants applied for tuition assistance in the first year, and two of those received scholarships. Since then, the Foundation has supported over 40 grantees at colleges across the country. The Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation commemorates the life of a woman who was involved in the deaf community.