Alumni eNewsletter: GUAA Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund Awards Grants (Archives)

Dr. Clifton Carbin, '71, and Elwood Miles received grants for the 2003-2004 year from the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) of the Gallaudet University Alumni Association. Each recipient used the grant to support his/her cultural-related project in accordance to LCCF criteria. Since 1968, interest on the fund's principal has made it possible to provide financial support to 104 projects totaling over $188,000.

Dr. Clifton Carbin, ’71, of Canada, ($1500) used the grant to write a biographical book about Samuel Greene, a 1870 Gallaudet graduate. Samuel was the first Deaf teacher in Ontario, Canada and cofounder of the Ontario Deaf-Mute Association (now the Ontario Association of the Deaf).

Elwood Miles of Hyattsville, MD ($1700) obtained the grant to create a 22x26 oil portrait of Linwood Smith, ’65, which is to be presented to Gallaudet for permanent display. Linwood was well known for his accomplishments as an educational therapist in the mental health program for the deaf at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C. He was a real advocate for the welfare of the deaf through his work in numerous organizations and the articles he contributed to professional journals.

The Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund was established with money from the half million dollar Centennial Fund raised by the alumni association. The purpose of the fund is to promote projects and activities that will lead to the cultural enrichment of deaf people. The fund may be devoted to support programs such as the following: endowments of four LCCF awards, community leadership, dramatics, educational programs, information media, literature, memorials, motion picture and television production, talent bureau, and research relating to deafness. The Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund Committee is made up of seven members. Dr. Arlene Blumenthal Kelly, ’77 & G-‘92 is the current chair of the Committee.Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund grant application deadline is April 1. Additional information and applications may be obtained by writing to the LCCF Committee, Peikoff Alumni House, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-3695. E-mail users can send email inquiries to

Posted: 15 Aug 2003

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