While volunteering at a summer school for the deaf, Air Force dependent Jasmine Ruffin witnessed many students struggling to learn because of communication barriers.
With the assistance of a $3,000 Stephen Curry/ThanksUSA scholarship, Jasmine enrolled in California State University of Northridge where she intends to earn an undergraduate degree and teaching credentials in Deaf Studies.
Jasmine plans to work with deaf children and their hearing family members to bridge the gap between the deaf education and mainstream education systems. "The relationship between a child and parent is very important to the development of any child and plays a significant role in their future success in education, communication skills and character."
To complement her major, Jasmine has joined the Deaf Student Association and Deaf CSUNians Club, a student organization that promotes cultural, political, and social awareness on campus and in the community. She will also participate in a Deaf Internship on the CSUN campus during her junior year.
"I am very honored and grateful for being selected as a recipient of the Stephen Curry/ThanksUSA scholarship. Your generosity will continue to inspire my success in life and my academic endeavors!"