Education is the cornerstone of a healthy community and a strong democracy. We believe every child has the right to an exceptional education. Rochester School for the Deaf helps deaf and hard-of-hearing children reach their full learning potential by transcending language barriers that can impede learning. Many of the programs and tools RSD faculty and staff utilize to overcome these barriers and facilitate learning are the result of generous gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. Gifts to RSD are used to support academic enrichment and student activities, as well as family support and education.

If you are interested in making a difference in child's life by supporting RSD's learning initiatives, or you would like to learn more about how you can help our students succeed, please contact Bill Keenan Director of RSD Fund Development at 585- 336-5884. send e-mail

The Wayne C. Mnich Leadership Scholarship Fund

Wayne C. Mnich's (1938-2019) contributions as a Teacher of the Deaf, school counselor and administrator and college faculty span more than 50 years. During his time at Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), Wayne was a long-term science teacher in the High School Department. His positive spirit, spontaneous humor, and genuine love of teaching and learning led his students to a higher level of success and achievement.

Sadly, Mr. Mnich died March 11, 2019, at the age of 80. Predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Carolyn Mnich, Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Martha Scribner-Mnich; his children, Mark (Peggy) Mnich, Mike (Kristy) Mnich & Missy (Jason) Sunderland; seven grandchildren; and, five great–grandchildren.

In his memory, the family along with RSD have established the Wayne C. Mnich Leadership Scholarship Fund. This fund will support 10th and 11th grade students from RSD attending the National Association of the Deaf Youth Leadership Camp (YLC).

Wayne and Martha recognize the importance of educating and nurturing future leaders in the Deaf community. Over 50 years in existence, YLC has fostered many youth-age leaders who are today’s Deaf community leaders, and they want to continue building on this success with RSD students.

If you are interested in helping us support RSD 10th and 11th grade students to attend YLC in the future, please consider making a gift to The  Wayne C. Mnich Leadership Scholarship Fund by clicking on DONATE NOW here, below , or in the right sidebar, and selecting The Wayne C. Mnich Leadership Scholarship Fund in the “Designation” dropdown box. You  may also mail your gift to Rochester School for the Deaf, Attention: Wayne C. Mnich Leadership Scholarship Fund, 1545 St. Paul St., Rochester, NY 14621. Thank you!


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