2014 Graduate Student Scholarship Competition
Note: Scholarship guidelines and application instructions are updated each year. The new guidelines will be available in 2015.
Nature of the Competition
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) invites full-time students who will be or who are currently enrolled in a graduate program in communication sciences and disorders to submit applications in competition for graduate scholarship awards. Scholarships are available to students who are undergraduate seniors or students who are currently pursuing master's or doctoral degrees. Both research and clinical doctorate candidates are eligible. Funding opportunities include:
Up to twenty general graduate student scholarships for master's and doctoral study at $5,000 per award, for students entering or enrolled in graduate study.
Up to four master's or doctoral student scholarships will be awarded for special purposes. Funding levels are $5,000 per award for the following categories, and applicants who wish to be considered for any of these endowed scholarships must indicate this during the Graduate Student Scholarship application process.
Scholarship for Students with a Disability
One graduate student scholarship, underwritten by the Leslie Londer Fund, gives priority to a student with a disability.
Scholarship for Minority Students
One graduate student scholarship, underwritten by the ASHFoundation's Minority Fund, gives priority to a student who is a member of a racial or ethnic minority group and a U.S. citizen.
Scholarship for International Students
One graduate student scholarship, underwritten by the Kala Singh Memorial Fund, gives priority to an international student studying in the United States.
Scholarship for NSSLHA Members
One graduate student scholarship, underwritten by the NSSLHA Scholarship Fund, for an undergraduate senior student with an active national NSSLHA membership and who will begin graduate study in the fall of 2014.
All scholarship recipients will be announced and recognized at the November 2014 ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida. Interested students should carefully read the section on eligibility and, after determining that all criteria are met, follow the Application Requirements.
In order to be eligible to receive one of the graduate scholarships, students must meet the following criteria:
- The student must be accepted for, or enrolled in, graduate study in a communication sciences and disorders program in the United States. Master's programs in speech-language pathology or clinical doctoral programs in audiology must be accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA); this does not apply to research doctoral programs.
- The student must be enrolled in full-time study for the full academic year.
Academic and Personal Merit
- The student must submit official university transcripts of academic coursework, credits, grades, and grade point average (G.P.A.).
- The student must be recommended by persons of the following status:
- faculty at the student's current college or university program;
- faculty at the student's past college or university program, for persons just completing undergraduate work; or
- colleagues (at least one supervisor) at the applicant's current place of employment, for persons returning to school after being in the workforce.
- The student must not have received a prior scholarship from the ASHFoundation.
Providing all eligibility requirements are met, complete the online Student Information Form and upload the following required materials through the online application system. If any of the requested information is not provided, the application will not be eligible for consideration.
- Student Information Form (online)
Eligible applicants who wish to be considered for any of the four endowed scholarships must indicate this in the appropriate question on the Student Information Form.
- Application Materials (one PDF file)
The application materials must be submitted as one PDF document containing all required sections in the order indicated below. Please follow the page limits and format specified for each section.
- Letter of Application (limit to 2 pages, 12-point font, single-spaced)
In the letter of application (addressed to the Scholarship Review Committee), the applicant should describe his/her goals after completing his/her academic program. Explain why these goals have been chosen.
- Letter of Acceptance or Statement of Good Standing
For applicants who will begin their graduate studies in the fall of 2014, include a copy of the graduate school acceptance letter. For applicants who have completed one or more semesters or quarters in their graduate program, include a statement of good standing from the department for the 2013–2014 academic year.
- Official Transcript
Applicants must provide an official transcript from his/her current university. If G.P.A. is not part of the transcript, the applicant's G.P.A. must be provided via official department or university documentation, such as a letter.
- Essay (limit to 5 pages, 12-point font, single-spaced)
Applicants must prepare an essay responding to the question below. Include this essay question as a header for the essay response.
The current emphasis in health care and education on accountability and efficiency, and the reality of a climate of reduced resources, prompts speech-language pathologists and audiologists to respond to new pressures for delivering services to those with communication disorders. This may be viewed as a positive influence in that practitioners have an opportunity to consider and implement service delivery from an evidence-based perspective.
Describe your understanding of evidence-based practice. Include your ideas about how audiologists and speech-language pathologists should become aware of and utilize evidence-based protocols in practice.
Use your creativity to discuss this perspective. Library references may be used to support your opinions and innovative ideas.
- Confidential Letters of Recommendation
Three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted on behalf of the applicant. Of the three letters, at least one letter must be from the applicant's current program. Two letters can be from other references familiar with the applicant's academic history and potential.
Recommendation letters should:
- Rate the applicant's academic promise (average, above average, excellent, or superior)
- Cite specific examples that demonstrate academic achievement
- Note the applicant's personal qualities and capacities necessary for a successful career in audiology and/or speech-language pathology
- Cite specific examples that show initiative, responsibility, motivation, or commitment to the field
Request a Recommendation: Recommenders must upload their letter of recommendation, as a PDF file, to the online application system. Through the online application system, applicants can request recommendations by providing the names and e-mail addresses of their three recommenders. Once this contact information is provided by the applicant, the recommenders will receive an e-mail message from email@example.com requesting a letter of recommendation and providing instructions.
Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure his/her recommenders submit their letters of recommendation before the deadline. Failure to complete this requirement and to provide recommendations by the May 23 deadline will disqualify the applicant from the competition.
Scholarship funding is to be directed toward educational support (such as tuition, books, school living expenses, etc.) and not for personal or conference travel.
Providing that all eligibility requirements are met, students should follow the Application Requirements to prepare an application for submission.
Note: The application period for the 2014 competition is now closed.
No extensions will be granted beyond the deadline and confirmation that your application has been received will be sent by e-mail. All applicants will be notified of competition results in November 2014.
If you have any questions regarding this application, contact the ASHFoundation office at 800-498-2071, ext. 8703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.