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2015 Graduate Student Scholarship Competition

Note: These 2015 guidelines are available to serve as a reference for future applicants. Application guidelines and submission instructions are updated each year. The new guidelines will be available in early 2016.

Nature of the Competition

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation 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 scholarships. 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:

General Scholarships

Up to twenty general graduate student scholarships, $5,000 each, will be awarded to students entering or enrolled in master's or doctoral programs of study.

Endowed Scholarships

Up to ten master's and doctoral student scholarships will be awarded for special purposes. Funding levels are $5,000 per scholarship 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, for a student with a disability.

Scholarship for Minority Students
Up to three graduate student scholarships, underwritten by the ASHFoundation's Minority Fund, for students who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group and are U.S. citizens.

Scholarship for International Students
Up to three graduate student scholarships, underwritten by the Kala Singh Memorial Fund, for international students studying in the United States.

Scholarship for NSSLHA Members
Up to three graduate student scholarships, underwritten by the NSSLHA Scholarship Fund, for undergraduate senior students with active national NSSLHA memberships and who will begin graduate study in the fall of 2015.

All scholarship recipients will be announced and recognized at the November 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver, Colorado. Interested students should carefully read the section on eligibility and, after determining that all criteria are met, follow the Application Requirements.


50th Anniversary - Academic Accreditation - BIn order to be eligible to receive one of the graduate scholarships, students must meet the following criteria:

Graduate Study

  1. 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.

  2. The student must be enrolled in full-time study for the full academic year.

Academic and Personal Merit

  1. The student must submit official university transcripts of academic coursework, credits, grades, and grade point average (GPA).

  2. The student must be recommended by persons of the following status:
    1. faculty at the student's current college or university program;
    2. faculty at the student's past college or university program, for persons just completing undergraduate work; or
    3. colleagues (at least one supervisor) at the applicant's current place of employment, for persons returning to school after being in the workforce.

Prior Funding

  1. The student must not have received a prior scholarship from the ASHFoundation.

Application Requirements

Providing all eligibility requirements are met, complete the online Student Information Form and upload the following required materials through the online application system. Please follow the page limits and format specified. If any of the requested information is not provided, the application will not be eligible for consideration.

  1. Student Information Form (online)
    Eligible applicants who also wish to be considered for any of the four endowed scholarships must indicate this in the appropriate question on the Student Information Form.

  2. Letter of Application (PDF file, limit 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.

  3. Letter of Acceptance or Statement of Good Standing (PDF file)
    For applicants who will begin their graduate studies in the fall of 2015, 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 2014–2015 academic year.

  4. Transcript (PDF file)
    Applicants must provide an official transcript from his/her current university. If GPA is not part of the transcript, the applicant's GPA must be provided via official department or university documentation, such as a letter.

  5. Essay (PDF file, limit 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 World Health Organization (2010) states that "interprofessional education occurs when two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes." Attention to the topic of Interprofessional Education/Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP) within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders is growing and ASHA now includes it as one of its Strategic Objectives.

    Question: From your perspective, what do you see as the challenges and the advantages of our professions moving toward an interprofessional collaborative practice model in one of these settings (choose one): health care, schools, private practice? Provide examples from the viewpoint of either audiology or speech-language pathology.

    Use your creativity to discuss this perspective. Library and professional references may be used to support your opinions and innovative ideas. 

  6. 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 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 22 deadline will disqualify the applicant from the competition.

Funding Note

Scholarship funding is to be directed toward educational support (such as tuition, books, school living expenses, etc.) and not for personal or conference travel.

Submission Procedures

The online application system will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 22, 2015. 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 2015.


Questions regarding this competition should be directed to the ASHFoundation office at 301-296-8703 or by e-mail at

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