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Minority Student Scholarship Recipients

The Minority Student Scholarship (part of the Graduate Student Scholarship) recognizes racial ethnic minority students who are U.S. citizens who are enrolled in a graduate program for communication sciences and disorders. Supported by the ASHFoundation's Minority Scholarship Fund.

2016

Awarded $5,000 each

Binger_2016_GSS_MinorityMaria A. Binger
MA Candidate
University of Maryland
Speech-Language Pathology


Ogundare_2016_GSS_MinorityAdetutu A. Ogundare
ClinSciD Candidate
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Speech-Language Pathology


Whitaker_2016_GSS_MinorityMaja E. Whitaker
MA Candidate
Marquette University
Speech-Language Pathology


2015

Awarded $5,000 each

2015-Gadson-GSSDavetrina Seles Gadson
PhD Candidate
University of Georgia
Speech-Language Science


2015-Hamilton-GSSMegan-Brette Hamilton
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois
Speech-Language Science


2015-Tang-GSSSharon S. Tang
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Speech-Language Science


2014

Awarded $5,000

2014_Crespo_GSS_MinorityKimberly Crespo
MS/PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Speech-Language Pathology


2013

Awarded $5,000

2013_Rodriguez_Minority_GSSMidori Rodriguez
MS Candidate
Misericordia University
Speech-Language Pathology


2012

Awarded $5,000

2012 Chhuon - GSS MinorityKeovmorkodh Chhuon
MS Candidate
Columbia University
Speech-Language Pathology


2011

Awarded $5,000

2011_WangIsaac Wang
MS Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Speech-Language Pathology


2010

Awarded $5,000

2010MinorityGSS-AnalydiaGonzalesAnalydia Gonzales
AuD Candidate
University of Arizona


2009

Awarded $4,000

2009MinorityGSS-CarmenFaheyCarmen Fahey
MA Candidate
University of Houston
with support from Zvirblis Estate Gift


2008

Awarded $5,000

Tracy ConnerTracy Conner
MA candidate
University of Massachusetts-Amherst



Rhona Galera Rhona Galera
CScD candidate
University of Pittsburgh
with support from the Zvirblis Estate Gift


2007

Awarded $4,000

Raul Francisco Prezas Raul Francisco Prezas
PhD candidate
Wichita State University


2006

Awarded $4,000

Derek E. Daniels Derek E. Daniels
PhD candidate
Bowling Green State University


2005

Awarded $4,000

Michelle S. Troche Michelle S. Troche
MA candidate
University of Florida


2004

Awarded $4,000

Amy D. Rodriguez
PhD candidate
University of Florida

2003

Awarded $4,000

April Gibbs April Gibbs
MS candidate
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
(Spahr Scholar)

April Gibbs is in her second year in the master's program in speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has the distinction of being named the Foundation's very first Spahr Scholar, in honor of ASHA's long-time executive director, Dr. Fred Spahr.

In addition to the academic and clinical work that earned her three highly competitive scholastic awards, she serves as the president of the graduate chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association.

After finishing her clinical fellowship and obtaining the Certificate of Clinical Competence, April hopes to complete her doctorate and move into an academic research career. She also anticipates mentoring students, especially those from minorities.

2002

Awarded $4,000

Bernard Rousseau
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bernard Rousseau is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his interests lie in voice research.

He currently serves as the Vocal Function Lab Manager at his university, a position that is usually held by a postdoctoral student. Bernard was selected for a travel award to attend the most recent Nijmegen Conference on Speech Motor Control. He has also pursued a minor in pharmacy in order to meet his goal of studying alternative treatments for correction of vocal fold scarring.

Bernard's ultimate goal is a career in research devoted to understanding the complexities of the human voice. He would also like to work as a university faculty member, providing instruction and mentoring doctoral students, junior faculty, and underrepresented minorities in communication sciences and disorders.

2001

Awarded $4,000

Veronica M. Pimentel Veronica M. Pimentel
Purdue University

Veronica M. Pimentel is pursuing her master's degree in audiology from Purdue University. After participating in ASHA's Minority Students Leadership Program in Washington, DC, she was inspired to hone her cultural competency, and she is currently endeavoring to create a multicultural library for students and faculty at Purdue. She has also proposed to the Audiology and Speech Sciences Department the integration of a multicultural class into the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Curriculum. She hopes to be able to take this class before she graduates. It is her professional ambition to provide audiologic treatment and counseling to patients of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. To accomplish this, she will be able to draw on her fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, English and her native language "Crioulo." This summer she will be offering therapy in Spanish to a child of Mexican descent. She believes that only through an intimate understanding of her patients' culture, language and customs, will she be able to successfully provide counseling and treatment.

2000

Awarded $4,000

Rosalyn R. Roberts
University of Florida

Rosalyn Roberts is enrolled in the University of Florida's master's program in speech-language pathology. Her undergraduate research efforts focused on the effects of speech rate modification strategies upon the speech behavior in adults. She plans to continue this research through graduate school and hopes to focus on its effect on child language as well. Upon completing the master's program, her goal is to pursue a doctoral degree with future hopes of becoming an educator at the post-secondary level.

1999

Awarded $2,000

Alice D. Shi
University of Colorado, Boulder

Alice D. Shi is in her second year at the University of Colorado at Boulder's master's program in speech-language pathology. Ms. Shi's academic and research experiences as a pre-medical and psychology major, as well as her endeavors as a youth worker with high school students, have influenced her career choice. Among her professional interests is a focus on stuttering disorders. Ms. Shi has been working as a student clinician in the Successful Stuttering Management Program at the university. Upon completion of her master's degree, she aspires to work in a children's hospital, elementary school, or private clinic.

1998

Awarded $2,000

Karlene M. Helm Karlene M. Helm
University of Kentucky

Karlene Helm is pursuing her master's degree in communication disorders at the University of Kentucky. She not only envisions working with young children, but also looks forward to working with senior citizens who are trying to recover their full language capacity after complications resulting from stroke. In addition to serving and supporting those requiring speech-language assistance, she hopes to participate in meaningful research projects.

1997

Awarded $2,000

Angela Martini
University of Arizona

1996

Awarded $2,000

Claudia C. Acosta
University of Maryland

1995

Awarded $2,000

Emily Wee
University of Missouri, Columbia

1994

Awarded $2,000

Stephen Su
Loma Linda University
"Cerebral Asymmetry Phenomena in Split-Brain Patients"

Please note that from 1987–1993, the Minority Student Scholarship was awarded based on scholarly papers submitted by applicants. After 1993, the competition guidelines and submission requirements were based on the Foundation's graduate scholarship application process.

1993

Awarded $1,500

Tausha Sumlin
Memphis State University
"Glossolalia: A Linguistic Register or Metaphysical Phenomenon?"

1992

Awarded $2,000

Dora S. Gomez
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
"Immediate Echolalia in Autistic Chidren"

1991

Awarded $2,000

Wileen Chang
Northwestern University
"Aminoglycoside Antibiotics and Hearing Loss"

1990

Awarded $2,000

Ria-Helene Watkins-Lindauer
California State University, Northridge
"Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Retrospective Literature Review"

1989

Awarded $2,000

Holly Green
University of Virginia
"Pseudohypacusis in Children: A Silent Cry"

1988

Awarded $2,000

Daphne Richardson
Louisiana Tech University
"The Effect Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Has on Speech"

1987

Awarded $2,000

Vishnu Hardasmal Sujanani
Northeast Missouri University
"Stuttering: In Search of Roots"

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