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Department Of Audiology And Speech Pathology

The UALR/UAMS Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology offers a number of graduate assistantships each year to students pursuing master’s degrees in speech pathology. In return for receiving the assistantship, the student is required to work approximately 15 hours per week for the agency funding the assistantship, carry a full academic load, and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Sources for assistantships vary from year to year. Most are sponsored by outside agencies but a few are offered through UALR and UAMS. Ms. Beth McWeeny is the chair of the Graduate Assistantship Committee.

Click hereadobepdf_icon for an application for a graduate assistantship.

  • Leah Katayama Wilkins Scholarship
    This scholarship was established in 2003 by Dr. and Mrs. Katayama in loving memory of their daughter, Mrs. Leah Katayama Wilkins. Mrs. Wilkins received a Master of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology in 2000. The scholarship is awarded to an exemplary Master of Science graduate student in Audiology and Speech Pathology in his or her first year of study.

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AMBUCS Scholars – Scholarships for Therapists:  National AMBUCS™, Inc. offers scholarships to students (U.S. citizens) in their junior/senior year in a bachelor’s degree program, or a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 annually. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000.  Students must be accepted in an accredited program by the appropriate health therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and hearing audiology. For more information visit the AMBUCS web site.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHF): Each year the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHF) offers several scholarship and grant competitions to graduate students and new researchers in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Up to ten Graduate Student Scholarships are available annually for master’s or doctoral level students studying audiology or speech language pathology. Of the ten scholarships, one gives priority to a student with a disability, one gives priority to an international student studying in the US, and one gives priority to a US citizen who is a member of an ethnic or racial minority group. The scholarships range between $2,000 and $4,000.  Scholarships and grants available for doctoral students include:

        Research Scholarships:

  • New Investigators Research Grant – New scientists earning their latest degree in communication sciences within the last 5 years are eligible to compete for $5,000 grants to pursue research in audiology or speech-language pathology. Supported in part by Psi Iota Xi National Philanthropic Organization. Grants include optional supplemental funding enhancements provided by ASHA Special Interest Divisions 2, 3, 4, and 13.
  • Student Research Grant in Audiology – Master’s and doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders desiring to conduct research in audiology are eligible to compete for a $2,000 grant for a proposed 1-year study. Supported by the Ira M. Ventry and Brad W. Friedrich Memorial Funds.
  • Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development – Master’s and doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders desiring to conduct research in early childhood language development are eligible to compete for a $2,000 grant for a proposed 1-year study. Supported by the Arlene M. Matkin Memorial Fund and ASHA Special Interest Division 1.
  • Clinical Research Grant – Scientists with a research doctorate within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders are eligible to compete for $50,000 – $75,000 grants to support investigations that will advance knowledge of the efficacy of treatment and assessment practices. Project funding is available for mentored treatment research, independent treatment research, or collaborative treatment research as specified in grant guidelines.
  • New Century Scholars Research Grant – Scientists with research doctorate within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders are eligible to compete for $10,000 grants to support innovative studies or unmet research needs. Click here for application.
  • Research Grant in Speech Science  – Individuals having received a doctoral degree within the last 5 years who wish to further research activities in the areas of speech communication are eligible to compete for a $5,000 grant supported by the Dennis Klatt Memorial Fund. The competition is held every other year. It is not open to students.

        Graduate Scholarships:

  • New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarships – These $10,000 doctoral scholarships support strong doctoral candidates who will commit to attaining the research doctoral degree and to working in a higher education academic community in the field of communication sciences and disorders in the United States.
  • Graduate Student Scholarships – Full-time master’s or doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders programs demonstrating outstanding academic achievement are eligible to compete for $4,000 scholarships. Supported in part by Psi Iota Xi National Philanthropic Organization and the Marni Reisberg Memorial Fund. Up to seven scholarships are offered annually.
  • Student with a Disability Scholarship  – Full-time graduate students with a disability who are enrolled in a communication sciences and disorders program and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement are eligible to compete for a $4,000 scholarship. Supported by the American Business Clubs and the Leslie Londer Fund.
  • Minority Student Scholarship – Racial/ethnic minority students who are U.S. citizens and who are accepted for graduate study in audiology or speech-language pathology are eligible to compete for a $4,000 scholarship. Supported by the Foundation’s Minority Scholarship Fund.
  • International Student Scholarship – Full-time international/minority graduate students studying communication sciences and disorders in the United States and demonstrating outstanding academic achievement are eligible to compete for a $4,000 scholarship. Supported by the Kala Singh Memorial Fund.

        Others:

  • Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC)  – The AARC award program is aimed at reducing the shortage of PhD-level faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders discipline by encouraging new faculty who are at the beginning of their academic-research careers to remain in higher education. Recipients will use the award monies for activities such as mentoring.
  • Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) -The SPARC award is designed as a strategy to promote PhD career development for communication sciences and disorders undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients will use the award monies to provide opportunities such as enhanced educational mentorship experiences that prepare students for successful PhD education and academic careers, travel to enhance research exposure, and research training under a mentor.

ASHA Award Programs – To help foster leadership and promote careers in academia and research, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) announces the Call for Applications for the Student Research Travel Award , the Advancing Academic-Research Careers — AARC Award, the Students Preparing for Academic & Research Careers — SPARC Award, and the Minority Student Leadership Program. These opportunities are available to undergraduate, Master’s, AuD, and PhD students enrolled in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) programs; postdoctoral fellows; and new faculty. Visit  ASHA Award Programs for application, deadline and submission information.

The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) – Two awards are given for the conduct of student research and are supported jointly by Thomson Delmar Learning and the CAPCSD. One award is in the area of AuD research and the second is in the area of Ph.D. research.  These  awardsare temporarily suspended, for 2009, due to the economic climate.

Dissertation Fellowships – Dissertation Fellowships are available to women who will complete their dissertation writing between April 1, 2009, and June 30, 2009. To qualify, applicants must have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposal or plan by Nov. 15, 2007. Students holding any fellowship for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW Educational Foundation fellowship year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study, except engineering. Scholars engaged in researching gender issues are encouraged to apply. Visit American Association of University Women for application, deadline and submission information.

Future Leaders in School-Based Speech-Language Pathology – Through a unique partnership with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), Progressus Therapy awards a $3,000 scholarship to recognize a Speech-Language Pathology graduate student who has completed an innovative project related to Speech-Language service delivery in the school setting.  Applicants must be enrolled in an ASHA-accredited Master’s program and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in schools.  Click here for more information.

Health Careers –  A list of 36 funding opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds.  For additional information, visit HealthCareers .

Josephine De Karman Fellowship -The Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Kármán, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.  DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.  Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertations by June 2010 are eligible for consideration.  Each fellowship awards $22,000.  For additional information, visit the De Kármán Fellowship web site..    

Minority Fellowship – The Acoustical Society of America established a Minority Fellowship in 1992 with the goal of supporting minority students in their pursuit of graduate-level degrees in acoustics. The next fellowship will be available in 2010.

National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Graduate Scholarship Program (NAJA) – Begun in 1962, the NAJA Scholarship Program has awarded more than 418 grants totaling over $831,790.00 for graduate study in fields which address the special needs of children and youth.  Scholarships are awarded each April.  If more than one scholarship year is required to complete studies, the recipient may reapply, provided all previous agreements have been fulfilled satisfactorily. Qualifications:

  • Must work or plan to work directly with children
  • Pursue graduate level studies for one year in fields which address the special needs of children and youth.
  • A U.S. Citizen and a permanent resident of a state with a Junior Auxiliary Chapter.
  • Planning to attend a U.S. college or university for full-time or part-time study.

Raymond H. Stetson Scholarship in Phonetics and Speech Science – This scholarship, which was established through a grant to the Acoustical Society Foundation in 1998, honors the memory of Professor Raymond H. Stetson, a pioneer investigator in phonetics and speech science. Its purpose is to facilitate the research efforts of promising graduate students and postgraduates. Click here for application.

Richard M. Weaver Scholarship – Available to graduate students with an interest in teaching.  The Weaver Fellowship Program assists future teachers who are motivated, as was Professor Weaver, by the need to integrate the idea of liberal education with their teaching efforts, and, in so doing, to restore to university studies their distinction and worth.  Each fellow receives $5,000 and payment of tuition at the school of his or her choice.  Supported by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships [F31] to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research -This program provides up to five years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree.  An awardee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S., or must have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for Permanent Residence. An applicant must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent research degree program or agree to enroll in such a graduate program in the academic year for which funds are being sought. Applicants must be pursuing dissertation research in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language.  For more information, visit the Office of Intramural Research, National Institutes for Health.

School Therapy Career Vision™ Scholarship for SLP and OT Masters students – Progressus Therapy awards several scholarships each year to deserving students majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy, as part of the School Therapy Career Vision Scholarship program.  Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a strong interest in pediatric practice and plan to work in the school setting after graduation.  Award amount: $3,000.  For more information, visit Progressus Therapy.

Sertoma Scholarship for Study of Communicative Disorders – The $1,000 Scholarship is for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology from institutions in the U.S. Sertoma provides more funds nationally for graduate level study in communicative disorders than any other single organization. Click here for the application.

Supporting Career Growth Through Mentoring Scholarship – The National Black Association of Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) and Progressus Therapy are proud to announce the availability of a $3,000 scholarship.  The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student whose primary career interest is in providing speech-language services to children in school or early intervention settings and who identifies the importance of strong mentoring relationships to prepare for leadership roles.  For more information, visit Progressus Therapy.

Trevor Leeker Scholarship – The Trevor Leeker Scholarship is for a graduate student in the medical field that will be working with special needs children. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required. The essays will decide who is awarded the scholarship and will be judged by a various group of Krabbe Families and Trevor’s parents. This award is a one time scholarship.

The William Orr Dingwall Foundation Neurolinguistics Fellowship -The William Orr Dingwall Foundation is pleased to announce that it is commencing a new program of Dissertation Fellowships for doctoral candidates who are specializing in the field of Neurolinguistics. The amount of the stipend will be $30,000 for a period of 12 consecutive months.  Awards will be made to graduate students who have completed all requirements for a doctoral degree, with the exception of the dissertation, at an accredited university in the United States. The nominee may be of any nationality as long as he/she is a candidate for a doctoral degree in a Neurolinguistics program in the United States.  For additional information, visit the Foundation’s web site.

Additional Web Sites – Students may go to these web sites and fill out a personal profile.  The sites will then provide a list of scholarships available to these students based on specific qualifications.  fastweb.comscholarships.com; or scholarshipexperts.com

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Scholarship of Excellence Award: Awarded to allied health profession students at The Association of Schools for Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) member institutions. Currently, Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are the only two ASAHP member institutions in Arkansas. The following criteria are considered in making scholarship awards: unique accomplishments, academic achievements, service to the institution and the community, leadership, extracurricular activities, and evidence of strong communication skills. Students must be nominated by their institution. Each eligible institution may nominate one candidate for each round of scholarship awards.  Each award is valued at $1,000.  For more information, visit the ASAHP web site.

UNIVERSITY SOURCES

Martha Anderson Scholarship: The Martha Anderson Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Central Arkansas. You must be an active NSSLHA member, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, a minimum 3.25 major GPA, and be majoring in speech-language pathology to be eligible for this award.  Award valued at $200.  For more information, contact the UCA Speech-Language Pathology Department at 501-450-3176.

Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association Scholarship: This scholarship is for students enrolled in a UAMS College of Health Related Professions program that is normally more than one year in length.   Awards will be for $1,000 per semester for fall and spring semesters of the second year of the CHRP program.  Applicant must be an Arkansas resident and in the second or third year of his/her program.  Click here for more information.

UCA Foundation Scholarships:  A list of scholarships available to UCA students through the UCA Foundation.

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