Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Grants


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.


  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.; or