Speech Pathology Scholarships
Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships
It takes a special person with excellent training and the proper education to major in speech pathology. This field of study is highly competitive and requires a master level education. Therefore, affording college can be intimidating to students considering speech pathology as their major.
With the many college and university programs specifically geared toward a career in speech pathology, students need not worry that financial assistance is unreachable. Most colleges and universities offer subject-specific scholarships, as well as general scholarships through the financial aid office. In addition, speech pathology students can also seek outside scholarships offered by organizations, healthcare facilities, foundations, and associations.
Free Money for Speech Pathology Majors
Why seek scholarships? Scholarships are ‘free money’ that does not have to be repaid. The more scholarships obtained , the less college loan amounts required. Speech pathology majors should seek scholarships opportunities by speaking with the financial aid staff on campus, as well as department staff within the speech pathology department. And don’t forget outside scholarships. All are great supplements to any student’s financial aid package.
Here are examples of speech pathology scholarships:
The University of Wisconsin—Madison offers several scholarships to speech pathology majors. The Loon Fellowship Award is a merit-based scholarship given to first-year students demonstrating strong academic success. Award amount differs from year to year.
Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania offers scholarships to graduate students pursuing a master’s in speech pathology through the graduate admission application. Amount awarded varies.
Central Michigan University students can seek several speech pathology scholarships through the university’s Department of Communication Disorders:
- Joanne Ellis Robertson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. First consideration is given to students who are residents of Saginaw County. Award amount differs each year.
- George N. and Ernestine R. Lauer Scholarship is awarded to junior year students majoring in one of several fields, including speech-language pathology. This is a renewable award. Preference is given to students who are Michigan residents. Award amount varies.
- CDO-SLP Alumni Scholarship is awarded to a speech-language pathology student in their second year of graduate school. Award amount changes from year to year.
Pasadena City College offers two Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Scholarships. The Kathleen M. Peters Memorial Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Scholarship awards $750 to qualifying students. Applicants must demonstrate an excellent academic record, a minimum of a 3.4 grade point average, and show proof of acceptance to a four-year university to continue a degree in speech-language pathology. The other award offered is the Katie-Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Clinical Fieldwork Scholarship. This scholarship awards $500 to qualifying students with financial need, who demonstrate community service and volunteerism, and a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation offers several scholarships to qualifying students. The Minority Student Scholarship awards anywhere from $2,000 up to $4,000 to graduate students enrolled in a speech-language pathology or audiology program. Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding academic record and be part of a minority group. (American Indian, African American, Asian, or Hispanic)
McLaren Regional Medical Center offers the Speech Language Pathologist Scholarship which is awarded to students admitted into a master’s program for Speech-Language Pathology. Amount awarded is up to $6,000, to be used to pay for tuition, clinical fees, and books.
The Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists awards scholarships to graduate students enrolled in a master’s program for audiology and speech-language pathology. Funds come from difference sources such as foundations, organizations, individuals, and corporations through special fundraising events. Amounts award differ each year.
The Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association offers scholarships through their scholarship fund to students entering a Speech-Language graduate program, or an Audiology graduate program. Graduate programs must be part of an Ohio university.
Key Points about Speech Pathology Scholarships
- Check with the Speech Pathology department to find out what scholarships are available to students enrolled in the program.
- Don’t rule out the campus financial aid office. Oftentimes, general college scholarships are awarded through the financial aid office. These scholarships are typically merit-based or need-based awards.
- Seek outside scholarships. The Internet is a great resource for finding other scholarships not offered on campus. Many organizations, state-specific associations, healthcare facilities, and foundations provide scholarships specific to speech pathology majors.