Financial Aid, Scholarships & Awards

Financial Aid

We want you to know about available financial support for undergraduate and graduate students. To start, The University of Arizona Scholarships and Financial Aid office can guide and support you as you apply for financial aid. We strongly encourage all prospective domestic students fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many of the awards must have your FAFSA before they consider your application. As a department, we include all students for available merit-based awards that do not require application.

Financial Support within the University

Visit the Scholarship Universe (SU) website. Scholarship Universe is our scholarship-matching tool for admitted University of Arizona students. SU connects Wildcats to millions of dollars in internal and external scholarships.

The University of Arizona's Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) offers graduate assistant positions and has several funding opportunities, including travel and research grants. The GPSC Funding page provides more information on grants and awards.

A limited number of partial Graduate Tuition Scholarships are available, and all incoming and continuing graduate students will be considered for these funds.

The Graduate College (GC) also has a GC Funding and Financial Information page.

The Graduate Center Office of Fellowships has a Funding 101 page with information for domestic and international students and immigrants.

A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available, with priority given to PhD students.

Research Assistantships are awarded directly by the research faculty. 

Financial Support Outside the University

The American Speech Language Hearing Foundation provides support for students at the graduate level. You can find out more at the ASHFoundation website. Sertoma also provides scholarships for students.

University of Arizona alumni, Thomas and Susan Cordell, created this scholarship to support the education of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences graduate (including doctoral) students who are interested in counseling and caring for individuals with hearing loss. The Cordells have a passion for education and a willingness to give back. Susan believes, "if everyone were to do a little, it would make a huge impact." Award recipients are eligible for one-year renewal consideration if the recipient continues to meet the eligibility criteria.

Criteria specific to this scholarship:

  • SLHS graduate or doctoral students
  • Completed at least one semester of graduate training at UA & enrolled in classes during the period in which funding is provided
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Demonstrate scholastic excellence
  • Desire to counsel and care for individuals with hearing loss
  • Demonstrate financial need, but a FAFSA not required

Cordell Scholarship Application
-Apply through Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Recipients

  • 2021-2022: Jessica Gilligan, Grace Ann Lavine, Haley O'Connor
  • 2020-2021: Katlyn Hester, Haley O'Connor, Natasha Seaton
  • 2019-2020: Sarah Beatty, Jennifer Vo, Alireza Pourjavid
  • 2018-2019: Sarah Beatty, Natalie Fry, Aaron Whiteley
  • 2017-2018: Brenden Bagnoli, Laura Coco, Elisabeth Dupuis
  • 2016-2017: Isabel Navarro, Jessie Penkoff, Chloe Robbins
  • 2015-2016: Giau Ngoc Le, Jenna Lochner, Jaclyn Hellmann
  • 2014-2015: Jaclyn Hellmann, Giau Ngoc Le, Johnna Tanji
  • 2013-2014: Tamra Kasprzyk, Curtis Huddleston Vanture, Daisey Sanchez
  • 2012-2013: Mary Rose Durkin, Luna Iris, Nydia Quintero
  • 2011-2012: Jessie Ross, Amy Marin, Brittany Tennyson
  • 2010-2011: Analydia Gonzales, Jessie Liu, Amy M. Marin
  • 2009-2010:  Kimberly M. Dale, Darlyne S. Kim, and Aileen Wong
  • 2008-2009:  Amanda Beneke, Emily Foreman, Ryan Whitaker, and Aileen Wong
  • 2007-2008:  Christina Piña, Elizabeth Searing, Sylvia Stevens, Amanda Beneke, Ryan Whitaker, and Emily Foreman
  • 2006-2007:  Christina Piña, Elizabeth Searing, and Sylvia Stevens
  • 2005-2006:  Gretchen Harvey, Amber Lim, and Sarah Varricchio
  • 2004-2005:  Leah Surpless

You can give directly to this fund (designate Cordell Scholarship in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071

Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu.

Family, friends and members of Midtown Sertoma Club of Tucson established the Cindy Caughman Corona/Midtown Sertoma Club of Tucson Memorial Scholarship in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences to serve as a permanent memorial to Cindy and to the pursuit of academic excellence.

Cindy graduated from the University of Arizona in 1997, with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in Spanish. In 1999 she received her Master of Science in Audiology from UA. Working primarily with children, and particularly low-income families, Cindy enjoyed helping her patients secure hearing aids and felt that she was able to help her patients, when oftentimes, no one else would. In 2001 she had to put aside her work when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. She continued to work until she lost her battle with cancer on July 17, 2005.

Criteria specific to this scholarship:

  • Second-year or third-year graduate student in the SLHS Audiology program
  • Exhibits outstanding scholastic ability and the desire to work with low-income families valuing those individuals most in need of compassion

Caughman-Corona Scholarship Application
-Apply through Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Recipients

  • 2021-2022: Haley O'Connor
  • 2020-2021: Kylie Boyd
  • 2018-2019: Ann Miller
  • 2017-2018: Brenden Bagnoli
  • 2016-2017: Chloe Robbins
  • 2015-2016: Lua Hedayati
  • 2014-2015: Jaclyn Hellmann
  • 2013-2014: Curtis Huddleston Vanture

You can give directly to this fund (designate Caughman Corona Scholarship in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu

The Richard F. Curlee Memorial Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology was made possible through the generous gift of Jenrose H. Curlee.

Richard F. Curlee was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1935. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University. During his undergraduate education, he worked at a radio and television station to support himself and his young bride, Jenrose “Jennie” Hodge. Fortunately for all, he decided to forego a career in weather and sports announcing, and instead chose to attain his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California. A fellow USC alumnus convinced Curlee to work at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the Executive Secretary of Research in Rockville, MD. But eventually, he was recruited out west to the University of Arizona, beginning his tenure as a “Wildcat” in 1975. During his time at the UA, he served the Department as an Associate Professor, Full Professor and Department Head. He also served as Associate Dean of the Graduate College. He retired from the Department in the spring of 2000.

Dr. Curlee was recognized for his distinguished contribution to the field of communication sciences and disorders, especially in the area of stuttering. Through his remarkable career, he received numerous awards, among them the UA Faculty of Science Distinguished Teaching Award, the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and his most prized award the Malcolm Fraser Award from the Stuttering Foundation of America. He died in Tucson on January 29, 2008.

Recipients of the Richard F. Curlee Memorial Scholarship will be full-time master’s students in speech-language pathology at the University of Arizona and completed one semester at the graduate level. One annual award will be made each year. This scholarship is a one-time award. Current GPA 3.5 or better

Curlee Scholarship Application
-Apply through Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Recipients

  • 2021-2022: Rachel Neglia
  • 2020-2021: Carson Pyatt
  • 2019-2020: Morgan Kern
  • 2018-2019: Calias Dull
  • 2017-2018: Noah Rohr
  • 2016-2017: Rori McPhilliamy
  • 2015-2016: Elizabeth Choi
  • 2014-2015: Kaitlyn Kelhetter
  • 2013-2014: Tamra Kasprzyk
  • 2012-2013: M. Luna Iris

You can give directly to this fund (designate Curlee Scholarship in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu

Cassandra Davis graduated summa cum laude from The University of Arizona in May of 2002 with a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a BA in Spanish with an emphasis in linguistics. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her special interest area was bilingual communication disorders. Cassandra was about to begin graduate school when she died in a car accident in July of 2002. In Cassandra’s memory, an endowed scholarship was established by family and friends in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences to serve as a permanent memorial to her and to the pursuit of academic excellence.

Recipients of the Cassandra Davis Memorial Scholarship are Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences majors who will be juniors or seniors or will be continuing master’s students in speech-language pathology at the University of Arizona and have demonstrated scholastic excellence and a desire to help others. Current GPA 3.5 or better

You too can support this endowed scholarship and keep Cassandra’s legacy alive.

Cassandra Davis Scholarship Application
-Apply through Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Recipients

  • 2021-2022: Olivia Elwer, Carla Figueroa, Celia Preble-Gaitz
  • 2020-2021: Hannah Carey, Emily Thul, Ashley Thomas
  • 2019-2020: Genesis Hernandez, Hannah Rosenburg Jones, Allyson Mitchell
  • 2018-2019: Courtney Boyd, Natalie Fry, Madeline Wollersheim
  • 2017-2018: Elisabeth Dupuis (Grad), Amanda Woodson (Grad)
  • 2016-2017: Rori McPhilliamy (Grad), Isabel Navarro (Grad)
  • 2015-2016: Sara Monti (Grad), Katherine Zeiger (Grad)
  • 2014-2015: Olivia Maiefski (Grad), Jessie Erickson (Grad), Jennifer DiLallo (Undergrad)
  • 2013-2014: Samantha Ricks (Grad), Alejandra Johns (Undergrad), Marissa Cooper (Undergrad)
  • 2012-2013: Tamra Kasprzyk (Grad); Katrina Jensen (Grad); Olivia Maiefski (Undergrad)
  • 2011-2012: Katherine Redden (Grad), Anna-Alyse Tellez (Undergrad)
  • 2010-2011: Jenna Beltrami (Grad), Taylor Howard (Grad)
  • 2009-2010: Kristin Larson, Amanda Lopez
  • 2008-2009: Sarah Cook and Amanda Beneke
  • 2007-2008: Kristen Kalend, Meghan Matthews, Michelle Wilson, and Amanda Beneke
  • 2006-2007: Aileen Wong and Katie Leake
  • 2005-2006: Antonia Vitela and Deanna Nagai
  • 2004-2005: Sarette Schneider and Jennifer Parrott
  • 2003-2004: Kristen Perona

Cassandra’s Clinical Connection was established to honor Cassandra’s legacy as a clinical prodigy. Undergraduates must show outstanding potential and preparation for clinic.

Recipients

  • 2020-2021: Lara Guevara
  • 2013-2014: Karen Peralta
  • 2009-2010: Allison Driscoll
  • 2008-2009: Meghan Matthews

You can give directly to this fund (designate Cassandra Davis Scholarship in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu

Thomas J. Hixon Student Research Awards are competitive awards available to graduate and undergraduate students who are enrolled at The University of Arizona and who are involved in research in speech science and disorders. Students can apply for funds (up to $500) to pay costs incurred in research projects, such as subject money, supplies, equipment, or travel. The Student Research Award application form can be downloaded and submitted at any time.

Thomas J. Hixon Student Research Award applications will be judged by a committee, using the following criteria:

  1. The research is in the area of speech (including voice) science and disorders.
  2. The research is directed by a faculty member with an appointment in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
  3. The funds requested are used to support the research project (for example, subject fees, supplies, equipment, travel) and do not exceed $500.
  4. Support for the requested funds may not be available from another source.
  5. The application is well developed and well written.
  6. Priority will be given to applications requesting support for projects related to doctoral dissertations and master’s theses (including preliminary research).
  7. Funding for successful applications will be contingent upon the availability of funds.

Submit applications or questions to Denise Radosevic at dradosevic@arizona.edu.

Research Award Recipients

  • 2018-2019 Meira Abidov, Valerie Brown, Angelica McCarron, Hallie Nitido, Elizabeth Pullen
  • 2021-2022 Lydia Dinkel

You can give directly to this fund (designate Hixon Student Research Awards in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071

This endowed award was established in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences to support the education of audiology students enrolling in the Doctor of Audiology Program. Applicants to the Doctor of Audiology Program who are accepted into graduate training at The University of Arizona and will be taking classes at UA in the upcoming year are eligible for this award. Recipients of this award are notified during their first semester in the program by the Scholarship Committee.

Sertoma is a not-for-profit international organization dedicated to “SERvice TO MAnkind,” with over 20,000 members in nearly 700 clubs in North American. The Midtown Sertoma Club of Tucson has a history of supporting people with speech, hearing, and language disorders in southern Arizona. The funds for this scholarship are gathered through the annual fundraising efforts of the club’s members.

-Apply through Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Award Recipients

  • 2021-2022: Ivy Thi Ai Ho
  • 2020-2021: Samara Soslowsky, Bryan Wong
  • 2013-2014: Jinna Borgstrom
  • 2012-2013: Lua Hedayai
  • 2011-2012: Nicholas Ramirez
  • 2010-2011: Analydia Gonzales
  • 2009-2010: Aileen Wong
  • 2008-2009: Aileen Wong
  • 2007-2008: Sylvia Stevens
  • 2006-2007: Sylvia Stevens

You can give directly to this fund (designate Midtown Sertoma Club of Tucson Audiology Endowment Award in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu

Current SLHS students may apply for funds to help toward attending a conference or meeting. Up to $300 may be awarded. Please note that applications should be submitted for approval prior to conference attendance.

Award Recipients

  • 2017-2018: Jessie Erikson, Mira Fein, Heidi Mettler, Elizabeth Pullen, Alexander Tucci
  • 2018-2019: Alyssa Everett, Karla Navarro de Guiterrez, Alireza Pourjavid, Alyssa Sachs, Holden Sanders, Alexander Tucci, Madeline Wollersheim
  • 2021-2022: Kristin Ackley, Heidi Mettler, Katlyn Nickels, Alyssa Sachs

Please submit the attached application to Denise Radosevic by email at dradosevic@email.arizona.edu.

Incoming and current students will be considered by faculty for the following awards (no application necessary):

It was truly our honor to serve Bill Bernett as he participated in both clinical treatment research and aphasia group membership. The speech-language pathologists and graduate clinicians who had the opportunity to work with Bill describe him as a warm and caring individual who was bright and engaging.

The Bill Bernett Memorial Fund has been generously started as an endowment by Dave and Sue Milligan at The University of Arizona Foundation (UAF), which is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Dave and Sue have benevolently agreed to match gifts of up to $1000 (for a total match of $50,000) in Bill’s honor, as they recognize the need for continued research in aphasia and helping clients and families affected by this debilitating language impairment. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

If you would like to contribute to the Bill Bernett Memorial Fund with a gift of any size, you may donate online or via check. We sincerely thank you for all gifts made in Bill’s honor. It means so much not only to Jill, Dave, and Sue, but also to many other families affected by progressive aphasia.

Award Recipients

  • 2021-2022 Katlyn Nickels
  • 2018-2019 Alyssa Sachs

You can give directly to this fund (designate Bill Bernett Memorial Fund in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu

The Anthony B. DeFeo Endowment Award for Clinical Studies in Speech-Language Pathology was established by friends and family of Dr. DeFeo. Anthony B. DeFeo, Clinic Director from 1981-2008, developed an extraordinary career that exemplified the translation of science into service. Dr. DeFeo’s clinical and research activities centered on identification, evaluation and treatment of pediatric communication disorders especially those related to syndromic and other atypical clinical presentations. He was also involved in developing several evidence-based treatment programs for all ages in the department’s several clinics.

Applicants to the Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology who are accepted into graduate training at The University of Arizona and will be taking classes at UA in the upcoming year are eligible for this award. Recipients of this award are notified in the fall by the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship Award Recipients

  • 2021-2022: Lara Guevara, Melanie Basinger
  • 2013-2014: Samantha Deitering
  • 2012-2013: Marissa Kryger, Matthew Ricca
  • 2011-2012: Christine Dawson

You can give directly to this fund (designate DeFeo Endowment Award in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu

The Audrey L. Holland Endowment Award provides the foundation for excellence in education, discovery and public service. Candidates for these awards are UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences doctoral or master’s students who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and research interest in adult language disorders and will be taking classes at the University of Arizona in the upcoming school years.

Dr. Holland is Regents’ Professor Emerita of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. Her areas of expertise include working with adults who have aphasia and other neurologic communication disorders, aspects of aging, and counseling individuals with disabilities. She has served on the Advisory Council for the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIH), the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and was a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. She is a recipient of the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She also received the Clinical Achievement Award from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, and the Professional Achievement Award from the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since retiring, she has tried to be her own role model for successful aging. She has undergone extensive training as a life coach, first with Coach Training Alliance, and then as a student in authentic happiness coaching, under the direction of Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman. In addition, she is an avid reader, cook, and playmate to her grandchildren and pets.

Award Recipients

  • 2021-2022: Kristen Ackley, Alyssa Sachs

You can give directly to this fund (designate Holland Endowment Award in the note).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu

The Timothy A. Maddox Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to support scholarships for speech-language pathology graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and have an interest in working with adults with communication disorders. The fund was established in memory of Timothy by his father, Bob, his stepmother, Katie (Hirschboeck), and his brother, Jason. Tim’s health, speech, and well-being improved greatly while being seen in the UA's Clinic for Adult Communication Disorders.

Contributions: If you would like to contribute to the Timothy A. Maddox Memorial Scholarship Fund with a gift of any size, you may donate online or via check. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

Award Recipients

  • 2021-2022: Brittany Barajas, Ashley Kobold
  • 2020-2021: Melanie Turner
  • 2019-2020: Eliza Hard

You can give directly to this fund (designation - Timothy A Maddox Memorial Scholarship Endowment).

Or, you may mail a check to: 
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
1131 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
Please email questions to SLHSinfo@email.arizona.edu

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination -- in the classroom, the clinical setting, and the workplace.  The University of Arizona Office of Institutional Equity provides education and support for these efforts.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information and is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment and retaliation.