Scholarships and Awards

The Jean R. Guloien Award is awarded each year to outstanding graduate students at our spring commencement ceremony. Read about Jean and see the list of awardees.

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. Finally, Scholarship Universe provides opportunities to learn about other funding sources.

Student scholarships are available from a number of sources, including gifts that honor specific individuals. Current students can apply for the following awards at the time designated.

Susan and Thomas Cordell have a desire to support the education of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences graduate students who are interested in providing counseling and (re)habilitative services to individuals with hearing loss. Through these scholarships for Audiology graduate students, the Cordells hope to help the university be at the forefront of training future audiologists.

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.” The scholarships are available to graduate (including doctoral) students who have completed at least one semester of graduate training at the University and will be taking classes at the University of Arizona in the upcoming year. Candidates must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, demonstrate scholastic excellence, and have a desire to counsel and care for individuals with hearing loss.

Cordell Scholarship Application 2019-2010 - Due March 22, 2019

Cordell Scholarship 2019-2020.pdf

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Scholarship Recipients

  • 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.

Caughman-Corona Scholarship Application 2019-2010 - Due March 22, 2019

Caughman-Corona Scholarship 2019-2020.pdf

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Scholarship Recipients

  • 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 is 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.

Applications will be accepted each year in early March.

Curlee Scholarship Application 2019-2010 - Due March 22, 2019

Curlee Scholarship 2019-2020.pdf

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Scholarship Recipients

  • 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.

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

Cassandra Davis Scholarship Application 2019-2010 - Due March 22, 2019

Cassandra Davis Scholarship 2019-2020.pdf

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Scholarship Recipients

  • 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

  • 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 Application.pdf

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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 Susan Bridgewater via email.

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
 

Reese and Nancy Woodling have established this scholarship to support the education of SLHS audiology students enrolled in the PhD or Doctor of Audiology Program. Students who have completed at least one semester of graduate training at the UA in SLHS, who will be taking classes at the University in the upcoming year, and who have a desire to pursue a research career and obtain a Ph.D. as part of their training, are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship is in memory of Reese Woodling’s father, George, and his uncle, Homer, who were deaf by the age of 60, and Reese’s son, David, who was losing his hearing several years before he passed away. The Woodlings will award this scholarship to a student who will engage in research into deafness.

Applications are due in March each year. 

Woodling Sertoma Scholarship Application 2019-2010 - Due March 22, 2019

Woodling Sertoma Scholarship 2019-2020.pdf

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Recipients:

  • 2018-2019: Laura Coco
  • 2017-2018: Alyssa Everett
  • 2016-2017: James Shehorn and Spencer Smith
  • 2015-2016: Alyssa Everett
  • 2014-2015: James Shehorn
  • 2013-2014: Spencer Smith
  • 2012-2013: Stacey Trepanier
  • 2011-2012: Jessie Ross
  • 2010-2011: Kathy Carbonell
  • 2009-2010: Kathy Carbonell and Darlyne S. Kim

You can give directly to this fund (designate Woodling-Sertoma 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

Current SLHS students may apply for funds to help toward attending a conference or meeting. Up to $300 may be awarded. Please submit the attached application.

SLHS Student Travel Award Application--4.2019.pdf

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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.

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

  • 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.

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.

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

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.

Scholarship Award Recipients

  • 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

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.