The Next Generation of Speech-Language
Pathologists and Audiologists

** The deadline for application submissions has been extended to December 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm **
Competitive Scholarship Program

The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation is pleased to announce the application process for competitive scholarships. This scholarship award is intended for graduate students in their final year of a professional program (Master’s SLP or AuD) in the state of Michigan who intend to work in the state of Michigan following graduation. Students should submit their applications to:  
Award Description:
This award is intended for graduate students in their final year of a professional program (Master’s SLP or AuD) in the state of Michigan who intend to work in the state of Michigan following graduation.

Award Amount:
Up to six $800.00 scholarships will be awarded.
Full-time graduate students currently enrolled in their final year of a professional graduate program (Master’s SLP, or AuD) in the state of Michigan who intend to work or continue their education in Michigan post-graduation.
How to Apply:
Applicants must submit one PDF document of the following information, in the following order provided below. The PDF file should be saved as LastName_FirstName_MSHF_Scholarship_2020

Applications should be submitted to with the subject line reading 2020 MSHF Scholarship Application.

·         Completed application as first page of PDF

·         500-word essay including:

♦   Description of your unique graduate school experiences in preparing for future career

♦   Description of your plan for clinical service career or additional academic pursuits in the state of Michigan following graduate school

♦   Description of your current and future volunteer/leadership roles within the profession

♦   Description of your career goals for next 3-5 years
  • 1 to 2-page resume
  • Letter of support from a current faculty member
  • Current graduate academic transcript

Scholarships will be awarded at the MSHA Conference Awards Luncheon held at the MSHA annual conference as a guest of MSHA. Scholarship recipients will be invited guests of MSHF at this luncheon. While scholarship recipients are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony, non-attendance does not preclude you from receiving a financial award.

Additionally, scholarship recipients will be asked to submit a recent photo for use at awards ceremony and on MSHF website. Scholarship recipients will also be featured on the MSHF website and asked to submit information to support this feature.
December 15, 2019, midnight EST. The new deadline is December 20, 2019 at 5:00pm.

Please follow this link to complete this form and include is as page 1 of the PDF required for application.

About the Foundation

   For the past 12 years, the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Foundation has been committed to raising funds for scholarship awards to Michigan's brightest and best graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology programs.   MSHF has already given over $28,000 in merit based scholarships to deserving students in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  This is only possible because of donors like you.  Please consider donating today to help us continue our mission of helping young people in the career we are passionate about.


Spotlight On:  Lucy Finkel


Pictured here l-r: Lucy Finkel and Laura Lenkey.

Interview with Lucy Finkel, M.A.,  Graduate Student in Speech-Language Pathology at Grand Valley State University

Why did you chose this profession?  As cheesy as it may sound, I believe this profession chose me. If you had asked me even 5 years ago, I would have had no idea that speech-language pathology would be in my professional trajectory. My Bachelor's and Master's degrees are in vocal performance and truly that was all I ever wanted to do - until about 8 years ago when I realized that the starving artist life was not for me. I genuinely had no idea who I was anymore as I had invested so much time and energy into being a musician. So I took some time to reconnect with myself, developed a yoga practice and became an instructor. I became a certified licensed massage therapist and in a lot of ways I was very fulfilled except, something was missing. My voice. I needed to incorporate my love of this instrument with helping others. A friend suggested speech pathology and a light bulb went off over my head! I got into the Master's program at Grand Valley and for the first time in a long time, I feel like I am with the right people, doing the right thing. Totally worth the long, strange journey to get here. 

What are your particular interests in this field? My interests are Voice - vocal health and therapy as well as rehabilitation of individuals post traumatic brain injury. Outside of voice, I enjoy running, hiking, travel and reading. 

Where are you from?  Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan but I currently live in Grand Rapids. 

Have there been any surprises along the way? Constantly! This is a vast and ever-changing field which makes it absolutely thrilling! 

What were your impressions of the MSHA Conference?  I so appreciated the opportunity to learn from and work side-by-side in sessions with professionals within our field. Additionally, I considered it to be a tremendous experience to be exposed to some of the most brilliant experts in the field there as presenters. Such an amazing learning opportunity for young, green clinicians to learn and grow beyond the classroom. 
More Student Interviews

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MSHF Board Members, past and present, Kalamazoo 2018:  l-r back row standing: Aaron Hardy-Smith, Dawn Kutney, Derek Daniels; front row l-r: Kathy Rigley, Tamara Baubie, Judy Silverman, and Ellen Fairbrother.

MSHF Board members meet at the MSHA Conference in Troy, 2017:  l-r: Tamara Baubie, Heather Balog, Karen O'Leary, Aar Hardy-Smith, and Derek Daniels.

MSHF Board Members 2015 a
t Lansing
l-r, front: Fran Eldis, Derek Daniels, Heather Balog, Tamara Baubie, Laura Billetdeaux, Anitta Orr, and Ellen Fairbrother.
l-r, back: Aaron Hardy-Smith, Liz Stevens, Karen O'Leary, Dawn Kutney, and Rick Merson.

Annual Conference

MSHF Award Recipients 2016:                                                                                             MSHF 2017 Scholarship Recipients Justin Gripentrog and Elise Drager, Graduate Students at WMU



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MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2018:

Sarah Kourtjian and Brian McTaggart, Western  Michigan University;
Loris Yoon and Nafia Khan, Eastern Michigan University;
Ally Whitman and Claire Hug, Central Michigan University
Corie Ruiter and Kaleigh Cammenga, Michigan State University;
Vanessa Duri, Kelly Quin, Samantha Kestleloot-Carlton and Marla Wilcox, Wayne State University (who matches); and
Lucy Finkel and Erin Hawkins, Grand valley State University.

MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2017:
Elise Patricia Drager (AUD) and Justin Arik Gripentrog (SLP), Graduate Students at Western Michigan University;
Bridget Salvia, (SLP) Graduate Student at Eastern Michigan University; 
Lindsay Bitterman (AUD) and Jordan McCarthy (SLP), Graduate Students at Central Michigan University; 
Caleb Wilson  (SLP) and Gabriella Gilfoy, (SLP) Graduate Students at Michigan State University (who has matched funds);
Kimberly Brief (SLP), Katie Stevenson (AUD), Christine Forrest (SLP),  and Claire Miller (AUD), Graduate Students at Wayne State University (who has matched funds);  
Kelsey Hines (SLP), Graduate Student at Grand Valley State University.
MSHF Honorable Mention Awards: 
Sara Acton, M.A., (SLP) Graduate Student at Eastern Michigan University; and Corynn Marchesi, B.A., (SLP) Graduate Student at Central Michigan University.

MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2016:
Ellen Foltz (AUD) and Laura Kobylczyk (SLP),
Central Michigan University         
Arista May (SLP) and Annette Shiley (SLP),
Eastern Michigan University
Shelby Garbini (SLP) and Julie Marcel (SLP),
Grand Valley State University

Alyssa Webster (SLP) and Rachel Nordbeck (SLP), Michigan State University
Angela Piccinato (AUD) and Shelby Swafford (SLP), Wayne State University
Thomas Beebe (AUD) and Karen Murawski (SLP), Western Michigan University

MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2015:
Blaire Brown (SLP), Samantha  Kliman (SLP),  Lauren Kassa (AUD) and Lisa DeHondt (AUD)
Wayne State University (WSU matched these funds);
Kaitlyn  Marie Ayres (SLP) and Bridget Marie Molnar (SLP), Michigan State University;
Jaclyn Rowlett (AUD) and Erin Thomas (SLP), Central Michigan University;  
Caitlin Montague (SLP), Grand Valley State University;
Tess Donner (SLP) and Travis Stehouwer, (AUD) Western Michigan University;
Caren Gorga (SLP), Eastern Michigan University

Past Recipients:
Wayne State University

Allison Farat (SLP), Sarah Hunter (SLP), Mary Kassa (AUD), Zachary Zells (AUD)
Michigan State University
Dana Flowerday (SLP), Anna Hardenbergh (SLP)
Grand Valley State University
Adam Gray (SLP), Justine Koglin (SLP)
Western Michigan University
Alissa Haan (AUD), Ann Lamons (SLP)
Eastern Michigan University
Angela Jouel Truesdell-Smith (SLP)
Central Michigan University
Stefanie Gainor (AUD), Amanda Bruski ( SLP)
See Past Scholarship Recipients

With your help we have been able to grant scholarships yearly to two speech-language pathology and/or audiology graduate students at each of the six state universities which offer speech-language pathology and/or audiology programs:Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University...

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