The Next Generation of Speech-Language
Pathologists and Audiologists

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Congratulations to the 2022 Michigan-Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarship Recipient!

Kassidy L. Blough, B.S., Graduate Clinician
Masters Student, Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Michigan State University | 2022
2022 MSHF award recipient


       

Spotlight On:  Kassidy Blough

K. Blough 2022 MSHF Scholarship Recipient

Kassidy Blough, 2022 MSHF scholarship recipient, shares her story:

I was introduced to the amazing field of speech-language pathology at a very young age. At 12 years old, I began volunteering at "Camp McYack," which is a camp for children who use augmentative and alternative communication devices. We spend this time utilizing communication opportunities and modeling social language through camp like activities including campfire songs, fishing, and jumping in the bounce house. This camp was started by my aunt, Kary Swiontek, who is also an SLP and who I like to call my lifelong supervisor. Through this experience, I knew that this field was right for me, and I was very excited to help all people gain and use their voices through several different modalities. 
 
After graduation I would love to continue to give back to my community and work within the Jackson, Michigan area. Working with children has been a passion of mine from a young age and I would love to continue doing so. My goal is to not only provide speech and language therapy but educate and advocate for all people to have their communication needs met.  
 
I am beyond thankful and honored to have received the 2022 Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarship award. This scholarship means a great deal to me, and I am very excited to graduate and begin my work within this field. Thank you so much to the MSHF board, Michigan State University, my clinical supervisors, and my amazing family for all the wonderful support.
 
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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.






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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.

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



            






                               


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MSHF Scholarship Recipient 2021:

Lauren Denti

MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2020:

Nafia Khan, Eastern Michigan University
Luke Shepherd, Central Michigan University
Elizabeth King, Wayne State University
Stephanie Nagy, Michigan State University
Alexandra Winegar, Central Michigan University
Abby McConnon, Central Michigan University



MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2019:

Jaimee Blahaski, Eastern Michigan University
Danae Brownell, Michigan State University
Elizabeth Kaurich, Wayne State University
Brionna Leach and Kayla Welker, Central Michigan University
Carolyn Mooi, Western Michigan University


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)
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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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