Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders administers a number of scholarships and awards open to undergraduate majors and graduate students. Recipients are chosen on a competitive basis according to the criteria established for the particular award.

Funds for these scholarships and awards come from the generosity of our alumni, families of alumni and friends of the department. We thank them for their support.


Instructions:

  1. Compile this completed form and the following materials into a single PDF file:
    • Application form
    • Cover letter (250-300 words maximum)
    • Resume
    • Current transcripts (can be student copy)
    • Budget (if applicable)
  2. The file name of the PDF you submit must be as follows: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_name of the award
  3. Submit this form and accompanying materials electronically to awards@csd.wisc.edu
    • The subject line of your e-mail must be as follows: YOUR NAME, AWARD NAME
    • E-mails must be submitted before the deadline date specified below in Description of Awards.
  4. Ask two academic or clinical faculty members for recommendation forms, to be mailed directly to awards@csd.wisc.edu by the recommenders.

Scholarships & Awards

Bernard J. Kwiatkowski Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support for one student each year in the Masters Program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Each student recipient will be selected based on:

  • Outstanding performance in clinical practicums during the first year of the Masters Program, to include:
    • The entire first semester of the Masters Program
    • The second semester up to mid-term of the Masters Program
  • Financial need
Outstanding clinical performance will be documented through a letter written by the student's clinical professor in his or her first year of clinical experiences.

Financial needs will be determined by the department based on a ranking of possible scholarship candidates by the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

The award will be available late in the spring semester of the student's first year of the Masters Program.

An online form will be available on March 6, 2015 with the launch of our new website. Stay tuned.

Linda Ruffalo Award

This endowed fund was established in 2013 by Linda L. Ruffolo (D111915097; BA 1963) with a cash gift of $25,000.

The purpose of this endowed scholarship is to provide financial support for full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders who are majoring in the areas of Speech/Language Pathology or Audiology. The only requirement for awarding this scholarship is that the student have a demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If no such student can be found in the specific aforementioned areas, the donor requests that the scholarship not be awarded for that year and a larger scholarship awarded when an eligible recipient can be found. 

Recipients of this fund are strongly encouraged to write a note of appreciation to Ms. Ruffalo.

An online form will be available on March 6, 2015 with the launch of our new website. Stay tuned.

Ray Kent Award

The Ray Kent Doctoral Scholarship is a fund administered through the University of Wisconsin Foundation for the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, UW-Madison.  The fund is being developed from the royalties derived from sales of a text book written in Emeritus Professor Kent's honor by current colleagues and former doctoral students, and edited by Professor Gary Weismer.  The Editor and all of the contributing authors have agreed to waive their royalties for deposit into this fund, and the publisher, Plural Publishing of San Diego, California, has agreed to match the accrued royalties and donate those to the fund.

The fund will be used to award a scholarship, once a year, to a doctoral student who is in at least the second year of the program and who is working on a research project that emulates the interest areas and high level of scholarship exemplified by Professor Kent throughout his career at UW-Madison.  These interest areas include motor speech disorders, normal speech production studies, speech development, and other areas of speech-language pathology.  The award will be made competitively, on the basis of an application made by the doctoral student in which the nature of the project and the need for the funds is described.  Preference will be given to those students who are in the midst of a project that is likely to result in a conference presentation and/or publication.

A scholarship will be available each November, the amount of which will depend on the fund balance as well as the fund needs described in the application.  Professor Weismer will form an ad hoc committee to judge the applications, and the committee will vote to award one scholarship per year to the most worthy candidate.

Students will be encouraged to use the scholarship for supplies and, especially, travel to professional conferences. The award is valued at $500.00.

An online form will be available on March 6, 2015 with the launch of our new website. Stay tuned.

Emma Allen Fellowship Awards

Eligibility: Doctoral students in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Need Based?: No
Deadline: To be determined

Required Application Materials:
 Cover Page Download

The Emma Allen Fellowship Awards are made possible by a generous bequeathal from Emma Allen, a 1957 Ph.D. graduate of our Department and the UW-Madison. Awards can be made for funds up to an amount of $1000.00, to be used for research expenditures and/or travel to professional conferences. An award of travel funds will only be considered when the student is presenting research (oral or poster presentation) at a state, national, or international conference. Applicants should include a budget and a paragraph that justifies/explains the budget along with the application. The advisor's letter should indicate that they are aware of and support the budget that is being proposed.

  • Eligibility criteris: Doctoral students pursuing any area within Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • In years when there is surplus in available funds, awards may be made to students in clinical training programs for various training activities.

Go Big Red

Eligibility: Graduate student in speech language pathology with an expressed specialty preference for diagnostics and assessment
Need Based?: No
Deadline: Annually March 1st

Required Application Materials:
 Cover Page Download
 Recommendation Form Download

Go Big Red Scholarship was established in 2011 by her colleagues to honor the career of Mary E Smith, a clinical faculty member in Communicative Disorders for her 44 years to honor her commitment to teaching, scholarship and service efforts. Her father, ‘Red’, instilled in her the value of education. This scholarship will be given to a graduate student in speech language pathology annually with an expressed specialty preference for diagnostics and assessment and thereby extend Mary’s legacy.

  • Eligibility criteria: Award recipients are selected via recommendation of the faculty.

Shana Kay Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Need Based?: Yes
Deadline: Annually March 1st

Required Application Materials:
 Recommendation Form Download

The Shana Kay Memorial Scholarship was established to remember Shana, who was a diligent and enthusiastic student at UW-Madison planning for a career in speech pathology. Sadly, her life ended in July, 2005, after her freshman year, from viral encephalitis. Shana was a spirited but serious student who was committed to helping people with communicative disorders. Her compassionate and magnetic personality would have contributed to her success as a speech-language pathologist. Beginning in fall 2008, the Shana Kay Memorial Scholarship is granted to a student with a commitment to excellence in communicative disorders. For more information, visit shanakay.org.

  • Eligibility criteria: Faculty recommend an undergraduate student who has 1) completed the gateway courses and is in the major, 2) has a commitment to excellence in communicative disorders (preferably studying Speech-Language Pathology, and 3) has a financial need.

Loon Fellowship Award

Eligibility: M.S. or Au.D. student
Need Based?: No
Deadline: Annually March 1st

Required Application Materials
 Cover Page Download
Recommendation Form Download

The Loon Fellowship, a group of former UW-Madison master’s program students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, has established an award to recognize contributions by an M.S. or AuD student who creates and fosters a sense of community and fellowship among graduate students.

  • Eligibility criteria: Nominees should be first-year professional-degree graduate students in good academic standing majoring in speech-language pathology or audiology, or first-year master’s-degree students in communication sciences. There are no restrictions as to citizenship, age, gender, undergraduate degree, financial need or grade point average.
  • To apply: Nominations are sought from faculty, clinical instructors and graduate students at any point in their academic programs. Nominations should be limited to one page and should address student leadership as evidenced by the nominee’s support of fellow graduate students, and actions which foster professional development and personal relationships among students. Nominees will then be contacted and asked to prepare short responses to a limited number of questions.

Phi Beta Award

Eligibility: Undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders with junior standing
Need Based?: No
Deadline: Not Currently Available

Required Applications Materials:
Cover Page Download
Recommendation Form Download

The Phi Beta Award is given to a junior student based on good scholarship and character, demonstrated talent and achievement in speech or music, promise of continuing achievement as judged by a peer group of faculty. The award rotates among Music, Theatre, Communication Arts and Communication Sciences and Disorders. An award is given every other year.

  • Eligibility criteria: Nominees should display outstanding character, scholarship, and professional skill.

Frank V. Powell Award

Eligibility: Undergraduate in the School of Education studying Communication Sciences and Disorders
Need Based?: No
Deadline: Annually March 1st

Required Application Materials:
Cover Page Download
Recommendation Form Download

Frank V. Powell was a director of the Division for Handicapped Children, Department of Public Instruction. He was an educator in Wisconsin for nearly 50 years and was interested in the field of “speech correction,” as it was known then. His family created a fund in his memory and the award has been continued since 1958. The award is administered by the Department of Education. The Powell Award is announced and a certificate is presented at the School of Education Honors Banquet each spring, and the award recipients’ names are engraved on a plaque displayed on the first floor of Goodnight Hall.

  • Eligibility criteria: Award recipients are selected via recommendation of the faculty.