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.

Please contact if you have questions about a specific scholarship opportunity.

Scholarship Matrix

Scholarship Eligibility Need Based  Deadline Description Required Materials 
ASHFoundation Scholarships Au.D. Student No Varies ASHFoundation offers various awards and scholarships based around research, servitude, and achievements. Check out details on their website. Applications available on ASHFoundation's Website
Emma Allen Fellowship Award Doctoral students pursuing any area within CSD No February 15 (spring), October 15 (fall)
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.

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 Award Graduate student in speech language pathology with an expressed specialty preference for diagnostics and assessment  No March 1, Annually Go Big Red Scholarship was established in 2011 by her colleagues to honor the career of Mary E. Smith, a clinical faculty member in Communication Sciences and 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.

Award recipients are selected via recommendation of the faculty.
Julie Anderson Wagner Memorial Scholarship Graduate student in speech-language pathology No Varies

This scholarship was established in 2015 to honor the memory of Julie Anderson Wagner. This fund will support future speech-language pathologists studying at UW-Madison who share Julie's passion for improving children's lives through better communication. Once the scholarship reaches its endowment level of $10,000, current graduate students will be able to apply for the scholarship. The endowment will allow a scholarship to be provided every year to a student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders studying to become a speech-language pathologist.

Learn more about Julie Anderson Wagner

Shana Kay Memorial Scholarship Undergraduate major in CSD Yes March 1, Annually 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 after her Freshman year in July 2005 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 Communication Sciences & Disorders. For more information, click here.

Faculty recommend an undergraduate student who has: 
  • Completed the gateway courses and is in the major
  • has a commitment to excellence in Communication Sciences and Disorders (preferably studying Speech-Language Pathology
  • Has a financial need
Ray Kent Award Doctoral Student in SLP  Yes November 1 The Ray Kent Doctoral Scholarship is a fund administered through the University of Wisconsin Foundation for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, UW-Madison.

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.
Bernard J. Kwiakowski Memorial Scholarship  Masters Students in CSD Yes March 1 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 to master and
    • The second semester up to mid-term
  • Financial need
Outstand 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.
Loon Fellowship Award M.S. or Au.D. Student  No March 1, Annually 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.

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 CSD. There are no restrictions as to citizenship, age, gender, undergraduate degree, financial need or grade point average.

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 Undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders with junior standing No Currently unavailable 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.

Nominees should display outstanding character, scholarship, and professional skill.
  • Application currently unavailable
Frank V. Powell Award Undergraduate in the School of Education studying Communication Sciences and Disorders No March 1, Annually 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.

Award recipients are selected via recommendation of the faculty.
Linda Ruffalo Award  Undergraduate major in Communication Sciences & Disorders Yes March 1 This endowed fund was established in 2013 by Linda L. Ruffalo.

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.
Wisconsin Maternal and Child Heath (MCH) LEND Program Au.D. Students No Varies The Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program provides interdisciplinary and disciplinary leadership training in order to improve systems of care that promote the prevention of disabilities and assure access to family-centered, community-based services and supports for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. WI LEND provides advanced training to graduate students, post-graduates, family members, self-advocates, and community professionals who already demonstrate a commitment to promoting quality systems of care for children and their families. Visit the Waisman Center's LEND program page here to apply.
WSHA Foundation Scholarships Varies Varies Varies The WSHA Foundation currently sponsors several annual scholarship competitions, with awards announced at the Association’s Convention in the spring of each year. In awarding scholarships, WSHA does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Each scholarship carries its own set of eligibility criteria and procedures. In general, however, all application materials must be received by WSHA on or before the specified date each year. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified. Visit the WSHA website here to review available awards and scholarships.