At Ball State, 80 percent of our students are eligible for financial aid. The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers scholarships to help you pursue your bachelor’s degree or graduate studies.  You may find more information below regarding each scholarship and its qualifying criteria.  Please note that all of the below scholarship opportunities, with the exception of the Nesper Graduate Assistant Scholarship, use an identical  application form.  Each scholarship information page has a link to the same application form.  Apply here

Donor

The Dr. Joe R. and Alice Pursley Scholarship was established in 2010.  It is with gratitude that the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology provides this resource to SPAA majors in honor of Mrs. Alice Pursley, who was a graduate of the Ball State University SPAA program.

Award Amount

Amount awarded varies but is typically up to $500 and is based on funds availability.

Criteria

Awards are made to juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology who have a strong record of achievement as evidenced by a minimum overall and major GPA of 3.5, and a demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply

Applications for Academic year 2023-24 are being accepted until March 31, 2023.  Click here to apply

Donor

Dr. Richard DiLorenzo came to Ball State University in 1970 after serving in the U.S. Navy.  Four years later, he left with a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an MA in Clinical Audiology.  During his years on campus, Dr. DiLorenzo felt privileged to have many fine instructors who excelled at teaching, and who genuinely cared.  Dr. DiLorenzo chose to give back to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology by way of this scholarship award for future professionals in the field who are interested in conducting research while completing their educational goals.

Award Amount

Amount awarded is based on the proposed budget of the submitted research projects.

Criteria

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in speech pathology or audiology with an interest in completing research projects.

How to Apply

Applications for Academic Year 2023-24 are being accepted until March 31, 2023.  Click here to apply.

Donor

This award was established as a memorial scholarship in honor of Clara McCarty.  It is with gratitude that the Department of Speech Pathology provides this resource to SPAA majors in honor of Mrs. McCarty.

Award Amount

Amount awarded varies but is typically up to $500 and is based on funds availability.

Criteria

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the speech pathology or audiology programs.

How to Apply

Applications for Academic Year 2023-24 are being accepted until March 31, 2023.  Click here to apply.

Donor

This scholarship was established 1983 by the family of Mrs. Betty Harmon, who was an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology from 1967-1983, and who also graduated from Ball State University with both her BA (1948) and her MA (1966) degrees. Mrs. Harmon was involved with many university committees and councils, as well as serving as President of ISHA at the state level. She was posthumously presented the Ball State Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1988. To the Ball State SPAA family, Mrs. Harmon is not remembered for her state or university offices, but rather for her daily smile and words of encouragement to future professionals in the field.

Award Amount

Amount awarded varies but is typically up to $500 and is based on funds availability.

Criteria

Awarded to full time graduate students in speech pathology with an accumulative GPA of 3.5.

How to Apply

Applications for Academic Year 2023-24 are being accepted until March 31, 2023.  Click here to apply.

Donor

Dr. Paul Nesper came to Ball State in 1957 as a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Teachers College.  Both he and his wife, Berniece, were very involved with the doctoral program in educational administration until his retirement.  The Nespers' interest in audiology grew from the very professional help Dr. Nesper received from the Audiology faculty, staff and students when it became necessary for him to wear hearing aids.  Professional personnel in Audiology were always more than willing to do what was necessary to keep his hearing aids in excellent working condition.  It was the Nespers' hope that providing this assistantship fund would enable doctoral level students to acquire the necessary skills and attitudes exemplified by those who helped Dr. Nesper.  The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology appreciates the friendship of the Nespers' and their contribution to our department in establishing this fund in 2009.

Award Amount

Financial support is provided for funding a graduate assistantship and is based on funds availability.  The SPAA Department's Audiology Admissions Committee determines this award when all department graduate  assistantship awards are released each spring.

Criteria

Awarded to Doctor of Audiology students.

How to Apply

By checking on the box that you are interested in a graduate assistantship when applying to the Doctor of Audiology program at Ball State you are automatically considered for this award.  No separate application is necessary.

Donor

This award was established as a memorial scholarship in honor of Mrs. Roma Hayworth Thiry.  Mrs. Thiry was a 1930 Alumna who taught in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology for 22 years and retired in 1968.  Mrs. Thiry was instrumental in establishing the Speech and Audiology Clinic on campus and was a vital part of the growth and development of our programs.  She traveled the state and the world to provide service through outreach efforts to children and adults, and brought many new program ideas back to her home at Ball State.  It is with gratitude to Roma's family that the Department of Speech Pathology provides this resource to SPAA majors.

Award Amount

Amount awarded varies but is typically up to $500 and is based on funds availability.

Criteria

Awarded to full time undergraduate or graduate students in the speech pathology or audiology programs.

How to Apply

Applications for Academic Year 2023-24 are being accepted until March 31, 2023.  Click here to apply.

Donor

This award was established as a memorial scholarship in honor of Barbara Devoe Jenkins.  It is with gratitude that the Department of Speech Pathology provides this resource to SPAA majors in honor of Ms. Devoe Jenkins.

Award Amount

Amount awarded varies but is typically up to $1,000 and is based on funds availability.

Criteria

Awarded to junior or senior students majoring in the speech pathology or audiology programs.  Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

How to Apply

Applications for Academic Year 2023-24 are being accepted until March 31, 2023.  Click here to apply.

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