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2016 CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Application Process is now closed


The CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation is a California corporation formed as a Nonprofit Charitable Organization. The Foundation's primary purpose is to provide scholarship funds for qualifying CSHA student members pursuing a graduate degree in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communicative Disorders, and Audiology and to carry on other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal.

Student applicants may contact CSHA with any questions or comments.
The e-mail address is: scholarship@csha.org. Please include “scholarship” in the subject line.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Any student who is currently enrolled in an advanced degree program in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communicative Disorders, or Audiology or will be enrolled at the time of the scholarship presentation (CSHA Annual Convention) is eligible to apply. If the student’s graduate studies are to be completed during the fall semester or winter quarter following the application submission, the student will still be eligible to apply.

Can an applicant apply and be awarded a scholarship more than once?

Yes, as long as the student is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, or Communicative Disorders, or a professional doctorate degree program in Audiology in the State of California.

When do I apply?

Completed applications must be submitted electronically (http://www.csha.org/scholarship) by 11:59 P.M. (PST) on November 1, 2015.

Where do I submit the application?

Completed applications must be submitted electronically ("http://www.csha.org/scholarship) by 11:59 P.M. (PST) on November 1st of each year.

Will I know prior to the CSHA Annual Convention if I will be recognized and/or receive a financial award?

Yes, the final selections are made by the Scholarship Review Committee in March.

How will I receive the scholarship money If I receive a scholarship?

A check for $1,000 from the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation will be sent to the selected student scholar(s).

Will I have to return the scholarship funds if I choose not to attend?

Selected student scholars will need to reconfirm continued enrollment or acceptance into in an advanced degree program in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communicative Disorders, or Audiology before receiving the scholarship funds. If, for any reason, an awardee fails to enroll or participate in an advanced degree program, it is the expectation that the awardee will return the scholarship money to the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation.

What is the purpose of the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation Program?

The CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation offers this scholarship to encourage and support California students in pursuit of an advanced degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communicative Disorders, and Audiology.

Is the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation program competitive?

The CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation recognizes that all students who have or will complete their undergraduate studies and have been selected to enroll in a graduate program are deserving of recognition and support. Due to the possibility of fewer awards available than applicants, a selection process involving a relative ranking may be necessary in any given year. The Scholarship Review Committee evaluates nominees for scholarships solely on the information provided in the application packet by the applicant. All eligible applications will be ranked by the Scholarship Review Committee based on the stated criteria. From this group, based upon the number of available scholarships, the highest-scoring applicants will be selected to receive the available financial awards.

How do I find out about the scholarship program?

Information regarding the program and the application is disseminated each year to California Universities that have undergraduate and graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communicative Disorders, or Audiology. Department chairpersons and/or clinical directors, as listed on the CSHA web site, receive information and applications to disseminate annually. The CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation webpage on the CSHA website also has information and the link to the on-line application.

What does the Scholarship Review Committee look for when reviewing the application?

Students must submit all information required on the application in order for the application to be considered complete. Applications will be rated based on the following criteria and weights:

  • Cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA. (10%)
  • Description of undergraduate and graduate involvement in pre-professional and volunteer organizations. (40%)
  • Statement of career objectives and professional interests. (30%)
  • Two letters of recommendation. (10%)
  • Brief statement of intended use of scholarship funds. (10%)

Does the graduate program have to be here in California?

The CSHA scholarships are for those students who will be attending an advanced degree program in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communicative Disorders, or Audiology in the State of California.

Do I need to be a member of CSHA to apply for a scholarship?

One purpose of the scholarship program is to familiarize the student with the professional organization that represents the interests of Speech–Language Pathologists and Audiologists in California. In order to be eligible to be considered, an applicant must be a student member or in the process of becoming a student member during the application submission.

Are donations tax deductible?

The CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible within the confines of current Internal Revenue Regulations. We suggest you discuss your status for deducting your contribution with your accountant as we cannot give individual tax advice.

Where can I get more information regarding donating money to the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation?

Information regarding donations can be found on the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation webpage of the CSHA website or by contacting CSHA directly at (916) 921-1568 or scholarship@csha.org.

How will my contributions to the Scholarship Foundation be recognized and how will I find out about the students that benefited?

All scholarship recipients will be informed of all donors that made the year's scholarships possible and all donors will be provided with information about all students that benefited.

Donors will be acknowledged publicly at the CSHA Annual Convention and in CSHA publications at their associated donation levels. In addition, Donors will be acknowledged at the following associated donation levels.

  • $25 - $99 Friend
  • $100 - $499 Supporter
  • $500 - $999 Benefactor
  • $1,000 - $2,499 Student's sponsor
  • $2,500 - $3,499 Student's Hero
  • $3,500 - 4,999 Bronze Donor
  • $5,000 - $9,999 Silver Donor
  • $10,000 - $24,999 Gold Donor
  • $25,000 + Blue Ribbon Donor
How can I donate?

An online donation link can be found on the Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation webpage of the CSHA website. Donation forms are also published several times a year in the CSHA Magazine and in the program for the CSHA Annual Convention.