Members / Students / Scholarships


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 or Sponsors may contact the CSHA Commissioner on Organizational Advancement and Outreach with any questions or comments: Robert Pieretti, Ph.D., CCC-SLP robpieretti2@gmail.com

2013 Graduate Student Scholars and Donors

2014 Graduate Student Scholars and Donors

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 (annual spring CSHA State 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 an advanced degree program in Speech-Language Pathology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communicative Disorders, or Audiology or will be at the time of presentation (annual spring CSHA State Convention).

When do I apply?

The application deadline is July 31st of each year. The application and supporting documents must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PST on this date.

Where do I submit the application?

Completed applications must be submitted electronically ("http://www.csha.org/scholarship) by 11:59 P.M. (PST) on July 31st of each year.

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

The final selections are made by the State Honors and Awards Committee in November / December. Prior to the annual spring CSHA State Convention, letters acknowledging CSHA’s intent to recognize eligible students and/or award scholarships will be sent to each eligible applicant from the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation. Their names will also be published in CSHA publications.

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

A personal 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 Program?

CSHA 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 scholarship competitive?

CSHA 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 CSHA State Honors Committee evaluates nominees for scholarships solely on the information provided in the nomination packet forwarded by the District Nominating Committee in the student’s District of permanent residence. When information and/or documentation is/are incomplete, the State Honors Committee must reject the nomination. All eligible applications will be ranked by the State Honors 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. Letters of recognition and certificates of achievement will be awarded to all final qualified applicants, regardless of the results of the final selection.

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.

Who will determine those applicants who will receive awards?

The selection process involves a procedure utilizing the nomination committees in each of the CSHA districts with the final determination made by the CSHA State Honors and Awards Committee. All applicants whose applications are complete and meet high standards will be recognized by the association. The number of financial awards will be determined by the revenues available each year.

What does the selection 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%)

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

Yes. Membership will be confirmed by the District Nominating Committee at the time of the application review.

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 there different types of scholarship sponsorships?

There are several types of sponsorship for the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation:

  • Association member or individual donation
  • Corporate donor
  • Honor or Memorial donation
  • Organizational donation

Are sponsorships tax deductible?

Yes. The CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation is a Public Charity (501 c 3) (EIN 45-3360913). A description of this tax status is available on the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship webpage of the CSHA website.

Where can I get more information regarding donating money to the scholarship fund or sponsoring a scholarship?

Information regarding donations and sponsoring of scholarships can be found on the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation webpage of the CSHA website or by contacting the CSHA Commissioner on Organizational Advancement and Outreach. This individual’s contact information is also available on the webpage.

How will my contributions to the scholarship fund be recognized and how will I find out about the student’s that benefitted?

All top-ranking scholars 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 convention and in CSHA publications at their associated donation levels. Corporate Donors of $1000 or more will be acknowledged separately. Membership, individual, or memorial donors will be acknowledged at the following associated donation levels (Memorial Donations will include a description of the individual being honored):

  • $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?

Procedures and forms for the purpose of donating to the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Fund of the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation can be obtained for printing on the CSHA Graduate Student Scholarship Foundation webpage of the CSHA website. You will also find an electronic donation link there. Paper forms are also published several times a year in the CSHA Magazine and in the program for the annual CSHA State Convention.