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Speech & Hearing Science

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Awards and Scholarships

Below you will find a list of Speech & Hearing Science specific scholarship and award opportunities.

Nanine S. Breon Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Nanine Breon (LAS 1972) in memory of her father, Robert Cartier. Recipients are juniors or seniors in good standing in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science who are preparing to work in a public school system. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

Joan Good Erickson Scholarship

The Joan Good Erickson Scholarship in Speech and Hearing Science was established by Professor Emerita Joan Good Erickson, who joined the faculty in 1963 and whose career was devoted to better understanding the needs of multicultural populations. The award honors undergraduate or graduate students in the department who have a demonstrated interest in multicultural issues. Two awards of $1,000 each will be presented to the recipients.

Sylvia Wacker Herzog Scholarship

Sylvia Wacker Herzog received a B.S. (1948) and an M.S. (1972) in speech correction from the University of Illinois. Mrs. Herzog was employed as a speech-language pathologist in the Tuscola schools for four years and in the Champaign schools for 30 years. With a desire to support future generations of students, Mrs. Herzog established the Sylvia Wacker Herzog Scholarship to provide an opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students to pursue their career goals in the field of speech and hearing science. Three awards of $1,000 each will be presented to the recipients.

Barbara Williams Hodson Scholarship

The Barbara Williams Hodson Scholarship recognizes high-achieving students who have demonstrated a commitment to service activities and leadership, who have an interest in applied phonetics/ phonology, and who intend to become certified Speech-Language Pathologists. Further preference is given to international students and/or US students who are bilingual. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

Frances L. Johnson Student Award

The Frances L. Johnson Student Award was created to provide financial support and recognition to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing clinical careers in speech, language, and hearing science. Professor Emerita Frances L. Johnson, who established this award, served on the faculty for more than 30 years and was instrumental in raising the status of speech-language therapy programs in the public schools. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

Bob Bilger Graduate Student Award

The Bob Bilger Graduate Student Award supports academically talented graduate students who are studying the auditory system. The Bilger Award was established by the late Bob Bilger (1926-2002) who served the Department of Speech and Hearing Science both as a faculty member and department head. Dr. Bilger was recognized internationally as one of the leading researchers in psychoacoustics and hearing.

More information about the Bilger Award can be found here.

Phyllis Ariens Burkhead Memorial Fellowship

The Phyllis Ariens Burkhead Memorial Fellowship is supported by a gift from Mr, Clyde Burkhead. He established the fellowship in 1974 in memory of his late wife Phyllis who was a clinical supervisor in the department. The fellowships are granted to outstanding Ph.D. students who show strong clinical interest. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

Dean C. and Kathleen R. Garstecki Audiology Scholarship

The Dean C. and Kathleen R. Garstecki Audiology Scholarship recognizes outstanding graduate students in Audiology. Dean holds a PhD degree in Audiology from the University of Illinois. During his career as a clinical and research audiologist, he has held faculty appointments at several major universities, including 35 years at Northwestern University where he served as a Speech and Hearing Science Professor and Department Chair. Kathy, a retired health care professional and hospital administrator, has taken courses at the University of Illinois and holds an MBA degree from Northwestern. Two awards of $1,000 each will be presented to the recipients.

Nancy S. Hager Graduate Student Award in Speech and Hearing Science

The Nancy S. Hager Graduate Student Award in Speech and Hearing Science honors Mrs. Nancy S. Hager (1935-2000), who received a degree in speech correction from the University of Illinois in 1957 and went on to serve a 29-year career with the Carbondale School District, helping children overcome speech and language disabilities. The award was established by her family to support a second-year graduate student who plans to work in public schools. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

H. William Porterfield, M.D., and Linda Obenauf Porterfield Speech and Hearing Graduate Fellowship

The H. William Porterfield, M.D., & Linda Obenauf Porterfield Speech and Hearing Graduate Fellowship is supported through a gift from Dr. and Mrs. H. William Porterfield. Linda received a 1968 AB degree in the teaching of speech from the University of Illinois. The fellowship rewards master's students who demonstrate exceptional academic merit and who plan to be practitioners in the field of speech, language, and hearing science. Two awards of $1,000 each will be presented to the recipients.

Ehud and Janie Yairi International Graduate Student Award

The Ehud and Janie Yairi International Graduate Student Award is supported through a gift made by Dr. and Mrs. Ehud Yairi. Dr. Yairi is internationally recognized for his research on stuttering. Janie, a retired speech-language pathologist, is actively involved in many Champaign-Urbana public service organizations. The award recognizes outstanding international doctoral students in the department with preference given to those students who are pursuing research related to stuttering. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

Elaine Paden Scholarships

Two awards of $5,000 each will be presented to the recipients.

Ida Levinson Memorial

An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

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