A variety of scholarships and awards are available to students in CSD. The exact number of awardees and the amount of scholarship/award funds vary from one year to another. All doctoral students in the department are provided some funding (subject to them making adequate progress in their academic programs). Scholarships and awards to students in the Master's program vary from one year to another. There are limited opportunities for undergraduate students.
Graduate Research Assistantship
Graduate Research Assistantships provide a stipend, tuition and some benefits (e.g. health insurance) to students. Students on a research assistantship help faculty with their research and often work in one or more research laboratories. Students will typically work "half-time" which equates to 20 hours week. The minimum stipend levels are typically tied to levels recommended by the National Institutes of Health. The stipend rate for 2012 is set to $22,032 per year for half-time work. The total amount of the assistantship including tuition and fringe benefit is $35,000 per year. Graduate Research Assistantships are typically reserved for doctoral students. On occasion there is availability for master's students, however these decisions are made by faculty and no application is required.
Graduate Office Fellowship Funds
The Graduate Office Fellowship Funds are provided by MSU Graduate School to the department annually. CSD faculty nominate graduate students for these awards in the Fall semester. The awards are typically announced in the Spring semester. These funds are used to award students for their participation in research, for conference travel, or for demonstrating excellence in academic or clinical performance. The department grants 10-15 awards annually. These awards range from $500 to $2500.
Valerie V. Wenner Endowment Scholarship
The Valerie V. Wenner Endowment Scholarship was established by Robert Wenner and David Wnner in 1993, in memory of Valerie V. Wenner. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to receive this award. The award is intended to recognize outstanding educational and professional achievements of students. Preference is given to students who face difficulty in completing their education without financial assistance. This award is given by faculty vote annually in the Spring semester and awardees are recognized on the basis of their academic performance as well as their financial need. Typically, only one award is made annually. The amount of the award is approximately $1500. [Students with unusual financial circumstances, who wish to apply for these funds are encouraged to contact the M.A. program director, Katie Strong.]
Leo Deal International Enrichments Funds
The Leo Deal Endowment was established by former CSD Chairperson, Dr. Leo Deal in 1994. Dr. Deal wished to support students and faculty in broadening their perspectives internationally and to share ideas from colleagues from around the globe. These funds are intended for faculty and students to seek professional and education opportunities to further their international understanding. The number and amount of funding available varies annually. These awards are typically given to students participating in the CSD study abroad program, international student and faculty exchange programs, for international speakers/researchers to visit MSU campus or for participation in international conferences and teleconferences.
Other Scholarship and Awards for students
In addition to departmental funds, students are encouraged to investigate scholarships and awards from other sources such as the graduate school. Some additional information is listed here:
- MSU Graduate School
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Foundation
- Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Sertoma Scholarships
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Grants
- American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association David P. Kuehn Speech Scholarship