External Scholarships

External Scholarship Opportunities

CSD Scholarships

National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association 
The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) awards scholarships to deserving undergraduate juniors and seniors in CSD programs, first-year SLP students, or full-time AuD students.  https://www.nsslha.org/programs/scholarships/

American Speech Language Hearing Association Foundation Scholarships
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) awards scholarships to full-time applicants who will be or who are currently in a CSD graduate program.  They offer general scholarships as well as special awards for international students, minority students, and active NSSLHA members.  For a current list of scholarships and application details please visit https://www.ashfoundation.org/apply/graduate-student-scholarship/

Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers Award
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers Award is for students who have an interest in pursuing a doctorate in CSD and a career as a faculty-researchers in CSD.  For more information, please visit https://www.asha.org/Students/SPARC-Award/

Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) Scholarships 
CAPCSD has a long history of supporting student education through their scholarship program.  For more information visit https://www.capcsd.org/scholarships/

ASHA Convention Awards  
The following awards are offered by American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) to help students finance their attendance at the annual ASHA convention as well as offer students’ opportunities to enhance leadership skills and engage with top researchers.  https://www.asha.org/students/awards/


Student Ethics Essay Award
The goal of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Student Ethics Essay Award (SEEA) is to increase exposure to ethical dilemmas as students prepare to start careers in CSD.  The award competition is open to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or entry-level graduate students in CSD programs.  For more information, please visit https://www.asha.org/practice/ethics/essay_award/

Sertoma Communicative Disorders Scholarship Program
Sertoma’s annual Communicative Disorders Scholarship Program, funded by the Sertoma Annual Fund, is for graduate students pursing advanced degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology from institutions in the U.S.  These scholarships, worth $1,000 each, are awarded in the spring to help offset the cost of tuition, books and fees incurred during the following school year.  Sertoma’s Communicative Disorders Scholarships Program provides more funds nationally for graduate level study in communicative disorders than any other single organization.  Applications due March 30th and can be found at https://sertoma.org/what-we-do/scholarships/

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)
Funds are available for full-time students in their final year of a master’s degree program in speech-language pathology or audiology.  SAC offers 22 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.  All require the applicant to be a student associate of SAC.  Application due October 15.  Additional information, specific criteria and application forms are available on the SAC website in both English and French: https://www.sac-oac.ca/students/scholarships.

Audiology Scholarships

American Academy of Audiology Foundation
The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has numerous scholarships and grants.  For a full list, please visit https://www.audiologyfoundation.org/scholarships-grants/general-education-scholarships-grants


Other National Scholarships

AMBUCS Scholars
Since 1955, National AMBUCS™, Inc. has been awarding scholarships to therapy students in their junior/senior year in a bachelor’s degree program, or a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree.  Over $150,000 is awarded annually with awards range from $500 to $1,500 annually. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000.  Applications are accepted until April 15th and can be found at https://ambucs.org/therapists/scholarship-program/.

The Sam and Millie Hilburn Scholarships 
Sam and Millie Hilburn Scholarships of $5,000 per year towards tuition costs for a maximum of two years or upon earning a graduate degree in the field of Childhood Language Disorders are offered by the Supreme Council each year.  The number of scholarships awarded is dependent upon the earnings of the Sam and Millie Hilburn Scholarship Fund.  The objective of this scholarship is to aid worthy graduate candidates to become specialists in the field of Childhood Language Disorders. Applications due by March 31st. For application and information, go to http://wpdemo3.com/philanthropy/scholarships/national/sam-and-millie-hilburn-scholarship/ .

Local/State Scholarships

WWU Retirement Association Scholarship
This scholarship is made available through the generous contributions from the Western Washington University Retirement Association.  Western students who wish to apply for this scholarship must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and attend at least half time.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher at the time of application.  Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 90 credits as of Fall quarter.  Applications are due May 8. Information available through the WWU Scholarship Office at 360-650-3471 or http://www.finaid.wwu.edu/scholarships/ (enter name of scholarship in search).

Soroptimist International of Bellingham
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support to their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. More information can be found at https://www.soroptimist.org/our-work/live-your-dream-awards/index.html.

The Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation of Washington Scholarships
The Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation of Washington scholarship program was designed for undergraduate college students who are attending a college or university in the State of Washington and are also a resident of Washington.  Every year, numerous awards of $3,000 each are given to university students going into their third, fourth, and even fifth year of college.  The scholarships are based upon academic performance, leadership roles in school, and participation in community activities.  Applications due by March 31st.  For more details on eligibility requirements and application process, go to www.SRSFWA.org and click on "how to apply" and then "application process".

Washington State Employee Credit Union
Any WSECU member can apply for this scholarship.  The award is for students pursuing a four-year or graduate degree in the fall quarter of this year.  Applicant must be a WSECU member in good standing when the application is reviewed and the scholarship is awarded. WSECU elected volunteers and their family members as well as Scholarship Committee Members and their family members, are not eligible for this scholarship.  Application available in December 15th  at https://wsecu.org/scholarships

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle- income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.   Students must meet additional eligibility criteria. Apply online by February 11 at http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org.

Whatcom Educational Credit Union
WECU provides assistance to four students pursuing their educational goals at Western Washington University.  To be eligible the student must be a member of WECU® in good standing for a minimum of one year, a full time student, have a demonstrated need of financial aid and an accumulated GPA minimum of 2.75. Application due January 15th.  Information available through WWU Financial Aid, http://www.finaid.wwu.edu/scholarships/ (enter name of scholarship in search).

Diversity Scholarships

UNCF Scholarships, Programs, Internships, and Fellowships
UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members.  Each year they award more than $100 million in scholarships to students attending more than 1,100 schools across the country.  https://uncf.org/scholarships

APIA Scholarships
APIA awards scholarships to support Asian and Pacific Island Americans who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.  For more information, visit https://apiascholars.org

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund assists students of Hispanic heritage who wish to obtain a university degree and is available for high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students.  For more information, visit https://www.hsf.net/scholarship


American Indian Graduate Center
The American Indian Graduate Center is the largest scholarship provider to Native students in the U.S. with up to $15 million in scholarships awarded annually.  https://www.aigcs.org

National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing- Scholarships
The National Black Association for Speech-language and Hearing association (NBASLH) offers scholarships for students in graduate speech-language pathology programs (https://www.nbaslh.org/scholarships ), including:

  • The Dr. Henry A. Moses Scholarship for Medical Speech-Language Pathology for students interested in a career in medical speech-language pathology.
  • The Culturally Responsive, Trauma Informed, and Globally Engaged Scholarship for students interested in working with children and/or adolescents who have social pragmatic communication challenges.
  • INVO Healthcare- Progresses Therapy NBASLH Scholarship for students whose primary career goal is to provide services to children in school or early intervention settings.  https://www.nbaslh.org/invo-healthcare-progressus-therapy-scholarship

They also offer scholarships for students to travel to and be honored at the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing association (NBASLH) annual convention.  For more information, please visit https://www.nbaslh.org/awards

The Point Foundation  
Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

The Pride Foundation 
The Pride Foundation awards scholarships to LGBTQ+ students. Their scholarship application applies to over 60 scholarships, with only one application. As the Pride Foundation says, their scholarships “support LGBTQ+ students who are facing incredible barriers, regardless of school, major, or GPA.”  The Pride Foundation has been awarding scholarships since 1993. They have awarded more than $6 million to over 1,800 students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  Applications for 2021-22 scholarships are due Friday, January 8, 2021. Learn more at https://pridefoundation.org/find-funding/scholarships/.

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)
The Great Seattle Business Association is an LGBTQ+ chamber of commerce based in Seattle. The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students.  Since 1991, the GSBA has awarded over $4.5 million in scholarships.  The GSBA shares an application with the Pride Foundation! Applications are due Friday, January 8, 2021. Learn more at https://www.thegsba.org/scholarship-home.

Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship

  • $5,000 scholarship, renewable annually.
  • This scholarship is offered to the following types of students:
    • Graduating High School Seniors planning to attend an accredited vocational school, college or university (2-year or 4-year degrees).
    • Students returning to school or currently enrolled in an accredited vocational school, college or university seeking support to continue your certificate or degree.
    • Students entering or enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs (MA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.).
  • Preference will be given to students of Japanese ancestry or other Asian ancestry.
  • Students must be a resident of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, or Washington State.
  • Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher at current school or the most recently completed academic experience.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Application available on Survey Monkey Apply: https://seattlefoundation.smapply.org/prog/2021_tateuchi_scholarship/
  • Deadline to apply: March 1, 2021.

Neurodiversity and Disability Scholarships

The Graeme Clark Scholarships
Graeme Clark is the founder of Cochlear Corporation and considered a pioneer in the field of cochlear implants. There are two scholarships available: one for a cochlear implant student, and one for a BAHA student. The scholarship deadlines are September 30th of each year.

Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship
The AG Bell Association awards scholarships to ~15% of applicants. Awarded to high-achieving students who have bilateral hearing loss diagnosed before age 4 years. Must be spoken language communicators attending a mainstream university working toward a four year degree or graduate degree in law or public administration. http://agbell.org/connect 

Sertoma Scholarship for Students Who Are Hard of Hearing or Deaf
Sertoma’s Communicative Disorders Scholarship, funded by the Sertoma Annual Fund, is for graduate students pursing advanced degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology from institutions in the U.S. These scholarships, worth $1,000 each, are awarded in the spring to help offset the cost of tuition, books and fees incurred during the following school year. For more information, please visit https://sertoma.org/what-we-do/scholarships/

Mays Mission Scholarships for the Handicapped Scholarship Program
Mays Mission offers scholarships to deserving students with physical and/or mental disabilities.
To qualify for a Mission scholarship one must be able to document a significant disability, score of 20 or better on the A.C.T or 970 on S.A.T., be enrolled in a four-year study program (under-graduate only) working toward a baccalaureate degree and provide proof of enrollment. The deadline is June 30 of each academic year. For more information, please visit https://www.maysmission.org/scholarships/