Graduate Student Scholarship!
Voice Aerobics Congratulates Jodie Davidson
Why a Scholarship?
When I attended graduate school to obtain my Masters
Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, I was already working full-time
as an emergency room nurse. In order to accommodate my course
schedule, I worked 10 hour shifts before it was fashionable. Although I didn't get off work until 1:30 am, I was often in class
that same morning at 8am.
Juggling work, bills, and school were the
life of a working student. Looking back now, I wonder how I did it!
But, it serves as testimony that when we are committed to a goal,
anything is possible. Now I want to help a student achieve
hers or his goals!
Why Support a Student?
Being invited to be a guest lecture for graduate
students is one of my favorite experiences. I think there is nothing
better for students than to meet a practicing clinician, who can
educate by sharing stories about "real" patients that are punctuated
with enthusiasm and commitment to our profession.
When I interact with
students, whether in a classroom, in a clinic, or across a booth at
ASHA, I can tell quickly who has the passion, and who believes, as I
do, that there is nothing more important than helping another person
retain or restore their ability to communicate.
What is My Commitment?
In 2008, when I formed my company, Voice Aerobics,
LLC, I committed to give 10% of profits from product sales to
Parkinson's research. Over the last three years, I have honored that
commitment, and expanded it to include various other organizations and
causes I support.
Annually, beginning May 20th 2012, a check for $500
is awarded to a graduate student in speech-language pathology.
This annual commitment represents the faith I have in my own business
to continue to prosper and in the students, who represent the future
of a profession I love so much.
Instructions for Applying:
Any student enrolled in an ASHA accredited
graduate speech-language program is eligible to apply. Applications for 2015 will be accepted from March 30 through April 30, 2015. Click on the link below
to complete the application form, and return your completed form by
email as an attachment or by postal mail by the deadline of April 30,
2015. The scholarship recipient is announced in May.
Important Information to
Please observe the word count. I have increased the word count
slightly this year, but I ask that you stay within the word count
requirement. As a student, it is often very hard when writing reports
or patient evaluations to write succinctly. As a practicing clinician,
I am faced with the same challenge when submitting a 50 word abstract
as a part of a conference proposal. Good luck - don't over
responses - and write from the heart!
Mary Spremulli, MA,
or mail to:
P.O. Box 494383, Port Charlotte, FL 33949-4383
To enlist individuals in their treatment,
and help them express their personality & spirit through voice.
To educate and empower. Mary Spremulli, MA,