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Barbara J. Conrad Fellowship Grant

In keeping with our core values of collaboration, excellence, professionalism, and leadership, OSSPEAC is pleased to announce the establishment of the Barbara J. Conrad Fellowship Grant.  This grant will be awarded during the annual conference in October.

The annual award of up to $1,000.00 will assist early career school-based SLPs obtain continuing education to provide high quality speech language services to Ohio's school children.



This grant is designed for speech-language pathologists who are working in Pre K-12 schools.  The funds must be used for professional training to enhance your knowledge and inspire leadership in your profession.  Approved expenses can include conferences, classes, on-line webinars, college courses, etc.  The budget can also include items related to the continuing education such as books or required items, mileage, hotel and meal expenses.


  • A master’s level SLP in their Clinical Fellowship or with their ASHA certification.
  • Employed in a Pre K- 12 grade school position.
  • Five years or less experience working in a school-based position.
  • A completed grant application including a budget and one personal reference.
  • Willingness to write an article for the OSSPEAC newsletter and/or present at the conference regarding how the funds were used to enhance your professional growth.




Every donation, of any amount, is helpful and appreciated. Contributions may be made by using the button below or by sending a check payable to OSSPEAC and writing Conrad Fellowship in the memo line.  Checks can be mailed to OSSPEAC, 205 Glendale Street, LaGrange, Ohio 44050.  Thank you for your consideration in donating to the Barbara J. Conrad Fellowship Grant. OSSPEAC is looking forward to hearing from you.

Meet Barb!


Barb, a visionary, has dedicated her career to creating and promoting many of the local, state and national level professional practices considered gold standard today. Her contributions are numerous and she has inspired leadership throughout her profession.  In honor of Barb’s retirement, OSSPEAC has established this grant. The funds provided to grant recipients will help to foster this same level of excellence among our early career SLPs.  SLPs entering school-based practice have always been a passion for Barb.  She has provided support, materials and leadership to assist these SLPs in their growth in the schools.  She has also played an integral part in recruitment of school-based practitioners over the years.

2023 Barb Conrad Fellowship Grant Recipient : Makayla Martin

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Makayla Martin works as a speech language pathologist at South Bloomfield Elementary in Teays Valley local school district. I am employed by the Pickaway County ESC and currently serve students kindergarten through fifth grade. She is a fifth year practicing as a SLP and my fifth year in the district, Makayla completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University and graduated from the University of Akron with my masters in 2019. Some of her clinical interests are speech sound disorders, literacy and supporting early literacy skills in my speech sound therapy sessions. Makayla’s favorite part of her job is the children - building relationships with them, helping them feel successful and always being entertained by what may come up in our conversations!

Makayla intends to use the grant to pursue further training in literacy/dyslexia through the Orton Gillingham Academy.