Scholarships and Grants

The Julie S. Kelly Memorial Scholarship

                            Application due April 30th

In memory of our treasured colleague, Julie S. Kelly, OSSPEAC has established a scholarship fund for graduating high school seniors pursuing a post-secondary education (university, college, and/or technical school). Since Julie was an audiologist dedicated to helping people with hearing impairments in many ways and believed in furthering one’s education, this scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who has a hearing impairment that will be pursuing further educational endeavors.

The Julie S. Kelly Scholarship application must be submitted by April 30th.  The winner will be notified by June 1st.

Barbara J. Conrad Fellowship Grant

                        Application Due August 1st

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.


  1. A master’s level SLP in their Clinical Fellowship or with their ASHA certification.
  2.  Employed in a Pre K- 12 grade school position.
  3. Five years or less experience working in a school-based position.
  4. A completed grant application including a budget and one personal reference.
  5. 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.
  6. Application due by August 1

SOS Grants

                     Application due December 31st

The Support Our Students (SOS) Grant fund is designed for OSSPEAC members to purchase products that will assist students in accessing their educational curriculum. OSSPEAC members may complete and submit applications describing a student’s need for a specific item. Members may submit applications for more than one item, but each request must be submitted on a separate application form. Grants awards will range from $250-$1000. If a product’s cost exceeds $1000, the overall cost may be subsidized.

Applications will be reviewed for consideration after December 31st.

Interested OSSPEAC members must:

Complete the online in its entirety SOS Grant Application
Submit the application by December 31st.

OSSPEAC Graduate Scholarship

                              Application due March 1st

The Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC) is committed to fostering our profession of speech/language pathology and audiology in Ohio’s universities. The OSSPEAC Graduate Scholarship has been established to raise awareness among graduate students of OSSPEAC and to recognize excellence of academic and clinical skills of individuals who plan a career in the educational setting. The OSSPEAC Graduate Scholarship is designed to assist audiology and speech-language pathology students enrolled in Ohio programs who have secured:

  • Second-year graduate student status for Speech-Language Pathology students by the upcoming fall semester.
  • Second- through fourth-year student status for Audiology students (both depending upon their respective university’s credit hour policy) by the upcoming fall semester.

Financial need is not a consideration for this scholarship. Candidates are reviewed based upon the information provided about academic achievement, clinical skill development, interest and experience related to communication disorders, and expressed interest in working in an educational setting.

The applicant must provide the following documentation to be considered:

  1. A letter from your graduate school/department verifying a GPA of 3.5 or higher and confirming your status in the program for fall semester (i.e. year two for speech-language pathology students and year 2-4 for audiology students.) A template for the letter is provided HERE.
  2.  Completed application form.
  3.  One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s student teaching supervisor or other clinical supervisor regarding clinical skills and experience.
  4.  One letter of recommendation from academic instructors or faculty members on university letterhead regarding academic achievement.

The selection committee will consist of a panel of at least five reviewers including but not limited to: Scholarship/Grant Committee Chairperson, OSSPEAC Audiology Representative, OSSPEAC Speech and Language Representative, OSSPEAC Treasurer and OSSPEAC President-Elect.

In addition to a $1000.00 scholarship, the student will be honored and recognized by OSSPEAC members on the OSSPEAC website and featured in the OSSPEAC newsletter.

Please click the button above to complete an application.  Any questions can be directed to
Applications are due March 1st.