Scholarships and Awards

There are several scholarships and awards available each year for undergraduate and graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The scholarships and awards listed below are offered through the department, college, graduate school and other organizations. Some of them require a formal application, while others are by nomination only.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

The purpose of this award is to provide public recognition to an outstanding senior graduating from our program. The recipient of this award will be the senior judged to have best demonstrated during his/her undergraduate career those qualities of intellectual drive, leadership, commitment, perseverance, and service to the community. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Undergraduate Research Award

This award is given to a student or group of students who have demonstrated a commitment to scholarship during their undergraduate career. The research project must be original work, be completed during the academic year in which the award is made, and be conducted under the guidance of an active researcher. Only undergraduate CSD majors are eligible. The application for this award consists of a cover letter, the research paper or other creative work, and a letter of support from the faculty mentor. All materials are to be submitted to the department chair by the third week of April.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The purpose of this award is to provide public recognition to an outstanding MA student graduating from our program. The recipient of this award will be the student judged to have best demonstrated during his/her graduate career those qualities of intellectual drive, leadership, commitment, perseverance, and service to the community. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Chris Norman Memorial Award

The Chris Norman Memorial Award, presented annually to a graduate student, is named in memory of Christopher Norman, a 2004 UMaine graduate who passed away unexpectedly in 2010 while pursuing a PhD. Chris’ spirit combined sensitivity and an earnest desire to learn and grow with a wonderful sense of humor and inclination toward fun. A lifelong stutterer, Chris was passionate about helping others achieve their communication goals. He understood the path of therapy, having traveled that road himself. The recipient of this award is recognized by the faculty as embodying many of Chris’ qualities, distinguishing themselves by their generosity and commitment to improving the world around them. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Jean A. and David A. Webb ’56 Speech Scholarship

This scholarship is provided to assist deserving students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Scholarship Fund (supported through a donation from Peter J. & Louise Auclair Riley)

This fund was established to assist a student who is a Maine resident and a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Peter and Brianne Metcalf Family Scholarship

A financial advisor with Morgan Stanley in Portland, ME, Peter Metcalf, and his wife, Brianne Metcalf, created this scholarship to provide financial assistance to students, with a preference to those in the men’s ice hockey program or majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Nominations are made by faculty members.

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Jean A. and David A. Webb Outstanding Professional Master’s Degree Student Award

This award was established in 2014 to recognize outstanding graduate students in non-thesis masters programs who have distinguished themselves in multiple ways. Students in any NSFA graduate program are eligible to apply. Applicants for this award must be enrolled in their non-thesis master’s program in the December prior to the award competition. Applications for this award are submitted online and are usually due the third week of February.

The Frank B. and Charles S. Bickford Memorial Prize

The Bickford Prize was established through the bequest of Miretta L. Bickford, class of 1915, in memory of her father, Frank B. Bickford and her uncle, Charles S. Bickford. It is awarded annually to the outstanding senior student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Wallace C. and Janet S. Dunham Prize

The Dunham Prize was established with a gift from Wallace C. Dunham, Dean Emeritus, and Janet S. Dunham, MEd, class of 1977. The recipient of the prize is an undergraduate student in the college who has overcome adversity to achieve personal growth and academic success, who has a positive outlook on life, and who shows the potential for further accomplishments. Nominations are made by faculty members.

International Student Award

An international student in the college is recognized for their contributions. The student should have a superior academic record and should have made significant contributions to his or her area of study. Community service, campus involvement, and leadership experience may also be considered. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Edward C. & Grace A. Cutting Merit Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to fund students with demonstrated financial need. Applications for this award are submitted online.

Charles Leslie & Helen H. Eastman Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to fund students with demonstrated financial need. Applications for this award are submitted online.

Oscar Treat Turner Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to fund students with demonstrated financial need. Applications for this award are submitted online.

University of Maine Graduate School

Atlantic Provinces Graduate Scholarship

Three scholarships, which pay a year’s tuition, are available on a competitive basis to graduates of the colleges and universities of the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. The Graduate School requests nominations from departments in early February.

Graduate Trustee Tuition Scholarship

Up to twenty scholarships, which pay a year’s tuition, are available on a competitive basis to students enrolled in graduate programs. Scholarship recipients are required to register for nine hours of credit each semester. The Graduate School requests nominations from departments in early February.

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship

Two scholarships which pay a year’s tuition are available to graduate students whose socioeconomic background, prior academic or work experience, and/or graduate educational interests would bring a unique perspective to the University of Maine community. Preference for these scholarships is given to individuals from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented at the University of Maine. Scholarship recipients are required to register for nine hours of credit each semester. The Graduate School requests nominations from departments in early February.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Minority Student Leadership Program

This program is open to students from underrepresented populations who wish to enhance their leadership skills, interact with leaders in the professions, and learn how their association works. Applications are available online and are usually due in early May.

Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers

The goal of this program is to foster students’ interest in the pursuit of PhD education and careers in academia to address personnel shortages in higher education within our field. Applications are available online and are usually due in mid-April.

Student Research Travel Award

ASHA offers this award to help students attend ASHA’s annual Convention to highlight the research activities of emerging scientists and encourage careers in science and research. Awardees are selected solely on the basis of their abstract submission to the ASHA Convention. No additional application is required.

Autism Society of Maine

Lynda Mazzola Scholarship

Each year one $2,500 scholarship is awarded in memory of Lynda Mazzola, MA, CCC-SLP, founding member of the Autism Society of Maine. This scholarship is awarded to a Maine student who has completed a bachelor’s degree, or is soon to graduate, and has been accepted to a master’s or doctoral degree program in speech-language pathology or occupational therapy.

Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)

Frances J. Laven Scholarship

This award is intended for graduate students in a professional program who have shown exemplary service. Examples of service may include, but are not limited to, community service, service to the department or university, or service to the greater discipline. Award amount: One $5,000 scholarship. This scholarship is open to students from CAPCSD member programs in good standing. Only one scholarship application for each CAPCSD member program is accepted. Applications are submitted online.

Plural Publishing Research Scholarships

Plural Publishing currently funds two scholarships to support graduate student research. There are two award categories: one Master’s/AuD award intended for clinical students pursuing research in speech-language pathology or audiology and one doctoral-level award intended for PhD students pursuing research in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech-language-hearing sciences. Award amount: One $3,000 scholarship per award category. This scholarship program is open to students of CAPCSD member programs in good standing. Applications are submitted online.

Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC)

EMMC Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are Maine residents in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. To be eligible, a student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in the college’s nursing, social work, nutrition and dietetics, medical laboratory sciences, premed, or communication sciences and disorders programs and have aspirations to work in Maine after graduation. If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact the department’s undergraduate program coordinator.

Maine Community Foundation

Regional Scholarships

Student can apply for a variety of scholarships through the Maine Community Foundation. Two of these scholarships are listed below.

Herbert Wardle Jr. Fund

The Herbert Wardle Jr Fund was established to support, in priority order, graduates of Mt. Desert Island High School, residents of Mt. Desert Island, residents of Hancock County, and residents of the State of Maine pursuing post secondary education at the University of Maine. This fund is intended to benefit students in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

Kingsley Brown Educational Fund

The Kingsley Brown Educational Fund was established by the friends and family of Kingsley Brown to provide scholarship support for higher education at the graduate level for graduates of high schools in Washington County. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited graduate degree program to be eligible.

Maine Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSLHA)

Mary K. Brandt / Jon Petit Scholarship

This award is for a Maine resident who is studying communication disorders at the graduate level. More information about the scholarship is provided on the MSLHA website. Applications are submitted online.