January 14, 2008
With President Bush recently signing into law the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (HR 2764), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) has received a one-year and one-time grant of $268,000 from the United States Department of Education to address the critical shortage of doctoral level students studying in the field of communication sciences and disorders.
The funds will enable the ASHFoundation’s New Century Scholars Program to quadruple the number of $10,000 doctoral scholarships it will award in 2008. The grant from the Department of Education caps a three-year effort by ASHFoundation, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and US Rep Chris Van Hollen (D–Maryland).
“We are very pleased that the ASHFoundation will be receiving these funds,” says ASHFoundation President Dennis Hampton. “This grant is a huge boost to our New Century Scholars Program, allowing us to extend our reach to approximately 25% of the nation’s top doctoral scholars in communication sciences and disorders who will submit applications for funding in 2008.”
“The ASHFoundation, ASHA, and its members do great and meaningful work for people of all ages,” says Van Hollen. “I am very pleased that this grant will help train audiologist, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists who provide critical services to the growing number of Americans who are affected by communication problems.”