Pictured with Holly Yeo (third from left) are Kenneth Berger’s son, Robert Berger, his wife Barbara Berger, and daughter Karen Berger Drotar.

The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, has awarded its first annual Kenneth W. Berger Memorial Scholarship to Holly Yeo, a third-year AuD student at the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium (NOAC).

The scholarship funds, raised at the AFAs 2007 charity auction, were earmarked for the endowment. The scholarship honors the career and life of Kenneth W. Berger, PhD, now deceased, a researcher, teacher, historian, private practitioner, and director of audiology at Kent State University.

Eric Hagberg, AuD, a former student, colleague, and friend of the Berger,  organized the scholarship campaign through the AFA to memorialize Berger and help provide scholarship resources for NOAC AuD students—including students at Kent State. The scholarship is open to third-year AuD students in the NOAC program.

Berger developed the first hearing aid prescription fitting method, which is still in use today, served as curator for the Berger Hearing Aid Museum and Archives, and established the world’s largest collection of hearing aids and related materials.

Yeo, who received a $1,000 scholarship, serves the NOAC NAFDA chapter as secretary and membership coordinator, volunteers in the community, and holds a gerontology certificate.

The AFA is an educational foundation that helps empower audiologists to be independent and autonomous practitioners.