Beginning May 1, the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) will begin accepting applications for student grants to attend the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) convention as part of the AFA’s Student Mentoring Program. This year’s convention will be Oct. 10-13 in Orlando, Fla.

The grants are available to 3rd or 4th year students (as of Fall 2007) in 4-year AuD programs. To be eligible, a Student Mentoring Grant application form and accompanying materials must be submitted to the AFA by August 3, 2007. Grant winners will participate in onsite mentoring program activities and receive paid convention registration and sleeping rooms at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando. Most meals will also be provided.

“This is a great opportunity for Au.D. students to meet some of the country’s most successful private practitioners,” AFA Executive Director Susan Paarlberg said. “The Student Mentoring Program is set up to encourage networking and allow students to make personal connections with practitioners who have already begun the professional journey the students are about to begin. The courses offered at the ADA convention will broaden the students’ education, with a strong emphasis on private practice development and management.”

The AFA has developed this program, in conjunction with the ADA, to further its commitment to fostering the education and training of future audiologists. For more information on this program, or to download the application, please visit the AFA’s scholarship page at

Source: Audiology Foundation of Americ (