Grants and Awards

VSHA Project Grants
VSHA Innovation Award


Vermont Speech Language Hearing Association (VSHA) Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

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VSHA Project Grants Application

The Vermont Speech-Language-Hearing Association (VSHA) invites members to submit annual grant proposals for speech-language pathology and/or audiology activities that enhance positive outcomes for individuals with communication disorders. The following grants are available annually:

  1. Grant with a focus on an early intervention or a school-based population;
  2. Grant  with a focus on a medical population (e.g. hospital, home health, nursing home, rehabilitation).

Funds up to $500 may be requested for equipment, materials and/or training needs or continuing education for the applicant. VSHA will award grants based on the extent to which it believes the use of the funds will enhance the applicant's practice and benefit the population served.

Applicants must be licensed in Vermont and a member of VSHA in good standing for a minimum of one year prior to applying.

Funding for these grants is provided by revenues generated by VSHA.

Present members of the VSHA Executive Board and VSHA Liaisons to ASHA are ineligible.

Applicants must submit the following:

1. Letter of Intent - Please include the following:

  • Clearly stated project objective(s)
  • Why you are pursuing the proposed project and how the project fits into your current professional work
  • Indicate if and to what extent your place of employment or any other organization will also be supporting the proposed project.
  • The relevance of the project to speech-language pathology and/or audiology, including its interdisciplinary focus, connection to evidence-based practice, and potential for impact on human communication and its disorders
  • Detailed account of the project design, including activities, timeline, and budget allocation of up to $500 for specific items
  • Explicit statement of how the objective(s) will be measured
  • Indication of the facilities, resources, personnel, clients, etc. to which you would have access in order to carry out the activities described in the proposal
  • Ability to complete proposed project within a one-year period

 2. Brief Biographical Sketch (Please limit to 1 page)

 3. Letter of Support

  • Submit a letter form your current supervisor in your employment setting that includes a statement of support and also assurance that the proposed project will not present a conflict of interest with your current responsibilities and commitments.

Project End Report

Grant recipients are required to submit a brief summary of their project outcome to the VSHA Board no later than one calendar year from the date of the award. The summary should include the project objective(s), course of activities, evaluation outcome and benefits to the professional's practice. VSHA may publish grantee names and project synopses in future association newsletters and/or as part of historical listing of past grant recipients.

Please submit application materials by July 1st via email to

VSHA Innovation Award Nominations

The VSHA Board requests nominations for the VSHA Innovation Award. This award was initiated in 2011 to honor the late Stephanie Keitel, MS, CCC-SLP who loved traveling the state of Vermont, seeing progress, facilitating change, training others and advocating for children. Stephanie was instrumental in implementing and overseeing a SLP-Assistant program. She was also very active in VSHA and assisted in enacting licensure for SLPs. The creation of this award marked the beginning of a tradition in which VSHA acknowledges those who have made innovative contributions and offers incentive to future recipients.

This award is intended to be presented annually to a Vermont speech-language pathologist or audiologist who has significantly contributed to the profession. The recipient will be recognized at VSHA's annual fall meeting and will receive a monetary award of between $250 and $500.

Criteria for nominations:

  1. The candidate must have practiced in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology within the past 10 years. The candidate may be currently retired.
  2. The candidate must have been an active VSHA constituent member for a minimum of two years.
  3. The candidate must be licensed in Vermont and a current member of the Vermont Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  4. The candidate must have contributed significantly to the speech-language-hearing profession in terms of dedication and involvement in practice, education, research, or public health.
  5. The candidate must have promoted the profession of speech-language pathology and/or audiology and acted as a role model for newer members.

Nominations are accepted from Vermont SLPs, audiologists and their colleague or clients.

  1. The nominator(s) must submit a letter(s) of recommendation outlining the candidate's eligibility, accomplishments and contributions to the profession with specific mention of an idea, project or program that was implemented by the nominee and why it can be viewed as innovative. Letters of recommendation should not exceed two (2) typewritten pages. More than one letter of support for a nominee will be accepted. Please include nominator's contact information.
  2. Present members of the VSHA Executive Board or the VSHA Liaisons to ASHA are ineligible.

Please submit nomination letters by July 1st via email to


Vermont Speech Language Hearing Association (VSHA)
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

January 2016

  • In January 2014, the VSHA Board voted to update the annual Rodney Everhart Undergraduate Award by renaming it the Vermont Speech Language Hearing Association (VSHA) Outstanding Undergraduate Award, and converting the award from a small cash gift to a one-year membership to the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA).

  • The award is a presented each year to an under-graduate senior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Vermont (UVM).

  • The award is based upon individual promise for achievement and professional affiliation as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist.  In addition, consideration is given to strong academic performance.

  • The student recipient is recommended by the CSD faculty at UVM.

  • Each spring, the VSHA President (or designee) communicates with the CSD Department Chair to ensure that a student recipient is identified and receives an award certificate during an appropriate department or college ceremony in April or May.

  • The CSD Department Chair coordinates with the student recipient to send the VSHA President (or designee) the student recipient’s name and contact information.  VSHA also requests a short bio, information about post graduation plans, and a small picture (if available) of the student recipient for publication in a future VSHA Member E-newsletter.

  • The VSHA Treasurer (or designee) works with the graduated student to coordinate the online application and payment of the 1-year membership to the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA).

  • NSSHLA membership dues apply to January 1 through December 31 of that membership year. NSSHLA does not prorate membership dues.  The student recipient can choose to have VSHA pay the dues to be applied to the remainder of the award year (June-December) or the student recipient can choose to have VSHA pay the dues for the subsequent calendar year (January-December).  NSSHLA typically begins to accept applications for the next calendar year in September.

  • More information about NSSHLA can be found at