Vermont Speech Language Hearing Association (VSHA) Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
- 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 http://www.asha.org/nsslha/