Scholarships for Graduate Audiology Students
CaptionCall to provide up to five
• Be current postsecondary undergraduates planning to pursue graduate study or current graduate level student studying audiology.
• Plan to enroll for the entire upcoming academic year in a full‑time graduate level course of study in audiology at an accredited school in the United States.
• Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
CaptionCall understands that audiologists fill a critical role in helping individuals with hearing loss make choices to stay connected and to enjoy a high quality of life. Creating the CaptionCall scholarship is a way for CaptionCall to support the field of audiology. As a hearing healthcare advocate, CaptionCall offers many programs to support the work of audiologists, including webinars with industry experts; the Noah 4 module, which simplifies patient certification; the CaptionCall blog, to which audiologists can refer their patients and families to access practical information to help contend with hearing loss; and free Red Carpet Service – a professional installation and product training program for all eligible patients.
2017 CaptionCall Scholarship Recipients
Jaclyn DeRosso - Pacific University
Jaci entered the School of Audiology at Pacific University in 2015 following an undergraduate education at Portland State University. Having worked as a graduate student clinician in a variety of settings, her interests within audiology include vestibular assessment, evoked potentials, and adult diagnostics. For her upcoming clinical externship year, Jaci is trading her lifelong Pacific Northwest home for the heat and neon of Las Vegas. Outside of school and clinic, she takes every chance she gets to hop on a stand up paddle board and just might muster the bravery to try it on the ocean one day.
Shae Morgan - University of Utah
Shae is beginning his 5th year of a combined Ph.D./Au.D. program at the University of Utah. Being diagnosed with a mild hearing loss in high school, he was introduced to audiology early on, which ultimately led him to pursue a career that would help advance the science and knowledge of the discipline. His professional goals involve completing both the Ph.D. and Au.D. degrees and pursuing employment as a tenure-track professor, where he aims to continue researching and begin teaching future generations of audiologists. His passions lie in social, cognitive, and emotional factors that affect speech perception. He has completed several projects examining perception of emotion in speech, which have been presented at local and national conferences. He anticipates completing the Au.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 2018.
Kelly Smith - University of South Florida
Kelly is a current Florida State University Communication Science and Disorders senior. In Fall 2017, she will begin her Doctor of Audiology program at the University of South Florida. Kelly decided to study to become an audiologist because she is passionate about both improving the quality of life for individuals who struggle with hearing disorders and working towards further hearing conservation efforts. She enjoys working with people and technology, and found audiology to be a unique opportunity that brings together the best of both worlds. In the future, Kelly hopes to work as a professional audiologist for the US military.
Karen Woldt - Nova Southeastern University
Karen is currently a third-year student at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was the president of her university's Student Academy of Audiology chapter in 2016 and participated in many philanthropy and advocacy efforts including meeting with congressional staff members on Capitol Hill to discuss audiology legislation. Her professional interests include electrophysiology, cochlear implants, and audiologic management of patients of all ages. Karen is excited to begin her fourth year clinical rotation with Mayo Clinic in Minnesota this summer.
Claire Umeda - Vanderbilt University
Claire is a third year student in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine audiology doctoral program and a graduate research assistant in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She completed her B.A. at University of California Santa Barbara in interdisciplinary studies, where she was a member of the Speech and Hearing Science Department's audiology research team. During her time at Vanderbilt, she has completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program longterm traineeship at the Kennedy Center. She is also completing the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Track. She will be completing her fourth year externship at University of Virginia. Her interests include clinical work with pediatric patients and research in auditory physiology and cochlear implants. She especially enjoys working with parents of children with hearing loss and young adults with hearing loss. She has worn hearing aids since early childhood.