Scholarships for CMDS Students
Scholarships for Communication Disorders Students
Several scholarships for current students at Truman are made possible through the generous donations our communication disorders (CMDS) alumni make to the Truman State University Foundation. When contributions are made to the Truman CMDS Development Fund, gifts can be earmarked for communication disorders general use or a specific scholarship such as the ones listed below.
- Hall Scholarship for Communication Disorders Students
Dr. William F. Hall founded and chaired the Communication Disorders Department at Truman from 1960 to 1981. During this time, the master’s degree program was established and originally accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The William F. Hall Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising senior in the communication disorders program who shows excellent academic achievement and professional promise.
- Aileen Hall Shoaff and Regina Davison Memorial Scholarship for Communication Disorders Students
This scholarship was established by Dr. Susan Shoaff-Ballanger and Mr. Jay Ballanger in honor of Susan’s mother, Aileen Hall Shoaff and Jay’s grandmother, Regina Davison. Susan Shoaff-Ballanger, Professor of Art in the School of Arts and Letters at Truman cultivates a love of the creative arts in every student she encounters. Her husband, Jay Ballanger, is an art teacher at Ray Miller Elementary School in Kirksville, Missouri, and is also a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Jay has a unique talent for emphasizing language and literacy as he works creatively with children in the art classroom.
- Communication Disorders major for a minimum of one year prior to application or, in the case of rising sophomores, since they have entered Truman
- Undergraduate status in Communication Disorders with emphasis given to sophomores/juniors
- Sparks Scholarship for Communication Disorders Students
James W. Sparks was a much loved and respected member of the faculty in communication disorders in the 1970s. In response to his untimely death, his students and former students and colleagues established the James W. Sparks Memorial Scholarship .This scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding rising junior Communication Disorders major who shows outstanding academic achievement and future promise as a clinician.
For more information about scholarships awarded to current Truman students through the Truman State University Foundation, visit the Truman State University Foundation Scholarships webpage. Interested in making a gift? See details on how you can give to Truman.