Financial Support

Undergraduate Scholarships

Mary Pallay Covell Scholarship

The Mary Pallay Covell Scholarship is a result of a contribution to Miami University by Mrs. Covell, an MU graduate. Mary wanted her gift to be used to further undergraduate training in Speech Pathology and Audiology. The annual award is $1,500, and is to be awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need as well as academic merit.

Mary Thew Fowler Scholarship

The Mary Fowler Scholarship is established to recognize academic excellence and research potential of undergraduate majors in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. This scholarship is made possible by a donation from Mary T. Fowler, a graduate of Miami University.


CSX Railroad Scholarship

CSX Railroad set up a safety awareness scholarship in the name of Beth Speidel. Ms. Speidel was killed in 2007 when walking near railroad tracks. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Application due February 15th to the chair of the department.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship

JenniferLeighKynkorThe Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship was established as the result of a gift from The Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Foundation in 2008. The Foundation was created in honor of Jennifer Leigh Kynkor, the daughter of Rebecca J. Young and Gary E. Kynkor. Learn more about "Jenny's Dream" and why she chose Speech Pathology and Audiology as her major at Miami University.The scholarship is given to a first-year Miami graduate student pursuing an education in speech pathology with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The recipient shall be nominated by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Submit application to the Chair of the department.

Kristin Gatchel Replogle

Kristin Gatchel Replogle, Appointee for Member, President's Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Kristin Gatchel Replogle is President of the Replogle Family Foundation. Ms. Replogle currently serves on the board of directors for WakeMed Hospital, North Carolina State University's Institute for Nonprofits, SAFEchild, and the Girl Scouts. From 1990 to 1995, she was a speech pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she specialized in tramatic brain injury and was responsible for training graduate students. Ms. Replogle received her B.S. and M.A. in speech language-pathology from Miami University of Ohio. 

Graduate Grants-in-Aid

Support for full-time graduate students as a waiver of the Instructional Fee and out-of-state tuition surcharge (if applicable). There are no stipend payments and no required duties for the recipient of a graduate grant-in-aid. Grants-in-Aid are available for either one or both semesters of a regular academic year and/or the summer session. First-time degree students are given preference for these grants, due to the high demand. Students can obtain an application for a grant-in-aid from The Graduate School, 102 Roudebush Hall, or from the Office of International Education Services, 216 MacMillan Hall. The deadline for application is March 1.

Graduate Students' Achievement Fund Competition

Graduate students making satisfactory progress in a degree program and enrolled on a full- or part-time basis at the time of application are eligible to apply. The purpose of the fund is to recognize significant completed achievement in external (to the home department) research or creative activity. The awards will normally not exceed $300. Application forms are available in The Graduate School. Contact: Lou Ann Haines, The Graduate School, 102 Roudebush Hall, 529-3734. The deadline for applications are November 2 and April 2.

The Marjorie Post Farrington Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for full-time graduate students in any area of study. The award is made primarily on merit and secondarily on financial need. The student selected may also be appointed to a graduate assistantship or teaching associateship. No service responsibilities are required of the recipient. Selection of the recipient is made by the Graduate School Student Financial Assistance Committee. For further information, please contact Lou Ann Haines, The Graduate School, 102 Roudebush Hall, 529-3734. The deadline for application is April 1.

Graduate Assistantships

As part of the application process, students do not have to apply separately for departmental assistantships. The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology will nominate students for assistantships during the review process. The Department, within their admittance letters, will notify students whether they are being offered an assistantship, on a waiting list for an assistantship or being offered admittance only, without an assistantship. Over the past 2 years, approximately 75% of our students have received some type of assistantship/fellowship funding for at least one year of their graduate studies.

Departmental Assistantship/Fellowship Opportunities:

The department typically has two different pools of funding: a). the departmental assistantship and b) a Mary Thew Fellowship. The number of departmental assistantships that we are able to offer is determined annually by the College of Arts and Sciences. The Mary Thew Fellowship is a prestigious award offered to approximately 2 students annually that is the result of a former alumni, who gave back to the department. The University is beginning a new model in the Fall of 2014.

  • Tuition waivers (of 50%) that cover the academic year and the summer following the assistantships/fellowships.
  • The accompanied assistantship/Fellowship will also have a monthly stipend attached.
  • The assistantships/fellowships will all be offered on an annual basis and are not automatically renewed for the second year of study
  • Responsibilities accompanying the assistantships/fellowships will include 8-10 hours of work per week. Typically a student is paired with a faculty member(s) to assist with research, teaching responsibilities, or administrative duties. Specific assistantships which will require special skills or particular strengths including:
    • Students with specialty skills in the sign language who will serve as teaching assistants (TA)
    • Clinic/materials room assistantship requires strong organizational and administrative abilities. Students will be responsible for managing and maintaining the material/supply room in the MU clinic, scheduling preschool screenings, and other administrative tasks.
    • Students who have an interest in traumatic brain injuries (TBI) will work in partnership with Miami athletics to assess student athletes, who experience TBI during competition or practice. Responsibilities include assessment of concussed athletes, data collection, data management and organization.

First -Year Non-Departmental Assistantship Opportunities:

Non-departmental assistanships, that typically allow for flexible scheduling and have been a good fit for past Speech Pathology graduate students, are listed below: Please be aware, other departments not listed below may also have assistantships for which you can apply. However, recipients' schedules may be more rigid and may not be the best fit for everyone. You can search for additional departments by typing "graduate assistantships" into the search box on the home page of Miami University's website (http://www.miamioh.edu).

Miami University Libraries

Qualifications vary depending on area but generally require good organizational skills, computer skills, and the ability to supervise undergraduate students while working cooperatively with staff of the libraries. Certain libraries (ex. art and architecture library) require particular majors, but most are available to all graduate students. Contact information will be provided to students who get to the interview stage of the application process.

Rinella Learning Center

Qualifications vary depending on area but generally require good organizational skills, computer skills, and the ability to supervise undergraduate students while working cooperatively with staff of the Rinella Learning Center. Interest in teaching large and small groups is desired.

Second Year Assistantships/Awards:

During the 2nd year of the program, most students will be completing a full-time externship during their second semester that will be off-campus at a school. However, many students have found that they are able to hold a part-time job during the first semester 2nd year.

The Library assistantship has been occasionally awarded for our students during this this second year as well. Students, particularly during the second semester while student teaching, complete their responsibilities during the weekends and evenings.

Some students will be offered a departmental graduate assistantship for their second year, particularly if the student demonstrates excellence following a first year award.

Grant-in-Aid Program, which are combined merit and need based assistantships will provide a tuition/fee waiver (at 87%) as well as a stipend in which no associated responsibilities occur.

Specialty Graduate School Awards:

Select students will be nominated by the Department to compete for University-wide awards after the interviews and application reviews. Students will be notified during the review process by the Department if they receive one or more of the awards listed below.

Graduate Student Scholarship Assistantship (GSSA)

Students are nominated during the application process and are based on undergraduate research skills and an expectation of completing a thesis (i.e. those wishing to obtain a MA).

McNair Scholar Awards

The Graduate School will also offer a McNair Fellows Assistantship Program, which will extend the prestige of the federally funded undergraduate McNair Scholarship to the graduate level.

Diversity Enhancement Program (DEP) Awards

This program provides financial, cultural, and social support to graduate students of color and underrepresented populations. Financial support is in the form of graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships carry stipends that vary in amount by department, remission of instructional fee and out-of-state tuition, half of the general fees and summer scholarships.