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Student Programs & Support

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University Directory

Looking for a program to enroll in?
This list has all of the Speech and Hearing university programs in Ohio.

Student Opportunities

Student Leadership Development Program

This program is for students interested in receiving a personalized, hand’s-on leadership development experience that exposes leadership strengths and provides insights and opportunities for using strengths to lead others. We are excited to celebrate our 10th Leadership Development Event with some special programming!


2019 Program Details and Eligibility

Application Deadline:

Jan. 11, 2019

GAC Legislative Event

The Governmental Affairs Coalition (GAC), of which OSLHA is a paying member, hosts an annual opportunity to meet your Legislators in person to discuss speech and hearing legislation and concerns in a relaxed, social setting.

Timing: Plans are underway for future events and details will be shared here when they are finalized.

Details coming soon

Program of Advocacy & Leadership for Students (PALS)

This program was offered in 2017 thanks to a grant provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Programming was developed for students interested in legislation and taking action.  This inaugural event hosted 29 participants and we look forward to sharing details on potential future PALS events.


Program Description

Currently not accepting applications

Student Contests

Student Poster Presentation and Poster Contest

This opportunity is for students interested in developing research or academic content in poster format to present in front of a live audience.  Submissions are also automatically entered into a student poster video presentation contest judged by a panel of OSLHA experts.  Feedback is provided to students for inclusion in their live poster presentations at our convention and winners are awarded monetary prizes.


Program Details and Eligibility

Application Deadline Closed:

Oct. 31, 2018

University Video Contest

OSLHA continues the tradition of highlighting our universities and the unique contributions the students and staff bring to our profession. In continuation of a friendly, but competitive activity, each university will be encouraged to submit a short video with the topic: Challenging the Ordinary. This video is to be spearheaded by the NSSLHA/SAA students. The winner will receive “The Best in Ohio trophy” to proudly display for a year at their university, along with bragging rights and a special feature on the OSLHA website that will include your video and information about your program.


Participation Details and Deadlines

View past submissions, including our Winner- MVNU! 

Application Deadline:

Feb. 3, 2019

Grants & Scholarships

Research Grant Seed Money Opportunity

This biennial opportunity is available for student and professional applicants seeking out financial support for the purpose of conducting research in the area of speech or audiology.


2019 Grant Details and Application

Application Deadline:

June 1, 2019

Student Scholarships


The OSLHA Scholarship Fund was established in 1992. Since that time, because of the generosity of OSLHA members, students entering Speech-Language and/or Audiology graduate programs in Ohio universities have received awards totaling over $48,000! 

Our scholarship committee selects recipients annually from our university nominations of outstanding student candidates.  Recipients are announced and awarded this recognition at our annual convention awards luncheon.  Consider joining us for this wonderful celebration or please consider supporting the scholarship fund in your absence. The OSLHA Scholarship Fund is maintained as an endowment in a Foundation – meaning that your gifts are never spent, only the interest they generate. This assures OSLHA will be able to encourage students as they continue their education in our professions for many, many years to come!

Accepting Donations:

Contributions to the Scholarship Fund may be made to HONOR a family member, colleague, mentor or, IN MEMORY of a special person who has passed away. The Scholarship Committee will send a letter to the individual or family when requested. Please use the Scholarship Fund to remember those that have enhanced your life and/or professional endeavors and success.

You may contribute to OSLHA’s Scholarship Fund by completing that section of the OSLHA Membership form and adding the contribution to your dues payment or send your donation at any time to the OSLHA Business Office at PO Box 309, Germantown, OH 45327.

Scholarship process is underway through recommendations by university faculty. 

Please send donations to the OSLHA Business Office at PO Box 309, Germantown, OH 45327.

Awards & Recognition

We are honored to recognize a large number of students from across the state with various awards and recognition’s each year.

Student Recognition Award

This award recognizes up to two (2) undergraduate or graduate students in the field of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.


  1. Outstanding leadership qualities,
  2. Innovative contributions to the field of Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology, NSSLHA or OSLHA,
  3. Membership and involvement in NSSLHA or SAA,
  4. Membership and involvement in OSLHA.

Nomination Deadline:

Dec. 15th annually

Advocacy Recognition Award

This award recognizes those Speech or Hearing students or professionals who go above and beyond their regular job duties to advocate for a patient, patient population or professional cause. Don’t let their efforts go unrecognized! Approved nominations will be highlighted quarterly in our Communication Matters Newsletter and a single annual winner will be selected from approved nominations to receive formal recognition and an award plaque at our annual convention held in Columbus in March.


  1. An SLP, Audiologist or SLP/Audiology student in Ohio
  2. An OSLHA Member in good standing
  3. In good standing with the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  4. Have demonstrated an incident where they went above and beyond their job to advocate for a patient or professional cause
  5. Able to demonstrate a positive outcome as a result of their advocacy effort(s)

Nomination Deadline:

Accepted year-round

Outstanding Graduate & Undergraduate Student Awards

Every year OSLHA honors up to 3 outstanding students from each university that offers Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology programs.


OSLHA considers an “outstanding student” someone who not only excels academically, but who also has outstanding interpersonal skills, shows evidence of leadership, and is dedicated to the ideals of the profession.


These students are selected by their university and are named at our annual OSLHA convention awards luncheon. The selected graduate and undergraduate students are awarded a free registration to the OSLHA Convention, as well as a one-year free Honorary OSLHA Membership for the following fiscal year.

We welcome you to register to join us at this annual event to celebrate the outstanding students in our state university programs who are preparing to enter the Speech and Audiology professions!

Selected by Individual Universities

Awarded at the OSLHA Convention