Student Leadership Development Program

The Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association is proud to host our 15th Annual Student Leadership Development Program for current students in any of the communication sciences and disorders programs at an Ohio institution of higher education. Our 2024 Program will take place in Columbus, OH on March 15, 2024 from 9 am – 5 pm.

The OSLHA Student Leadership Development Program is designed for currently enrolled communication disorders students to:

  • Support education and training in the general area of leadership
  • Provide basic understanding of the process and strategies for effective advocacy
  • Encourage and facilitate lasting leadership opportunities for graduates of the program.


Programming will include a full day of sessions addressing leadership skills, legislative advocacy, diversity in leadership, and an opportunity to integrate with leaders in the OSLHA community. Students will interact with various established leaders in the field and engage in personal development activities such as team building, skills identification and leadership practice. Student participants will be recognized and will receive a certificate of completion.

Participants are selected to participate in our 2024 event through a competitive application process. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 10 selected students. Every attempt will be made to select participants representing as many Ohio-based universities as possible.

This Program is Made Possible Thanks to Sponsorship Support From:

What Past Participants Say About This Program…

“I gained valuable insight into developing my skills both as a leader and as an advocate for patients, families, and myself.”

“This day empowered and inspired me to feel confident as I enter the field as a professional.”

“An exceptional day full of education and insight.”

“The presentations were really helpful in understanding how my personality type ties into my leadership capabilities and how I can apply my strengths to become an optimal leader.”

“This event was extremely helpful in allowing me to further understand my own personal strengths, other people’s strengths,
and how those strengths can work together to create the most conducive work environment.”

“I enjoyed learning about advocacy as it is something that’s so important, but we haven’t had very many opportunities to learn about it in school!”

“I thought it was highly valuable to have such fantastic, involved members of OSLHA available throughout the day.
I learned a lot and had the opportunity to see leaders in the field interacting, which was truly inspiring.”

Who’s Eligible


  • Eligible applicants must:
    • Be a student (undergraduate senior, graduate, doctoral, professional doctoral)
    • Be enrolled, at the time the program is being conducted, in a communication disorders academic program in an Ohio institution
    • Have at least a 3.0 university GPA
    • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of the selection
    • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the U.S., or have an F-1 student visa
    • Be a member of OSLHA at the time of the application and at the time of participation in the leadership program.


Submission Requirements


  • Personal Statement
  • Current CV/Resumé data
  • A letter of support of nomination:
    • One letter from a faculty member at their major program of study
    • This letter should confirm the eligibility of the applicant and must be written on university letterhead.
    • Students should obtain support documents from their supporter and include them in their application form submission.
  • A single application submission with all of the required elements should be submitted by the published deadline via the form below.


Additional Program Details


    • OSLHA will provide a $25 gas card per participant to cover travel expenses that pertain to this event. Travel expenses that exceed this amount will be the responsibility of the participant.
    • Individuals who are selected for the program are strongly encouraged to register and participate in the annual OSLHA conference activities.
    • Applicants must affirm that they will be available to participate in the entire program.


Student Leadership Development Program Application

  • Applicant Information

  • Indicate an alternate email where you will be reachable after this semester ends (if not at the above email address).
  • Indicate your current citizenship status
  • University/Education Details

  • Indicate the educational program/major you are currently studying/pursuing.
  • Indicate the level of education you are currently enrolled in.
  • University NameDegree EarnedSpecialty/Focus AreaYear Completed 
    List your academic history (if any)
  • Employment & Accomplishments

  • Include Your Resume with Your 3 Most Recent Employment Experiences Listed Within.
    Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • List 3 of your most notable personal, academic or professional accomplishments
  • List any volunteer activities you have engaged in
  • List any (academic, sports, talent, or professional) awards or recognitions you have received:
  • List any civic or community activities you participated in planning, hosting, or leading. Be sure to include dates and organization affiliations.
  • Personal Statement:

  • Prepare and upload a 1-page written statement answering these questions "Why Are You Applying for This Program, What Do You Hope to Gain From This Experience and What Are Your Post-Graduation Goals"?
    Max. file size: 256 MB.
  • Acknowledgements

    In the event I am selected as a participant in this OSLHA programming...
  • Supporting Documentation

    Upload Your Required Letter of Support
  • Upload One Letter of Support From a Faculty Member of Your Major Program of Study
    Max. file size: 10 MB.
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    Upload One Letter of Support From the Program Director or Chair of Your Academic Program.
    Max. file size: 10 MB.
  • Deadline

    Submit your application by our February 2, 2024 Deadline!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

This Program is Made Possible Thanks to Sponsorship Support From:

Become a Member!

Join our Membership Community Today!

  • Full Membership (Speech & Audiology Professionals): $75
  • Associate Membership (Allied Professions, Consumers, Clinical Fellows): $45
  • Student Membership (Full-time CSD Students): $25
  • Life Memberships Available to Lifetime Membership Participants


Benefits: Members receive significant discounts off the OSLHA Convention as well as access to exclusive online continuing education programming and accessibility to reasonably priced professional liability insurance coverage, ALL Included in an annual membership. All memberships expire on June 30th.