Scholarships for SAC Student Associates

Click each scholarship name to learn more about the

scholarship and any additional criteria.

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Cycle One

Cycle Two

Opens: September 30, 2022

Closes: November 30, 2022

Opens: November 30, 2022

Closes: February 15, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

Elks and Purple Fund for
Children Scholarship

(4 scholarship categories)

 
Number of
Awards

13

Value (each)

$1,000 to $2,000

Beach Family Graduate Scholarship

 
Number of
Awards

2

Value (each)

$2,500

SAC Research Scholarship

 
Number of
Awards

2

Value (each)

$1,000

Grace Margaret Harris Scholarship

 
Number of
Awards

1

Value (each)

$1,000

Isabel Richard Scholarship

 
Number of
Awards

3

Value (each)

$1,000

SAC Student Achievement Award

 
Number of
Awards

2

Value (each)

$1,000

KIDSPEECH Leadership Scholarship

 
Number of
Awards

1

Value (each)

$1,000

KIDSPEECH Doctoral Scholarship

 
Number of
Awards

1

Value (each)

$2,000

Audiology Leadership Scholarship

 
Number of
Awards

1

Value (each)

$1,000

KIDSPEECH Travelling Scholarship

 

 
Number of
Awards

1

Value (each)

$2,000

   

 

SAC Communication Health Assistant Student Scholarship
 

 
Number of
Awards

1

Value (each)

$750

Eligibility

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • A full-time student:
    • Enrolled in an accredited academic speech-language pathology or audiology program
  • A current SAC Student Associate. Not a member?  You can join today and receive discounts and benefits that will support you as a student and throughout your career.

 

General Criteria for All Students

In order for an application to be deemed complete and considered by the Scholarship Committee, it must meet the requirements defined in the scholarship description. All applicants must submit the following:

  1. One (1) Academic Reference from a full/associate/assistant professor of your department. References are asked to use the provided form. The completed form must be sent to SAC directly from the individual providing the reference, or it will not be included as part of the application. All reference forms must be received by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Academic Transcripts in letter-grade form (A, B, C…).  Transcripts with grades listed as pass or fail will not be accepted. Students can submit unofficial copies. SAC reserves the right to request copies of official transcripts.  Students in their first year can submit their undergraduate degree transcript. 
  3. A personal short essay (maximum word counts not to exceed 500 words): Tell us about the significant life experiences and role models that have shaped your career choice, your special interests in the field, and your personal goals as a practitioner.

     

Additional Criteria for Select Scholarships

Some scholarships have additional criteria which must be submitted in order for the application to be deemed complete. Please refer to the scholarship descriptions for more information.

Some scholarships require the submission of a Clinical Reference. This must come from the agency where the student has undertaken clinical practice and use the provided form. The completed form must be sent to SAC directly from the individual providing the reference for it to be included as part of the application. Reference forms must be received by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For Audiology: Online | PDF
  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF

Students applying for multiple scholarships requiring a Clinical Reference only need one clinical reference for their application. 
 

 

FAQs

I am a professional who is enrolled in a graduate program part-time. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

No. Applicants must be full-time students in a qualified program.

 

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

You can apply for multiple scholarships. Make sure you can meet the criteria for the scholarships you select.

 

Do I need to submit a separate application for each scholarship?

No, you can use one application form. Some scholarships have special criteria that you must submit with your application.

 

Can I include the references with my application?

No, the reference forms must be emailed to SAC by your reference, or they will not be considered as part of your application.

 

Do I need to submit official transcripts?

You can submit digital copies of your transcripts; however, SAC reserves the right to request a physical, official transcript if deemed necessary.

 

Can I submit a printed application?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept printed applications at this time. If you are unable to apply online please contact membership@sac-oac.ca for further assistance.

 

Can I use the same essay, references and transcripts I used in CYCLE ONE to apply for CYCLE TWO scholarships?

Yes.

 

When will the scholarship recipients be announced?

SAC will announce the recipients in late spring.

 

Do I need to be a member of SAC to apply for a scholarship?

Yes, the scholarship program is only open to current SAC Student Associates. Not a member? You can join SAC prior to submitting your scholarship application. Plus, you will receive excellent benefits that will help you with your career.

 

Do I need to be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident?

Yes, scholarship recipients must provide proof of citizenship or permanent resident status.
 


ELKS & ROYAL PURPLE FUND FOR CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIPS

The Elks of Canada is a Canadian volunteer organization of men and women serving communities across the country.  Speech and hearing disorders continue to be the main area of focus for The Elks & Royal Purple of Canada. Thanks to this remarkable charity, individuals across Canada have received hearing aids, cochlear implants, therapeutic treatment sessions and so much more.  A large part of Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children efforts is directed to the communication health and needs of children. For more information about becoming a member of the Elks of Canada, please visit www.jointheelks.ca

Preference for the Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children Scholarships will be given to students who plan to pursue a career working with children.
 

 
Deborah Kully Scholarship

Deborah Kully was the co-founder and long-time (retired) Executive Director of ISTAR, the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student who been involved in one of the Elk’s programs.
 

To Apply: 

Students must have been involved with one of the Elk’s programs (ISTAR, SPARC, BC Family Hearing Resource Society, Central Speech and Hearing Clinic and Ontario Voice).


Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For Audiology: Online | PDF
  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF
 
Amount

$2,000

Number Awarded

1

Open

September 30, 2022

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022

 

 
Susan Lane Scholarship

Named in honour of the long-time director of the BC Family Hearing Resource Centre, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has been involved in one of the Elks’ programs.
 

To Apply: 

Students must have been involved with one of the Elk’s programs (ISTAR, SPARC, BC Family Hearing Resource Society, Central Speech and Hearing Clinic and Ontario Voice).
 

Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For Audiology: Online | PDF
  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF
 
Amount

$2,000

Number Awarded

1

Open

September 30, 2022

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022

 
William J. Blake Scholarship

Named in honour of William Blake, National Executive Director and Executive Administrator of the Elks of Canada for 28 years (1987 - 2015). This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who, in addition to meeting the general criteria, is a member or a relative of a member of the Elks of Canada.
 

To Apply: 

Students must be a member, or have a relative who is a member, of the Elks of Canada.
 

Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For Audiology: Online | PDF
  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF
 
Amount

$2,000

Number Awarded

1

Open

September 30, 2022

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022

 
Gordon Leslie Memorial Scholarship

Named in honour of Mr. Gordon Leslie, a benefactor from Marwayne, Alberta, who left a bequest to the Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children.
 

Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For Audiology: Online | PDF
  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF
 
Amount

$1,000

Number Awarded

10

Open

September 30, 2022

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022


Beach Family Scholarships

The Beach Family Scholarships were created in 2017 in loving memory of a family member who graduated from a Master’s speech-language pathology program and who was especially passionate about geriatric and pediatric speech-language pathology. The family created the scholarships with the goal of improving communication health services for adults and children across Canada.

Preference will be given to students who plan to work in the areas of pediatrics and/or geriatrics in rural, remote or underserved communities.
 

 
Beach Family Graduate Scholarships

The Beach Family Graduate Scholarships are awarded annually to two (2) graduate students who are entering or are enrolled in an audiology or speech-language pathology program and who express an interest in serving geriatric and/or pediatric populations in rural, remote or underserved communities.
 

To Apply: 

Students must prepare a short response (maximum 500 words) to the following question:
 

Describe your interest in serving underserved communities. Your response should include:

  • What community do you wish to work with?
  • Why did want to work in this specific community?
  • Include any volunteer experience you have with this community.
     

Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For Audiology: Online | PDF
  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF
 
Amount

$2,500

Number Awarded

2

Open

November 30, 2022

Application Deadline

February 15, 2023


KIDSPEECH Scholarships

KIDSPEECH™ has been serving both children and adults since 1988. The founder and long-time member of SAC, Maria Scaringi, is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Canadian Life Care Planner who has worked with thousands of clients over the past three decades.

Graduate students enrolled in an accredited speech-language pathology program are welcome to apply.
 

 
KIDSPEECH Leadership Scholarship

The KIDSPEECH Leadership scholarship will be offered to promising speech-language pathology students who demonstrate philanthropic initiative, motivation and a vision for the future beyond their careers.  Extracurricular activities such as volunteering or participating in a sports league enable you to learn more about what activities and fields you enjoy, identify your strengths and build connections. As an agent of social change, you impact your communities while gaining essential skills and experiences.
 

To Apply: 

Students must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program for speech-language pathology, and prepare a short response (maximum 500 words) to the following question:
 

Describe how your extracurricular activities prepare you for a career as a speech-language pathologist. Your response should include the following:

  • A description of a wide range of activities (volunteering, participating in sports or arts; music, dancing, painting, photography)
  • What have you learned about yourself, others and your community through each of these experiences? Be specific!
  • How will these aforementioned activities and experiences prepare you for a career as a speech-language pathologist?

 

Additional Criteria:  

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF
 
Amount

$1,000

Number Awarded

1

Open

September 30, 2022

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022

 
KIDSPEECH Doctoral Scholarship

The KIDSPEECH™ Doctoral Scholarship is designed for S-LP students entering into, or currently enrolled in, a doctorate, post doctorate or research PhD. This student will contribute to growth within the field of human communication through their commitment to specialization, research and leadership potential.  This scholarship is ideal for a student who:

  • Specializes in various aspects in the field of cognitive communications, focused on children or adolescents who may have experienced a concussion, head injury, stroke or other neurological injuries affecting cognitive communication skills; or
  • Specializes in communication difficulties among children diagnosed with Asperger’s, Autism or learning difficulties/literacy (namely reading and writing skills).
     

To Apply: 

Students must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program for speech-language pathology, and prepare a short response (maximum 500 words) to the following question:
 

Most speech-language pathologists’ practice with a master’s degree.  Why have you chosen to pursue training at the doctoral level? Your response should include the following details:

  • Why training at the doctoral level will enhance your professional career
  • Your plans once you have attained your doctoral degree
  • Discuss the relevance of your dissertation to the clinical practice of SLP
     

Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF
 
Amount

$2,000

Number Awarded

1

Open

November 30, 2022

Application Deadline

February 15, 2023

 
KIDSPEECH Travelling Scholarship

The KIDSPEECH™ Travelling Scholarship will support a student facing financial barriers to accepting a placement in a rural, remote or underserved community. (Note:  a community is considered rural or remote if it has a population of less than 10,000 and/or has a population density of less than 150 people per square kilometer).  This scholarship is ideal for a student who has a confirmed placement in a rural/remote/underserved community in Canada, or who is travelling abroad for their S-LP training.
 

To Apply: 

Students must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program for speech-language pathology, and prepare a short response (maximum 500 words) to the following questions:

  • why is this placement or location of interest to you?
  • what financial challenges present barriers to your placement?
  • what might be some of the challenges for you while training in a remote/underserved community/abroad?
     

Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF
     

Preference will be given to:

  • students who intend to work with a bilingual population
  • students who address communication disorders in children, adolescents or adults who experience cognitive communication difficulties
  • students who study and research the impact of the pandemic on children’s development in speech, language, social, academic, literacy and cognitive issues
     

NOTE: The recipient of the KIDSPEECH Travelling Scholarship will be required to submit confirmation from their clinical coordinator of a confirmed placement (planned or in progress) before receiving the scholarship award.

 
Amount

$2,000

Number Awarded

1

Open

November 30, 2022

Application Deadline

February 15, 2023


SAC Scholarships

SAC recognizes that students are a vital part of our membership and the future of the professions we represent.  The SAC Research Scholarships are funded through sponsorships with our affinity partners and donations from individuals.
 

 
Audiology Leadership Scholarship

The Audiology Leadership scholarship will be offered to promising audiology students who demonstrate philanthropic initiative, motivation and a vision for the future that extends beyond their career.  Extracurricular activities such as volunteering or participating in a sports league enable you to learn more about what activities and fields you enjoy, identify your strengths and build connections. As an agent of social change, you are impacting your communities while gaining important skills and experiences.
 

To Apply: 

Students must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program for audiology, and prepare a short response (maximum 500 words) to the following question:
 

Describe how your extracurricular activities prepare you for a career as an audiologist. Your response should include the following:

  • A description of a wide range of activities (volunteering, participating in sports or arts; music, dancing, painting, photography)
  • What have you learned about yourself, others and your community through each of these experiences? Be specific!
  • How will these aforementioned activities and experiences prepare you for a career as an audiologist?


Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For Audiology: Online | PDF
 
Amount

$1,000

Number Awarded

1

Open

September 30, 2022

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022


SAC Research Scholarship

The SAC Research Scholarship is intended for a student who conducts a research project during his/her master’s degree in audiology or speech-language pathology. 
 

To Apply: 

Students must prepare a short response to the following question (maximum 500 words):
 

Describe your research project. Your response should include:

  • A brief description of your research project
  • How the outcomes will impact the field of human communication or communication disorders
  • How your research can be applied in a clinical setting
     

Additional Criteria: 

  • Clinical Evaluation Form For Audiology: Online | PDF
  • Clinical Evaluation Form For S-LP: Online | PDF

Amount

$1,000

Number Awarded

2

Open

September 30, 2022

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022

 
SAC Student Achievement Award

This annual award is presented to two (2) students who show exceptional promise in providing outstanding patient care as a clinical audiologist or speech-language pathologist. The recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee from the scholarship applications received in Cycles One and Two.

 
Amount

$1,000

Number Awarded

2

 

 
Grace Margaret Harris Scholarship

Grace Margaret Harris was a charter member of SAC and received the honours of the Association in 1977.  In 1992, she was appointed to the Order of Canada for contributions. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in a Canadian university.
 

To Apply: 

Create a resource that can be distributed to communicate information. (ex. A poster, an infographic, a children’s book). The practice setting is a rural community health centre
 

Prepare a short description explaining how the resource will be beneficial to the target audience for the practice setting (maximum word count: 500).

 
Amount

$1,000

Number Awarded

1

Open

November 30, 2022

Application Deadline

February 15, 2023

 
Isabel Richard Scholarship

Isabel Richard was a founding member of the Canadian Speech and Hearing Association (now known as SAC).  As the association’s first President, her dedication and vision helped establish the association and bring together professionals from across Canada. This scholarship is awarded to three (3) students each year.

 

 

 
Amount

$1,000

Number Awarded

3

Open

September 30, 2022

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022


SAC CHA Student Associates: Click here to learn more about the SAC Communication Health Assistant Student Scholarship.
 


Past Scholarship Recipients

Below you will find video and written testimonies from past recipients of the SAC Scholarship Program. 

To view the 2021-2022 scholarship recipients, click here

To view a list of past scholarship recipients, visit our recipients webpage

"I would again like to express my heartfelt thanks for the SAC's support in helping to realize my plans for future participation in professional issues. Thank you again for financially contributing to my research and personal development through this generous award."
- Marie Shuman, Msc. Speech-Language Pathology (2020 Graduate)

"I was thrilled and honoured to learn that I was awarded an Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children Scholarship. It is a great feeling to receive this recognition from the Elks and SAC- two organizations that do so much both for their members and for the community. Meanwhile, as I enter the home stretch of my academic program, this scholarship will help to alleviate some financial burden and allow me to focus more closely on future academic and clinical endeavours."
- 2019 Scholarship Recipient