Speech and Hearing Sciences Scholarships and Awards

 

Audiology Alumni Annual Scholarship
More than 30 Division of Speech and Hearing Science alumni and faculty members responded to the call to create the Division’s first AuD Annual Scholarship. Their gifts have been matched dollar-for-dollar through other contributions to the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Advancement Fund. The new audiology scholarship will be offered for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years and will help ensure that our AuD program (which has risen to #6 in the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking) has the resources it needs to maintain its record of excellence, attract the best applicants, and provide students with the best educational opportunities.

Janice Rebecca Pettie Bowles Speech and Hearing Sciences Scholarship
The Janice Rebecca Pettie Bowles Speech and Hearing Sciences Time-Limited Scholarship was established through the generosity of Lauren Peyton Graves (’05) in memory of her aunt, Janice Rebecca Pettie Bowles. Born in 1956, Janice Rebecca Pettie Bowles graduated from Martinsville High School in Martinsville, Virgninia, and attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond before transferring to Averett College (now Averett University) in Danville, Virginia. There, she received her BS in Education with endorsements in several core areas, such as mathematics and reading, and her MS in Curriculum and Instruction. She also earned an endorsement in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia. She worked in many capacities for the Martinsville City School System for 26 years, teaching special education and mathematics, serving as an educational diagnostician, and coordinating community outreach. She further demonstrated her love for teaching the youth in her community by frequently delivering the children’s sermon at her church. Janice’s journey in educating children ended with her passing in 2005. The creation of the Janice Rebecca Pettie Bowles Speech and Hearing Sciences Scholarship in Janice’s honor and memory will continue her legacy of dedication and love for teaching children.

Dr. Sylvia Campbell Speech and Hearing Sciences Annual Scholarship
The Dr. Sylvia Campbell Speech and Hearing Sciences Time-Limited Scholarship was established through the generosity of Gary Campbell in honor of his wife, Sylvia, as a surprise for her birthday. Dr. Sylvia Campbell earned an MS in speech and hearing sciences and an MS in Audiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and 1977, respectively, and a PhD in speech and hearing sciences in 1993 from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an active member of ASHA and was awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence in 1974. Dr. Campbell helped organize and staff the Southeastern Speech and Hearing Center in Fayetteville, NC, and then served as the resident speech-language pathologist at the North Carolina Developmental Evaluation Clinics in Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, and Raleigh. From 2000 to 2006, she was an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate School of Human Development at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In 2006, she joined the faculty of Kuwait University as an assistant professor in the newly established Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the College for Women in Kuwait. There, she taught essential prerequisite and upper-level courses. She extended her commitment to the University of Kuwaitfor an additional academic year in order to teach several courses essential for graduation. She celebrates and challenges the first class of young Kuwaiti women who graduated in June 2008 as the first locally trained speech-language specialists.

Adult Communications Disorders Annual Scholarship
The Adult Communications Disorders Time-Limited Scholarship was established through the generosity of Amy Chaney Heffern (’86) and John Heffern (’83) for a student interested in any aspect of adult communication disorders. Amy received her BA in 1984 and MS in speech and hearing sciences in 1986, and John received a BA in economics in 1983 and an MBA from the Kenan-Flager Business School in 1988. Amy has a private practice serving adult clients in the Princeton, NJ, area, primarily contracting with University Medical Center at Princeton. She is also in the process of founding the Central New Jersey Laryngectomee Support Group in conjunction with the local American Cancer Society to provide support, education, and community outreach to individuals with laryngectomies and their families. John is a managing partner and senior portfolio manager at Chartwell Investment Partners in Philadelphia.

Diversity Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology
The UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Diversity Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology seeks to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups pursuing a master’s degree in SLP. The goal is to enhance the racial, ethnic, linguistic, and gender diversity of our program and of the profession. The purpose of this fund is two-fold: 1) to increase the racial, ethnic, linguistic, and gender diversity of the SLP program by providing scholarships to students from under-represented groups; and 2) to support recruitment activities aimed at attracting individuals from under-represented groups to academic programs offered within the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Robert W. Peters Award
The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences established the Robert W. Peters Award Fund to honor students with demonstrated interest in research and potential to contribute to research. Professor Robert W. Peters joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina in 1969 and founded the Institute of Speech and Hearing Sciences, which later became a division in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. He chaired the academic program in speech and hearing until 1981 and taught coursework in psychoacoustics, fluency disorders, and research design. Dr. Peters’ research focused on auditory and speech perception, sensation and perception, and stuttering. He later became a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi where he served as Departmental Chair of Speech and Hearing Sciences and as Research Administrator for the University. In 1981 and 1982, he served as a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in England, the beginning of a research collaboration that is still active.

Norman and Nevada Pierce Annual Scholarship
The Norman and Nevada Pierce Annual Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) and the Pierce family. Mr. and Mrs. Pierce were staunch advocates of higher education and produced three first-generation college completers: Sharon Pierce Culpepper, special and regular education teacher; Jeffrey Pierce, MD, traumatic brain injury specialist; and Patsy Pierce, PhD, CCC-SLP. Patsy Pierce was one of the original researchers at the CLDS and is a former faculty member in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The Pierce scholarship honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Pierce by supporting a second-year MS-SLP student with demonstrated financial need who wants to work with individuals with developmental disabilities including traumatic brain injury.

Rebecca Rule Womble Speech and Hearing Sciences Annual Scholarship
The Rebecca Rule Womble Speech and Hearing Sciences Annual Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. The scholarship was established through the generosity of George Womble (’68) in honor of his wife Rebecca Rule Womble who graduated with MS Speech-Language Pathology in 1972 from the UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Speech Hearing Sciences. “I was so very glad George established the scholarship in my name, and I am glad to share this honor with my cousin Sally Rule Taylor in whose name we previously funded a scholarship,” said Rebecca. “It is wonderful to be able to ‘pay it forward’ since I myself was the recipient of a scholarship when I had the privilege of enrolling in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at UNC, and subsequently graduated with the inaugural class. I have also greatly enjoyed serving on the Advisory Board to the Division and celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2010. Getting to know Dr. Peters and now Dr. Roush has been an honor and no doubt explains in part why this program has become one of the best in the country/world! My experience in the field was limited as other opportunities opened up for me including motherhood, women’s ministry, and mission work. But I know the incredible impact that the field of speech and hearing sciences can have and we delight in helping some deserving students pursue their calling.”