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Shelton Scholar – ASPIRE Scholarship

ASPIRE scholarships bridge the gap and take “need” out of the conversation, removing financial barriers to allow students whose academic pursuits align with Jacksonville University to attend and succeed. These scholarships allow us to take institutional aid and stretch it further to attract and retain our aspirational students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, need, and diversity.

The Shelton Scholar – ASPIRE Scholarship program awarded its first scholarship in the 2017-2018 academic year due to a generous gift provided by Jamie Shelton and Allison Korman Shelton. The Shelton Scholar is awarded to a deserving incoming graduate student in the MS in Speech-Language Pathology program in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences at Jacksonville University. Each year, one student is chosen for their demonstration of academic excellence, experience in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, and their strong potential as a future clinician. Shelton Scholars receive a scholarship in the amount of $5000.

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Nemours Scholarship

Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Clinic- Jacksonville is dedicated to servicing the speech and hearing needs of children identified with hearing loss. Nemours is the premier provider of otolaryngology services in the Southeast, from newborn hearing screenings to cochlear implants to speech and hearing rehabilitation. We work closely with our community partners to ensure that the needs of our families are met allowing for success across the continuum of care from birth to age 18 years of age. We are proud to collaborate with Jacksonville University in providing an annual scholarship to a speech language pathology graduate student who demonstrates a specific interest in furthering their education in the assessment and treatment of children identified with hearing loss. Over five semesters, the student will have the opportunity to gain experience in research and clinical practicum sites that will allow exposure to multiple methodologies for treatment of hearing loss.

Nemours will award a $5,000.00 stipend to a First Year Graduate Student in the Speech Language Pathology program who has a specific interest in treating children with hearing loss. The award is eligible for renewal to a Second Year Graduate Student in the Speech Language Pathology program, depending on the student’s academic and clinical standing. The student will complete the following internship and externship placements over the course of their Jacksonville University Masters of Science Speech Language Pathology graduate program.

1) Semester One: Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Clinic Audiology Research Assistant (up to 4 hours per week)

2) Semester Two: Duval County Public Schools, Waterleaf Elementary placement (public school option for children with hearing Loss) (up to 10-15 hours per week)

3) Semester Three: Nemours Children’s Specialty Clinic Care Speech Pathology/Audiology under the supervision of a Listening Spoken Language Specialist (up to 15-20 hours per week). This will include attendance and assistance with the annual Cochlear Implant Summer Camp in June.

4) Semester Four: Adult placement assigned by Jacksonville University

5) Semester Five: Clarke School for Hearing and Speech Externship (up to 40 hours per week)

To be eligible for the scholarship, students will be required to submit a letter of intent addressed to Catherine Swanson at Nemours Children’s Specialty Clinic (807 Children’s Way, Jacksonville, Florida 32207). The finalists will submit to a panel interview by representatives of the involved clinical sites for final selection.

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Speech/Language Pathology (SLP) Tuition Support Program

Program Description

The Speech/Language Pathology (SLP) Tuition Support Program, administered by Florida State University, provides financial assistance for participants to earn a Master’s degree in speech/language pathology. This year, the program provides tuition reimbursements of $2,800 per semester for students who are enrolled in part-time Master’s programs (i.e. FSU), and $3,200 per semester for those enrolled in full-time on campus programs. In order to receive support, students must commit to working in the Florida public schools for at least two years per year of funding they accept. Participants are required to attend webinars and other learning activities during the semesters in which they accept funding.

Admissions Criteria

In order to be accepted into the SLP Tuition Support Program, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent hours with a major in the field (i.e., Communication Sciences & Disorders or Speech & Hearing Science; or have taken pre-requisite coursework)
  • Enrolled in a speech/language pathology master’s degree program
  • Recommended by a Department of Communication faculty advisor
  • Recommended by a current school or district administrator (if applicable)
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major or 1000 on the GRE
  • Submitted a completed application

Priority will be given to applicants who are:

  • Currently employed as a bachelor’s level SLP or SLA in a Florida public school or
  • Within three semesters of graduating with a master’s degree in a speech/language pathology
  • Serving small and rural districts

We also serve students working in Florida schools who attend online programs in other states. Please contact us with any questions on the program and its requirements.

Contact Information

For an application or more specific program details, please contact Juliann Woods at or Mollie Romano at or by phone at (850) 644-9141.

Funding provided by the Personnel Development Partnerships grant through the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B.

Jacksonville University students should discuss their application with a faculty member prior to contacting the program at Florida State.

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