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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.
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.
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
- Are 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.
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.