Finanial Aid: Scholarships and Assistantships

Genevieve Arnold Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dr. Genevieve Arnold who developed the University of Houston’s program in Communication Disorders over thirty years ago. It is awarded to a graduate student.

  • Eligibility: Students applying to the COMD graduate program.
  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Application deadline: February 1st (with admission); Nomiantions made by admissions committee
  • Award date: August of first semester in graduate program.

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Dr. Genevieve Arnold developed the UH Program in Communication Disorders over thirty years ago. She established an active Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic that was available to the public. She was responsible for graduating the first speech and language clinicians in the Houston area. She maintained close ties with the psychology department and the University of Houston Radio Station. Her legacy lives on in the strong Communication Disorders Department on the campus of the University of Houston.

The Beck Scholarships

The Beck Scholarships honor Drs. Jack and Tina Bangs.

Four recipients are identified each year. Recipients earn $4,000 for a 6-month commitment (January through June or July through December) to work 10 hours per week at a local Community Clinic. Reappointment can be made one time. Selection of awardees is based on academic and clinical skills. Fluency in Spanish is an advantage.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least one semester of clinic at the UH Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic. 
  • Award amount: $4,000
  • Responsibilities: Recipient works 10 hours/week for 6 months in a local community clinic. This placement fulfills the requirement for a school/child externship.
  • Application deadline: November 8. Application consists of a letter of interest and resume. Selected individuals will be interviewed for the position.
  • Award period: January-June or July-December.

Tina E. Bangs Memorial Scholarship

The Bangs Memorial scholarship is awarded every other year to a graduate student interested in early childhood education. It honors the legacy of Dr. Bangs who was a strong advocate of young children with language and learning disorders.

  • Eligibility: Students applying to the graduate program with an interest in child language and learning disorders.
  • Award amount: $2,500 over 2 years of graduate study.
  • Responsibilities:  In his/her first fall semester, the awardee must “volunteer” with the Language Learning Group (LLG) at the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic: a United Way facility. The awardee’s spring semester clinic assignment will be the LLG.  The awardee will then write a paper that will focus on an area of early childhood education, and incorporate their LLG experience.
  • Application deadline: February 1st (with admission); Nominations made by admission committee
  • Award date: August of first semester in graduate program. 


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This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Tina E. Bangs. Dr. Bangs was co-founder of the Houston Speech and Hearing Center, which became the University of Texas Speech and Hearing Institute.

Dr. Bangs believed in the value of early intervention for developmentally delayed children (0-3), due to language, cognitive, social-personal, hearing and motor-skill impairments. She published numerous articles and books that focused on early intervention. Dr. Bangs worked nationally and locally to make sure children with disabilities were identified early and enrolled in intervention programs. She was named Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association and was the first recipient of the Frank Kleffner Clinical Achievement Award.

This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Bangs by offering students the opportunity to study in the Department of Communication Disorders and to gain experience in early childhood intervention.

Margaret Crabtree Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dr. Margaret Crabtree, former supervisor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Houston Independent School System. It is awarded to a graduate student who is committed to working in the public schools.

  • Eligibility: Students who successfully complete the first semester of the graduate program and express desire to work in the public schools after graduation.
  • Award amount: $500
  • Application deadline: November/December
  • Award date: March of first year in the graduate program: award announced at the TSHA Annual Convention (link to TSHA).

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This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Margaret Cooper Crabtree. She was a pioneer in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Crabtree earned her Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate from the University of Houston. Her state certification in Speech Therapy was one of the first issued by the Texas Speech and Hearing Association.

She served as head of the Speech-Language Pathology Department of the Houston Independent School District from 1957 to 1972. She developed the Houston Test of Language Development, a language test for children, ages 6 months to 6 years.
Dr. Crabtree was honored by the Texas Speech and Hearing Association in 1972 for her outstanding contributions to the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Crabtree's friends and colleagues in the Texas Speech Language Hearing Foundation (link to TSHA Foundation) have initiated this scholarship in her honor.

COMD General Scholarships

These scholarships, provided by the College of Liberal Arts & Social Science Dean’s Office, are designed for recruitment purposes to attract the best graduate students to the program.

  • Eligibility: All students accepted into the COMD Master's program.
  • Award amount: varies with award
  • Application deadline: with application (automatic)
  • Award date: August

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These scholarships, provided by the College of Liberal Arts & Social Science Dean’s Office, are designed for recruitment purposes to attract the best graduate students to the program. During the admissions process, each member of the committee reviews all applications for admission and ranks the applicants based on the following weighted criteria: Academic record (overall GPA and last 60 credit hours), GRE scores, a written personal statement and three letters of recommendation. Following the independent scoring, a consensus score is obtained for each applicant. Students are ranked hierarchically based on those scores, and the top applicants with the highest composite scores are targeted for recruitment. Those who are particularly stellar (in the top 10%) are also submitted to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies for consideration for Presidential/Cullen/Ehrhardt Fellowships.

The Presidential/Cullen/Ehrhardt Fellowships

The Presidential/Cullen/Ehrhardt Fellowships provide funds to recruit outstanding students. Only students of exceptional caliber who represent extraordinary recruitment opportunities will be considered for these fellowships.

  • Eligibility: Students in the upper 10% of admitted students and who have been awarded a departmental scholarship are considered for nomination by the scholarship committee.
  • Award amount: varies with award
  • Application deadline: Students do not apply for fellowships; scholarship committee prepares nominations.
  • Award date: August

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The Presidential/Cullen/Ehrhardt Fellowships provide funds to recruit outstanding students. Only students of exceptional caliber who represent extraordinary recruitment opportunities will be considered for these fellowships. The two-year fellowships are available for outstanding students who are entering graduate or professional programs at the University of Houston. The potential for academic excellence is the main criteria for selection. Students must meet minimum full-time enrollment (9hrs) and 3.0 GPA to maintain the Fellowship each semester. The Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies reviews nominations and awards the fellowship. Recipients will be awarded a fellowship that will match the departmental/college supplemental award 2-to-1 up to a designated amount based on comparable awards nationally in the discipline.

Communication Disorders Alumni Scholarships

This scholarship is funded by the Communication Disorders Alumni Association. The award is granted to a graduate student who demonstrates excellence in the written portion of the Grand Rounds.

  • Eligibility: All students in the COMD Master’s program
  • Award amount: $500
  • Application deadline: Grand rounds papers will be assessed in mid-Fall and mid-Spring each year.
  • Award date: December or May.

Assistantships

Clinical Teaching Assistants

At least two second year graduate students are selected to serve as assistants in the clinic. Students are selected on the basis of their clinical performance. The stipend is $9/hour. Seven to ten hours a week are required.

Academic Teaching Assistants

Generally 2-6 teaching assistants are needed each semester to conduct labs and tutoring sessions for undergraduate courses. Students are selected by individual faculty. The stipend is $9/hour; time commitment varies.

Research Assistants

Generally, 1-3 research assistants are needed to work on specific research projects conducted by faculty. Students are selected by individual faculty. Stipends and time commitments vary.

University Funds

The University offers a variety of financial assistance packages to undergraduates and graduates. For further information, contact the UH Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 713-743-9090.