The American Academy of Audiology Foundation’s Improving the Conversation Scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to three students who show exceptional promise as clinical audiologists as evidenced by the students’ resumes, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. This scholarship program is generously funded by CapTel from T-Mobile. $15,000 in scholarship funds are available, and CapTel from T-Mobile is designating up to $10,000 of these funds for Black students.

Eligibility Requirements

The Improving the Conversation Scholarships will be awarded only to full-time graduate students in audiology (AuD, PhD, AuD/PhD) in good standing at U.S. universities during the 2021-2022 academic year. Each department may nominate one student for this scholarship.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Completed application (Attached)
  2. Resume/CV: Includes accomplishments in the following areas: clinical skills and experiences, and leadership and service activities as they relate to clinical work. Please include your grade point average, as well as the university’s grading scale (i.e., 3.5 with maximum possible of 4 or 3.9 with maximum possible of 5).
  3. Two letters of recommendation from clinical preceptors. Must address:
    • how long the writer has known the applicant and the nature of the relationship with the applicant.
    • the qualities, particularly with respect to patient-focused skills, that provided the basis for this candidate being nominated by the department.
    • how the applicant’s clinical ability compares to other students whom the writer has known at the same stage of the clinical program.
    • ability to apply academic coursework in clinical situations.
  4. Personal statement: Describe qualities you believe are characteristic of an outstanding audiologist and discuss your personal goals for becoming a future clinician. In addition, without violating patient confidentiality, describe a specific situation in which you feel that your patient-focused skills were particularly beneficial for your patient, and also reflect on ways in which your patient-focused skills in this situation could have been improved. (750 words maximum)