Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia


Graduate Student Scholarships: The Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia (CDF) is pleased to offer the Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship (formerly named the CDF Scholarship) ($3,000) and the
David H. Narburgh Scholarship ($1,500).

These scholarships are designed to recognize students who have demonstrated out-standing clinical potential. These awards will be granted to current or rising graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology enrolled in one of the following universities in Virginia: Hampton University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, or the University of Virginia. 

The CDF Scholarship has been renamed the Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship in memory of Rita, who was a staunch advocate for speech-language pathologists throughout the state of Virginia. Rita believed in preparing the next generation of speech-language pathologists through her work as a clinical supervisor, college professor, mentor to students and new professionals, and service to the profession through ASHA, SHAV, and CDF.  

The David H. Narburgh Scholarship was so designated to honor the singular, outstanding service of David Narburgh as member and President of the CDF Board of Trustees and as Silent Auction Chair from 1991 to 2001. From his perspective as a longtime clinician and administrator, David inspires and challenges scholarship recipients to embrace continuing education and networking across work settings as they enter the field.

Click here for 2017 CDF University Scholarship Packet.

Student Poster Session Awards: CDF has sponsored the SHAV student poster  session for two years and in 2015, the number of awards and amount of each award is being increased to the following:

First Place —$500
Second Place — $300
Third Place — $100

All graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders are encouraged to submit a poster at the SHAV conference. All posters will be judged by an independent review committee and awards will be announced at the conference.

The CDF Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 CDF Scholarships!

Taylor Miller, a rising second-year student at James Madison University, will be awarded the
Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship in the amount of $3,000.

Megan Bell, attending Radford University, will be awarded the
David H. Narburgh Scholarship in the amount of $1, 500.

 The CDF wishes to thank each of the scholarship applicants for their submissions. We wish all of the students well in the upcoming academic year. We expect to hear great things in the future from the newest cohort of SLPs and Audiologists as you enter the professions, becoming active participants and life-long learners.

Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship

Taylor Miller, James Madison University

Taylor Miller is a rising second year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at James Madison University. Originally from Gainesville, Florida, she graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with her B.A. in psychology. Her interest in neurology and language prompted a change in fields as she entered graduate school, and she is thrilled to have found the field in which her true passion lies. Her past clinical experience includes serving as a graduate clinician at JMU in the Speech-Language-Hearing Applied Lab, the Young Children's Program, and Summer Autism Camp. She will begin her first clinical externship this fall at Culpeper Hospital in pediatrics. She hopes someday to provide services for veterans with traumatic brain injury and to eventually go back for her Ph.D. so she can pass her knowledge on to the next generation of SLPs. 

David H. Narburgh Scholarship
Megan Bell, Radford University

Megan Bell is a first year Speech Language Pathology graduate student at Radford University. After graduating with a bachelor degree in Nutrition from Penn State University, Megan spent a year working at an after school program for low-income youth in Nashville, Tennessee; this was where she learned about and discovered her excitement for speech language pathology. She has already spent a year at Radford to get the undergrad prerequisites under her belt and now she is excited to begin the graduate program at Radford University and pursue a career in the field of speech language pathology. During her time at Radford, Megan will be working through the Carlot Grant to provide hearing aids to the elderly in need. She will also be a teaching assistant and then a teaching fellow for the introductory course of COSD (Communication Sciences and Disorders) offered to undergraduate students at Radford. While working with children will likely be at the center of her career as an SLP, Megan is taking the time to explore all of the options of where she can apply her degree in the future.

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