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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

To assist with the cost of tuition, we award scholarships and provide financial assistance opportunities.

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology Awards

Mahrle Kaw Valley Scottish Rite: a $5,000 scholarship with preference given to students intending to work with children in Kansas after graduation. Awarded to incoming students. In addition to grade-point-average and references, applicants are evaluated on career goals, community engagement, and serving a Kansas community. The $5000 scholarship is split evenly between the fall and spring semester and is applied directly to students' accounts. To apply, complete the application (PDF) and submit it via email by March 20, 2023. Decision notifications will be sent by April 5, 2023.

Salmon Scholarship: available to first- and second-year speech-language pathology students who plan to work with adults with communication disorders. Students self-nominate for this scholarship and submit an application after receiving notification from the scholarship committee chair of available funds. Students are selected based on GPA of 3.0, interest in working with adults, and financial need. The award funds are split evenly across the fall and spring terms and are provided to students via check.

Lawrence Sertoma Scholarship: $1,000 award available to second-year speech-language pathology students. During Y2S4, students receive notification to self-nominate.

NE Valley Scottish Rite Scholarship: generally, this $500-$2,000 scholarship is available to students entering year two. Preference is given to a student whose family are members of the Scottish Rite. The application includes academic performance, research into pediatric speech-language-hearing development and/or pediatric communication disorders, and career interests related to those areas.

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant Positions

The number and type of graduate teaching assistant (GTA) and graduate research assistant (GRA) positions available vary from year to year.

Projects and Traineeships

The number of projects and traineeships vary from year to year. A project-specific application, additional coursework and/or previous training may be required for eligibility. 

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities at the KU Medical Center campus

Juniper Gardens Children's Project offers employment opportunities and postdoctoral research positions for KU students. Located in Kansas City, Kansas, the project began in the mid-1960s when residents of Northeast Kansas City, Kansas, joined with KU faculty to address concerns about child development in a low-income community. Its goal is to improve children's developmental and educational experiences.

Project Instruct: For students interested in AAC, collaboration and supporting students with complex communication needs. Financial support includes $19,500 toward tuition/fees for the master's degree program and $1,000 for travel to one conference. Application deadline is April 1, 2022.

Project for Interprofessional Preparation in Early Childhood Intervention (PIP-ECI)

An interdisciplinary project for students in speech-language pathology and special education, scholars will gain competencies in 1) coordination and collaboration, 2) family-centered practices, 3) evidence-based intervention, 4) professionalism, and 5) leadership in inclusion.

Scholars will take four courses in early childhood:

  • Foundations in Early Intervention.
  • Language Disorders of Infants and Toddlers.
  • Family and Interprofessional Collaboration in Special Education.
  • Supporting Children with Significant Learning and Behavioral Concerns.

Scholars will engage in the following:

  • Coordinated field experiences with children receiving early child-hood services.
  • Field observations in teaming, assessment, and intervention.
  • Monthly community/inclusive support for a child and family receiving early childhood services.

Scholars will receive funding of up to $28,000 during their program. Scholars must complete master's degree program requirements, grant requirements, and a post-graduate service obligation working with children eligible for IDEA services; 2 years for every year on the grant. Contact Kris Pedersen at for more information.

Contact Kris Pedersen at for more information.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Graduate Recruitment and Retention Fund

Offered by the College Office of Graduate Affairs, which awards programs with a specific amount and number of awards each year. Students in the first and second year are welcome to submit a departmental application for this fund; however, the program will prioritize students from historically underrepresented groups.

The office's advisor for the program or director of graduate studies will provide the departmental application for the award. Students receive notice in the spring term prior to the distribution of the funds. The award amount is variable depending on funds available and number of students chosen to receive it. Funds are split evenly between a fall and spring term and the funds are applied as a scholarship directly to students' accounts.

Self Scholarship

The Madison and Lila Self Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that recognizes outstanding undergraduates from KU who will be transitioning into their first year of a master's or doctoral degree program. The scholarship award provides each recipient with $10,000 for their first year, with half applied to Y1S1 and Y1S2 (view details).

Wilber Scholarship

The Allen S. Wilber Scholarship provides funding of up to $10,000 for the study of social sciences or modern languages and literatures at the graduate level. Recipients must complete their undergraduate degree at KU and intend to continue on to graduate study in one of the humanities, social sciences, or international and interdisciplinary studies departments, programs, or centers.


Graduate-level speech-language pathology scholarships may also be available through external opportunities, and scholarships offered by the School of Health Professions are available for current students.


To be considered for nomination for these highly competitive fellowships, submit a completed graduate application online by the application deadline. Awards are determined on the basis of merit competition.

Other Financial Aid Opportunities and Resources

Scholarships, Awards and Financial Aid Support at KU
Work Study

KU and KU Medical Center offer student employment, which could include tuition assistance. For the most current listings, see and Positions through the Lawrence campus may also be found under the Life Span Institute. Federal Work Study is a federally subsidized program designed to promote part-time employment of financially eligible students to help avoid excessive debt while in school.

Student Loans

Through the years, KU alumni and friends have made gifts for the purpose of providing low-interest loans to deserving students. These loans are available to students who are currently enrolled at KU in a degree-seeking program. Grade point average and other requirements apply.

Please see the Office of Student Financial Aid (KU Lawrence campus) and the Office of Student Financial Aid (KU Medical Center) for information about student loan options.

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