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Alaska Speech Language Hearing Association

Dr. Helen Dittman Beirne Scholarship

Dr. Helen Beirne Scholarship—Congratulations to our Future 2024 Winner!

Scholarship Background:

Dr. Helen Beirne was instrumental in starting the Alaska Speech and Hearing Association. She is remembered by a great number of individuals as a role model and mentor in the area of speech and language, and in humanitarian work. In memory of Dr. Beirne, the Alaska Speech and Hearing Association presents a scholarship award each year, to a suitably qualified candidate demonstrating a commitment to undertaking studies leading to a graduate degree in communication development and disorders. At this time, in Alaska, it is especially crucial to applaud this pursuit, given a shortage of qualified personnel to assist people experiencing communication problems. Applicants should show pursuit of studies in communication, in the area of speech/language or hearing at an accredited institution in the undergraduate or graduate department. The scholarship is valued at $1000.

The award will be determined by the AKSHA executive board based on information in the scholarship application, teacher recommendations, and/or grades. The committee may give preference to Alaska Native students and applicants working with Alaska Native populations.  Additionally, applicants for this scholarship must be ALASKA RESIDENTS.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the AKSHA Scholarship subcommittee, P.O. Box 111993, Anchorage, AK 99511 or by emailing questions attention 'Scholarship committee' at

If you are a student studying to become a Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist please download and complete a scholarship application by September 25, 2024. Electronic submission is encouraged. Scholarships are awarded at the annual AKSHA convention in October.

BEIRNE SCHOLARSHIP FOR ALASKA RESIDENT description and application.pdf

BEIRNE SCHOLARSHIP FOR ALASKA RESIDENT description and application.docx

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