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Dr. Helen Dittman Beirne Scholarship




Dr. Helen Beirne Scholarship—Congratulations, 2016 Winner Erica Tweet!

This year, AKSHA had several qualified applicants for the Helen Beirne Scholarship. Dr. Helen Beirne was instrumental in starting the Alaska Speech and Hearing Association. In memory of Dr. Beirne, the Alaska Speech and Hearing Association presents a scholarship award each year to a individual demonstrating a commitment to obtaining a graduate degree in communication development and disorders. The executive board and members wish to congratulate Erica Tweet, winner of the Helen Beirne Scholarship! Erica submitted the following statement in her application:

“When my first son was nearing his third birthday, his pediatrician was concerned about his delayed speech and it was suggested to me that my son see a speech-language pathologist. However, in my rural Alaskan town we do not have a speech-language pathologist available on a regular basis. When I was left wondering what to do next, or asking why I couldn't give my son what he needed, I looked further into the field of communication disorders. This was the initial spark into my current journey to becoming a speech-language pathologist. Because I felt like I was standing alone in a dark room when the resources I needed for my family were not available, I would like to serve rural Alaska and share my knowledge and skills when they are most needed.  

One of the most significant and relevant realizations I have had as I am taking courses in communication disorders is that communication can vary greatly between individuals, families, towns, cities, and geographical locations. Although learning about dialects and multicultural communication disorders did not seem pertinent or interesting at the start, I have found the knowledge I have learned about communication variances between dialects and cultures incredibly significant and absolutely critical for this field. I feel that this growing knowledge has made me more sensitive and culturally competent in my rural Alaskan town. I listen with a culturally competent ear, I take my courses with a culturally sensitive mind, and I will strive to be a culturally competent clinician.”


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 aksha907@gmail.com

If you are a student studying to become a Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist please download and complete a scholarship application by August 30. Electronic submission is encouraged. Scholarships are awarded at the annual AKSHA convention in October.

Beirne Scholarship Application Form.pdf





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