Over the past year, PSHA has made it a priority to increase student
involvement in the organization. Specifically, the organization
sought to increase student attendance at the 2005 PSHA Convention
and showcase the many accomplishments of students across the state.
As a result of student input, the Chapter Honors was created to recognize
student accomplishments and to help offset the cost of attending
the PSHA Convention.
The Chapter Honors is awarded to a NSSLHA chapter that has shown
community service to the community, profession and organization
through community service, chapter outreach, innovative ideas and/or
fundraising efforts. The NSSLHA chapter awarded the Chapter Honors
will receive $250 to support student attendance at the upcoming
PSHA Convention. The chapter that wins this award will be notified
prior to the registration deadline for the upcoming convention.
here for procedures and forms to apply for the 2021 Student Award
2020 - Marywood University and Misericordia University
2019 - Misericordia University
2018 - Misericordia University
2017 - Misericordia University
2016 - Misericordia University
2015 - Misericordia University
2014 - University of Pittsburgh
2013 - Bloomsburg University
2012 - Misericordia University
2011 - Misericordia University
2010 - Bloomsburg University
2009 - Bloomsburg University
2008 - Bloomsburg University
2007 - Bloomsburg University
2006 - Bloomsburg University
2005 - Indiana University of PA
The Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) established
the Von Drach Memorial Scholarship in memory of Dr. Robert Von Drach
and in recognition of his dedication and years of service to the
profession. The scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified student
who is enrolled full-time in an entry level academic degree for
professional level certification candidacy in speech-language pathology,
audiology, or education of the hearing impaired within the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. This year a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.
All qualified students are encouraged to apply. Please adhere to
the application guidelines below.
The deadline for applications is in February.
- The nominee shall be a full-time student in an entry level academic
degree program for professional level certification candidacy
in speech-language pathology, audiology or education of the hearing
impaired within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- The nominee shall be a student member of PSHA.
- The nominee shall have a minimum grade point average of 3.25
and have completed at least nine semester credit hours of the
- The nominee shall have demonstrated (a) a desire to grow professionally,
(b) participation in professional activities, and (c) leadership
qualities within departmental/community activities (e.g., committee
or organization membership such as NSSHLA or volunteered time
in professional events).
- Complete and submit an Application
Cover Page with the required documents.
- Submit a letter of application providing a description of how the
Nominee Guidelines listed above are met.
- Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who can write
in support of the nominee’s professional organization and
- Submit transcripts (official or unofficial) from the college or
university that the nominee is currently attending. (Nine semester
credit hours must have been completed prior to application.)
Application materials should be mailed collectively in one (large)
Von Drach Memorial Scholarship
700 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 708,
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Applications must be postmarked by Friday, February 12, 2021.
Please do not FAX application materials.
The Scholarship Selection Committee shall be made up of a panel
of five professionals in the field of speech-language pathology, audiology
and/or education of the hearing impaired who can serve as impartial
judges (i.e., who are not affiliated with the training program of
The Von Drach Memorial Scholarship recipient will be selected based
on the applicants’ letter of application, academic performance
and letters of recommendation, not financial need. Applicants will
be notified of the Scholarship Selection Committee’s decision
in writing in March.
The Von Drach Memorial Scholarship recipient will be invited to
the Awards Ceremony during the Annual Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing
Association Convention, where he/she will be recognized and presented
with a $1,000 check.
If you have questions, please contact: PSHA Office at PSHA@psha.org