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Speech-Language Pathology Scholarship Program


The Oregon Department of Education Speech-Language Pathology Scholarship Program

The Oregon Department of Education Speech-Language Pathology Scholarship Program seeks to address the critical shortage of qualified speech-language pathologists available to serve students in K-12 school districts, Educational Service Districts (ESD) and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Programs (EI/ECESE) throughout the state of Oregon. The program works collaboratively with the Nova Southeastern University, Oregon’s Universities, the Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the Oregon Speech-and Hearing Association to address the needs of school-based Speech-Language Pathologists and the programs that employ them.


In 2007, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 3141 to address the personnel shortage of speech-language pathologists available to work in the public-school setting. This bill established the ODE Speech-Language Pathology Scholarship Program. Using a ‘Grow Your Own’ model, ODE partnered with the NOVA Southeastern University to offer a hybrid Master’s in Speech and Language Pathology to Oregon residents, referred to as the Nova Southeastern Hybrid Oregon Cohort. This program allows residents seeking a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology to attend classes on-line and in-person during evenings and weekend hours. Students can live anywhere in Oregon while pursuing their degree. In addition, the program supports students in Oregon Universities who are graduating with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, referred to as the University Partnership Program. Both Nova Southeastern and Oregon University graduates are eligible to apply for a one-time $10,000 scholarship. This scholarship is paid through participating districts, ESDs or EI/ECSE programs to students in exchange for a minimum of two years’ service as a speech-language pathologist in a participating district, ESD, or EI/ECSE program. Funds are also available to districts, ESDs and EI/ECSE programs to offset the cost of supervising scholarship recipients during their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). Scholarship candidates have the responsibility of verifying that their employer is willing to participate in the program.

The following links provide more detail:

House Bill 3141
University Partnerships  
Nova Southeastern (hybrid program) 
Oregon Revised Statutes  
Information for DISTRICTS 
Participant Reporting Requirements 

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