Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia


2018 Scholarship Application Packet
Applications are due by April 16, 2018. 


Graduate Student Scholarships: The Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia (CDF) is pleased to offer the Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship (formerly named the CDF Scholarship) ($3,000) and the
David H. Narburgh Scholarship ($1,500).

These scholarships are designed to recognize students who have demonstrated out-standing clinical potential. These awards will be granted to current or rising graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology enrolled in one of the following universities in Virginia: Hampton University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, or the University of Virginia. 

The CDF Scholarship has been renamed the Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship in memory of Rita, who was a staunch advocate for speech-language pathologists throughout the state of Virginia. Rita believed in preparing the next generation of speech-language pathologists through her work as a clinical supervisor, college professor, mentor to students and new professionals, and service to the profession through ASHA, SHAV, and CDF.  

The David H. Narburgh Scholarship was so designated to honor the singular, outstanding service of David Narburgh as member and President of the CDF Board of Trustees and as Silent Auction Chair from 1991 to 2001. From his perspective as a longtime clinician and administrator, David inspires and challenges scholarship recipients to embrace continuing education and networking across work settings as they enter the field.

Student Poster Session Awards: CDF has sponsored the SHAV student poster  session for two years and in 2015, the number of awards and amount of each award is being increased to the following:

First Place —$500
Second Place — $300
Third Place — $100

All graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders are encouraged to submit a poster at the SHAV conference. All posters will be judged by an independent review committee and awards will be announced at the conference.

The CDF Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 CDF Scholarships!

                Elizabeth Rainville, a rising second-year graduate student at Old Dominion University,                   has been awarded the Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship in the amount of $3,000.

Victoria Thomas, a rising first-year student at University of Virginia, has been awarded the
David H. Narburgh Scholarship in the amount of $1, 500.

 The CDF wishes to thank each of the scholarship applicants for their submissions. We wish all of the students well in the upcoming academic year. We expect to hear great things in the future from the newest cohort of SLPs and Audiologists as you enter the professions, becoming active participants and life-long learners.

Elizabeth Rainville
Old Dominion University

My name is Elizabeth Rainville and I am currently a second-year speech language pathology student at Old Dominion University. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Vermont in 2013.  After which, I worked in the public schools as a dual role preschool teacher and special educator. It was during my time in the school system that I learned my true passion for speech language pathology! Although it has always been my plan to work with children, I look forward to exploring all options during my time here at ODU!

Victoria Thomas
University of Virginia

Victoria Thomas is a 2017 graduate of the University of Virginia and will begin her master’s program for speech pathology at the University of Virginia this fall. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied both communication disorders and Hispanic linguistics. With a heavy interest in research, she completed an undergraduate thesis on language change in medieval Spanish in addition to contributing 2 years of work in the Child Language Disorders Lab where she served as Data Processing Manager this past year. Her clinical interests include bilingualism (primarily with Spanish speaking clients), accent modification, voice and swallowing, and in the future, she hopes to work with adults in the speech-pathology field. She is also considering pursuing a doctoral degree after completion of her master’s. Outside of the clinic and research lab, she enjoys salsa dancing, painting, and working at a local French and Spanish immersion preschool.

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