The Next Generation of Speech-Language
Pathologists and Audiologists

For the past 12 years, the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Foundation has been committed to raising funds for scholarship awards to Michigan's brightest and best graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology programs.

   MSHF has already given over $35,000 in merit based scholarships to deserving students in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  This is only possible because of donors like you.  Please consider donating today to help us continue our mission of helping young people in the career we are passionate about.

   Pictured here  the 2018 MSHF Scholarship Recipients:  Sarah Kourtjian and Brian McTaggart, WMU;
Loris Yoon and Nafia Khan, EMU;Ally Whitman and Claire Hug, CMU;Corie Ruter and Kaleigh Cammenga, MSU;
Vanessa Duri, Kelly Quin, Samantha Kestleloot-Carlton and Marla Wilcox, WSU(who matches); and
Lucy Finkel and Erin Hawkins, GVSU. Donate Now

Spotlight On

Corynn Marchesi


Central Michigan University

Interview with Cory Marchesi,  B.A., Graduate Student in Speech-Language Pathology at Central Michigan University

What led you into this field of study?  Was it a personal interest, personal connection or history, or was it an undergraduate class that led you to choose this field?
I originally started college on scholarship as a dancer but changed my focus after taking a few ASL classes at my local community college and viewing the documentary A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism (Aka The Sunshine Boy). This documentary changed my life. Already being a lover of self expression through movement of dance, I decided I needed to go into a career to help others learn to communicate and express their needs and wants. Since beginning my first UG class I fell more and more in love with the profession and have met so many incredible leaders and passionate members of the field.

What are influences in your life that pointed you toward this profession?
 I am from metro Detroit and attended Wayne State for my BA degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I enjoy working with teenagers and adults and hope to one day have my own holistic facility that can incorporate music, dance, and art therapies with speech. I will begin my second year in the grad program at CMU this summer. As hard as it has been to get to this point, I always carry a motto that my uncle shared with me before passing, he said 'life isn't worth living unless you help others', and I continue to work hard so that one day I can make a difference in someone's life. 

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MSHF Board members meet at the MSHA Conference in Troy, 2017:  l-r: Tamara Baubie, Heather Balog, Karen O'Leary, Aar Hardy-Smith, and Derek Daniels.

MSHF Board Members 2015 a
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l-r, front: Fran Eldis, Derek Daniels, Heather Balog, Tamara Baubie, Laura Billetdeaux, Anitta Orr, and Ellen Fairbrother.
l-r, back: Aaron Hardy-Smith, Liz Stevens, Karen O'Leary, Dawn Kutney, and Rick Merson.

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MSHF Award Recipients 2016:                                                                                             MSHF 2017 Scholarship Recipients Justin Gripentrog and Elise Drager, Graduate Students at WMU




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MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2018:

Sarah Kourtjian and Brian McTaggart, Western  Michigan University;
Loris Yoon and Nafia Khan, Eastern Michigan University;
Ally Whitman and Claire Hug, Central Michigan University
Corie Ruter and Kaleigh Cammenga, Michigan State University;
Vanessa Duri, Kelly Quin, Samantha Kestleloot-Carlton and Marla Wilcox, Wayne State University (who matches); and
Lucy Finkel and Erin Hawkins, Grand valley State University.

MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2017:
Elise Patricia Drager (AUD) and Justin Arik Gripentrog (SLP), Graduate Students at Western Michigan University;
Bridget Salvia, (SLP) Graduate Student at Eastern Michigan University; 
Lindsay Bitterman (AUD) and Jordan McCarthy (SLP), Graduate Students at Central Michigan University; 
Caleb Wilson  (SLP) and Gabriella Gilfoy, (SLP) Graduate Students at Michigan State University (who has matched funds);
Kimberly Brief (SLP), Katie Stevenson (AUD), Christine Forrest (SLP),  and Claire Miller (AUD), Graduate Students at Wayne State University (who has matched funds);  
Kelsey Hines (SLP), Graduate Student at Grand Valley State University.
MSHF Honorable Mention Awards: 
Sara Acton, M.A., (SLP) Graduate Student at Eastern Michigan University; and Corynn Marchesi, B.A., (SLP) Graduate Student at Central Michigan University.

MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2016:
Ellen Foltz (AUD) and Laura Kobylczyk (SLP),
Central Michigan University         
Arista May (SLP) and Annette Shiley (SLP),
Eastern Michigan University
Shelby Garbini (SLP) and Julie Marcel (SLP),
Grand Valley State University

Alyssa Webster (SLP) and Rachel Nordbeck (SLP), Michigan State University
Angela Piccinato (AUD) and Shelby Swafford (SLP), Wayne State University
Thomas Beebe (AUD) and Karen Muraswski (SLP), Western Michigan University

MSHF Scholarship Recipients 2015:
Blaire Brown (SLP), Samantha  Kliman (SLP),  Lauren Kassa (AUD) and Lisa DeHondt (AUD)
Wayne State University (WSU matched these funds);
Kaitlyn  Marie Ayres (SLP) and Bridget Marie Molnar (SLP), Michigan State University;
Jaclyn Rowlett (AUD) and Erin Thomas (SLP), Central Michigan University;  
Caitlin Montague (SLP), Grand Valley State University;
Tess Donner (SLP) and Travis Stehouwer, (AUD) Western Michigan University;
Caren Gorga (SLP), Eastern Michigan University

Past Recipients:
Wayne State University

Allison Farat (SLP), Sarah Hunter (SLP), Mary Kassa (AUD), Zachary Zells (AUD)
Michigan State University
Dana Flowerday (SLP), Anna Hardenbergh (SLP)
Grand Valley State University
Adam Gray (SLP), Justine Koglin (SLP)
Western Michigan University
Alissa Haan (AUD), Ann Lamons (SLP)
Eastern Michigan University
Angela Jouel Truesdell-Smith (SLP)
Central Michigan University
Stefanie Gainor (AUD), Amanda Bruski ( SLP)
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With your help we have been able to grant scholarships yearly to two speech-language pathology and/or audiology graduate students at each of the six state universities which offer speech-language pathology and/or audiology programs:Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University...

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