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Frances J. Laven Scholarship

Council for Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
2021 Frances J. Laven Scholarship Guidelines

In Honor of Frances J. Laven


The application timeline for the 2021 scholarships will be available in August.


Program Description

As co-owner of CAPCSD’s first management company, Frances Laven was instrumental in organizing the Council’s administrative and procedural foundations, beginning in 1989.  From 2002 to 2013, Ms. Laven served as the Executive Director for CAPCSD and facilitated the growth of the Council and its many activities. As her duties continued to expand, she met her responsibilities with poise and an openness to the development of CAPCSD and its member programs. Her leadership exemplified outstanding service to both CAPCSD and the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.  All who came into contact with her, particularly Board members, became enamored with personal yet professional style in handling all CAPCSD issues, big or small.

The Frances J. Laven award was initiated in 2014 when Ms. Laven retired from her position with the Council. “Service” was the focus of the award to reflect her tireless efforts in forwarding the efforts of CAPCSD and the discipline.

In honor of Frances Laven, CAPCSD is funding one student scholarship to recognize exemplary student service.

Award Description

This award is intended for graduate students in a professional program (Master’s SLP, AuD, or SLPD) who have shown exemplary service. Examples of service may include, but are not limited to, community service, service to the department or university, or service to the greater discipline.

Award Amount

One $5,000 scholarship.


Graduate students currently enrolled in a professional graduate program (Master’s SLP, AuD, or SLP-D) at a CAPCSD member institution with membership in good standing as of September 15, 2020.

Member institutions may nominate only one graduate student applicant. Programs with multiple potential applicants may devise their own internal review process for the selection of one graduate student applicant. The selected graduate student is encouraged to submit their own application.

How to Apply

Graduate students must complete all sections of the on-line application using the link provided below.

  • One-page essay (350-word limit) on service, written by the student, that includes:
    - Description of the long-term impact of the service
    - Demonstration of commitment to service
    - Student’s leadership role
    - Self-reflection on the experience’s impact on the student’s development
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Nomination letter from a faculty mentor (clinical or academic) signed by the department chair


The application timeline for the 2021 scholarships will be available in August.


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