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Frances J. Laven Scholarship

Council for Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
2024 Frances J. Laven Guidelines

In Honor of Frances J. Laven

Applications are closed.  Recipients will be announced by April 2024

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 up to ten (10) student scholarships 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

Up to ten (10) $5,000 awards.


Graduate students enrolled in a professional graduate program (Master’s SLP, AuD, or SLPD) at a CAPCSD member institution with a membership paid in full no later than September 15, 2023.

Member institutions may nominate only one graduate student applicant. Programs with multiple potential applicants should devise their own internal review process to select the applicant. The selected student must submit the 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

Application Timeline

Opened Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Closed Friday, December 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET


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