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The following scholarships may be of special interest to majors in communication disorders. These are small scholarship grants (the actual amounts vary from year to year) designed to assist students with some of the financial obligations incurred during their study. For complete and updated information regarding these scholarships, please visit the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.


Evening Optimist Club of Cape Girardeau Scholarship
Open to students majoring in Communication Disorders who intend to work with hearing or speech impaired youth. Applicant must have completed 75 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA and must show financial need.

Joan Amlingmeyer Gohn Scholarship
Awarded to a student majoring in Speech Pathology.

M. Luther and Catherine Hahs Scholarship
The Hahs Speech Scholarship is available to candidates who have completed at least 75 undergraduate hours with a major in speech pathology and have outstanding scholarship abilities with high promise as a professional speech pathologist.

Loida Farrow Lerew Memorial Scholarship
Open to U.S. citizens majoring in Communication Disorders. Preference will be given to applicants of European descent.

M.G. Lorberg Memorial Scholarship
The M. G. Lorberg Scholarship is open to undergraduate or graduate students who have a declared major in communication disorders.

Jeannie Stange Scholarship
Award is open to students with at least 60 undergraduate hours, a major in speech pathology with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in all studies and a minimum 3.25 GPA in major field.

Vogelsang Scholarship for Communication Disorders
Award is open to a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in Communication Disorders, who has completed a minimum of 70 credit hours. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. This scholarship is renewable, but recipients must reapply each year.

Burchell Grant Allied Health Scholarship
Awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University with aspirations to enter an Allied Health Profession (includes Communication Disorders). First preference goes to students involved in campus activities with a leadership role. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. This scholarship is automatically renewable.

For more information on endowed scholarships and financial aid, please visit Student Financial Services

Graduate Assistantships

(For Graduate Students Only)

The Department of Communication Disorders has several graduate assistantships (GA) available within the department each year, and all graduate student applicants and/or current majors are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship. The deadline for application is the same as the deadline for admission application (January 15). Application should be made using the application form for graduate assistantship in the Department of Communication Disorders.

You can fax your application to 573-651-2827 or mail it to the following address:

Department of Communication Disorders
ATTN: Graduate Admissions
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS2600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

Due to the limited number of assistantships available, not all students receive assistantship positions and selection of GA's is based on qualifications of the student.  The responsibilities of departmental graduate assistants are described below.

Students may also wish to consider applying for graduate assistantships in other campus units. Currently available graduate assistant positions may be viewed on the Graduate School's Graduate Assistant webpage.

Graduate Assistants’ Responsibilities

The first responsibility of the graduate assistant is to demonstrate successful performance in all class and clinical assignments. This also includes attendance and participation in all related departmental/university activities including workshops, teleconferences, as well as clinical and NSSLHA meetings.

Graduate assistantship assignments entail 20 hours per week while the University is in session (Fall and Spring semesters). While there is some flexibility in the scheduling of the required 20 hours, the GA is expected to communicate carefully with his/her GA supervisor and to make herself/himself available for the appropriate amount of time.

General policies and rules approved by the Graduate School will be followed in regard to graduate assistantship. The department expects professionalism in the conduct of its graduate assistants. This is demonstrated through a positive interpersonal communication style, as well as appropriate discretion and maintenance of confidentiality in any matters regarding departmental and clinical issues.

Depending on the nature of the assignment, the student may be required to perform any of the following duties or some combination of these:

Teaching Duties - Assist in didactic, laboratory, and clinical preparation; attend and or provide supervised instruction in undergraduate courses, supervise and assist in the evaluation of undergraduate assignments.

Research Duties - Assist in maintenance of data base compilation, file reviews, literature search and data collection activities; preparation of convention/workshop presentations and pertinent publications.

Clinical Duties - Assist in maintenance of clinic materials inventory, overseeing the student computer lab and work room, supporting the clinic administrative assistant and clinic coordinator, maintaining student files, preparing clinical forms or maintaining databases.


Jayanti Ray, PhD
Interim Chair
Communication Disorders
Phone: (573) 651-2155 
Office: Grauel 112F

Communication Disorders
One University Plaza, MS 2600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701