The West Virginia Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation was established in 2005. The initial and continued purpose of this corporation is to raise money to provide scholarships for deserving students to pursue their studies at the graduate level in the field of Speech, Language, Hearing and/or Audiology at Marshall University and West Virginia University.

In 2005 the Foundation began awarding multiple scholarships to both universities and had continued to award the scholarships each year since.

In 2008 a third scholarship was awarded in the memory of Paula Kirkwood who died tragically in a car accident. This scholarship was funded through colleagues and the Kirkwood family. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student at West Virginia University majoring in Speech Language Pathology and utilizes the applications for the Foundation’s scholarships.

The scholarships were renamed The Kenneth Gist memorial Scholarships in memory of Ken Gist who was the driving force in establishing the Foundation.

Applications are being accepted until Sunday, March 3, 2024. Students can apply by completing this WVSH Foundation Application. One letter of recommendation should also be submitted by March 3. Students can forward this Letter of Recommendation Form to the faculty supporting their application.

Recipients will be notified prior to the state conference and invited to attend the Award Ceremony and WVSHA Business Meeting on Friday, March 15, 2024. If you have questions, contact Pam Holland.

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Board of Directors

Pam Holland
Huntington, WV

Stephanie Shepherd
Vice President
Morgantown, WV

Mary Archer Koike
Morgantown, WV

Ann Emrick
Parkersburg, WV

Board of Trustees

Marty Blenko
Milton, WV

Jill Hawkins
Weirton, WV

Pat Ford
Morgantown, WV

Mary Weidner
Huntington, WV

Dennis Ruscello
Morgantown, WV


Your Help Is Needed!
Please continue to support the Foundation with your tax deductible contributions.  Make your check payable to WVSH Foundation and mail to:

WVSH Foundation
102 Hummingbird Ln
Morgantown, WV 26508


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