Scholarships and Other External Funding

The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt currently has five active scholarships as well as a range of external funding from government training grants. There is no separate application process for scholarships and funding. All admitted students are considered for tuition assistance and every effort is made to match students with appropriate funding opportunities.


The Lindsay Sale Tinney Scholarship was established by Stu Tinney in memory of his beloved wife, Lindsay, who earned a Master of Science degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt in 1977, and a Doctorate in Education in Human Development from Vanderbilt in 1992.  Lindsay served as an early interventionist and speech pathologist, facilitating federal grant programs for the Bureau of Education of the Handicapped  The Tinney scholarship is offered to students pursuing careers as speech-language pathologists dedicated to helping those with communication disorders.
About Lindsay Sale Tinney 

The Freeman McConnell Scholarship was established in 2007 and named in memory of the founding director of the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center and long-time chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. McConnell is considered a founding father of audiology and stayed active in the life of the department until his death in 1989.  These scholarships are awarded to graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology.

The Thomas and Vickie Flood Scholarship in Childhood Hearing Loss was established by the Floods to support graduate students pursuing careers in pediatric hearing loss. Tom Flood is the chair of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Advisory Board and Vickie Flood is a nurse; both are devoted to improving the lives of children.

The Judith S. Gravel Scholarship was established in 2009 in memory of one of the department's most beloved alumni. Given Judy Gravel’s passion for both pediatric audiology and international collaboration, The Judith S. Gravel Scholarship supports an international graduate student in pediatric audiology at Vanderbilt each year. Gravel graduated from the doctoral program at Vanderbilt University in 1985 and had a remarkable and productive career spanning close to three decades. Her contributions to the field of pediatric audiology were impressive and exemplary; much of her work provided a scientific basis for the identification and assessment of children with hearing loss. Gravel passed away in 2008.

The Mama Lere Scholarship is named for Valere Blair Potter, a Nashville philanthropist who helped fund the first early intervention program for children with hearing loss at the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center in 1972. The scholarship goes to graduate students at Vanderbilt pursuing a career in pediatric deafness.

Other Funding

Training grants from the US Department of Education, Maternal Child Health Bureau and other sources are also available to support student tuition. Specific funding is available in childhood deafness, deaf/blindness, and PhD training.