Student Leadership Development Program


The Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association hosts an Annual Student Leadership Development Program aimed at currently enrolled students in any of the communication disorders programs at an Ohio institution of higher education. Our eighth program will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at our 2017 Annual OSLHA Convention, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio.

The OSLHA Student Leadership Development Program is designed for currently enrolled communication disorders students with the following objectives:

• To provide educational opportunities pertaining to state and national issues that affect the   professions of Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology;

• To provide education and training in the general area of leadership

• To provide basic understanding of the process and strategies for effective advocacy

• To encourage and facilitate leadership opportunities for graduates of the program.

Programming will include a full day of sessions (beginning at 8:45 am) and attendance at the evening Legislative Council meeting. The program will contain various issues important to students and emerging professionals. Students will have attention from various established leaders and will have the opportunity to pursue activities along lines of personal development such as team building and leadership.


Please note that up to ten students will be selected for the 2017 class of student leaders through a competitive
application process. It is important to adhere to the application process and deadline as indicated below:

  • Attendance will be limited to ten (10) selected students for our 2017 program.

  • We do encourage multiple eligible submissions from each university. Please be aware that, normally, no more than one participant will be selected from any one institution.

  • Eligible applicants include: students (undergraduate senior, graduate, doctoral, professional doctoral) enrolled (at the time the program is being conducted) in communication disorders academic programs in an Ohio institution; students with a at least a 3.0 university GPA; students must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the selection; student must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the U.S., or have an F-1 student visa;

  • Eligible applicants must be a member of OSLHA at the time of the application and at the time of participation in the leadership program.

  • Applicants are required to submit two letters of support of nomination---one from a faculty member from their major program of study and one from the program director or chair of the student’s academic program. These letters should also confirm the eligibility of the applicant. These support letters must be written on letterhead, can be scanned, and submitted by the applicant as part of the entire application packet.

The online application should be completed and submitted by the EXTENDED DEADLINE DATE of January 25th, 2017 and will be availabel shortly. If you have difficulty with the form, be sure that you have the most recent version of acrobat reader. Go to:; Click: Get Adobe Reader; Choose your Operating System; Download.

Program Details

• OSLHA will provide up to $60 of reimbursement per individual for the reimbursement of expenses that pertain to this event (i.e. travel, hotel, meals-no alcohol) to offset the costs of traveling to and.or participating in this leadership program. Expenses that exceed this amount will be the responsibility of either the individual or the institution. Original receipts and a reimbursement form (provided at event) must be submitted for reimbursement of expenses, for up to $60. Reimbursement will be paid by close of event.

• Individuals who are selected for the program are strongly encouraged to register and participate in the Annual Conference. Student participants will be recognized and will receive a certificate of completion at the Legislative Council meeting. One-half of the registration fee to attend and participate in the Annual convention will be waived for participants of the student leadership program.

• Applicants must indicate that they have the necessary financial resources, either personally or from the institution, to participate in the program. Applicants must also verify that they will be available to
participate in the entire program which includes attendance at the Legislative Council meeting Thursday evening.

Application to Participate and two letters of support must be submitted as a packet, electronically, by the extended deadline date of January 25, 2017 to

• Applicants and home academic programs will be notified before the end of January, 2017 regarding the final selection of students to participate in the 2017 program.

2015 Student Leadership Development Program Participants,
Event Coordinator Katrina Purcell and Panel Participants Sandra Combs and Erin Redle


2014 Student Leadership Development Program Participants,
Event Coordinator Katrina Purcell and Panel Participant Sandra Combs


2013 Student Leadership Event Sponsor Representative, SIEMENS, Program Participants &
Event Coordinator Katrina Purcell and Panel Participant Sandra Combs

Learn More About the Qualifications of the 2013 Student Participants


2012 Student Leadership Program Participants & Event Coordinator, Linda Petrosino


2011 Student Leadership Event Coordinator, Katrina Zeit, Program Participants
& Representative of Event Sponsor, SIEMENS,

Read Program Comments from 2010 Program Participant, Jennifer Dunkle