American Speech-language Hearing Association is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Student Ethics Essay Award competition. It’s time for you to showcase your talent and pen down a worth reading and motivational essay on the topic “Ethics and Discrimination” and win your way to receive some exciting awards. The SEAA program is conducted by ASHA to enhance ethical education. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to think about ethical decision-making and create greater awareness of situations that could pose ethical dilemmas as they prepare to pursue careers in fields like audiology, Speech-language pathology, or speech, language, and hearing sciences.
The essay award is open to students who are enrolled in any undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or entry-level graduate program in communication sciences and disorders during the academic year 2021-2022. The former and current members of the ASHA’s board of Ethics will review the essays and decide the three most deserving winning authors. The winners will be given places as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and be granted some exciting awards. The deadline for the application submission for the competition is February 4, 2021, by noon.
The ASHA is the national, professional, scientific, and credentialing association having and over 218,000 members and affiliates who audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students. ASHA’s ultimate mission is to make communication effective, a human right, accessible, and achievable for all.
Here is a brief description for you concerning the following scholarship:
|Organization||American Speech-Language-Hearing Association|
|Educational Level||Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate, or Entry-Level Graduate|
|Subjects||Communication Science and Disorders|
|Number of Awards||3|
|Application Deadline||February 4, 2021|
|Application Fees||Not required|
Who is Eligible?
Following are the eligibility requirements that need to be satisfied for participating in the following scholarship contest:
- The applicant must be enrolled in any undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or entry-level graduate program (the U.S. only) in CSD, and
- The applicant must be enrolled part-time or full-time during the 2021–2022 academic year.
How to Apply?
The interested individuals are required to fill out the application form provided on the scholarship portal and submit it. Additionally, the candidate is required to write an essay on the following topic: Ethics and Discrimination
In your essay, consider a scenario in the professions in which unethical discrimination may arise. Then, using the suggested ethics resources and the ASHA Code of Ethics (2016) given on the scholarship portal:
- select at least two Principles and Rules from the list given.
- describe how the Principles and Rules have been violated in your scenario, and
- discuss what action(s) could have been taken to acknowledge and respond to the challenge or dilemma to prevent a violation of the Code of Ethics.
- Essay Format
- 1,200 words or less, excluding title and any references
- The standard format including title, introduction, body, and summary/conclusion
- Microsoft Word (.docx), 12-point font, double-spaced
- Page numbers in footer, starting with the first page
- No footnotes, only endnotes
- All sources cited when quoted, even Code of Ethics
- No identifying information (e.g., name, address, institution) on the essay
- Entries must be original work, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
- Students may not submit more than one essay; submissions of entries authored by multiple individuals will not be considered.
- Students must notify their CSD program director of their participation before submitting their entry.
Things to keep in mind as you write your essay:
- Have you followed the essay format and submission requirements described above?
- Have you approached the essay topic in a fresh, rich, and illuminating way, avoiding moral platitudes and oversimplification?
- Have you demonstrated familiarity with the Code of Ethics, relevant Issues in Ethics statements, and other ethics-related resources?
- Have you made a contribution to ethical deliberation and discernment that is mature, insightful, and likely to be both helpful and interesting to students and ASHA members?
- Have you presented your position in a clear, logical manner that facilitates understanding of your reasoning?
- Have you supported your arguments with ethically relevant factors, and avoided preoccupation with matters that have little logical relevance to your thesis?
- Is your analysis comprehensive, objective, balanced, and thorough?
- Is your essay free of grammatical, typographical, and punctuation errors?
- Notify your program director that you will be submitting an essay for the SEEA contest.
- Go online to fill out the SEEA application and upload your essay—you can save your work and submit it when you’re ready.
Former and current members of ASHA’s Board of Ethics review the essays and select three winning authors. SEEA winners receive the following:
- One student registration to the ASHA Convention (first-place winner only)
- Monetary prizes ($1,000, $750, and $500 for first, second, and third place, respectively)
- Certificates of achievement
- A 1-year membership to National NSSLHA
In collaboration with NSSLHA, SEEA winners and their essays are recognized in the following locations.
- On the ASHA website and ASHA social media
- On the National NSSLHA website, on the National NSSLHA Blog, and National NSSLHA social media
- In The ASHA Leader
The deadline for application submission for the following award is February 4, 2021, by noon. No applications will be considered after the deadline.