Oticon Hearing Foundation Empowers Audiology Students with $30,000 Donation to AAAF Scholarship Program

29 April 2024

The Oticon Hearing Foundation is again partnering with the American Academy of Audiology Foundation Empowering Students Scholarship Program to fund scholarships for full-time graduate students earning AuD or PhD degrees in audiology. A proud supporter of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation’s ongoing educational opportunities for graduate students, the non-profit Oticon Hearing Foundation has designated a grant of $30,000 for scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year. Up to $20,000 in scholarships are earmarked to support Black graduate students on their journey to becoming audiologists.

“By supporting the educational endeavors of students today, we aim to ensure a future of skilled and caring hearing care professionals who share Oticon’s commitment to provide life-changing benefits to people with hearing loss,” said Mariann Cadieu, Executive Director of the Oticon Hearing Foundation. “We are especially proud to join with the American Academy of Audiology Foundation to support the success of Black audiology students, an important step to building an inclusive and diverse profession that draws on the strengths of all segments of our population.”

“We are grateful for the Oticon Hearing Foundation’s generous financial support that allows the AAA Foundation to continue to recognize the brightest young professionals early in their careers,” said Tricia Scaglione, AuD, Chair of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. “Oticon’s support and partnership in this endeavor aligns with the Academy Enterprise’s goal of supporting diversity in the field of audiology.”

The American Academy of Audiology Foundation raises funds and supports programs of excellence in education, promising research and public awareness in audiology and hearing science. The Foundation offers targeted opportunities to students across the country through scholarships and grants. The programs help students to maximize their learning experiences through leadership, educational, and humanitarian opportunities.

This is the eleventh year that the Oticon Hearing Foundation has funded the Empowering Students Scholarship Program. Through its support of humanitarian endeavors, the Oticon Hearing Foundation seeks to promote sustainable improvements in access to hearing care for in-need people and communities around the world.

2023 Scholarship Recipients
The 2023 Empowering Students Scholarship winners include: Lily Arnpriester, Arizona State University; Aailyah Gladney, Illinois State University; Susan Ihekweme, University of North Texas; Analisa Johnson, University of the Pacific; Eric Mitchell, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; and Amanda Tolen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Deadline for applications for the Empowering Students Scholarships for the 2024–25 academic year is April 30, 2024. Learn more information on the AAA Foundation Scholarship Program at audiology.org/foundation/our-work/scholarships-and-awards. For more information on the Oticon Hearing Foundation, visit oticonhearingfoundation.org.