2013 recipient, Kaley Gerke, a first year graduate student at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, rose to the challenge of the 50 word limit, to talk about why she was drawn to the field of speech pathology. Kaley stated: "Writing your scholarship application was one of the best personal reflections I have had, because I had to figure out how to describe my true goals and interests in short length! "
Kaley did manage to write responses that resonated with me, and with my own company and practice mission, and it was summed up in her statement:
"being a therapist a patient will look back, feel, and say she truly cared, she made a difference."
Kaley doesn't know yet, but hearing from a patient that you have long forgotten about, but who writes to thank you and to tell you how much you helped them, is possibly one of the greatest rewards from this work.
Congratulations, Kaley, and thank you to all of the 2013 applicants. I felt the passion in many of the responses to serve others, and I wish only success for all the young people entering the field.
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