Support Student Programming By Participating in the 15-15-15 Challenge
In their dedicated and fruitful relationship, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) continue to work together to create new opportunities for the future of the profession by providing audiology students with funding for various clinical, academic, and research endeavors. The AAAF’s continued dedication to students helps to promote growth among the next generation of audiologists in the areas of clinical audiology, philanthropy, advocacy, and research with the goal of assuring a bright future for the profession. Over 15 different AAAF scholarships and AAAF research grants are available exclusively for students, with nearly 50 different recipients this past year!
Each of these scholarship and grant opportunities go to the direct benefit of students, SAA chapters, and the national SAA by rewarding scholastic achievements and philanthropic involvement of students across the country. The SAA Fundraising Committee works alongside the AAAF in supporting a variety of fundraising events, all of whose proceeds are allocated exclusively for students.
The Student Academy of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation collaborate to keep student interests a priority. Several fundraising events take place each year, including: the 15-15-15 Challenge/National Philanthropy Day® Celebration, as well as the Auction4Audiology and the Cheers for Ears events at AudiologyNOW!. Each time the SAA and the AAAF come together, we work to make a better today for students and a better tomorrow for the profession.
It is important that we remind ourselves about the students we help and their cumulative impact on the future of the profession as National Philanthropy Day® and the 15-15-15 Challenge approaches. Each year, the SAA recognizes its generous donors on November 15… and encourages them to continue to support the next generation of Audiology and the 15-15-15 initiative. Please encourage 15 supporters (students, faculty, alumni, professionals, family and friends) to each donate 15 dollars to the American Academy of Audiology Foundation during the week of November 15 to continue our support of AAAF student initiatives. Click here to make your gift today!
Anna Marie Jilla is a third-year AuD/PhD student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her research and clinical interests are in aural rehabilitation, specifically hearing aid uptake, treatment adherence, and outcomes measurement. She currently serves as SAA Treasurer, Fundraising Committee Chair, and AAA Foundation Liaison.
Students from University of Texas at Dallas, participants in the 2014 15-15-15 Challenge