Distinguished Contributions Award for Non-ASHA Members

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The Distinguished Contributions Award for Non-ASHA Members is designed to recognize living persons who are not members of ASHA who make significant contributions to the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology. Nominees may include: 1) an individual; 2) a group of individuals; or 3) a non-profit organization. Domestic and international individuals and organizations are eligible.

Only one award may be given for significant contributions in ONE of the three categories each year. 

Nominees should make, or have made, a major contribution to the Association, the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology, or consumerism in one or more of the following areas: 

  • consumer advocacy
  • legislative or other governmental affairs activity
  • public awareness
  • research
  • service to the Association
  • service to the community

The Committee on Honors awards nominees solely on the information provided in the nomination document prepared by the sponsor. When information and/or documentation are incomplete, the Committee may be unable to award deserving individuals.

Required Components

  • A sponsor who is an ASHA member in good standing
  • Sponsor has provided the following factual information in support of the nominee:
    • Sponsor's letter of support describing who has benefited from the contribution(s) of the nominee
    • Statement as to why the nominee should receive this award
    • Nomination materials, including all supporting documentation, may not exceed nine single-spaced pages with a 12-point font size
    • All supporting documentation must be combined into one pdf document
  • General Requirements

Failure to adhere to all required components and instructions will result in rejection of the nomination, including any materials exceeding the specified number of pages.

Nomination schedule and submission process

Still Have Questions? Contact governance@asha.org.

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