HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Department of Communication Disorders has awarded its 2001 Geneva Herndon Graduate Scholarship to Amanda Westphal.
The Belleville native is the daughter of Don and Mary Westphal. Now in her final year of the master's program in speech-language pathology at FHSU, she says she looks forward to a career "that will allow me to help others and make a difference in their lives."
"Most people take for granted their ability to communicate," said Westphal.
Communication disorders occur for a variety of reasons, including hearing loss, head trauma and strokes. Speech-language pathologists help improve quality of life through therapy that improves the ability to communicate.
Westphal has been active in the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association since she was an undergraduate student at FHSU. She has served on association committees and has participated in a variety of association functions.
Speech-language pathology students receive part of their clinical training at the Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic on the FHSU campus. The clinic is named for Geneva Herndon, in whose honor her former students and friends established the scholarship. Herndon began the speech-language pathology program at FHSU in 1951. The department recently celebrated the 50-year milestone with three days of activities coinciding with FHSU's Homecoming.
"I'm honored to be named as the Herndon Scholar, especially in the 50th anniversary year of the program," says Westphal.