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1)Courtney Montreuil2)Hannah Pitre

Southeastern students awarded scholarships from SPALS

Contact: Rene Abadie


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     HAMMOND – Two Southeastern Louisiana University graduate students have been awarded scholarships from Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Louisiana Schools (SPALS), a state organization of professionals who work with students with communication disorders.
     Courtney Montreuil of New Orleans and Hannah Pitre of Houma will each receive a $1,500 scholarship from the organization at the SPALS conference on Friday (Oct. 21) in Baton Rouge. Both are second-year graduate students in Southeastern’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program and hold 4.0 grade point averages.
     “It is always an honor when one of our students is recognized by an outside organization such as SPALS,” said Lillian Stiegler, professor and graduate coordinator for the CS&D program. “It is truly unusual to have two students from the same institution recognized with this scholarship. They have earned these honors through dedication to their profession and the work they do with clients and other students.”
     Montreuil is currently involved in an on-campus clinical practicum and is participating in a service and research project with children with autism. She will be presenting the results of her work at the upcoming American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in San Diego, Calif. Montreuil also holds a graduate assistantship in which she works closely with university student-athletes on their academics.
     Pitre is currently completing a pediatric field-based clinical practicum in speech-language pathology. Certified as a Level 3 master tutor, she maintains her own academic tutoring business. She holds a graduate assistantship in Southeastern’s Center for Student Excellence. Hannah is an active member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and will attend the 2011 ASHA Convention for continuing education.

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