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Scholarship empowers communication disorders student to pursue lifelong dream

Julie Bertoni

At the College of Health Solutions (CHS), we are fortunate to have generous donors who care deeply about the well-being of our students. When students don’t have to worry as much about their finances, they can focus on what really matters – their studies, so that they can become the quality healthcare providers our community so desperately needs. A CHS student working on her master’s in communication disorders, Julie Bertoni, expresses her gratitude for being selected as a recent scholarship recipient:

I’m writing to convey my deep gratitude for the award I’ve received in your loved one’s memory. Your generosity and recognition are a very welcome source of encouragement as I finish my first year of graduate school. It’s such a truly powerful thing to carry on someone’s memory through an academic scholarship, and I’m humbled by this honor. My mother was a speech pathologist, who also worked with adults, and I grew up seeing thank you notes and cards from the families of her patients, grateful for the support she provided. This is exactly what inspired me to pursue this career – I know this work has a tremendous impact not just on a patient, but on an entire family. I will keep the memory of Ronald Youngberg with me as I grow as a clinician, a constant reminder of why this work is so important. It’s been an intense first year of grad school, with heavy academic demands on campus and a toddler at home. This award provides much relief to my family, and will allow me to focus my energy on my clinical development, free of financial worry. It’s a tremendous gift, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ll keep in touch over the coming year. Sincerely, Julie Bertoni

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