Award Application Online Submission Form

 Application Deadline is January 11, 2023

 The following awards are presented at the annual NBASLH Convention

NBASLH Communication Excellence Award

The NBASLH Communication Excellence Award was created as a vehicle for recognizing an individual in the local community of the current convention city who has had or currently has a communication impairment; and yet has made worthy contributions to humankind, or has otherwise reached impressive goals of personal achievement in spite of his/her communication impairment. Self-nominations for awards are permitted.

Such worthy accomplishments may be identified and modeled through the outstanding achievements of Mr. Bob Love, the first award recipient. Mr. Love publicly identified himself as an individual who stutters. Mr. Love’s achievements as a former athlete and humanitarian reflect an individual’s determination and strong resolve to excel in spite of very difficult odds. He earned the distinguished honor of being an outstanding professional basketball player with the Chicago Bulls and is an advocate for enhancing the social, educational and employment opportunities for young children, including those who are often intimidated by the experience of stuttering. In 1994, Mr. Love was appointed an honorary spokesperson for National Stuttering Week by the Stuttering Foundation of America.


William T. Simpkins, Jr. Service Award

The William T. Simpkins, Jr. Service Award was established as a mechanism for recognizing an individual in the organization who has distinguished himself/herself through service to NBASLH. The recipient of this award exemplifies the mission and goals of the organization through notable contributions. Self-nominations for awards are permitted.

Such worthy accomplishments may be modeled after the outstanding achievements of Mr. William T. Simpkins, for whom the award is named. William “Bill” Simpkins was a founder and charter member of NBASLH. He was appointed Associate Director of NBASLH in 1989, a position in which he served with untiring devotion until his death in 1995. Mr. Simpkins demonstrated his commitment to the organization through: continuous service and dedication serving as a member of the Board of Directors; chair of the Program Subcommittee on Fluency and Voice Disorders; and invited lecturer at the annual review course for the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Mr. Simpkins not only represented NBASLH as one of its most distinguished officers, he also demonstrated, through his life’s work, the meaning of the NBASLH logo, “Reach out with the echo of understanding and speak out for all to hear.” Through his 42 years of dedicated service, scholarship and clinical eminence, Bill clearly exemplified the true meaning of service.


Scholar-Mentor Award

The Scholar-Mentor Award is given to an outstanding professional who has mentored Black students in speech-language pathology, audiology and/or speech/language-hearing sciences. The Scholar-Mentor Award was established to recognize those distinguished professionals who have demonstrated outstanding mentoring skills with students through research, clinical, administrative and/or academic activities. Self-nominations for awards are permitted.


M. Eugene Wiggins Leadership Award

The M. Eugene Wiggins Leadership Award acknowledges the importance of leaders and leadership development that support NBASLH’s mission of addressing the needs of Black professionals, students and individuals with communication disorders. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in carrying out the goals of the organization in the community or employment settings. Self-nominations for awards are permitted.

Mr. M. Eugene Wiggins exemplifies the commitment of the organization through his well-recognized leadership activities and skills. He is one of the co-founders of NBASLH and served as its Executive Director from 1988-2002. As a leader of the organization and clinic director at the University of the District of Columbia, he immersed himself passionately in the recruitment and training of minority students in the professions, as well as educating students regarding best clinical practices for diverse populations. His leadership qualities excelled as he obtained on-going funding to support students, developed dissemination activities addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students and professionals, served as a consultant to major professional organizations and cultivated mentor relationships. These qualities are worthy of being emulated by other professionals who hope to influence the professions as has Mr. Wiggins. His work has impacted not only African-Americans but other culturally and linguistically diverse populations, especially Hispanics. Because of his leadership, more doors are open to minorities who wish to join the professional ranks.


Student Travel Awards

This stipend is for any current undergraduate or graduate student in the speech and hearing sciences. Each award is $250, which the student can use toward reimbursement of monies spent on any travel expenses related to the convention, including transportation and lodging. Each stipend award recipient will be required to complete and sign a commitment form to register for the NBASLH Convention and to volunteer for the annual awards gala and to moderate at least two sessions during the convention. This stipend is awarded in the form of a check once the student has completed their service at the convention. The number of travel stipends available varies from year to year. Self-nominations for awards are permitted.


  • Verification of a GPA‐3.0 (this can be either transcript or verification by a faculty advisor)
  • 500‐word essay that describes the benefits and objectives of attending the Convention
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor
  • Complete and sign a commitment form to register for the NBASLH Convention and to volunteer during the awards gala and moderate at least two sessions during the convention


High School Student Travel Awards

The NBASLH High School Travel Stipend Award supports an eligible high school student and their parent or legal guardian to attend an NBASLH Annual Convention. 

The award recipient will also be connected with a student and professional mentor and an undergraduate program nearest to them. 

Award includes $800 as support towards travel and food expenses to, during, and from the convention location city; one (1) complimentary standard  student registration, (1) guest registration, and a 2-night stay at the convention host hotel.  


  • Junior or Senior enrolled full-time at a high school in the United States.
  • Identifies as Black or African American.
  • Strong interest in a future career as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist.
  • Must be able and willing to travel to the convention location of the year in which they are applying.
  • Recipient and parent or legal guardian must personally attend the NBASLH Annual Convention to claim the travel stipend. 
  • 500-word personal statement on (1) their interest in the profession and (2) what they hope to gain from attending the NBASLH Annual Convention.
  • Letter of support from a teacher, counselor, or academic advisor.
  • Verification of Good Standing from counselor, or academic advisor. Click here for Academic Verification Form
  • Parent or Legal Guardian Commitment.
  • Official copy of High school transcript.


Clinician of the Year: Audiologist & SLP


This award includes a monetary prize that recognizes outstanding professional achievement of an NBASLH member who is a practicing speech-language pathologist or audiologist, whether in schools, medical setting, clinic, or private practice. The individual could be working full time or part time in the field. Individuals must be in good standing with their respective state licensing board. Self-nominations for awards are permitted. Individuals nominated must have 7 or more years of experience as an audiologist or as a speech-language pathologist and have demonstrated outstanding contribution in at least one of the following areas:

  • Assessment and management of speech, language, and/or hearing disorders
  • Professional contributions in the areas of speech, language, and/or hearing disorders
  • Service to local, state, and/or national professional organizations
  • Innovative program design or therapeutic methods for individuals with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders