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Goldstick Family Doctoral Fellowship

Competition Held Each Summer

The Goldstick Initiative for the Study of Communication Disorders was established in 2005 to recruit and train future faculty in the area of communication. The Goldstick Initiative assists in providing states, schools, and families with recommended practices thereby improving learning and living outcomes for individuals with communication disabilities. 


For 2024-2025, the Goldstick Family Initiative will award 2-4 fellowships in the amount of $10,000.  Recipients may be nominated for a second year of support through the Goldstick Fellowship assuming satisfactory progress is being made towards the completion of a degree.

Phillip C. and the late Beverly Kramer Goldstick are long-time supporters of the mission of the University of Illinois. They were married while Phil was pursuing his 1953 Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business on the Urbana-Champaign campus. He followed his impressive academic and athletic career with an equally successful career as an attorney and investment advisor. The Goldsticks have been generous donors to many University and community causes through the years. Their gifts to Illinois have supported everything from student scholarships to fine arts to music to athletics to neurological research. In addition to the fellowship(s), the Goldstick Initiative also provides support for the Goldstick Family Scholar and the Goldstick Family Lecture Series in Communication Disorders.


Selection criteria for this year's Goldstick Family Fellowship recipients include:

  • Full-time PhD students in Special Education or Speech & Hearing Science with a  specialization in communication disorders
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5
  • Primary research interests specifically in the area of social-communication support needs
  • Preference will be given to applicants conducting research to benefit individuals with complex communication support needs


Interested students should submit an electronic copy of their vita and a 1-2 page statement specific to the student’s research interests and experiences in the field of social-communication disabilities and/or disorders during the summer award competition.

Recipients will be determined by a selection committee and will be introduced at the Goldstick Family Lecture during the fall of 2024. Furthermore, recipients will attend the College of Education Award Banquet in the spring of 2025.

For more information       

Contact: Dr. Cheryl Light Shriner, Goldstick Family Scholar
Department of Special Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1310 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL  61820
(217) 333-0260 or

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