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Goldstick Family Fellowship

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 will assist in providing states, schools, and families with best practices, to improve learning and living outcomes for individuals with communication disabilities. 

Acting on their desire to help children and their families in a tangible way, Phillip C. and Beverly Kramer Goldstick generously endowed a sustainable training and research program in the area of communication disorders in the Department of Special Education at the College of Education at Illinois. Each year, the initiative, along with today's Goldstick Family Lecture, continues to provide information on new methods and practices to families and professionals to ensure that children with a range of abilities have the opportunity to live as independently as possible in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

Phillip C. and Beverly Kramer Goldstick were married while Phillip 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.


  1. Full-time PhD students in Special Education or Speech & Hearing Science with a   specialization in communication disorders  
  2. Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5
  3. Research interests in the area of social-communication disabilities and/or disorders
  4. Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with students who have   significant disabilities

How to Apply

Interested students should submit an electronic copy of their vita and a 1-2 page statement specific to the student’s interest and experience in the field of social-communication disabilities and/or disorders to the Department of Special Education. Application deadline is June 1 at 5pm CST. Recipients will be determined by a selection committee and will be introduced at the Goldstick Family Lecture and College of Education Award Banquet.