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Barbara Williams Hodson Scholarship

The Barbara Williams Hodson Scholarship recognizes high-achieving students who have demonstrated commitment to service activities and leadership, who have an interest in applied phonetics/phonology , and who intend to become certified Speech-Language Pathologists. Further preference is given to international students and/or US students who are bilingual.

2013 Recipient

Hillary Valentino

Hillary Valentino

“I am grateful for the academic and personal guidance I have received over the years from many faculty members. I am also thankful for the generous contributions from friends and alumni. Their support will be of great assistance to me as I continue my education at the graduate level.”

Mallory will graduate in May with her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She has focused on Speech-Language Pathology and will attend graduate school to secure her master’s degree and certification as a speech-language pathologist. She hopes to work with young children in a school, clinic, or children’s hospital setting. Eventually, she would like to build a private practice and offer summer speech and language camps for children.

Mallory has been a research assistant in Dr. Charissa Lansing’s laboratory for two years. As a summer volunteer at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital for the last few years, she has assisted with newborn hearing screenings and other services offered by the hospital’s speech therapy and audiology departments. She worked with a licensed social worker at an intensive social skills camp for children with autism and other developmental disorders. Mallory also participated in a community outreach volunteer program while studying abroad in Granada, Spain. In this position, she taught English to young children whose families were economically disadvantaged.

Mallory is a member of the Order of Omega, a leadership honor society for members of Greek organizations. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, for which she has served as ritual coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys working out and running. Mallory is in training for her second half-marathon. She also likes to create scrapbooks, bake, and travel, and hopes to return to Europe soon.