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Student Membership & Benefits

A note from Student Board Member, Megan Illy

Hello fellow students! I’m so glad you were able to find our page on the MSHA website. My name is Megan Illy, and I am a graduate Communication Disorders student at the Truman State University. Beyond my responsibilities as a student, I am your Student Representative on the MSHA Executive Board. As your Student Representative I hope to:

  • maintain a strong student presence in MSHA,
  • be an advocate for students and their rights,
  • keep an open dialogue with my fellow students about pertinent issues, and
  • encourage student involvement in MSHA, their local NSSLHA chapter, and national NSSLHA.

I’m excited about the things we’ll be able to accomplish during my time as Student Representative.  My time as a MSHA, local NSSLHA and national NSSLHA member has been rewarding.  I hope you find your time in these organizations just as rewarding.  The more you become involved, the more opportunities will come your way.  Again, one of my goals as Student Representative is to keep an open dialogue with my fellow students.  Don’t hesitate to contact me with any ideas, questions or concerns.  I look forward to hearing from you and am excited about the things we are about to accomplish.

Yours truly,

Megan Illy
MSHA Student Board Representative

MSHA annual student membership is $15 and can be submitted online by clicking here or with a Printable Membership Form. I hope that you take advantage of this amazing networking source by joining today!!

MSHA’s annual convention is a great opportunity for students to learn and to network. The next Convention will be held April 16-19, 2015 at Tan-Tar-A. It will be a memorable weekend for you and I’m excited to see you there.

Minority Student Leadership Program

Do you sometimes feel lost and uncertain about your future in the field?  Well the Minority Student Leadership Program may be the answer for you!  This program offers mentoring for ethnic/minority students by professionals who are aware of the potential challenges and continued benefits of being a part of the speech-language pathology and audiology profession.  Minority students are given the chance to explore, partake, and experience activities that are intended to assist in the development of leadership skills.  The student is not the only beneficiary in this program; mentors are provided the opportunity to impart knowledge and experience to students while aiding in the enhancement of their management skills.  This program provides MSHA with a valuable method for maintaining a connection with these future professionals as, students, MSHA members and ultimately, leaders within the state organization.  An online application and Statement of Commitment form can be found at by clicking here.

The deadline for submission will be posted soon.

Please feel free to share any thoughts and suggestions for student involvement in MSHA with me!

Megan Illy
MSHA Student Board Representative

What can a MSHA Student Membership do for you?
Join today and recieve the following benefits:

  • LEGISLATIVE VOICE The voices of MSHA members DO count! MSHA is active in legislative issues affecting our professions.
  • REGISTRATION FEES All MSHA-sponsored workshops throughout the state, including Annual Convention, Issues & Answers for school SLPs, plus many other workshops are offered to members with a substantial savings on registration fees.
  • LOW COST BENEFITS MSHA dues are much lower than other state associations. Lower dues, reduced registration, newsletters, and an on-line directory, your membership actually pays for itself!
  • MSHA TOLL FREE NUMBER The MSHA Central Office has a Toll-Free number for members to call with questions or to receive information. The number is (888) SAY-MSHA 729-6742.
  • MSHA NEWSLETTER The latest and most up-to-date information on MSHA activities, job opportunities, news from ASHA, the Missouri Legislature, DESE, regional associations, Missouri Universities, and other agencies.
  • MSHA WEBSITE Has up-to-date information on MSHA activities, job opportunities, news from ASHA, the Missouri Legislature, DESE, regional associations, Missouri universities and other agencies.
  • PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS Membership in your state association is your commitment to maintain a high level of standards. As a member this may benefit you professionally through career ladder, employee evaluations, or career advancements.
  • NETWORKING AND LEADERSHIP Members are encouraged to join a committee of interest, contact state legislators, show their presence at the capitol for Legislative Day, offer expertise for any projects sponsored by MSHA, run for an office of the Executive Board, or simply submit an article for the newsletter.
  • MSHA MEMBER AND RESOURCE DIRECTORY MSHA provides an online directory to its members.

Student Convention Scholarship Fund

MSHA strives to provide current and future professionals with the means to achieve their professional goals.  The economy has placed a constant struggle on individuals throughout the state, especially students trying to further their education.  Therefore, MSHA is offering nine (9) Student Convention Scholarships for the 2015 MSHA Convention scheduled for April 16-19 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. This scholarship covers the registration fee and two night’s of lodging.

Please keep in mind the guidelines for this scholarship before applying. Winners are required to:

  1. Be a MSHA member
    • If you are not a member or need to renew your membership, you can do so online or by mailing a membership form to the Central Office.
  2. Volunteer at least 3-5 hours during the Convention
  3. Attend the President’s Luncheon on Saturday afternoon

Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2015.


SWAPS: Helping Students Build their Resource Libraries!

Are those old professional materials stuck on your shelves and taking up space but you just can’t handle throwing them away?  Thinking that even though they are old they still have some good use, but not sure where that use is?  I have a wonderful solution for you to free up some needed shelf space!  Please join MSHA by participating in the 5th annual SWAPS event at the 55th annual MSHA Convention.  SWAPS was designed to give Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists the opportunity to provide old therapy materials to undergraduate and graduate students currently involved in the communication disorders program.  Student convention attendees will have the chance to shop through the materials during the Friday evening social on April 17. 

Please bring all those unwanted therapy materials, tests, and textbooks with you to the convention to help students establish their resource libraries.  These items may be dropped off at the MSHA registration desk upon your arrival to Tan-Tar-A.  Thank you for your generosity and support of future professionals!

Any undergraduate or graduate students that are interested in helping organize and coordinate this event, please e-mail me, rys21350@ucmo.edu.  I would appreciate all the helpful hands I can get!

Also, don’t forget to complete your nomination forms for Ambassadors and Honors of the Association (Outstanding Clinician, Outstanding Special Education Administrator, and Outstanding Graduate Student).  The deadline will be posted soon. Click here for more information.


Page last updated February 18, 2015

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