Cleft Palate Foundation

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The Cleft Palate Foundation is pleased to offer the following Awards and Scholarships:

For information on research grantsplease click here.

For information on the Leadership Award, please click here.

David P. Kuehn Speech Scholarship for Students Enrolled in a Communication Sciences and Disorders Program or Related Field

2015 Application Form

Award Description:

The David P. Kuehn Speech Scholarship is designed to help current master’s or doctoral students enrolled in a communication sciences and disorders or related program participate in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) annual meeting. The Kuehn Scholarship provides a one-year student membership in ACPA, $500.00 for travel expenses related to the annual meeting, and fully paid for meeting registration including the pre-conference symposia, study sessions and eye-openers. 

Priority will be given to PhD student candidates conducting or planning to conduct research related to cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies. Non-ACPA members and ACPA members within their three years of membership are eligible to apply.

David P. Kuehn, PhD, past president of ACPA (1989) and member of ACPA since 1976, retired in 2009 from his position of professor at the University of Illinois, Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Wasting no time before a new academic year could commence without him, Dr. Kuehn established a fund with CPF to continue his commitment to education in the field of communication sciences and cleft lip and palate. Describing his motivation for establishing the scholarship fund with the CPF, Dr. Kuehn wrote:

I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to have known and worked with many outstanding researchers and clinicians over the course of my career, including that during my early years as a student. Now, it gives me great pleasure to be able to help students who themselves choose to make a difference in the lives of individuals born with cleft lip/palate especially as those individuals may be in need of specialized care in dealing with communicative disorders. My colleagues in speech are indispensable members of every cleft lip/palate team and I look forward to the active participation of the new cohort of speech professionals who will serve to advance knowledge and to provide treatment in this important field of endeavor.

CPF and ACPA extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Kuehn for his many years of energetic and productive contributions to the missions of both organizations and for his most recent gift establishing a direct connection to their continued well-being.

DPMF Grant for Nurses

2015 Application Form

Award Description:

This competitive grant is awarded from the Donna Pruzansky Memorial Fund for Maternal and Child Health Nursing and is sponsored by the Cleft Palate Foundation. The grant was established by Sam Pruzansky, MD, in memory of his wife who practiced as a nurse in the area of maternal and child health.

The DPMF Grant provides a one-year membership in ACPA, $500.00 for travel expenses related to the meeting, and fully paid for meeting registration.

Nurses who devote at least 50% of their work time to the care of patients with cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies and who wish to increase their knowledge of the field are encouraged to apply. ACPA members are not eligible to apply.

The Mary J. Hauk, DDS, MPH Memorial Scholarship for Dental Residents

2015 Application Form

Award Description:

The Mary J. Hauk, DDS, MPH Memorial Scholarship for Dental Residents is designed to help student professionals in the dentistry field attend the annual meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). The Hauk Scholarship provides a one-year student membership in ACPA, $500.00 for travel expenses related to the annual meeting, and basic meeting registration for the ACPA Annual Meeting.

Applicants must be current residents. Non-members and ACPA members within their first year of membership are eligible to apply.

Dr. John Girotto, Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital, and a member of ACPA, has helped establish this memorial scholarship fund with this message:

Dr. Mary J. Hauk, DDS passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Wednesday, January 20, 2010. She was 42 years old. Mary was a founding member of the Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Center at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dr. Hauk received her BA in biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989 and her dental degree at the State University of New York, Stony Brook shortly thereafter. Dr. Hauk joined the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1993 where she completed additional fellowship training in Pediatric Dentistry, emphasizing cleft lip and palate care. Her education included graduate training at the New York University where she was instructed by Dr. Barry Grayson in the use of NAM. Active in the ACPA for years, Mary served on many committees, contributed to the pre-con regularly, and presented original research annually.

Dr. Mary Hauk’s commitment to children and families affected by craniofacial differences was always evident – it was her life’s work. For over 15 years, she dedicated herself to the dental care of her patients – often driving between Buffalo and Rochester and purchasing children’s supplies herself. Recently a mother herself, Mary’s devotion to her son was unsurpassed. They were inseparable – and Joseph even attended the ACPA national meeting with her.

A compassionate member of our team, an active researcher, a warm generous person, and a loving mother, Mary will be missed by all. Especially the children of the Upstate for whom she cared so much.

The James F. Mulick, DDS, MS, Orthodontic Scholarship Fund

2015 Application Form

Award Description:

The James F. Mulick, DDS, MS Orthodontic Scholarship helps orthodontic residents and/or fellows attend the annual meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. The Mulick Scholarship provides a one-year student membership in ACPA, $500.00 for travel expenses related to the annual meeting, and basic meeting registration for the ACPA Annual Meeting.

Applicants must be current residents or fellows. Non-ACPA members and ACPA members within their first year of membership are eligible to apply.

Dianne Mulick-Altuna, MS, a member of ACPA, has established this annual fund in her father’s name with this message:

James F. Mulick, DDS, MS has provided orthodontic treatment to children with craniofacial difference for over 40 years. He has shared his passion for helping those with a facial difference with families, colleagues, and students. As his daughter, I have been blessed to have Dr. James F. Mulick as a father and a mentor. In honor of my father, the James F. Mulick, DDS, MS Orthodontic Scholarship has been created through the Cleft Palate Foundation. This educational fund offers financial assistance for attendance at the ACPA Annual Meeting by an Orthodontic Resident associated with a Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team.

The Board of Directors of the Cleft Palate Foundation gratefully acknowledges Ms. Mulick-Altuna’s donation for this honorary scholarship fund.

The Karlind T. Moller Cleft/Craniofacial Scholarship for Speech Pathology/Audiology Students

2015 Application Form

Award Description:

The Karlind T. Moller Cleft/Craniofacial Scholarship for Speech Pathology/Audiology Students helps current undergraduate/graduate students in accredited speech-language pathology and/or audiology degree programs fund research/projects involving patients with cleft lip/palate and/or other craniofacial anomalies. The Moller Scholarship provides a one-year student membership in ACPA and $500.00 for research/project expenses.

Scholarship funds must be used to cover expenses related to an undergraduate or graduate research project in cleft/craniofacial anomalies related to speech, language, hearing, psychosocial, or ethical/cultural considerations. The project must have an identified faculty mentor from the applicant’s educational institution and/or clinical mentor from the community (for example, mentor may be a cleft palate team speech-language pathologist).

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: master’s thesis, doctoral dissertations, undergraduate research projects, clinical projects (e.g. family educational materials), or family support initiatives. Funds may not be used for teaching assistant salaries or indirect costs. Funds may be used for project materials, subject compensation, software or minor equipment needs, and may also be used to offset travel expenses to attend and present project outcomes at the ACPA annual meeting.

Dr. Karlind Moller served as Professor and Director of the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Program at the University of Minnesota for over 30 years. In addition to a career of classroom teaching, publications, and research, Dr. Moller provided clinical education to future speech-language pathologists and dental specialists. Dr. Moller served in various leadership roles for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA),Cleft Palate Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Moller made a substantial impact on the care of patients with cleft/craniofacial anomalies at an individual, institutional, state, national and international level. CPF gratefully acknowledges Dr. Karlind T. Moller for this honorary scholarship fund.

The Samuel Berkowitz, DDS, MS Long-Term Outcomes Study Award

The Award

The Berkowitz Award is made annually to the primary author of the article judged to be the best long-term outcomes study published in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. The author may be from any discipline represented in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), and the article may cover any cleft/craniofacial subject area. ACPAmembership is not required. One $500 award is made per volume year of the Journal.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Relevance of Research Topic
  2. Organization and Clarity of Manuscript
  3. Methodological Soundness
  4. Appropriateness of Conclusions Based on Results
  5. Clinical Significance of Conclusions/Potential Impact on Patient Care
  6. Follow Up Period of Adequate Length to Fully Evaluate Outcome

Past Recipients

2014
Recipient: 
Maria Marni, MD, PhD and co-authors
Article: “Factors Related to Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Nasal Appearance in Patients Treated for Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate”
4th issue, 50th volume

2013
Recipients (tie): Hans Friede, DDS, ODr and Anette Lohmander, PhD and co-authors
Articles: “Long-Term, Longitudinal Follow-Up of Individuals With UCLP After the Gothenburg Primary Early Veloplasty and Delayed Hard Palate Closure Protocol: Maxillofacial Growth Outcome” and “Long-Term, Longitudinal Follow-Up of Individuals With Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate After the Gothenburg Primary Early Veloplasty and Delayed Hard Palate Closure Protocol: Speech Outcome”
6th issue, 49th volume

2012
Recipient: The Americleft Team
Article: “The Americleft Study: An Inter‐Center Study of Treatment Outcomes for Patients With Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Parts 1-5″
3rd issue, 48th volume

2011
Recipient: Theodosia Bartzela, DDS, DMD, MSc and co-authors
Article: “A Longitudinal Three-Center Study of Dental Arch Relationship in Patients With Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate.”
2nd issue, 47th volume

2010
Recipient: Piotr Fudalej, DDS, MSD, PhD and co-authors
Article: “Dental Arch Relationship in Children With Complete Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Following Warsaw (One-Stage Repair) and Oslo Protocols”
6th issue, 46th volume

2009
Recipient: Catharina A.M. Bongaarts, DDS and co-authors
Article: “Effect of Infant Orthopedics on Facial Appearance of Toddlers With Complete Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate (Dutchcleft)”
4th issue, 45th volume

If you are interested in establishing a scholarship fund or supporting CPF’s research efforts, please contact Nancy Smythe, Executive Director or call the Cleft Palate Foundation at 919.933.9044.