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FAQs - Cascades

1.    What is Project Cascades?

Project Cascades is a scholarship/grant that is specifically given to Master’s students in Speech Language Pathology who are interested in working with children with culturally and linguistically diverse background.

 

2.   What is the purpose of training?

To provide evidence-based training in working with an increasing ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse population of infants, toddlers, children, and youths with speech, language, and hearing disordres.

 

3.   What does the training consist of?

The training program will consist of various courses/workshops that focus on different cultures/languages (e.g., Spanish, Vietnamese, African American English, Asian Indian, Chinese)


4.   When are the courses/workshops offered?

The courses/workshops will be offered during the summer and winter intersections and/or weekends during fall and spring semesters. 

 

5.   What happen if I can't attend the course/workshop?

All classes and workshops are mandatory for the grant students.  Failure to participate in a single grant event that cannot be documented as an emergency may result in termination.

 

6. What are the obligations of Project Cascades?

Scholars must:

    • enroll in additional classes/practicum during the summer and winter intersession as well as workshops (on the weekends during fall and spring semesters) offered for trainees in this project. Full participation in a course conducted in Spanish on various issues related to service delivery of bilingual Spanish-English speaking students is mandatory.  Students who do not attend these workshops run the risk of not being able to obtain their full scholarships during that period.
    • agree to work in any settings with children after graduation 2 years for each year of support.  Trainees who fail to fulfill the obligation will be required to repay all funds that have been spent of their behalf, plus interest.
    • participate in at least 10 hours in volunteer work/year. Duties include volunteering at conferences such as Fiesta Educativa, Reading to children in the King Library during Story Time, and other activities.

Note: For more details regarding the obligations of scholars, including type and duration of service obligations, please refer to the attached document, “Grant Service Agreement”, or visit http://www.serviceobligations.ed.gov.


    7.   Where can I work upon graduation to fulfill the requirement?

    Scholars can work in any settings (e.g., school, hospitals, clinics, private practices) that have children with disabilities.

 

8.   What happens if I cannot fulfill my obligation upon graduation?

Scholars who fail to fulfill the obligation within a specified period of time will be required to repay all funds that have been spent of their behalf, plus interest.

 

9.   What is covered by the scholarship?

The scholarship covers

    • Resident tuition for the second year of MA program/third year of EM program
    •  Textbooks
    •  Monthly stipend


10.   Who are eligible?

M.A. students who are interested in working with children upon graduation. 


11.   What do I need to apply?

If interested, please submit a completed application (2 pages, including an essay of interest).

Note: The two-page application can be found in pages 4 and 5 in this application packet.


12.   How do I submit the application?

You can either send your complete application to sjsugrants@hotmail.com, or put a hard copy in the grant assistant mailbox, which is located in the department office.

 Note: There is no need to put a printed application in the grant assistant mailbox if you have submitted your application via email.


13.   When do I apply?

We are no longer accepting new applications for the Cascades grant.


14.   When is the application deadline?

We are no longer accepting new applications for the Cascades grant.


15.   What happens after I submit the application?

After your application has been reviewed, an email will be sent to you regarding your interview time and location.


16.   When will I know if I get accepted?

Within one month after your interview, you will be informed regarding your application status via email.  Please refer to the application for a specific date.


17.   How do I know if I am accepted to the grant?

You will receive an email regarding your acceptance.


18.   If I receive financial grants (e.g., State University Grant), can I still receive the Cascades grant?

Yes.


19.   If my tuition is paid in full by other financial grant, will I be able to use the tuition reimbursement for other expenses (e.g., stipend, travels, textbooks)?

No.  If your entire tuition is paid by another financial grant, you will only receive supports for textbooks, stipend, etc.


20.   If my other financial grant pays for a portion of my tuition, will Project Cascades pay for the remaining balance?

Yes.  The grant will directly pay the balance of your tuition to the Bursar’s Office.


21.   Can I simultaneously receive two departmental grants?

No. You can only be on either one of them.


If your questions cannot be answered in this FAQ, please send an email to sjsugrants@hotmail.com