Katie Dellorso, a doctoral candidate in the doctor of audiology program, was chosen in a nationwide competition as the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship by Alpaca Audiology.
Alpaca is a network that uses the collective purchasing power of its members to help audiologists purchase hearing aids at competitive rates. The award is given annually to one student currently enrolled in an accredited doctoral level audiology program in the U.S. who the group’s board feels has high potential to “amplify the profession of audiology.”
“Katie’s essay highlighted the many concerns audiologists within private practice, ENT and hospital settings voice every day. Helping those with hearing loss and being patient-focused is every current and future audiologist’s top priority,” said Stephen Horne, vice president at Alpaca.
A native of Westford, Dellorso is in a year-long residency at HearSmart Audiology in Littleton. She graduates in May 2017. Her interest areas in audiology include the treatment of hearing loss with hearing aid technology, hearing conservation, and education and counseling.
“I've worked with Katie for five years in both her undergraduate and graduate days. She is a highly motivated positive student with a strong passion and desire to help people with hearing loss," says Richard Freyman, professor of communication disorders.
“I'd like to use the scholarship towards paying my tuition and continuing to grow within the field of audiology,” Dellorso says. “I am interested in taking some outside certification courses, such as cochlear implant certification, and am planning on using any leftover scholarship funds towards my registration and travel costs for the AudiologyNOW! 2017 convention.”
Dellorso completed a B.S. in communication disorders from UMass Amherst in 2013 and currently is the educational chair for the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology and is a member at large for the Student Academy of Audiology. After graduating she hopes to work at a private practice and one day open her own audiology practice.