The Ohio Academy of Audiology (OAA) honors Julie S. Kelly, audiologist and founding member of the Northern Ohio Academy of Audiology through the Julie S. Kelly Memorial Audiology Scholarship. The Academy awards a $1000 scholarship to an exceptional student enrolled in a Doctor of Audiology program within the State of Ohio. Selection of scholarship recipients is conducted annually by a scholarship committee of OAA members and is based on academic achievement, overall personal achievement, and personal goals regarding the field of audiology.

Julie S. Kelly

Julie Kelly was an exceptional audiologist committed to the profession, academic achievement and  patient care. She was a leader in the Ohio Academy of Audiology and was instrumental in its success.  She also spearheaded the development and organization of  the Midwest Audiology Conference (MAC), a multi-state audiology conference partnership with Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky and in the transition to Ohio’s own audiology conference, the OAC. In addition to being a consummate professional, Julie valued family and treated friends like family. She was full of life and always encouraged other people to get involved…whether getting them onto the dance floor at a party or onto the board of a professional association! Julie was both loved and respected by all who knew her.  Her larger than life personality and beautiful smile continues to warm the hearts of those who had the privilege to cross paths with her. Although she lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on March 26, 2000, her memory lives on in those she encouraged to get involved and in the leadership she provided for audiology in the State of Ohio. Julie would be proud to be associated with the recipients of this scholarship named in her honor.


Thank you to our Volunteers!

The Ohio Academy of Audiology would like to thank the following audiologists who volunteered their time to serve on the Julie S. Kelly Memorial Scholarship selection committee for this year. The Julie S. Kelly Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one Audiology student in Ohio based on academic achievement, overall personal achievement, personal audiology goals, and strength of reference letters. Committee members were responsible for reviewing scholarship applications and selecting a winner.
A big thank you to the following audiologists for serving on the selection committee this year!
The Selection Committee:
- Shera Kile
- Kris Rynes
- Ryan Pratt
- Jessica Boss
- Jennifer Kazuka
- Rachel Clary
- Aneda Baker
- Chris Galizio
Congratulations to the following outstanding students who were nominated this year for the Julie S. Kelly Scholarship:
- Jordan McNair (NOAC)
- Annie Richardson (Ohio University)
- Olivia Chuzie (Ohio University)
- Breanna Hart (Ohio University)
- Chelsey Mason (The Ohio State University)
- Julia Colaianni (University of Cincinnati)
- Annika Hubers (University of Cincinnati) 
Congratulations to this year's Julie S. Kelly Scholarship Recipient Breanna Hart from Ohio University!

Hi, my name is Breanna Hart, I am a third year integrated AuD/PhD graduate student at Ohio University. This year, I have the honor of being selected as the 2019 recipient of the Julie S. Kelly Memorial Audiology Scholarship. I am truly grateful to have been awarded this honor. I believe this scholarship will directly benefit my audiology career in two different ways, through professional development and continued research. I plan to use the funds from this scholarship to attend conferences as well as support my research studies. As an integrated AuD/PhD student, I have been able to experience both the clinical and research worlds in the hearing science domain and from that I have noticed a visible gap. I want to merge these two worlds and bring them closer together to help benefit all who encounter audiological services. Through attending conferences, I plan to partake in numerous talks and workshops in order to learn new methods, techniques, and ideas in the field. By attending these conferences, I will meet other professionals in our field and forge new relationships with said people. This will not only boost collaboration but will also benefit the hearing science community as a whole. I believe that attending conferences help promote academic excellence and bettering of one’s understanding of the new topics in the field. The second part of this funding will go towards my research where I am working on testing and development of a machine learning algorithm in the detection of Frequency Following Responses (FFR). I hope to one day develop and train a strong enough machine learning algorithm based off of normative data collected from various populations to be implemented as a diagnostic tool for auditory assessment in clinical applications. I believe that through this scholarship I will have enough funds to help recruit participants and gather the necessary data to continue this project. I feel blessed and honored to have been chosen as the recipient of this award and I want to thank all the people who have helped me along the way in my career as well as the reviewing committee for selecting me.

Thank you so much,

Breanna Hart

Past scholarship recipients:


  • 2019 Breanna Hart, Ohio University
  • 2018 Erin Lynch, Ohio University
  • 2017 Caitlin Donovan, Ohio State University 
  • 2016 Courtney Collins, Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, Kent State University

  • 2015 Daniel Adams, University of Cincinnati

  • 2014 Matthew Brady, University of Cincinnati

  • 2013 Jessica Middaugh, Ohio State University

  • 2012 Kyle Shepard, Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, University of Akron

  • 2011 Gregory Verzumo, Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, University of Akron

  • 2010 Raina Stromberg, Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, Kent State University

  • 2009 Angela Gerbasi, Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium

  • 2008 Kelli Wright, Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, University of Akron

  • 2007 Nicole Solar, Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium

  • 2006 Benson Davis

  • 2005 Claudia Coleman, Ohio State University

  • 2004 Stacey Lim

  • 2003 Ursula Chaplin

  • 2002 Bonnie Bond

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