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Misericordia’s Fredo is Recipient of PSHA Scholarship

Misericordia’s Fredo is Recipient of PSHA Scholarship

Misericordia’s Fredo is Recipient of PSHA Scholarship

Von Drach Memorial Scholarship

Isabella Fredo of Jacobus, PA, a graduate student in the Misericordia University Speech-Language Pathology program, has been awarded the Von Drach Memorial Scholarship by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association (PSHA) during their recent conference. The scholarship is presented annually to an outstanding student from one of the state's 22 speech-language pathology academic programs in honor of Dr. Robert Von Drach. Recipients are students who exhibit strong leadership abilities, outstanding academic performance, exceptional clinical skills, and scholarship within the profession.

From left to right: Dr. Glen Tellis, Isabella Fredo and Adina Rosenthal. 

Fredo recently earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology during the May 11th  Commencement at Misericordia University. During her time at Misericordia, she managed the neuro electrophysiology lab and served as a lab assistant for two years. Fredo completed a thesis that draws on her personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research has resulted in multiple presentations at conferences, including PSHA convention, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) convention, and the Acoustical Society of America conference. In total, she presented 13 papers and was the first author on a majority of these papers. Fredo served as Head of Fundraising for a service-learning trip to Belize. Isabella’s other service engagements include being a member of PSHA’s Healthcare-Telepractice Committee and being a member of the Leadership Development Program. Because of her academic excellence, research contributions, leadership roles, and commitment to service Fredo was awarded the Misericordia University Speech-Language Pathology Department’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Outside of academics, she was a community assistant on campus for three years.

Fredo said, “I just am grateful. I just am very appreciative to the committee for selecting me and for everybody who supported me along the journey to get to this point.”

Glen Tellis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, professor and chair of SLP, spoke of Fredo’s growth as a student at Misericordia, which made her an ideal recipient for the Von Drach Memorial Scholarship. “Isabella’s achievements are truly commendable. What sets Isabella apart is not just her academic prowess but her holistic approach to success.  I have witnessed her grow as a student over the years with the culmination of her leading a research lab, presenting at several conferences, volunteering her time for department service, and fine-tuning her clinical skills to provide optimal therapy for her clients,” said Tellis.

Out of all her experiences at Misericordia, her time on the Belize trip is one she finds extremely rewarding, and she wants to spread more awareness of the fantastic work being done in Belize by the SLP students. The SLP students evaluated and treated pediatric patients and adults/seniors. Some patients and their families traveled several hours to meet with students in outpatient clinics, preschools, long-term care facilities, and community homes.

Fredo’s last words about her scholarship were a thank you to those who helped her get this far: “My family, my parents and my sisters. They have supported me through everything. I would not be who I am or where I am without them. As well as my Misericordia SLP faculty, they pushed me to apply for the award but also constantly pushed me towards success.”

For more information on Misericordia University's Speech-Language Pathology program, visit their website, click here. For more information about the SLP trip to Belize, click here.