SPALS provides funding opportunities for the speech pathologist and audiologist community through three different initiatives:

Elizabeth Stokes Borel Award for Excellence


The Elizabeth Stokes Borel Award for Excellence was established in 2001 and embodies the spirit of a lady who sought to improve communication skills in children, formulate a standard by which professionalism could be measured, and provide a medium by which professionals could share ideas and expand their knowledge of the communication field. Liz was known as a pioneer; as she was innovative in helping to shape Louisiana’s first licensure law and served on the first Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.

This leadership award is presented to an individual who has dedicated his/her career to promoting speech-language pathology and audiology within Louisiana schools. The person selected should possess the attributes embodied by Liz Borel: tenacious, compelling, dynamic, compassionate, intelligent, warm and enthusiastic.


Nominations are now being accepted for the Elizabeth Stokes Borel Award to be presented at the annual SPALS conference.



Nominees for the Elizabeth Stokes Borel Award for Excellence should demonstrate:

  • outstanding work in the communication field

  • professional characteristics and skills required for the prevention and remediation of speech, language and hearing disorders in children

  • current SPALS membership


Nominations (name and address) should be emailed to our Elizabeth Stokes Borel Award for Excellence Committee Chair Cissy Matthews. Nominees will be notified and asked to provide a resume and two letters of support, by July 1 of the nominating year.


SPALS Scholarships

SPALS is committed to supporting the education of our future professionals. Applications are accepted for our two $1,500 scholarships throughout the year, however, they must  be received by July 1st for consideration during that calendar year.



Download the SPALS Scholarship application form [PDF 114KB]. Send your completed application by mail to:

c/o Alosia Sterling
217 North Blake Street
Lake Charles, La 70601

SPALS Grants

The SPALS Grant is open to speech therapists and audiologists in Louisiana schools and awards up to $1,000 depending on the applicant’s needs. There are no restrictions on what can be purchased with SPALS Grant funds. Suggestions include software to support areas of deficit needed, professional development for therapist(s) and could include funding an expert in a needed area to address all therapists in a district.


Projects should correlate with the district comprehensive curriculum and be designed to increase student achievement. Items ordered should support goals and objectives on IEPs. Applicants must be current SPALS members who are licensed speech therapists and/or audiologists working in Louisiana schools.


Download the SPALS Grant application form.  Send your completed application along with a detailed budget and principal’s signature (or special education director’s signature if a system-wide program) by mail to:

SPALS Grant Committee

c/o Lexi (Alexis Parnell) (please note this is the correct email address for Grant applications)