The second annual Kenneth W. Berger Memorial Scholarship, funded through an endowment from the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), Lafayette, Ind, was recently awarded to Raina Stromberg, a third-year AuD student at the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium (NOAC).
The scholarship honors the career and life of the late Kenneth W. Berger, PhD, a researcher, teacher, historian, private practitioner, and director of audiology at Kent State University. Eric Hagberg, AuD, a former student, colleague, and friend of Berger, organized the scholarship campaign through the AFA to memorialize Berger and help provide scholarship resources for NOAC AuD students (which includes Kent State University).
Berger developed the first hearing aid prescription fitting method, still in use today, and as curator of the Berger Hearing Aid Museum and Archives, established the world’s largest collection of hearing aids (more than 2,600) and related materials.
The Kenneth W. Berger Memorial Scholarship is open to third-year AuD students in the NOAC program, and the winner is selected based on criteria that includes functioning at the highest level of clinical acumen, being ranked in the top fifth of the class, submitting a written essay and demonstrating a commitment to professional organizations.
As winner, Stromberg received a $1,000 scholarship. Stromberg is a member of the Ohio Academy of Audiology, the American Academy of Audiology, and the Student Academy of Audiology, where she currently serves as membership chair. She wrote her scholarship essay on the history of amplification.