Scholarships and Special Funds

Fred D. and Barbara J. Minifie Endowed Graduate Fund

Dr. Fred Minifie

Fred Minifie, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been one of the major architects of our department. Coming to the department in 1971, he served the UW for 29 years, including eleven years as Department Chair. Since his retirement in 1998, Fred has remained one of the department’s greatest supporters, serving on the Advisory Board and continuing to represent Speech and Hearing with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Fred has built the foundation for many successful careers, first as a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, then at the University of Washington. Perhaps his most widespread influence has come from his authorship (with Hixon and Williams) of the seminal textbook, “Normal Aspects of Speech, Hearing, and Language.”

Dr. Minifie’s contributions have been widely recognized with many honors and awards, including most notably the Honors of the Association, awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1990, the 2000 Golden Ear Drum Award by the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, and as the Outstanding Graduate from the University of Iowa, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. As President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1983, Fred directed this enormous organization through one of its most formative periods. He continues to serve as an advisor to the Association on matters of scientific integrity.

Dr. Minifie at podium

Most recently, Fred and Barbara Minifie have established the Fred and Barbara Minifie Endowed Graduate Fund. This endowment is dedicated to the support of graduate education in speech and hearing. This source of desperately needed support continues to grow as friends and former students of Fred and Barbara contribute their support in honor of Fred’s distinguished career. The students and faculty of the department are extremely grateful for Fred’s continued guidance and support of UW Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Help us to commemorate Fred’s enormous contribution to our department with your support of the Fred and Barbara Minifie Endowed Graduate Fund.