Rae Bennett, originally from Chicago, is a graduate clinician working on her masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State.
Bennett works as a clinician with patients at the Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic on campus. She enjoys working with stroke and TBI (traumatic brain injury) patients, and spends many hours helping to give them their voice back and ability to communicate.
Discovering her passion for Speech and Language Pathology during high school after career shadowing, she obtained her undergraduate degree in the same field in May of 2018 from Missouri State.
As an undergraduate she obtained the Board of Governors scholarship, which enabled her to put efforts into her degree rather than worrying about finances and job hunting. It allowed her to support other passions, such as the arts, by working at Juanita K. Hammons Hall as well at Tent Theatre.
“It’s so impactful to know that people are investing in your education. It’s just a great way to invest in young people who can make a difference.”
The scholarship also provides a $1,000 study away voucher, supporting Bennett’s academic trip to Ireland. During her month overseas, she participated in service learning as social media coordinator and box office rep for the Galway International Arts Festival.
She credits much of her success at Missouri State to the generous donations of people she’ll never meet.
“I would love to pay it forward and give back when I am settled in my career. Missouri State has made such huge impact on me, and I love the idea of a scholarship that would empower other students to get their degree, and take some of the financial burden off it.”