The Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Foundation is proud to have endowed a permanent scholarship at Miami University (OH), after awarding 4 scholarships since 2004 to deserving Miami University (OH) students. Please read the information below to find out about the scholarship, its history and recipients. In addition, you can find out how to make tax-deductible contributions to the scholarship as part of your annual giving or Foundation support.

The Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship
was formally endowed
at Miami University (OH)
December 13, 2007
The Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Foundation began in 2004 to forever honor Jenny’s memory and to create a permanent legacy through college scholarships to students who are pursuing Jenny’s own educational and career aspirations. Namely, working with autistic children as a Speech Pathology professional. On December 13, 2007, we reached an important milestone by permanently endowing a scholarship in Jenny’s name at her beloved Miami University (OH). This first scholarship will be awarded in 2008. Jenny’s scholarship is in the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be given to a student pursuing a degree in Speech Pathology with emphasis on autism. This scholarship is currently the only one of its kind at Miami University (OH).
This would have been Jenny’s,
she will help others fulfill their dreams.
The Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship has been fully endowed. However, we will still be accepting donations to build the overall scholarship value from any interested parties who wish to participate. Your tax-deductible contribution will be greatly appreciated. Follow the links below to make your contribution.
Division of University Advancement
Miami University
725 E. Chestnut Street
Oxford, OH 45056
Attn. Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship
As alumni of Miami University (OH) many of you make annual contributions to the general fund. Now, you can earmark your contribution specifically to the Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship if you so choose.
Make sure to Designate your donation: Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship


2020 Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship Awardee

We're happy to award one of our two scholarships this year to Shelby Miller who is pursuing her Master's degree at Miami University (OH).  Right now, she is completing an externship at a level one trauma hospital in Indianapolis.  She has worked as an Applied Behavior Analyst, managing a caseload of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Shelby is passionate about her work and admits that "it stole her heart."  Her very first client was non-verbal, so she immediately realized the challenges presented when someone cannot express their wants and needs to others.  That client sums up her motivation to work in this field after graduation.  In the meantime, Shelby has been selected to be a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) trainee at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).  She will be working with a multidisciplinary team to provide evidence based screening, diagnosis and treatment of developmental disabilities, including ASD.  This is a prestigious opportunity afforded to a select group and she is the very first person from Miami chosen for this honor.  Way to go, Shelby!



2020 Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship Awardee

Proudly, we are announcing that Rachel Hood will also be receiving one of our scholarships this year!  Indiana is home to Rachel...a second-year graduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology a Miami University (OH). She also received her Bachelor's Degree from Miami.  Rachel's specific career path has yet to be determined, but she is looking forward to working with children of all ages, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Rachel also teaches a class at Miami!  As a high school student, Rachel learned American Sign, she teaches it to undergrads.  She'll be doing just that this coming fall.  Today, Rachel is working at a rehabilitation hospital in Indianapolis.  This fall, she'll be working at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in pediatric neurology.  Impressive!  



2019 Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship Awardee

Alison has been motivated to serve individuals with Autism for many years. As part of Alison’s undergraduate studies while at The Ohio State University, she completed a research thesis on language acquisition giving her first-hand experience of the positive impact that discipline has for children longing to communicate with others. After completing her studies at OSU Alison served as a preschool teacher at The Ohio State School for the Blind and led a classroom of children with multiple disabilities. Relationships built with her students taught Alison about the power of individualized intervention. Alison will be working as a graduate student clinician at Cincinnati Children’s Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in the fall. She will soon become an alumni of Miami University and serve as a pediatric Speech Language Practitioner and Clinical Researcher



LEAH KOVACH 2019 Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship Awardee

Leah is extremely grateful to receive one of the two Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarships for 2019 and like
so many of our wonderful young women, has a familiar story to share. A strong desire to help others is at
the center of Leah’s desires and she’s known that for some time this would be her pursuit. She discovered speech pathology and immediately realized the opportunities it would offer. Experiences have also played a role and helped her forge a passion for working with individuals in the Autism spectrum. Leah worked at Safe Haven Farms sharing her talents with Autistic adults as part of their Autism Learning Center. Again, the combination of desire, passion and experiences worked together to give Leah the drive to work in the field as a future Clinician.
Previous Award Winners
2018 sarah haslett
2018 abby cundiff
2017 Christina xidas
2017 Katie young
2016 Celia Gaier
2016 Taylor Rickman
2016 Carissa Schwiebert
2015 Bethany Clouse
2015 Morgan Dewey
2014 Kaitlyn Drouillard
2014 Lana Dennison
2013 Kelley Mille
2012 Ashley Lynn Stephen
2011 Jamie Bifro
2010 Mindy Cavendish
2009 Ashley Singer
2008 Kaitlyn Galish
2007 No Award Presented
2006 Katie Carter
2005 Katie Carter

Updated: September 9, 2020 Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Foundation
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