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Communicative Disorders Grad Student Receives 2013 Annemarie Pellerito Scholarship

Hillary Tilden, a graduate student in the communicative disorders program in the College of Health and Human Services at CSULB has been awarded the 2013 Annemarie Pellerito Scholarship.

Established in 2006, the Annemarie Pellerito Scholarship has helped numerous CHHS students studying to be allied health and medical professionals.  Annemarie’s parents, Vicki and Peter, had two goals in establishing the scholarship at the College of Health and Human Services.  They wanted to raise awareness of neurofibromatosis, which is an uncommon disorder, among future health care professionals.  They also wanted to continue their daughter’s legacy of perseverance, inspiration, tenacity, and courage.

                                           Hillary Tilden, the 2013 Annemarie Pellerito Scholarship Winner, with Vickie and Peter Pellerito, CHHS Dean Ken Millar, and her parents Laurel and Brian Tilden

Hillary Tilden, the 2013 Annemarie Pellerito Scholarship Winner, with Vicki and Peter Pellerito, CHHS Dean Ken Millar, and her parents Laurel and Brian Tilden

An outstanding student and soon-to-be speech language pathologist, Hillary’s professors describe her as an incredibly competent and dedicated clinician.  Hillary has a gift for working with children. The children she works with in the speech, language, and hearing clinic instantly warm up to her.  Because of this immediate connection with Hillary, the children show remarkable progress in the short time Hilary works with them.  Her commitment to excellence in her studies and in treating her patients has set Hilary apart from her peers both academically and professionally.

Hillary’s connection with the field of communicative disorders took a deeply personal turn when her father lost the ability to speak after suffering a stroke.  The Pelleritos immediately connected with Hillary’s situation.  When family members experience medical issues, healthcare takes on a deeply personal meaning to the affected person and their family.  Hillary embodies the spirit of Annemarie Pellerito because of her lifelong can-do attitude and the ability to thrive in spite of adversity.  The Pelleritos, through Hillary, will know they will be carrying on their daughter’s legacy throughout Hillary’s speech language pathology career.

About the Annemarie Pellerito Scholarship

Their daughter’s fervent passion for life, in spite of her lifelong and ultimately fatal battle with neurofibromatosis, compelled Vicki and Peter Pellerito (MBA ’74) to establish a legacy for their beloved daughter in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).  Vicki and Peter decided that a scholarship for students pursuing degrees in the health professions would be an ideal way to establish and honor her legacy.  Learn More…