SASP Diversity Scholarship

Division 16 generously provides the Diversity Scholarship to support SASP members from underrepresented cultural backgrounds as they endeavor to become a part of the inspiring profession of school psychology. SASP is aware of the financial pressures that graduate students experience and thus offers the Diversity Scholarship Program to provide monetary support to aid students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Deadline: April 28, 2015

Sponsors:

Description

SASP and Division 16 support students from under-represented cultural backgrounds as they endeavor to become a part of the inspiring profession of School Psychology. SASP and Division 16 are aware of the financial pressures that graduate students experience and thus, through generous support from Division 16, the Diversity Scholarship Program was created to provide monetary support to aid students from diverse cultural backgrounds entering the field. SASP offers the following three awards each year for student support: two incoming student awards in the amount of $500 and an advanced student award in the amount of $1,000.

Eligibility
Incoming Student Diversity Scholarships

Two annual awards of $500 are given to master's/specialist or doctoral students who will be entering their first or second year of graduate training to help defer some of the costs acquired through graduate study. This is a one-time award; individuals granted the awards may not reapply in subsequent years. For students who will be starting their first year in the fall, proof of an offer of admittance and acceptance into a school psychology program will be required.

Advanced Student Diversity Scholarship

One annual award of $1,000 is given to an advanced masters/specialist or doctoral student who will be entering their third, fourth, or fifth year of graduate training to help defer some of the costs acquired through graduate study or in preparation for internship. This is a one-time award; individuals granted the award may not reapply in subsequent years. Please note that the individual who wins this award is required to present a poster highlighting their research at the Annual SASP Student Research Forum (SRF) at the APA Convention.

How to Apply

To apply for either award, download and fill out the application form. (PDF, 38KB)

Please email your files to Samara Montilus.

The following materials must be included with your application:

  • Completed one-page application
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • A purpose statement of professional goals (maximum 1,000 words)
  • Transcript (can be unofficial) from the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate institution (for incoming second year students only)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation typed on official letterhead.
Both recommendations for incoming first year students can be from undergraduate faculty members, however, incoming second year students should include at least one recommendation from a current graduate faculty member. Letters of recommendation should explain how the applicant has, would bring, or would enhance diversity within their school psychology program.
Additional Instructions
  • All application materials (with the exception of the application form) must be de-identified to facilitate a blind review of applications. Applicants must conceal their name on all materials to be considered. Applications that do not follow these instructions will be returned to applicants.
  • Be sure to highlight any campus and community activities with which you may be involved, as well as any honors, awards, and scholarships you may have received.
  • The application package must be emailed to the Diversity Affairs Chair, Samara Montilus by April 28, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • Please send all of the documents (including signed recommendation letters) as two PDF files in one email. The files should be formatted as follows:   
    Save the application as one PDF with a file name formatted: lastname_typeofaward_application2015.
    All other materials should be saved as a second PDF with a file name formatted: typeofaward_materials2015.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or phone (347) 921-0811. 

Application Deadline: April 28, 2015

Past Recipients
2012

Tamique Ridgard, Lehigh University (Incoming Student Award)
Leslie Jenkins, Indiana University (Advanced Student Award) 

2011  

Sierra Brown, Duquesne University (Incoming Student Award)
Imad Zaheer, Lehigh University (Advanced Student Award)

2010

Giselle Colorado
Stacy White 

2009

Ya Zhang, Michigan State University
Lillie Huddleston, Georgia State University