SASP Diversity Scholarship
Annual Deadline: April 20th
SASP and Div. 16 support students from under-represented cultural backgrounds as they endeavor to become a part of the inspiring profession of School Psychology. SASP and Div. 16 are aware of the financial pressures that graduate students experience and thus, through generous support from Div. 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. Recipients of the awards are invited to attend the APA Convention to be recognized for their award.
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
- 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.
- 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 Asha Unni. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Please send all of the documents (including signed recommendation letters) as two PDF files in one email. Save the application document with your SASP membership ID as one PDF with a file name formatted as: lastname_typeofaward_
application2018. All other materials (resume/CV, statement, transcripts, and signed letters of recommendations) should be de-identified and saved as a second PDF with a file name formatted: typeofaward_ materials2018.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Asha Unni.
Suchun Dong, Pace University (Incoming Student Award)
Dylan Okechukwu Barton, University of Arizona (Incoming Student Award)
Joseph Armendarez, University of Rhode Island (Advanced Student Award)
Raul Palacios, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Incoming Student Award)
Chathuri Illapperuma, Mississippi State University (Incoming Student Award)
Melanie Nelson, University of British Columbia (Advanced Student Award)
Tamique Ridgard, Lehigh University (Incoming Student Award)
Leslie Jenkins, Indiana University (Advanced Student Award)
Sierra Brown, Duquesne University (Incoming Student Award)
Imad Zaheer, Lehigh University (Advanced Student Award)
Ya Zhang, Michigan State University
Lillie Huddleston, Georgia State University