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NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program

2013 Program Award Recipients

We are delighted to present our 2013 NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program award recipients and look forward to their promising contributions as they transition into the profession of school psychology.

Alexis Carson (The Pearson Minority Scholarship Award), James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Alexis Carson is currently pursuing her Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology at James Madison University. She received her Masters of Arts degree in July, 2012. Before attending JMU for graduate school, Alexis attended to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she double majored in Psychology and Africana Studies. Alexis is currently a graduate assistant through the Centennial Scholars Program at JMU where she serves as a mentor for undergraduate students. Alexis aspires to enhance the academic, social, and emotional outcomes for minority students, attending “predominately white” schools. She is very interested in identifying the different factors that can affect a minority student’s sense of belonging in a school and the social and/or emotional implications that can affect their academic achievement.

Sandy Melissa Salguero (Wayne Gressett Memorial Minority Scholarship Award), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Sandy Melissa Salguero is currently pursuing her Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology at George Mason University. She graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her ethnic background has fueled her interest in working with the at-risk population, specifically ethnic minority and economically disadvantaged children and their families. Sandy aspires to implement and/or devise academic and social-emotional programming, utilize her bilingual skills to break cultural barriers, and encourage parental involvement in order to promote the optimal learning of all children.

Kieu Thuy Tang (Deborah Peek Crockett Minority Scholarship Award), San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Kieu Thuy Tang is pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology at San Diego State University. She is a first generation college graduate whose family emigrated from Vietnam. Her background contributed to her passion for home-school collaboration as well as learning about and implementing culturally responsive practices. Kieu is a graduate assistant for the Native American Scholars and Collaborators Project, a federally funded grant that focuses on issues of cultural identity, colonization, and services for Native American youth. In addition, she is working towards a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification to be better trained in supporting students with behavioral challenges. Kieu’s career aspirations include working in low-income, diverse schools and communities and promoting the use of culturally responsive practices in education.