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NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program

2014 Program Award Recipients

We are delighted to present our 2014 NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program award recipients and look forward to their promising contributions as they transition into the profession of school psychology.

Alyssa Bahdesbah Ashley (Deborah Peek Crockett Minority Scholarship Award), San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Alyssa Bahdesbah Ashley, Navajo/Dine from Tuba City, Arizona, is pursuing her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology at San Diego State University. Alyssa is a scholar and graduate assistant for the Native American Scholars and Collaborators Project, a federal grant that develops specializations in serving Native youth, and centers on indigenous methodologies, identity, colonization, and decolonization. Growing up on the Navajo reservation impelled her desire to serve the Native youth and communities and strengthen awareness in school psychology about historical and intergenerational trauma, a powerful dynamic that continues to impact Native students’ identities and school success today.

Katherine Holmes (The Pearson Minority Scholarship Award), University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Katherine Holmes is originally from New York and graduated from Northeastern University in 2012. Katherine is currently a first year student at the University of Delaware, where she will receive her Masters and Specialist degrees in school psychology. Her assistantship is with the school psychology program as the Program Assistant. Katherine is committed to working with students from low-income communities. She is specifically interested in promoting family involvement in education within these communities. Additionally, Katherine would like to aid in promoting diversity in the field of school psychology.

Joe Sims, MA (Wayne Gressett Memorial Minority Scholarship Award), James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Joe Sims attends James Madison University (JMU) where he received his Master of Arts in July, 2013. He is currently in pursuit of his Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. Before his graduate studies at JMU, Joe attended the University of South Carolina and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Joe is currently a graduate assistant with the Department of Graduate Psychology where he manages the distribution of test equipment and assists with demands of the program. His supportive upbringing and previous experiences working with kids after school in the Challenging Horizons Program has fueled his desire to work with at-risk students. Joe’s future plans are to provide school psychology services in a diverse setting to foster the success of all students.