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NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program

2012 Program Award Recipients

We are delighted to present our 2012 award recipients. Read their remarks (PDF) before colleages and friends at the NASP 2012 Annual Convention, Multicultural Meet and Greet Breakfast (February 23, 2012, Philadelphia PA), in acknowledgement of their award.

David C. Cherry, Jr. (Deborah Peek Crockett Minority Scholarship Award), The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

David C. Cherry, Jr., received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Rhode Island in 2010. David is interested in improving social and academic outcomes of disadvantaged ethnic minority children. He is currently teaching violence prevention and anti-bullying curriculum to children in low income communities under the guidance of Dr. Paul DeMesquita (School Psychology, URI). David's career aspirations are to practice in inner-city, low-income schools and communities, while promoting violence prevention and parent involvement.

Erin Farmer (Alumni Scholars' Tribute), Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Erin Farmer is pursuing a Master of Arts/Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology at Ball State University. Erin earned her Bachelor's in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. She considers it a personal responsibility to serve her community by promoting social and academic growth for all students, especially those from culturally diverse backgrounds and poverty. At Ball State, Erin is lead graduate assistant with Dr. Hernández-Finch in developing culturally responsive PBIS programming, academic interventions, and conducting a needs assessment and evaluation for an after-school program. Erin's future plans include providing inclusive school psychology services and promoting social justice in public schools.

Tamanna Haque (NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program Award), Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Tamanna Haque is currently pursuing her Master's of Education and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Tamanna received her Bachelor's degree from DePaul University graduating with highest distinction, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. She has worked with the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program aiding high school students in attaining a college education and has served at-risk students at CPS (Chicago Public Schools). Her career aspirations include expanding the role of school psychologists as mental health professionals as well as enhancing the educational experiences of low income and culturally and linguistically diverse students. In addition to these goals, Tamanna hopes to continue to her passion for lifelong learning and pursue doctoral studies in the future.

Heriberto Herrera (The Pearson Minority Scholarship Award), Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Heriberto Herrera is a naturalized citizen from Zamora de Hidalgo, Mexico, and a first generation college student. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Psychology with an advanced specialization in School Psychology at Humboldt State University. His aspirations are to help all students regardless of cultural, socioeconomic status, and linguistic backgrounds to obtain a high-quality education. Heriberto is currently taking leadership roles in Latino non-profit organizations and has worked as an assistant clients' rights advocate for regional center consumers. His future goals are to align home, school, and community settings for student academic success.

Nelly Rivera (Wayne Gressett Memorial Minority Scholarship Award), University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Nelly Rivera is currently pursuing her Master of Education degree in School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Nelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside, where she double majored in Psychology and Sociology. Inspired by her underprivileged neighborhood, Nelly aspires to promote a healthy school climate and connectedness among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to facilitate academic and social-emotional success. Additionally, Nelly hopes to use her bilingual skills to act as a bonding agent between parents, schools, and the community to ultimately help students of disadvantaged backgrounds achieve academic success.