NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program

The NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program was established in 1995 to support the graduate training of minority students pursuing careers in school psychology. The Program seeks to lower financial barriers to training and to highlight the accomplishments of promising future professionals. It advances NASP's commitment to diversity in the field of school psychology by supporting culturally diverse graduate students who will eventually provide school-based services to diverse student populations.

Upon receipt of the award, the Program works to mentor and encourage each scholar as he or she progresses from graduate student to practicing school psychologist. The Program annually awards scholarships of $5,000 each to selected scholars. The award is announced at the NASP Annual Convention following the scholarship deadline.


Our Next Scholarship Cycle

We will soon be accepting applications for the 2018 cycle. To be notified when the 2018 Application and Application Overview are posted, please email Katie Britton. Last year's Overview (screen right) is provided as an interim "unofficial" student guide (subject to change). Revised materials and the 2018 online Application will be available in August. There is no paper application. A late October submission deadline is planned.

Congratulations 2017 Scholarship Recipients!

The NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the selection of our 2017’s scholarship recipients. Our congratulations to these formidable scholars!

  • Bridget O. Amponsah
    University of Delaware, Newark, DE
    Deborah Peek Crockett Minority Scholarship Award
  • Melissa Bravo
    Loyola University, Chicago, IL
    NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Award
  • Darolyn N. Monroig
    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
    The Pearson Minority Scholarship Award
  • Maria Pineiro
    Alfred University, Alfred, NY
    Wayne Gressett Memorial Minority Scholarship Award

Ethnic Definitions

The MSP is an ethnic minority scholarship program. While there is no federal statute specifically regulating the use of racial, ethnic, or similar criteria under scholarship programs administered by private organizations, NASP has looked to the Federal Government and their definitions of minority as our guideline since the inception of our program in 1995.

Our categories follow the definitions and naming conventions of minority found in the Federal Acquisition Regulations 48 CFR 52.222-27 (see also: To date, the Federal Government has not changed its definition of minority.

The four eligible ethnic categories of our application are:

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
    All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and maintaining identifiable tribal affiliations through membership and participation or community identification.
  • Asian and Pacific Islander
    All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands.
  • Black
    All persons having origins in any of the black African racial groups not of Hispanic origin.
  • Hispanic
    All persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.


To be considered for this scholarship, the candidate must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time minority student
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a school psychology program that is NASP-approved and/or located in an institution that is accredited by the appropriate institutional regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with the aim of becoming a practicing School Psychologist
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.0
  • Be a NASP member

Students enrolled in doctoral programs will not be considered for this scholarship award. Only those students enrolled in specialist level (or equivalent) school psychology training programs will be considered.

Scholarship funding is available to students enrolled in their program and accepted for enrollment for the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 term. Scholarship funding is not retroactive for studies prior to the Fall 2017 term. If your graduation date (at the graduate level) falls before December 2017, you are ineligible to apply.

Related Resources

Application Overview
Candidates are encouraged to read the 2017 Application Overview to learn about the application process, requirements, and priority areas. An updated Overview for the 2018 scholarship cycle will be ready in August 2017. To be added to our Advise When Ready list and notified when the application goes live, please contact Katie Britton.

Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Minority Scholarship Program and application process.

For any questions regarding the Minority Scholarship program, please contact Katie Britton.

Support the Scholarship

The ability to fund this program is a direct result of individual and corporate donations. Please donate to our scholarship program in the way most convenient to you.

2016 Award Recipients

Helizhabeth H. Cabrera
Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ
(Deborah Peek Crockett Minority Scholarship Award)

Tianna Freeman
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
(NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Award)

DeAngelo Gatlin
Miami University
Oxford, OH
(Wayne Gressett Memorial Minority Scholarship Award)

Natasha Yancey
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL
(The Pearson Minority Scholarship Award)