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.

2018 Scholarship Application

Submission deadline for all materials is October 30, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Use the 2018 Application Overview as your guide. Your submission must comply with instructions in the Overview.

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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: www.ecfr.gov; Simple Search key words: minority means). 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.

Eligibility

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 2018 or Spring 2019 term. Scholarship funding is not retroactive for studies prior to the Fall 2018 term. If your graduation date (at the graduate level) falls before December 2018, you are ineligible to apply.

Related Resources

DocumentApplication Overview
Candidates should use the
2018 Application Overview  as
their guide to the application
process and requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions
Please review our FAQs related to the Minority Scholarship Program.

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.

2017 Award Recipients

Bridget O. Amponsah
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
(Deborah Peek Crockett 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)