Awards, Scholarships, & Grants


Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA)
2020 Recipient: Beth Doll
The NASP Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding school psychologist who has had a national impact on the field and has dedicated his/her professional life to the development and improvement of school psychology.
Contact: Elsa Arroyos (Chair, Awards Subcommittee)

School Psychologist of the Year (SPY) Award
2020 Recipient: Chandrai Jackson-Saunders
The NASP SPY Award recognizes excellence in the provision of school psychological services by a field-based practitioner.
Contact: Elsa Arroyos (Chair, Awards Subcommittee)

Paul H. Henkin Memorial Scholarship
2020 Recipient: Brittany Zakszeski
The Henkin award program recognizes excellence in applied research or program design. School psychologists who are in their first three years of work may apply for this scholarship when submitting a presentation proposal for an annual NASP convention.
Contact: Marcia Harvey (NASP Manager, Meetings and Conventions)

GPR Special Friend of Children Award
2020 Recipients: Jeni James Arndt, The Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick, Valerie J. Longhurst
The NASP GPR "Special Friend of Children" Award is given to individuals or groups outside the profession who have nationally supported political action and advocacy on behalf of children to improve education and mental health services for children, youth and their families. 
Contact: Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach

GPR Outstanding Advocate Award
2020 Recipients: Terri Allen, PhD, Frank Podobnik
The NASP GPR "Outstanding Advocate" Award is given to individuals or groups who have worked to make systemic changes in policies that govern the provision of education and mental health services at the state or local level.
Contact: Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach

GPR Certificate of Appreciation
2020 Recipient: Stephanie Patton
The NASP GPR (Government and Professional Relations)"Certificate of Appreciation" is given to individual NASP members who have clearly shown their advocacy efforts to improve education and mental health services for children, youth, and their families.
Contact: Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach


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.


Graduate Student Research Grants
2020 Recipients: Danielle Campbell, Angel Mae Elchico, Elizabeth Kaplan
Up to three $1,000 grants are awarded each year to students who demonstrate exceptional ability to conduct high-quality research that furthers the mission and goals of NASP and has the potential to impact the field positively.
Contact: Nicholas Affrunti (NASP Research Director)

Strategic Goal Research Grant
2020 Recipient: Charity Griffin
The NASP Research Committee awards one $5,000 grant each year to a regular or early career member who conducts research that addresses NASP's Strategic Goals. Projects must be a "new initiative" rather than an ongoing research or scholarly project.
Contact: Nicholas Affrunti (NASP Research Director)

School Grants (External Sources)
Get information on external sources of grants for schools to improve mental health care for children.