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Friday, October 7, 2016

Six Graduate Students Receive $2,500 Scholarship

Christine Horton, Jessi Krier, Sofie Lische, Anais Medina, Paul Pham and Andrew Newcombe

Six graduate students in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology have received a scholarship from the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities in San Diego.
The $2,500 scholarship recipients are: Christine Horton, Jessi Krier, Sofie Lische, Anais Medina, Paul Pham and Andrew Newcombe.

The Foundation for Developmental Disabilities (FDD) gives support for individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, in San Diego and Imperial counties. FDD raises and distributes monies to promote creative and innovative programs which enhance people’s quality of life.

“We are very proud of these students,” said Dr. Tonika Duran Green, director of the College of Education’s School Psychology Program. “This scholarship represents the hard work the students put in and the skills they have to meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

FDD provides the scholarships to students who plan to enter a career in the field of developmental disabilities. Students who are interested in these scholarships submit an application and have an interview with FDD board members.

“My focus is to advocate for and improve the lives of students with disabilities,” said Krier, a 3rd year graduate student in School Psychology.

“My focus is youth in foster care, young people with behavioral and mental health needs and children up to 8 years, added the San Marcos resident, who enjoys monthly trips to Disneyland, playing "Just Dance" and going on hikes.

“After…my undergrad, I constantly found myself interested in working with children in school settings…working as an instructional assistant, teaching English in South America, and mentoring at-risk youth in Oceanside,” said Lisch, an Argentina native who used her scholarship to help pay her tuition this academic year. “As a future school psychologist, I hope to empower and support students of all walks of life by removing any learning barriers, whether emotional, behavioral or academic.”