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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

School Psychology Student Awarded NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship

David Martinez
The College of Education is excited to share that current School Psychology candidate and third year trainee, David Martinez, M.A. has be awarded a 2015 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Scholarship!  This is a huge honor for David and the SDSU School Psychology Program, where David is preparing to become a bilingual/bicultural school psychologist.

The NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program (National Association of School Psychologists -Education and Research Trust) was established in 1995 to ease financial barriers facing selected minority graduate students embarking on a Specialist Degree in School Psychology. One important goal of the Program is for each scholar receiving the award to enter the school community as a practicing School Psychologist following graduation and to serve communities in need.  This nationally competitive program annually awards a minimum of one $5,000 scholarship to a chosen minority graduate student who is a NASP member and is enrolled in a NASP-Approved program. NASP member applicants are considered based on an essay, their CV, letters of recommendation, and academic transcript.  David will receive the award at the NASP convention in Orlando in February, 2015.

David has done so many things that have led up to this national award.  To name a few, he has worked for over a year and a half at Cherokee Point on the Wellness and Restorative Practices Partnership where he taught restorative practices in classrooms and working hard to empower and engage families (especially Spanish speaking families) in the school community.  He participated in the summer immersion in Oaxaca, Mexico with CIELO.  He is currently volunteering as a Graduate Assistant with Dr. Colette Ingraham for the Family-School Collaboration.  He has sought out extra training to serve students in military-connected schools and presented at the 2014 NASP and California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) conventions.

David’s award marks the third SDSU national NASP-ERT scholarship recipient in the past three years, an unparalleled record for any single university program.  Congratulations David, we are so very proud of you!

Story submitted and written by:
Colette Ingraham, Ph.D
Department of Counseling and School Psychology