About the CSP Foundation


The California School Psychology Foundation is a private, non-profit, charitable organization associated with, but independent of, the California Association of School Psychologists. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance and support the practice of school psychology through research, scholarships, and recognition of exemplary practices and programs.

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Scholarship


Each year, the CSPF adheres to its commitment of actively supporting and recruiting culturally and linguistically diverse potential future school psychologists by presenting the Cultural Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Scholarship. The Foundation established the $1,000 award in recognition of the need to eliminate racial and other prejudice and help each student achieve his/her fullest potential. The scholarship is renewable for two years or until the student graduates.

Applicants who have progressed to the second year of an accredited school psychology program in California and are a member of a culturally diverse minority group are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. Candidates are evaluated based on academic competencies, oral and written communications skills, community involvement, commitment to working in the public schools as an agent of change, and evidence of the knowledge of the demands of the vocation of school psychology.


Previous CLD Scholarship recipients recently spoke about how the award has helped them along their journey to becoming school psychologists:

“The CLD Scholarship allowed me to experience the CASP Convention as a student in an entirely different way. A seasoned psychologist in the field approached me there and congratulated me for winning and the award. It was more than just an encouragement to keep on going. Some of the relationships that I built there have turned into valuable mentors that I still keep in contact with. The scholarship helps open many doors to so much more professional opportunities for future school psychologists.”

Dr. Rob Douk, founder and CEO of Behavioral Health Works: Treatment for Autism and Related Disorders and 2006 award recipient.

 

“Receiving the CASP CLD Scholarship is such an honor. My cultural background is an important part of who I am, and to have that recognized and valued in my profession means so much to me. The scholarship is such a great way to promote more cultural and linguistic diversity in school psychology to better represent the students we provide services to.”

Nicole Edwards, San Diego State University student and 2014 scholarship recipient.

Paul Henkin Scholarship


Getting to the annual CASP Convention can be difficult for graduate students and first-year school psychologists.

Former CASP member Paul Henkin had a passion for working with children and helping them achieve their full potential. He believed that new psychologists would be best served by the workshops and other information available at the conferences; thus, the creation of the Paul Henkin Scholarship.

The award, up to the amount of $750, is made annually to CASP members; one to a graduate student in school psychology, and one to a newly credentialed school psychologist. It is to be used to attend the annual convention and funds are to be applied toward registration and workshop costs, lodging and transportation.

To apply for the Paul Henkin Scholarship, visit the Awards page.

California School Psychology Foundation Mini-Grant Application


The mini-grant program has been developed to provide financial support for projects designed to provide direct benefit to students. Projects must include children as participants and should promote the development of positive assets in children and youth. Funds are not awarded for such things as consultants, salaries, travel expenses or equipment.

The purpose of the mini-grant project is to promote effective interventions that address both learning and social/emotional issues that impede a child’s success and happiness while embracing individual and group differences in children.

To apply for the California School Psychology Foundation (CSPF) Mini-Grant, visit the Awards page.

CSPF Board of Directors


Position First Last Email
CSP Foundation Board Member- President Ellen Murphy ellen.murphy@pearson.com
CSP Foundation – CASP President Jeannine Topalian jeannine.topalian@gmail.com
CSP Foundation – President-Elect Melissa Wood mwood.casp@gmail.com
CSP Foundation – CASP Past President Maureen Schroeder maureen.schroeder209@gmail.com
CSP Foundation – CASP Executive Director Melanee Cottrill melaneec@casponline.org
CSP Foundation Board Member Stephen Brock brocks@skymail.csus.edu
CSP Foundation Board Member Lynne Aung lynneaung1942@gmail.com
CSP Foundation Board Member Brent Duncan brentduncan@humboldt.edu
CSP Foundation Board Member Steven France sfrance@auhsdschools.org