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. 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, or travel expenses.

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.

Grant funding is limited; thus, only one mini grant will be awarded per person/organization in a CASP fiscal year (or two calendar years) and pending completion of all mini-grant requirements. Mini-grants are reserved for California school psychologists who are members of CASP and plan to do their mini-grant project work in California.

The Board is most interested in projects directly affecting the lives of children and/or their families. All projects consistent with this purpose will be considered. Projects will be selected by a review committee, and awards will be based on merit and compliance with the program’s purpose.

Applications are due by August 31 of each year, with awards announced by October 1.

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.

Help the CSP Foundation continue its promotion of a cultural and linguistically diverse pool of school psychologists by donating to the CLD Scholarship.

Your donation may be tax-deductible; check with your tax advisor.

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.

“I was the first in my family to attend college. So I didn’t really have that guidance from family members in that area; I had to depend on what my professors said. But the CLD Scholarship really helped me get my name out there and meet more people. When I placed it on my resume I found a job right away. In fact, I was hired during the interview.”

Monica Herrera, Menifee Union School District psychologist 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.

California School Psychology Foundation Mini-Grant Application

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

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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@lausd.net
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 executivedirector@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