Current Scholarship Opportunities



For Graduates Training in School Psychology

Ena Vazquez-Nuttall, Ed.D, was well respected for her various contributions to multicultural psychology and school psychology throughout her lifetime. She founded the first doctoral program in Massachusetts at Massachusetts-Amherst, and the second at Northeastern University in Boston. In addition, she directed the school psychology programs for many years and even held the dean of graduate studies position for 10 years in the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. During her 20 year stay at Northeastern University, Ena Vazquez-Nuttall promoted the importance of cultural diversity years before it was considered significant. For over 30 years, she published numerous journal articles and book chapters on multicultural issues. Her most notable work was her contribution to the book:  Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Individual Organizational Development. The frameworks developed in the book have had a major impact on APA policies and practices today.   

The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA) established the Minority Scholarship to  support the graduate training of minority students pursuing careers in the field of school psychology.   To help foster and encourage diversity in the profession, the Association will annually award up to $3,000 to at least one qualified and select graduate student in school psychology.  

MSPA believes that all students from preschool through high school, especially those from minority groups, would benefit from the availability of more minority school psychologists.  One of the ways, MSPA shows its commitment to diversity in the field of school psychology is by supporting culturally diverse graduate students who will eventually provide school based services to diverse student populations.  

To be considered for this scholarship, the candidate must:

•   Be enrolled in a NASP-approved or regionally accredited school psychology program in Massachusetts

•   Be a United States citizen

•   Be in good academic standing

•   Have a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.0

•   Doctoral candidates will not be considered for this award.  Only those students enrolled in an MA/ CAGS. ED/Ed.S., or an equivalent school psychology training program will be considered for this scholarship award.

The documents requested under the Application Deadline and Procedures will be reviewed by the Minority Scholarship Selection Committee.  In reaching their decision, the Selection Committee will consider the content and completeness of the application; the applicant’s expertise, interests, and growth as reflected on their resume and written personal statement; accomplishments; references (3); financial standing; and degree of scholarship.

IMPORTANT: To be considered for this scholarship award, the entire application package MUST be submitted to the MSPA Minority Scholarship committee no later than March 15 2018 11:59 (EST).  


Click for Minority Scholarship Application

If you have any questions, please contact:

Mike Shaps, Diversity Committee Chair

2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

We would like to congratulate the following winners of our 2016 Minority Scholarship.

Winners photos and brief biographies will be posted following the May business meeting.

2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

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