The OSPA Scholarship has given out $40,000 in grants since its inception!
The Ohio School Psychologists Association established the scholarship to benefit graduate students who are in the second term of their first year at one of the nine Ohio Graduate Training Programs in School Psychology
The Valorie Wolcott Mendelson Ohio School Psyychologist Association Scholarship was created by the Executive Board in 2006 and the first $1,000 scholarship was awarded in November 2008. In 2012 the scholarship was increased to $2,000 and in 2015 we were able to increase the number of scholarships to two. Beginning in 2020 the two scholarships have been increased to $3,00 each.
This scholarship is funded through the support of our annual raffle at the Fall Conference in Columbus and generous gifts from OSPA members. In 2011 the OSPA Executive Board renamed the scholarship the Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship in honor of our first chair and the guiding force for this scholarship.
From humble beginnings we have grown our funds through the greathearted donations of publishers who donate materials that school psychologists use; through the 9 Ohio universities where school psychologists are trained; by regional school psychologist associations who bring creative offerings that reflect their geographic/cultural traditions; from personal donations and from memorials.
The Scholarship Committee is very please to announce that thanks to the general membership and the Past President’s Challenge more than $6,200 was collected for the scholarship. Thanks to all the members who stepped up during our Virtual Conference last fall. Donations are always welcome, scroll down to see how you can donate.
The scholarship funds are invested and managed by The Columbus Foundation and now total more than $179,000.
To date the Scholarship has given out $40,000.
Please see the list of recipients below
|2008||Ryan Taylor||Universisty of Toledo|
|2009||Amber Kokal||Kent State University|
|2010||Autumn LaRich||University of Dayton|
|2011||Morgan Jensen||University of Dayton|
|2012||Diahana Davis||Cleveland State|
|2013||Amy Bruno||University of Miami|
|2014||Estafany Rodriguez||Cleveland State|
|2015||Nicholas DeHoff||University of Miami|
|Kallie Pettiti||Kent State University|
|2016||Alanna Bebech||Youngstown State|
|Selena Philson||Ohio State University|
|2017||Chia Hong||University of Miami|
|Alex Passafiume||Ohio State University|
|2018||Taylor Wohlgamuth||University of Dayton|
|2019||Ashley George||University of Miami|
|Adam Zegarac||Cleveland State|
|2020||Madeline Gronotte||University of Dayton|
Ohio State University
2021 Caitlyn Hanes University of Daytion
Emily Licata University of Toledo
Invitation for Giving:
The Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship is a 501(c) (3). Contributions are always welcome. Please make check out to: The Columbus Foundation with a notation that it is for the Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship - 2085. Please mail contributions to:
The Columbus Foundation
1234 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205-1453
Phone: 614/251-4000 Fax: 614/251-4010
Contributions may also be made on line at www.columbusfoundation.org. Click on Give Now. Click on Search and Give by a Nonprofit Then Type in Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship -2085. Thank you for considering a tax deductible donation to support the development of school psychologists in Ohio..
The Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship Award Recipients:
Thank you for all you have done to enhance the profession of School Psychology in the state of Ohio! If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
Juliette Madigan, Scholarship Chair