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Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship

Congratulations to our newest scholarship recipients!


 Ashley George - University of Miami - - - - - - - -  - - - - - - -Adam Zegarac - Cleveland State University 



The Ohio School Psychologist Association Scholarship was created by the Executive Board in 2006 and the first $1,000 scholarship was awarded in November 2008. In 2012 we increased the scholarship to $2,000 and in 2015 we were able to increase the number of scholarships to two. 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 currently totaling the donations from the 2019 scholarship raffle and Past President’s Challenge.  We will have the amount to you shortly.    The Committee thanks everyone who has participated in adding to this Fund!      

 The funds have been invested and managed by The Columbus Foundation and now total more than $138,000. 

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:

Alicia Szempruch
Scholarship Manager
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 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:
2008 Ryan Taylor

 University 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 University
2013 Amy Bruno University of Miami
2014 Estafany Rodriguez Cleveland State University
2015 Nicholas DeHoff University of Miami
Kallie Pettiti Kent State University
2016 Alanna Bebech Youngstown State University
Selena Philson Ohio State University
2017 Chia Hong University of Miami
  Alex Passafiume Ohio State University
2018    Taylor Wohlgemuth    University of Dayton
2019 Ashley George University of Miami
  Adam Zegarac Cleveland State University

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 or Paul Soska,  Scholarship Co-Chairs