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Ena Vazquez-Nutall Diversity Scholarship

The Ena Vazquez-Nutall Diversity Scholarship for Graduate 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.

MSPA established the Diversity Scholarship to support graduate training of culturally and linguistically diverse students pursuing careers in school psychology. To help foster and encourage diversity in the profession, the Association will annually award $2,000 to three qualified and select graduate students in school psychology.

MSPA believes that all students, especially those from diverse backgrounds, would benefit from the availability of more culturally and linguistically diverse school psychologists. MSPA is committed to diversity in the field of school psychology 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:
● To be considered for this scholarship award, the entire application package MUST be submitted by Sunday, October, 1st.
● Be enrolled in a NASP-approved or regionally accredited school psychology program in Massachusetts
● Be in good academic standing (i.e., have a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.0)

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

Selection Criteria
The documents requested under the Application Deadline and Procedures will be reviewed by the Diversity 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 personal statement; accomplishments; references; financial standing; and degree of scholarship.

The recipient(s) of this scholarship will be announced and invited to attend the MSPA annual conference. In addition, each recipient will be awarded MSPA membership for the duration of the scholarship.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Vladimir Casseus and Julie Boyd (, MSPA Diversity Commit


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Fall 2020 Diversity Scholarship Winners

The Fall 2020 Diversity Scholarship Winners were Brittany Motley and Louise Baptista. We celebrated over a fantastic Zoom event with guest speaker Charles Barrett, Chair of the NASP Multicultural Affairs Committee, and surprise guest, Wendy Price, NASP President.

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