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Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship


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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.

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 pleased to announce that the overall profits from the scholarship raffle and Past President’s Challenge totaled $6,446.94 for 2016.  Once again, the committee is deeply thankful to all those who have a hand in supporting the future of our profession through this means. 

It was a delight to target our Past Presidents this year.  Our goal was 100% participation and, although we did not accomplish that goal (a small handful have not yet responded) we did get a wonderful opportunity to share news of the scholarship with all the past presidents no matter where in the U.S. they are currently thriving!  Corresponding with those we don’t see regularly gave us the chance to share with them the success of our scholarship efforts and the strength of our organization and to thank them again, for providing us current members with a great foundation.   As part of the above total $2,201.94 was contributed (through ticket purchase and donations) by past OSPA presidents.




The funds have been invested and managed by The Columbus Foundation. With the most recent raffle’s success we are nearing $109,000. This amount allows us to offer two $2,000 scholarships each year for perpetuity.

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.

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. 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 Search and Give by a Nonprofit  Then Type in Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship. Thank you for considering a tax deductible donation to support the development of school psychologists in our state.

First Year Students Application Information:

Scholarship applications have been sent to the University trainers.  They are also available on the Columbus Foundation website (  Interested first year students should submit applications by the deadline of June 1, 2017 at 5pm.  The selection committee meets during the summer and the money s deposited at the winners’ bursar’s office prior to the start of the fall semester of their second year of training.

If you know someone who you believe is a worthy candidate, please encourage him or her to apply.

Online Scholarship Application - 2017

The Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship Award Recipients:
2008      Ryan Taylor        2012    Diahana Davis
2009     Amber Kokal    2013   Amy Bruno
2010    Autumn LaRich    2014   Estafany Rodriguez
2011    Morgan Jensen   2015   Nicholas DeHoff and Kallie Pettiti
        2016   Alanna Bebech and Selina Philson





Juliette Madigan and Amber Kokal
OSPA Scholarship Co-Chairs

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