NASP Minority Scholars Present the Alumni Scholars' Tribute Award in Honor of Deborah P. Crockett
Wingfield, Robert, Lasalle, Tamika P., Proctor, Sherrie L., National Association of School Psychologists. Communique
This year's NASP convention marked the 15th consecutive year that the NASPERT Minority Scholarship Program (MSP) has awarded scholarships to exemplary racially/ethnically diverse graduate students to support their goal of becoming school psychologists. Deborah P. Crockett, PhD, NCSP, the only person of color to serve as a NASP president and the current president of the MSP Board of Directors, founded the program to help increase the representation of racially/ethnically diverse school psychologists. Since 1998, 44 students, including this year's five recipients, have received these prestigious scholarships. Deborah has been a relentless force and has worked tirelessly to ensure the sustainability of the MSP throughher promotion of the program to contributors, graduate educators, and potential applicants.
In 2012, Deborah's passion and persistence proved to be especially infectious. To honor Deborah's retirement after 29 years of service as a school psychology practitioner; her contribution of time, effort, and knowledge to NASP; and her important leadership role with the NASP-ERT MSP, previous recipients of the scholarship united to create the Alumni Scholars' Tribute Award. A grassroots effort, the Alumni Scholars' Tribute Award was funded solely by contributions from past recipients of the NASPERT MSP (more than two thirds of past scholars contributed to this specific award), and their families, friends, and colleagues. As one past scholarship recipient aptly stated, "It has become increasingly apparent that alumni scholars are truly disciples of Deborah: Individuals who were once beneficiaries of the scholarship are now impactful donors spreading Deborah's message and dream."
The Alumni Scholars' Tribute Award committee, comprised solely of previous NASP-ERT MSP recipients, went to great lengths to ensure that this special award was kept a secret from Deborah, which was no small feat given Deborah's hands-on style. PAR graciously sponsored a special reception in Deborah's honor at the convention. The Alumni Scholars' Tribute Award committee also arranged for Deborah to be presented with a commemorative piece of artwork that was designed by her sister, Dr. Amalia Amaki, an accomplished artist and scholar, to accent the special occasion. In expressing her gratitude, Deborah encouraged current and past MSP scholarship recipients to continue their great work as practitioners, leaders, and scholars because the multiple dimensions of diversity represented by the MSP scholars offer unique and valuable contributions to the profession of school psychology. …