Awards & Grants
ISPA recognizes our members' talent, perseverance, and contributions of time and energy through various awards and scholarships.
Practitioner of the Year
The Ted Smith Practitioner of the Year Award recognizes the ISPA member who is most outstanding in the practice of school psychology. Nominees were recognized during the annual ISPA Convention Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 3, 2017, at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in Springfield, IL. The overall Practitioner of the Year Award winner was announced at that time.
IFCSP: Minority Scholarship Award
The Illinois Fund for Careers in School Psychology (IFCSP) was founded in 1991 to further the education of school psychologists, support scientific research in the field, promote public awareness of the important role school psychologists play in schools, communities and society. The purpose of the fund is to increase the representation of cultural and ethnic minorities within the profession. The scholarship winners are now helping minority children and youth reach their potential. These scholarships are offered every year and in February 2017 were presented to the winners during the ISPA Convention. Information about the Illinois Fund for Careers in School Psychology can be obtained from the Director of the School Psychology Program at the university one attends.
Research Grant Award
The Research Grant Award provides grants of $500 to $2,500 to practitioners or students conducting research relevant to school psychology.
Call for proposals for research grants
Opens: First week in September
Due: First Friday in November
Presenters will be notified: the first Friday in December
Other awards are given to ISPA members to acknowledge their contributions to the field of school psychology and in service to the children of Illinois. These awards are not annual awards; they are given periodically at the discretion of the ISPA president, with input from other ISPA leaders.
Given to individuals of whom the President has become aware that their involvement and influence is unique and exceptional through the individual's venerable contributions and honorable testimonies of others. This prestigious award cannot be applied for and is not given annually but is determined based on the President's discretion.
Distinguished Service Award
Reflects the memorable contributions and talents the individual has provided ISPA and the field of school psychology. Again, this award is not presented annually but based on events of the tenure of the President.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to those rare individuals who have exemplified in their careers as school psychologists the qualities most admired by other professionals.
Life Membership Award
To be recommended for this honor, a person must been a member for at least 10 years and have made notable contributions to the field of School Psychology.
Legislator of the Year Award
This award is determined by the President in coordination with the Governmental Affairs Chair, and is typically given when the legislation has impacted the field of school psychology. While many legislators impact education and services to children, this award is reserved for particular events.
Mentor of the Year Award
Given to an individual that best exemplifies the role of a mentor whether it is in an official or unofficial capacity. The recipient of this award has consistently demonstrated and promoted professional growth and exemplary professionalism in those he or she has mentored. The recipient continually strives to create a sense of positive collaboration and a promotion of the field of School Psychology.
Special Friend of ISPA Award
Given to individuals who have gone above and beyond in supporting the efforts and forwarding the goals of our association.
Given to groups who have made significant contributions to the association.