Counseling and School Psychology

School Psychology Scholarships

UW-River Falls School Psychology Program students are eligible for several scholarships. 

University-Based Scholarships:


  • The Marilyn L. Leifgren Scholarship. This scholarship supports students entering their third year in the School Psychology Graduate Program in good academic standing. Students may apply for this scholarship during the fall of their second year. An essay is required detailing leadership and involvement in the School Psychology Program as well as future goals and specific contributions to the School Psychology profession. For additional details and deadlines, search the scholarship information web page with search term "Leifgren." 

  • The Mary J. Crownhart Scholarship. The Crownhart scholarship is given annually to one student in the Department of Counseling & School Psychology. Any student from any year in either program may apply. The value of this one-time scholarship has typically been $1000 (may vary). Applicants for the Crownhart Scholarship should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and exhibit evidence of leadership qualities through involvement in professional or other organizations. For additional details and deadlines, search the scholarship information web page with the search term "Crownhart."

National and State School Psychology Scholarships:

  • Graduate student scholarships from the National Association of School Psychologists include the NASP ERT Minority Scholarship. The value of this scholarship is $5000. UW-RF School Psychology Student Brooke Fails earned this award in 2009. See the link above for details.

  • Students who are also members of the Wisconsin School Psychologists Association (WSPA) are eligible for three distinct scholarships: the WSPA Allard Award (general scholarship), the WSPA Minority Scholarship Award, and the WSPA Bernice Krolasik Award (intended for non-traditional students). These scholarships are usually valued up to $1500. Numerous UW-River Falls School Psychology Program students have received these WSPA awards. Link to the WSPA webpage for membership and scholarship details (under the resources tab in the menu bar)


  • Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship. This grant is for underrepresented minority graduate students or non-minority disadvantaged graduate students. Eligibility: Based on African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Southeast Asian ethnicity; or being an economically disadvantaged non-minority graduate student. Applicants must have financial need as determined by the FAFSA (graduate school would not be a viable option without financial support). Applicants must be admitted into a degree-seeking graduate program and must be enrolled in at least 2 credits per semester. Application deadlines are typically during the spring semester. Tuition/fee charges (at the WI resident rate) plus an amount for book/supplies each fall and spring semester; summer grants are dependent on remaining funding. Other details are as follows:
    • Typically involves full tuition waiver up to the amount of credits taken each semester (semester fees must still be paid by the student)
    • Recipients must reapply each year. While not guaranteed, those that receive it one time are prioritized for receipt throughout a graduate program. 
    • As of 2016, about 10-12 AOP fellowships have been awarded annually (from about 25 applications).
    • Newly accepted students in February may apply before May 1 (eligible for the award during first year of program). 


  • Ethel McDonald Ellis was a faculty member at River Falls Normal School from 1916 to 1918.  In 1963, she established a fund through the UWRF Foundation to provide short-term loans to students. The Ethel McDonald Ellis Loan Fund is administered by First National Bank of River Falls on behalf of the UWRF Foundation.  Short-term, no interest loans are available for qualified purposes. See: Ethel McDonald Ellis Loan Fund

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