Counseling and School Psychology

School Psychology Scholarships

UW-River Falls School Psychology Program students are eligible for several scholarships and other financial assistance options, as follows. 

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."

Tuition Remission Policy for Out of State and International Students:

  • The purpose of this policy is to determine the conditions under which non-resident domestic and international students may receive tuition remission. Graduate students from out-of-state (not WI, not MN) may received $2000 of tuition remission over the first two semesters and $4000 annually over the next four semesters. To be eligible, graduate students must carry eight or more credits in a semester and maintain a 3.0 or greater GPA, This policy holds for fall/spring semesters only. Additional remission cannot occur in summer sessions or J-term. For additional details, see:

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:

    • Being a member of an under-represented minority group (Black/African-American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Southeast Asian); or

    • Having grown up in a family in which public assistance was received; or

    • Being the frist member of the immediate family to go to college; Having participated in one of the TRIO or similar programs as an undergraduate student; or

    • Studetns who have otherwise not had the expectation or encouragement to pursue graduate studies.

  • Wisconsin residency is NOT a requirement of this scholarship; however, it is a preference. 

  • 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:

    • In previous years, scholarships have averaged 67% of tuition, fees, and book allowance (with some 100% scholarships awarded)

    • As of 2016, about 10-12 AOP fellowships have been awarded annually (from about 25 applications).

    • Recipients must reapply each year. While not guaranteed, those that receive it one time are prioritized for receipt throughout a graduate program. 

    • Newly accepted students in February may apply before May 1 (eligible for the award during first year of program). 

  • American Indian Grants (Federal / State / Tribal). State: Wisconsin Indian Student Assistance. Tribal Grants: File application with tribe.


  • 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

Contact Us

Caroline Baker
Counseling Program Director
224 Wyman Education Building

Scott Woitaszewski
School Psychology Program Director
227 Wyman Education Building