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Educational psychology grad student earns prestigious minority scholarship

2011-Photo-XIONG.jpgEllina Xiong, specialist certificate student in the school psychology track in the Department of Educational Psychology, received the 2011 National Association of School Psychologists Minority Scholarship at their convention in San Francisco last month. She was one of only four students in the country to receive this prestigious award.

Xiong works as a graduate research assistant under the guidance of professor Jennifer McComas and conducts interventions to improve the reading fluency of students. Her career aspirations are to work as a practitioner in an urban school district and conduct research on improving the educational outcomes of Hmong American students.

The scholarship program was established in 1995 to ease financial barriers facing some minority graduate students embarking on a specialist degree in school psychology. Its goal is for each scholar receiving the award to enter the field as a practicing school psychologist following graduation, infusing the profession with diversity and cultural awareness to benefit children and school communities across the country.

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