Lifetime Achievement in School Psychology: A Distinguished Service Award


This award is designed to recognize those unique individuals who deserve special attention by virtue of their broad and significant contributions to the welfare of children and the field of school psychology in a number of area (i.e. professional practice, research, state, regional and national leadership, training and supervision, community service, etc).

Who Can Nominate 
Nominations will be accepted from any WSPA member. The nominator is responsible for submitting all the materials. NOTE: Previously submitted nominations may be resubmitted with updated information (See Procedures Below).

Who is Eligible
Candidates must be current members of WSPA who are school psychology practitioners, trainers, supervisors, administrators, state consultants, or researchers and have made major local, state, and national contributions with 25 years or more of service to the field of school psychology.  Possession of the NCSP is desirable, but not required. Candidates may be retired. The award may be presented posthumously.

Selection Criteria 
At least 25 years of service in the field of school psychology.

Candidates will be evaluated in terms of significant statewide impact of their contributions to the field throughout their career in the following areas:

  • Service to children, schools and families.
  • Service through the administration or supervision of school psychological or related services.
  • Service to the profession through local and state organizations dedicated to the development and implementation of school psychological services.
  • Service to the profession through the development of school psychology training programs or through continuing professional development.
  • Service to the profession through research and publication that contributes to the knowledge base of the field.


  1. Complete Nominator & Candidate Information Sheet. Nomination materials must be typed.
  2. Complete a nomination statement. This 2-3 page letter of recommendation should refer to specific examples of outstanding contributions to the lives of children and the field of school psychology (i.e., program development; training and supervision; adherence to high professional standards; presentations at conferences; contributions to professional journals; organizational leadership; consultation skills; accessibility, and efforts to stay abreast of new developments in the field, state and national leadership).
  3. Candidate’s Vita. For Posthumous Nominations ONLY: If a vita is not available please provide a written statement that addresses how the candidate meets the Selection Criteria described on the previous page.
  4. Letters of Support: Up to four, one-page letters of support may be sent with the nomination statement. Each letter must be typed and signed by the author. These might be ONE page letters written by individuals knowledgeable (e.g., teachers, parents, students, colleagues, administrators, etc.) about the candidate’s capabilities.

The deadline for nominations is January 10, 2020.

Send documentation to Recognition and Awards Chair 
Ann Reyes, WSPA Recognition and Scholarship, 

Selection and Notification
The Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee (past president, current president and president elect) or their appointees will review all nomination materials and determine the award recipient(s).

Award Presentation
To be presented at the fall or spring convention luncheon.

Nomination Form: Lifetime Achievement Award

Click on the link to download the nomination form: WSPA Lifetime Achievement Candidate and Nominator form1.doc

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