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Audrey J. Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology

Dr. Audrey J. Grupe (Psychology Professor Emerita) established the Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology. Dr. Grupe and Mary Jane McCarthy support the Fellowship through gifts to the department in order to recognize the financial aid they received while pursuing their degrees and to commemorate their professional careers. They wish to help fellowship recipients, from their home state, earn graduate degrees in school psychology so that the recipients might provide services to children and their families in a school setting. Applicants who accept admission to the specialist program in School Psychology and who hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in Illinois or Indiana are automatically considered eligible for the Grupe Fellowship.

Candidate Qualifications

Each candidate for the Audrey J. Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology must:

  • Be admitted as an incoming full-time trainee or enrolled as a continuing full-time trainee in good standing at Illinois State in the specialist program in School Psychology

  • Be a United States citizen whose permanent residence is Illinois or Indiana

  • Have demonstrated academic potential based on their GPA, GRE scores, and other indicators as ranked by the School Psychology Admissions Committee

  • Have three letters of recommendation submitted as part of the specialist application process and

  • Have evidence of career orientation identified in the University graduate application and by interviews conducted by the School Psychology Admissions Committee.

Donors Backgrounds

Audrey J. Grupe, born in Elgin, Illinois, was awarded an Illinois scholarship for four years and received her B. S. in Special Education from Illinois State Normal University. After teaching children with mild mental retardation for two years, she earned her M. S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and was the recipient of a University Fellowship during her final year on campus. She completed her clinical and school psychology doctoral internship at the Marion County Child Guidance Clinic and in the public schools of Indianapolis, Indiana, where she collected data for her dissertation. She served as Chief School Psychologist in the North Shore Schools, Glen Head, New York. In 1968, she accepted a position as associate professor of psychology at Illinois State. Until her retirement in 1987, she was coordinator of the Graduate Program in School Psychology and director of the Psychological Services Center. More than 300 students received their degrees in school psychology during Dr. Grupe's tenure. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of the American Academy of School Psychology. Upon retirement, she was awarded lifetime membership in the Illinois School Psychologists Association and honored with ISPA's Distinguished Service Award. She also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Association of School Psychologists for her contributions to the field of school psychology.

Mary Jane McCarthy, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, received her B. A. from Butler University and M. S. W. (Master of Social Work) from Indiana University. Prior to graduate study, she was a caseworker for the Marion County Department of Public Welfare in Indianapolis and specialized in foster and adoptive home placements. Her graduate study was financed in part by a scholarship from a community agency. She worked with unwed mothers and their families as a social worker for Catholic Charities on Long Island, New York, and as a school social worker in North Babylon, New York. She completed her professional career with the Tri-County Special Education Association and District 87 in Bloomington, Illinois. She was certified and licensed in social work by the State of Illinois and the Association of Certified Social Workers.