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Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship for Students Committed to Advocacy

Posted On October 26, 2016
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The Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Karen Lopp, a Ph.D. student in the School Psychology program at Georgia State University. Karen was committed to several multi-cultural issues, in particular, the LGBT community and African-American girls. Her life and work stands as a model for all of those who are in the helping professions. She stood up to social injustice. It is our hope that, through the provision of this scholarship, her crusading spirit and efforts lives on.

The $500 scholarship is awarded each year to one graduate level student at the Honors Day Ceremony. The College of Education and Human Development recognizes this exceptional individual and the contributions made to the university, college and the community. The recipient of the scholarship is selected by the Student Association of School Psychology (SASP) Scholarship Committee.

2017 Applications are due Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by 5 p.m.
Karen Lopp Application

The 2016 recipient is Sarah Kiperman. Sarah is a student in the Ph.D. School Psychology program and her graduate student career has focused on promoting social justice and advocating for youth in the LGBTQ community. Sarah has presented findings about supportive and non-supportive relationships and how these experiences relate to mental health and life satisfaction for LGBTQ youth. For her dissertation, she is conducting interviews and administering surveys to learn how LGBTQ youth can be better supported. She seeks to understand how these experiences differ for youth with and without access to parent consent, to provide a voice for youth who have had limited representation in literature. She also worked on research projects involving the LGBTQ community prior to her enrollment in GSU.

In addition to advocating through her studies, she devotes her personal time to promoting social justice for the LGBTQ community.  She is an active member of the Georgia Youth Alliance, a network of service providers and researchers who advocate for LGBTQ youth, a participant in the Gay Straight Alliance Youth Summit, and was a student participant of the National Association of School Psychologists Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Two Spirit committee. She has also served as a board member, secretary, and community drop-in host for Real Youth, a community group with drop-in and social opportunities for LGBTQ youth.

Click Here for Pictures form the 2016 Honors Day.