Scholarship List

Carol Dochen Professional Development Award

Deadline: 9-29-2022

CASP Scholarship Awards are available to members who are currently working or researching in the fields of developmental education and/or learning support. 

CASP Best Program of the Year​

Deadline: 10-28-2022

CASP is pleased to present an award to a distinguished Texas Best Program who is in the fields of developmental education and/or learning support. All current CASP members, may nominate any current Texas college or university program. 

Previous Award Winners

Giovanna Lorenzi Pinto, M.A.

The Carol Dochen Professional Development Award

Giovanna is currently a doctoral student in the Developmental Education Program at Texas State University. She is an international student, having earned a Master of Science in Agribusiness, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Administration from Sao Paulo State University in Brazil.

Her research interests include motivational factors that affect rural students’ decisions to enter postsecondary education. She is a doctoral research assistant in a grant funded learning frameworks project and is also an instructional assistant in a first-year experience course.

Texas State University's Common Experience

CASP Best program of the year

The Common Experience partners with each division of Texas State University to engage the entire university community in a conversation around a single theme. This year’s theme is Systemic Thinking, which encourages events focused on helping students navigate systems that may not have been created with their best interests in mind.

During the fall and spring semesters, the program offers an array of diverse events that support student development, including film screenings, philosophy dialogues, panel discussions, exhibitions, conferences, and performances in music, theater and dance. Among these is the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series, named for Texas State’s most famous alumnus, Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States. The series fulfills his 1973 promise to bring important leaders to the university to share their philosophies, perspectives, and experiences. Recent speakers of this series have been Michelle Obama, Common, Maya Angelou, Dr. Temple Grandin, and Laurie Hernandez. 

Dr. Walter "Wally" Barnes

casp lifetime achievement award

Dr. Walter Barnes—better known to many CASP attendees as Wally. From 2003–2017, he directed the Reading Center and the Developmental Reading Program at Sam Houston State University, while also teaching reading from 2007–2015 as an adjunct professor for the department of Urban Education at the University of Houston Downtown. He also served from 2019–2020 as the director of the Academic Success Center for Sam Houston State University’s Woodlands Center.

Dr. Barnes has been an active CASP member by volunteering his time and efforts serving on endless committee assignments, chairing and participating in special interest groups, reviewing conference proposals, presenting conference sessions, serving as conference site chair, and hosting special events such as hospitality room events and raffle scholarship prize giveaways for both our state and national organizations.

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