June 2023: Brief News & Notes

Each March through May, the Foundation launches its newest round of scholarship funding.  This annual round of funding is made possible, in large part, by the generosity of more than 50 donor-restricted scholarship funds aimed at helping Alliant students across all six California campuses.  A total of $200,000 in tuition assistance will be granted for the coming year.
AEF also approved an additional $500,000 in scholarship support in collaboration with the Alliant International University system, with $250,000 earmarked for a set of diversity, equity, and inclusion scholarships for 2023 – 2024.

In addition, the Foundation has approved the launch of its new “AEF Fellows” program, supporting 20 incoming students across the state in their pursuit of PhD and PsyD degrees in clinical psychology. At scale, this program will support 80-100 such students with multi-year scholarships, peer connections, and more!

Student Emergency Fund Launches

Life happens and sometimes unforeseen problems get in the way. We believe all students should have access to resources they need to succeed in college and finish their education. The new Student Emergency Fund is an emergency grant for Alliant International University students who are dealing with unanticipated and/or catastrophic life events that might otherwise cause the student to stop or pause their educational goals. The funding is provided by the Alliant Educational Foundation and is managed by a university committee.  Applications are reviewed and grants awarded based on available funds, up to $500 per student per year.

Expansion of the Mental Health Consortium

The Foundation officially launched it’s highly collaborative “mental health consortium” in 2020, helping to place CSPP graduate students in clinical psychology at a variety of youth-serving non-profit organizations throughout San Diego County.  At each site, CSPP students bolster the capacity of existing organizations to better address the mental health needs of under-resourced children, youth, and their families.

Support over the past year to help sustain this initiative has been generously provided by San Diego Foundation’s Healthy Children & Families Initiative, the David C. Copley Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, and others.  We truly value and appreciate their support.

And we’re expanding!  AEF Board Member Janet Hurwich and CEO Valin Brown recently completed a listening tour to better understand the unmet mental health needs and under-served populations in the San Francisco/Bay Area.  Input from 17 funders, direct-service providers, and CSPP faculty members helped shape the direction and focus of the Bay Area consortium—which…breaking news…will also focus on supporting the mental health of under-resourced children and youth, with an emphasis on BIPOC and non-English speaking families.

Dr. Kazumi Nishio Research Grants

The purpose of Dr. Kazumi Nishio Research Grants is to deepen the understanding of Asian and Asian American mental health, to promote the mental health of Asians and Asian Americans, and to provide grant opportunities for international research studies.

Due to the generosity of the late Dr. Kazumi Nishio, a total of $21,000 in funding will be made available for 2023 – 2024.  The funding is divided into two distinct categories: for current CSPP PhD or PsyD graduate students, and for CSPP core or adjunct faculty and CSPP-Japan legacy faculty.

In this second round of funding, proposals must focus on Asian or Asian American mental health and priority will be given to research projects with an international focus.  Please click here to learn more.

Our Newest Annual Report

We truly appreciate your support of the Alliant Educational Foundation. Our most recent fiscal year has been highly successful, and we’re delighted to share a few of this year’s highlights in the brief annual report released this past March.

A Fond Farewell to Several of Our Founding Board Members

Each June marks the end of the Foundation’s fiscal year, but this June was made bittersweet by wishing our best to several founding Board members who will leave a lasting legacy on the Foundation.

Due to term limits, our Board shared their deep appreciation to Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair Saul Rosenbaum, Fundraising Committee member Dr. Mike Pittenger, and Program Advisory Committee member Dr. Sue Ammen.  Each has made a tremendous impact on the influence and direction of the Foundation and we couldn’t be more grateful for their generous volunteerism and leadership!

CSPP Alumni and Friends Gathering



Thursday, August 3, 2023
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Connect with your CSPP community during the APA Convention in Washington, DC. Attend the reception with Dean David Stewart, PhD, ABPP and network with fellow alumni, faculty, students, staff, and friends. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and two drink tickets per attendee. The event is sponsored in part by the Alliant Educational Foundation.

RSVP: https://forms.office.com/r/wcYYQ079uc

Location: The Dignitary Bar at Marriot Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Questions: Contact Alumni Relations at alumni@alliant.edu