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The Dr. Lynette Robinson Scholarship for Inclusive Education

Portrait of Lynette Robinson

Dr. Lynnette Robinson was an accomplished and inspirational educator for 25 years before her passing in 1998. She served as a special education teacher and elementary principal before culminating her career as the Director of Special Education for the Encinitas Union School District. Lynnette was instrumental in developing curriculum, social/behavioral programs and inclusive practices that have been implemented throughout California. In particular, Lynnette was a pioneer in the belief that students with and without special needs benefit from being educated together. She was a true advocate for all students, families, and educators.


General Information

Candidates applying for this scholarship will be able to:
  1. Describe activities which demonstrate their support, involvement, and commitment to inclusive practices for students with special needs in educational and/or community settings.
  2. Express intention of pursuing a career in special education or a related field such as school psychology, social work, or counseling. For the 2023-2024 school year, the amount of the scholarship will be $1500 per year and will be awarded for four consecutive years provided that recipients meet required criteria therein. A total of two scholarships will be awarded.


Application Requirements

All application requirements, as specified in the application packet, are to be completed by the student and include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Authorization form to use likeness/materials and release of information for educational records.
  • Written, audio, or video recorded statement describing leadership experiences and how they have supported inclusive practices on their high school campus or in the community, and how they will continue this practice in a career.
  • One letter of recommendation. From either 1) a person familiar with the student’s leadership experiences that support inclusive practices, 2) a teacher or administrator, and 3) student choice (e.g., school counselor, coach, community member, employer, etc.) Letters must be written using the nomination guidelines.
  • Copy of unofficial transcript that includes overall/cumulative GPA.

Selection Criteria

  • A committee will review the applications, conduct interviews, and determine the award recipients.
  • Awards will be made to those who have best demonstrated that they are a leader with inclusive practices, have a commitment to learning, and the desire to pursue a career in special education or a related field such as school psychology, social work, or counseling, as communicated in the personal statement, academic achievement, and letter of recommendation.

The Award Process

  • The selection committee will review applications and conduct interviews in April.
  • Award recipients will be announced in May. Recipients’ schools will be notified for student recognition at award ceremonies.
  • Upon graduation from high school, award recipients are required to provide proof of enrollment for fall in a minimum of 9 units (or comparable instructional hours) and a contact name and mailing information for the school’s financial aid/business office to insure proper payment to the student’s account at the school.
  • Upon receipt of required materials, the award will be paid directly to the student’s account at the school of attendance.
  • The applicant is responsible for notifying NCCSE of any change of address.
  • For continuing years, enrollment must be consecutive, and the recipient is required to submit proof of enrollment for the Fall semester, an overall GPA of 2.0, and a minimum of 18 units completed during the previous Fall and Spring semesters.


The deadline to submit the application for the Lynette Robinson Scholarship is March 31, 2023. All application information must be received at NCCSE by that date.

Please note:
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the Committee. To check on the status of your application, call Fabiola Vasquez at 760.761.5119 or send your request to fvasquez@sdcoe.net

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