School Psychology Student Tina Grubb Wins National Scholarship
Woman in BYU shirt standing in front of trees.
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For McKay School student Tina Grubb, furthering her education means more than a fancy degree and a bigger paycheck. In an essay that won her the 2019 Chase Rubin scholarship, she touched on a different benefit of college: the confidence it instills—especially for women.  

College-Level Confidence
“There are times where as a woman . . . you just have to second guess yourself,” said Grubb, a grad student in the school psychology program. “I think that a college education makes you more confident. I think that it helps you with crucial conversations, so you can be a strong, independent woman who's making change in the world,” said Grubb.

Philadelphia-based entrepreneur Chase Rubin established his namesake foundation in 2018 to provide financial support to help alleviate the financial burden of college students. Students respond to an essay prompt for a chance to be awarded a $1000 scholarship. The 2019 prompt was “How do you think young adults benefit from furthering their education?” Grubb used to think essay contests were scams, but winning this one has changed her mind.

Practicing Prevention
Before her master’s, Grubb graduated from BYU with a degree in public health and a minor in African studies. African Studies has given her unique insights into social justice, but it’s public health’s focus on prevention that she thinks will help her most as a school psychologist.

“I think in schools, we used to have this approach where no kids got help unless they were far enough behind that they went to special ed,” said Grubb. “Now things are changing, and you help sooner, which is helping way more kids succeed.”

Grubb's master’s thesis captures this preventative approach. She is developing a worksheet to help school officials use data from mental health screenings to catch struggling students sooner.

The Dream
During her undergrad, Grubb also played on the BYU women’s rugby team, where she first learned about the school psychology program from a teammate. She attended a school psych class as an undergrad, but it wasn’t until after she graduated that she felt pulled toward the program, partly because of its flexibility. With summers off, Grubb has time to pursue her “dream of all dreams”: a summertime landscaping company.

Women's rugby team on field
Photo courtesy of BYU Women's Rugby.

“I value manual labor. It feels good to work hard, and it's so nice to see your results. I love surrounding myself with hardworking, good people,” said Grubb. “Plus, I'm a tree-hugger. I think it's great that people have yards—commercial or residential—and I truly think they should be cared for.”

The Best Part
But flexibility isn’t the only reason Grubb loves studying school psychology. The best part for her is the professors.“They’re awesome. Seriously, I want to be friends with all of them,” said Grubb. “I've never hit it off with my professors quite as much as I have here.”

Grubb is working on her second year in the school psychology program. Next year, she hopes to do her internship in a high school. After that, the sky’s the limit—but we know what she’ll be doing in the summer.  


Writer: Anessa Pennington
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