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Psychology Scholarships for All Psychology Majors

So, you want to get your degree in psychology. Excellent choice! Whether your plan is to have your own clinical practice, work with a team in a health care setting, or use psychological insight to craft winning business strategies, a psychology degree could help you achieve your dreams.

If you’ve already checked into the costs associated with getting your degree, you may be discouraged. Don’t be. Yes, you can borrow from direct federal loan programs and other sources, but you owe it to yourself—and your future—to look into scholarships, fellowships, and grants.

Fellowships, grants, and scholarships are by far the most desirable form of financial aid; unlike loans, they don’t generally require a payback. You may be eligible to apply and compete for multiple scholarships and grant programs, some of which are open only to psychology undergraduate and graduate students.

This page will help you figure out whether (and how) to pursue a fellowship, grant, or scholarship.

Scholarships for Psychology Students

High School

ScholarshipDeadline
Medical & Health Professions ScholarshipFebruary
Target Audience Graduates of high schools within Shelby County (Ohio) or residents of any public school district within Shelby County pursuing a certificate or an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in medical and associated health professions Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1500 Degree Level: High School Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 2.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: The Community Foundation of Shely County
International Bipolar Foundation Essay ContestNovember
Target Audience Applicants must be students aged 13 to 19 years. Students must write an original research essay on a notable figure with bipolar disorder. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: High School Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: International Bipolar Foundation
TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology StudentsMarch
Target Audience Must be high school students who have been or are presently enrolled in a psychology course and must write an essay answering a question from the APA Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $250 Degree Level: High School Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 4 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
Gladys Carol ScholarshipMarch
Target Audience They must be accepted to or enrolled in a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) program at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the United States Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.75+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Gladys Carol Scholarship Program, Inc.
The Jackie Spellman ScholarshipApril
Target Audience Providing college scholarships to those whose lives have been impacted by leukemia or lymphoma Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 12 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation
Jimmie L. Dean Foundation ScholarshipApril
Target Audience Must be legal residents and lived in Oklahoma for the past six years, must be attending an Oklahoma college, university or technical school as a full-time, first time student Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Up to $10,000 Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 4 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Jimmie L. Dean Foundation
Folds of Honor Higher Education ScholarshipApril
Target Audience Spouses or children of U.S. service members who were killed in action, lost a limb, died while on active duty or who has at least a 10% combined service-connected evaluation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Folds of Honor
Worldwide Student ScholarshipAugust
Target Audience Students who are working hard in their college careers Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $300 – $1,000 Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 5 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Educator.com
Science Ambassador ScholarshipDecember
Target Audience A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Full-Tuition Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Cards Against Humanity
James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship ProgramJanuary
Target Audience Have a record of leadership and volunteerism in the community in non-school sponsored activities and participation in extracurricular school activities Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 43654 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: The Freemont Foundation
NFRW National Pathfinder ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Intended careers in chemical, biological, or medical research, or counseling of addicts and their families Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2500 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: National Federation of Republican Women
OnlinePsychologyDegrees.com Education ScholarshipsJanuary
Target Audience The psychology profession is expected to grow by 19 percent through the year 2024, which means that now is a great time to begin or advance in your career Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: OnlinePsychologyDegrees.com

Undergraduate

ScholarshipDeadline
The Bailey Family Scholarship FundMarch
Target Audience Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or current college student (High School Scholarship Program) Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: 2.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: The Bailey Family Foundation
The Truman ScholarshipFebruary
Target Audience Candidates must show a strong record of leadership, public service and academic achievement Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Up to $30,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 55 – 65 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Health Careers Scholarship ProgramMay
Target Audience Pursuit of a healthcare career Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $7500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
AP-LS Award for Best Undergraduate PaperJune
Target Audience Student must be the major contributor to a project on a topic relevant to psychology and law Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $150 – $500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Division 41
Division 53 Student Achievement AwardMay
Target Audience Undergraduate student on an interdisciplinary topic exploring psychology and law Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Division 53
Kay Wilson Presidential Leadership AwardMarch
Target Audience Psi Chi chapter president that shows exceptional leadership skills Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1200 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 4 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Psi Chi
Centennial Collegiate ScholarshipMarch
Target Audience Must reside in Colorado Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Centennial Mental Health Center
Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship ProgramDecember
Target Audience Massachusetts State University students Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $4000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health AwardMarch
Target Audience College student who is raising awareness of mental health issues on campus, reducing prejudice around mental illness, and encouraging help-seeking among their peers Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Jed Foundation
Lutheran Student Scholastic and Service ScholarshipMay
Target Audience Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 5 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Diversity Article AwardsNo Deadline
Target Audience To recognize, promote, and award the best diversity related articles published in the most recently released volumes of Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and Eye on Psi Chi Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $600 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Psi Chi
Clarkston Scholars ProgramJanuary
Target Audience Be a sophomore at a four-year accredited college or university undergraduate program, Attend a college or university in Pennsylvania Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $10000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Clarkston Consulting
Elizabeth J. Davis ScholarshipFebruary
Target Audience Established to assist home care professionals with obtaining advanced degrees, as well as students seeking a bachelor’s or associate’s degrees in a health profession Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1,000 – $3,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 14 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: VNA’s of Vermont
Health Careers Scholarship ProgramMay
Target Audience Demonstrate a strong motivation to pursue a health care career, academic excellence, a dedication to community service and a need for financial support of their education Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $7500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 6 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
Medical & Health Professions ScholarshipMay
Target Audience Graduates of high schools within Shelby County (Ohio) or residents of any public school district within Shelby County pursuing a certificate or an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in medical and associated health professions Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 2.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: The Community Foundation of Shely County
Elements Behavioral Health ScholarshipDecember
Target Audience Must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a college or university in the U.S Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1,000 – $6,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Elements Behavioral Health
Mesothelioma Guide ScholarshipJuly
Target Audience Intended to assist students affected by mesothelioma. Applicants might have seen a loved one fight mesothelioma, lost a loved one to mesothelioma, battled mesothelioma themselves, or otherwise been affected by mesothelioma Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2,000 – $3,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Mesothelioma Guide
Don Renschler ScholarshipJanuary
Target Audience Pride Foundation is able to offer a diversity of scholarships, which encourage students of different backgrounds and educational interests to apply Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3250 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Pride Foundation
Soaring Heart ScholarshipJanuary
Target Audience Available for residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington state who are committed to offering compassionate support services to those dealing with illness, death, grief or trauma Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3250 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Pride Foundation
Catherine D. Felsing Memorial ScholarshipApril
Target Audience Student must be looking to earn a degree in a field which helps those affected by depression and addiction recovery Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Done Right Foundation Repair
AFSCMA/UNCF Union Scholars ProgramFebruary
Target Audience Award is a ten-week summer field placement to participate in union organizing campaign in one of several U.S. locations Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $4,000 stipend | $5,000 scholarship Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 2.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health AwardMarch
Target Audience This award is available for U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate students who are working to raise awareness of mental health issues Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Jed Foundation
Central Intelligence Agency Undergraduate Scholar ProgramOctober
Target Audience The program offers work sessions during each summer break, increasing your knowledge and job responsibilities while assisting intelligence professionals and applying your academic skills Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Up to $18,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Central Intelligence Agency
Gallagher Health Careers Scholarship ProgramMay
Target Audience Strong motivation to pursue a healthcare career, academic excellence, a dedication to community service, and a need for financial support of their education Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 5 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship in Social ScienceApril
Target Audience Full-time student in a Social Science bachelor program during the academic year the scholarship is received Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Learn.org
American Addiction Center’s Behavioral Health and Addiction ScholarshipApril
Target Audience Students who were enrolled in college programs in the area of Behavioral Health Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2,500 – $5,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: 3.2+ Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Addiction Centers
Bill Bendiner and Doug Morgenson ScholarshipJanuary
Target Audience Must have been living in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska for at least one year Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3250 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Pride Foundation
Scholar Serve AwardFebruary
Target Audience Must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the U.S. Students must demonstrate academic achievement and volunteerism and complete application in full Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Scholar Serve
Nick Van Pernis ScholarshipJanuary
Target Audience The scholarship is for students from the west side of the island of Hawai’i studying Marine Science, Biotechnology, Health Sciences or Early Childhood Education Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: 2.7+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Hawai’i Community Foundation
Bridge The Gap ScholarshipApril
Target Audience Student must be pursuing a degree in the field of psychology, social work or other related field Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1,000 – $2,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 100 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: The Quell Foundation
James F. Reville ScholarshipJanuary
Target Audience Student who intends to pursue a career related to the field of intellectual or developmental disabilities such as behavioral sciences, social work, nursing, healthcare administration and management or psychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: NYSARC, Inc
Mississippi Health Care Professions Loan/ScholarshipMarch
Target Audience Undergraduates must major in speech pathology/audiology, psychology, or occupational therapy; graduates must major in physical therapy or occupational therapy at University of Mississippi Medical Center Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1500 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid
New Mexico Allied Health Student Loan-for-Service ProgramJuly
Target Audience Loan forgiveness offered to those who practice in medically underserved areas in New Mexico Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: New Mexico Higher Education Department
Seasons in Malibu Annual ScholarshipMarch
Target Audience You must be currently enrolled to apply Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1500 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Seasons in Malibu
Future Counselors of America ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Majoring in psychology and plan to seek a career in relationship counseling or a related field are eligible for this award Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: 3.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: DatingAdvice.com
Clubs of America Scholarship Award for Career SuccessAugust
Target Audience This award is available for U.S. and international undergraduate students who feel passionately about the career and educational path they are pursuing Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Clubs of America, Inc
Teens Path to Success ScholarshipApril
Target Audience Multiple scholarships to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in counseling, psychology, sociology, social work, and other related fields Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 – $5,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Elk River Treatment Program
The Becky Burrows Memorial ScholarshipMarch
Target Audience The student must be preparing for a career related to assisting those with brain-related disorders or brain-related disabilities Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1500 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Pilot International
The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Applicants must be a SSSS Student Member before applying for the grant, and enrolled in a degree-granting program Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Special Friend of ChildrenDecember
Target Audience Must have contributed in meaningful ways to advocating for education, children and youth at the State and/or National level Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: National Association of School Psychologists
Outstanding AdvocateDecember
Target Audience Given to individuals or groups who have worked to make systemic changes in policies that govern the provision of education and mental health services at the state or local level Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: National Association of School Psychologists
Certificate of AppreciationDecember
Target Audience Given to individual NASP members who have clearly shown their advocacy efforts to improve education and mental health services for children, youth, and their families Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: National Association of School Psychologists

Graduate

ScholarshipDeadline
Routh Research and Dissertation GrantMarch
Target Audience Student research that shows promise to add significantly to the research literature in the area of clinical child and adolescent psychology. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2500 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 4 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Division 53
Thelma Hunt Research GrantSeptember
Target Audience Any active Psi Chi member who wants to complete an empirical research project that is directly related to Psi Chi Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Psi Chi
Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention GrantOctober
Target Audience Supports research into psychological and behavioral aspects of the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents as reflected in the activities and interests within pediatric psychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Division 54
Paul E. Henkin School Psychology Travel GrantApril
Target Audience Defer the costs of registration, lodging and travel for student members of APA Div. 16 to attend the APA Annual Convention Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1600 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 43467 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
National Register Credentialing ScholarshipsApril
Target Audience Early Career Psychologists (within 10 years of degree), psychology doctoral students, and postdoctoral trainees Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: National Register of Health Service Psychologists
Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Psychology Graduate Student FellowshipNovember
Target Audience Completed doctoral candidacy at the time of application Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $25000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 43561 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
APA Student Travel AwardApril
Target Audience Designed to help graduate psychology students travel to the APA convention in order to present their research. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $300 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 100 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Association
Annette Urso Rickel Foundation Dissertation Award for Public PolicyOctober
Target Audience Supports dissertation research on public policy Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Benton-Meier ScholarshipsJune
Target Audience Graduate students in neuropsychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
F. J. McGuigan Dissertation AwardJune
Target Audience Supports dissertation research that addresses any aspect of mental function Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Scott and Paul Pearsall GrantOctober
Target Audience Supports graduate and early career work that seeks to increase the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma experienced by adults living with visible physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $10000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel ScholarshipsApril
Target Audience Help psychology graduate students travel to the APA Annual Convention to present their research Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $300 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 7 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Violet and Cyril Franks ScholarshipMay
Target Audience For work in stigma related to mental illness Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
APF/Div. 29 Early Career AwardJanuary
Target Audience Demonstrated accomplishment and achievement related to psychotherapy theory, practice, research or training Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1600 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 43467 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Division 29
Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Graduate StudentsApril
Target Audience Encouraging and facilitating academic and/or scientific excellence, encouraging broader socialization of students and helping students to shape their own professional identity Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
Harry and Miriam Levinson ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
William and Dorothy Bevan ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Charles and Carol Spielberger ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
William C. Howell ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Clarence J. Rosecrans ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Raymond K. Mulhern ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Dr. Judy Kuriansky Scholarship 1June
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
APF Graduate Student ScholarshipsJune
Target Audience Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 12 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
APF Walter Katkovsky ScholarshipsFebruary
Target Audience The scholarships are intended to encourage opportunities for psychologists to join healthcare teams and benefit patients who have psychological and medical problems. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 9 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Beth Rom Rymer ScholarshipsFebruary
Target Audience Applicants must be graduate students or practicing, licensed psychologists with evidence of having enrolled in a training program in clinical psychopharmacology, which adheres to the APA model curriculum of didactic training in clinical psychopharmacology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 9 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark FundJune
Target Audience Be an early career psychologist (no more than ten years post-doctoral) Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $10000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Randy Gerson Memorial GrantTBA
Target Audience The program awards grants for graduate student projects in family and/or couple dynamics and/or multi-generational processes Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $6000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
The Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation GrantsSeptember
Target Audience Seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Visionary GrantsApril
Target Audience Applying psychology to at-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g. serious mental illness, returning military, those who are incarcerated or economically disadvantaged) Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Up to $20,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 8 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
NAJA Graduate Scholarship ProgramFebruary
Target Audience Pursuing graduate-level studies for one year in fields which address the special needs of children and youth Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramVaries
Target Audience The prestigious program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $44000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: National Science Foundation
The Melanie Foundation ScholarshipJune
Target Audience Awarded to a candidate pursuing a doctoral or master’s degree in the mental health field Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 43560 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: The Melanie Foundation
Master’s Degree Scholarship in Psychology and CounselingApril
Target Audience Applicant must be pursuing a master’s degree in psychology and counseling Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Learn.org
Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control: Psychosocial and Behavioral ResearchApril
Target Audience To support investigator-initiated research projects in psychosocial, behavioral, and cancer control research, including epidemiological approaches to psychosocial and behavioral research Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: American Cancer Society
Richard Louis Caplan Memorial Scholarship for Mental Health PractitionersFebruary
Target Audience Provided to graduate students from Maryland who are pursuing a course of study that that prepare them to provide treatment to patients suffering from personality disorders and other mental health problems Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Central Scholarship Bureau
SHRM Graduate Foundation ScholarshipOctober
Target Audience SHRM student chapter involvement and/or commitment to the HR profession Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: 3.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Marie Newton Sepia Memorial Scholarship FundMarch
Target Audience Scholarship program for graduate students preparing for a career helping children with brain related disorders or disabilities Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 – $1,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 10 GPA Requirement: 3.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by:
Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship FundApril
Target Audience This scholarship is in recognition of Sullivan’s ongoing commitment and passion related to issues of multiculturalism and inclusion Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 – $1,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Division 31
Scott and Paul Pearsol Scholarship FundOctober
Target Audience Supports graduate and early career work that seeks to increase the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma experienced by adults living with visible physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $10000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Disaster Relief Mental HealthTBA
Target Audience Assist practicing school psychologists and interns in school psychology in restoring mental health resources and tools that have been damaged or destroyed due to the recent disasters in states and U.S. territories Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Children’s Fund of School Psychology, Inc
Children’s Basic Needs/Mental Health PractitionerTBA
Target Audience Intended to encourage practicing school psychologists (and interns in school psychology) to enhance their own capabilities to provide mental health services within their schools Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $200 – $300 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Children’s Fund of School Psychology, Inc
Service GrantsTBA
Target Audience Applicants must be school psychologists or school psychology graduate students who are completing internships Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 – $1,500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Children’s Fund of School Psychology, Inc
Research and Training Fellowships for CliniciansJanuary
Target Audience Support for clinical fellows or recently appointed clinical faculty who intend to pursue a career in epilepsy research Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Up to $50,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Epilepsy Society
Susan Spencer Clinical Research Training FellowshipOctober
Target Audience Created to foster the development of investigators interested in pursuing careers in patient-oriented research Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $150000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: American Epilepsy Society
Donald Mattson Scholarship AwardMay
Target Audience Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited program studying clinical mental health counseling or counseling psychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Mental Health Counselors Association
Dr. Stana Michael Graduate ScholarshipMay
Target Audience Students pursuing graduate training in school psychology in the NASP-approved programs at Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, or Valparaiso University Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Indiana Association of School Psychologists
Dr. Mary Lynne Slonaker Memorial ScholarshipMay
Target Audience Students and educators pursuing graduate study in school psychology. This scholarship focuses on supporting applicants interested in practicing in a school district setting in Indiana Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Indiana Association of School Psychologists
George C. Thornton Graduate ScholarshipJune
Target Audience I/O doctoral students who exemplify the scientist-practitioner model with achievement in both the science and practice of industrial/organizational psychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $3000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Foundation
Hyman-Lambert Memorial ScholarshipsJune
Target Audience Deserving doctoral students in school psychology defray the costs of tuition and other academic expenses Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Board of Professional Psychology
ICPSR Scholarship for PsychologyMarch
Target Audience Students who are conducting empirical research in the fields of developmental, child, or family psychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Full Tuition Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 6 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
John Frederick Steinman FellowshipFebruary
Target Audience Qualified persons seeking advanced study in the fields of psychiatry, psychology or social work Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $6000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: John Frederick Steinman Fellowship Fund
Stephanie Nicole Ross Foundation Graduate ScholarshipApril
Target Audience Students studying psychology, cognitive or behavioral science, or any related field at a college or university in the state of Florida in 2019-2020. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Stephanie Nicole Ross Foundation
Esther Katz Rosen Fund GrantsMarch
Target Audience Hold a doctoral degree from, or be a graduate student at, an accredited university for research proposals. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1,000 – $50,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 43468 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
ARC of Washington Trust Fund Research GrantsAugust
Target Audience Researchers in the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska or Idaho and in British Columbia. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $10000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Arc of Washington Trust Fund
APF/Div. 49 Travel GrantTBA
Target Audience Be affiliated with nonprofit charitable, educational, and scientific institutions, or governmental entities operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Division 49
Henry P. David Grants for Research in Human Reproductive Behavior and Population StudiesFebruary
Target Audience Applicants must be graduate students conducting dissertation research or early career researchers with not more than 10 years postgraduate experience. Demonstrated interest in human reproductive behavior or related population concerns. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation

Women

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AWMF & Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability ScholarshipMay
Target Audience Open to female undergraduate and graduate students studying media, journalism, English, communications and related fields Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2500 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: AWM Foundation
Dorothy Harris Endowed ScholarshipDecember
Target Audience Awarded to female graduate students in Physical Education, Sport Management, Sport Psychology, or Sport Sociology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Women’s Sports Foundation
Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation ScholarshipsJune
Target Audience Female graduate students with physical disabilities who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. university to earn a degree in psychology or education Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation

Minorities

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Catching The Dream ProgramVaries
Target Audience Actively seek out Native American high school students with academic potential from all regions and tribes of the United States and help prepare them for college Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Varies Degree Level: High School Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Catching the Dream
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College ScholarshipsApril
Target Audience HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 – $5,000 Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 2.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HIAS Chicago ScholarshipFebruary
Target Audience Identify as Jewish; Have lived in the United States for a minimum of 2 years Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: High School & Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: HIAS Chicago
Jesse L. Jackson-Fellows Toyota ScholarshipNovember
Target Audience African-American college sophomores Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $25000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Toyota Financial Services
NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship ProgramOctober
Target Audience Support the graduate training of minority students pursuing careers in school psychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: National Association of School Psychologists
Filipino American Psychology ScholarshipFebruary
Target Audience Initiated to increase the number of Filipino American professors, researchers, and academics in the field of psychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Asian American Psychological Association
The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Foundation Scholars GrantFebruary
Target Audience Preference will be given to students who speak Spanish Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 – $2,500 Degree Level: Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: Central Scholarship Bureau
Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship (Graduate)February
Target Audience Provide financial assistance for African American women graduate students studying abroad, and/or graduate foreign students studying within the U.S Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 – $1,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship ProgramJanuary
Target Audience Commitment to a career in ethnic minority behavioral health services or policy. Applicants must sign a letter of commitment attesting that they will work for a period of two years in a capacity that addresses that behavioral health needs of racial and eth Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Up to Full Tuition Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 15 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: American Psychological Association
AAPA Psychology ScholarshipFebruary
Target Audience Filipino American college seniors who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in clinical, counseling, social, organizational, industrial, community, health, child, or any other field of psychology Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Asian American Psychological Association
CPA-F Minority Scholarship ProgramOctober
Target Audience Students from ethnic minority groups who plan to become professional psychologists as teachers, researchers, practitioners, supervisors, and administrators within California Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $2000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 3 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: California Psychological Association Foundation

Need-Based

ScholarshipDeadline
Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars ProgramMarch
Target Audience First generation high school seniors who are underrepresented Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: No Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: 3.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: Fontana Transport Inc.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)March
Target Audience Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $20000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.3+ Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: National Institute of Health
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship ProgramMarch
Target Audience Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited, 4-year undergraduate institution; and from a disadvantaged background. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Up to $20,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The Jack Kent Cook ScholarshipNovember
Target Audience Unmet financial need, Persistence, Desire to Help Others, Leadership Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: Up to $30,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: 3.5+ Is this scholarship renewable? Yes Sponsored by: The Jack Kent Cook Scholarship Fund

Students Studying LGBTQ Issues

ScholarshipDeadline
Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM StudentsJune
Target Audience Intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $5000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate & Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 2 GPA Requirement: 3.0+ Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: NOGLSTP
Wayne F. Placek GrantsMarch
Target Audience Support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues. Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $10000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation
Bisexual Foundation Scholarship AwardFebruary
Target Audience Deserving graduate students who are advancing research on the psychology of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, especially on bisexuality Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $1000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: Varies GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? No Sponsored by: Division 44
Roy Scrivner Research GrantsNovember
Target Audience Demonstrated commitment to LGBT family issues Scholarship Details Amount Awarded: $11000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required: Yes Awards Available: 1 GPA Requirement: N/A Is this scholarship renewable? Unknown Sponsored by: American Psychological Foundation

     

Where to Find Scholarships and Grants

As you likely already know, high schools use these financial awards and incentives to reward outstanding graduates. Universities use them to woo students who excel academically or have sought-after talents. There are also community, religious, and professional associations that award scholarships based on their own criteria. For example, only students of Italian descent have a shot at the Sons of Italy scholarship.

Here’s a quick look at the differences between these programs:

  • Scholarships. Payments made to financially support your education usually awarded on the basis of academic or other achievements; you don’t have to repay scholarship funds.
  • Grants. These are also free money. They can come from the federal government, your state government, your college, or a private or nonprofit organization.
  • Fellowships. These are a type of grant that gives you funding while you pursue specific (usually academic) goals.

In very general terms, scholarships tend to be awarded based on merit, and grants are more likely to be based on financial need. Psychology scholarships tend to be very competitive, with most targeted to graduate students. If you have a school wish list, start with your top schools to see what they might offer.

When looking for scholarships watch out for scams. When you begin your online research, you’ll find hundreds of sites promising to help you locate scholarships. Most are legitimate, but not all. Avoid sites with grammar or spelling errors, or confusing navigation. The key red flag: Any site that wants you to pay a fee is potentially a scammer; an above-board site will not ask you for money. Also, never give out any financial information until you have thoroughly vetted a site, and are confident it’s not a scam. Note: You will never be “randomly selected” for a scholarship you have not applied for.

How to Win Scholarships

Become a scholarship detective. Track down as many scholarships as possible to increase your options. Through your sleuthing, you’ll find that scholarships are given for more reasons than you thought possible.

Allow enough time to manage applying to multiple scholarships. Each scholarship will have its own application requirements and deadlines, so it’s important to start researching scholarships as soon as possible so you can focus on the ones you most want.

Qualifying for certain scholarships takes long-term planning. For example, if you want to win a scholarship based on community service, be aware that some schools might want to see at least a year of service and commitment. Review any extra-curricular activities you’ve already spent time on, and consider whether they might help you score a scholarship.

Money.com has 13 concrete tips to increase your odds of winning a scholarship. The highlights:

  • Use a personalized scholarship search tool. Many times these allow you to deep-dive filter by gender, religion, school level, ethnicity, award amounts, and state. Recommended search tools include Fastweb and College Board.
  • Apply for local scholarships. Fewer students are eligible, so your odds are better. Check with your guidance counselor, media websites, community portals, your religious affiliations, and geographical internet searches.
  • Don’t discount scholarships that offer smaller awards. Applying only for the big-bucks awards is tempting, but the competition is much stiffer.
  • Evaluate each scholarship application carefully. Chances are good you’ll discover many contain hints to the selection criteria. Look at the sponsor’s website. Read the mission statement, review board member bios, read press releases, and look for other telling information. Use the information you discover to tailor your application to this sponsor’s goals.
  • Make sure your online presence reflects positive things about you. Clean up your Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media pages; delete any embarrassing information about other people.
  • Answer all optional questions on the application. They increase your chances of standing out.
  • Roll up your sleeves and get to work. There is less competition for scholarships that require long essays or labor-intensive projects.

About those essays: Whether they’re on a topic of your own choosing or set by the scholarship sponsor, be passionate and well-informed about your topic. Don’t focus on yourself. Engage the reader’s intellectual interest, and don’t try to be funny.

Meet all the essay requirements. Don’t go much over or under word limits, stick to formatting guidelines, and don’t blow the deadline. Have another person review your essay once for content, and again for grammar and spelling mistakes. A teacher or advisor may give you more objective feedback than your family.

Grants and Fellowships for Psychology Students

Although there are some major differences between scholarships, grants, and fellowships, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably because they all provide money you don’t have to pay back. As noted before, most scholarships are awarded based on merit: impressive GPA, high test scores, great athletic skills. Most grants are need-based. This means that they are usually awarded based on your, or your family’s, financial status.

Fellowships typically—but not always—support post-graduate projects, which are often pursued outside a school’s normal curriculum. Fellowship funding can be provided to support academic work, research, independent projects, or community service activities. Funding may come from a foundation, educational institution, or other organization.

Federal and state governments are the largest source of grants. The federal government’s largest higher education grant program is Pell Grants. During the 2017-2018 school year, more than $28 billion in Pell grants were distributed to more than 7 million undergraduate students. The largest awards available are just over $6,000.

State governments offer grants to resident students who attend college in-state, based on financial need. In New York State, for example, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) offers up to $5,000 grants to eligible students. In general, if you are dependent on your parents, the income limit is $80,000. If you are on your own, the limit is $10,000. This site breaks down state aid packages for all 50 states.

Many colleges award grants in addition to scholarships, and sometimes the financial packages they offer include a combination of the two.

How to Win Grants and Fellowships

Step one for winning a government grant is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Even if you’re not looking for a loan, need-based grants are often determined by the information you provide on the FAFSA. Many states and colleges also use your FAFSA profile to determine grant aid. Other schools may want FAFSA-like information on their own forms.

A few more tips for pursing grants and fellowships:

  • Be very aware of deadlines. While the national FAFSA deadline goes from October 1 to June 30, know that many state and school deadlines differ from the federal FAFSA application dates. Their deadlines may fall in February and March. You can find a school’s deadline on its website.
  • Apply for grants as early as possible. For example, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) benefit students who need grant aid beyond Pell Grants. You may qualify for this grant, but if your school has exhausted its annual allotment of FSEOG funds, you’re out of luck. (Start with FAFSA.) For more info visit the FSEOG website.
  • Join psychological professional associations. A few popular ones to get you started include: Psi Chi, the Association of Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association. These organizations award research grants and fellowships to members only.
  • Read the application requirements carefully. Stick to the recommended essay length, typeface, and spacing, and know whether a sponsor is required.
  • Be prepared to invest time. Successful fellowship applications are the result of hard work, sometimes months of it. Research which fellowships have been awarded in your area of interest. Tailor your project to the interests of your school or the sponsoring foundation.

New scholarships are always being created. Keep checking with the psychology department of your chosen or current school so you’re on top of any new opportunities. Don’t overlook professional organizations; periodically check American Psychological Association, a professional psychology organization, and Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. Both offer a range of scholarships and grants to undergraduate and graduate students. Keep trying; perseverance is every bit as important as intelligence or talent to your success, and your future.

Good luck!