Psychology Scholarships

Psychology has endured for decades as an extremely popular major. It’s easy to see why: People are fascinating and the chance to earn a degree that allows you to both study human behavior and help those in need is tough to pass up. Psychology majors also have many career options; whether you choose to pursue graduate work or to go straight into a career, a psychology degree can help you along the way. Psychology majors go on to work with children and adults in a variety of settings to provide a wide range of important services that can enrich lives. In addition to clinical psychiatrists and psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other professionals who help people for a living get their start in psychology.

Beyond a school or clinical setting, psychology has many other applications. The knowledge and insight you gain into how people work can easily translate into the business world or any field involving interpersonal interaction and the critical thinking and writing skills you develop will also serve you well. Whether your interests skew towards research or service, an interest in psychology can also be an asset when it comes to winning scholarships.

Psychology scholarships are available from a variety of sources. The most common will be psychology scholarships awarded through the psychology department at your college. Awards are available for graduate research and for undergraduate students from a variety of organizations. Psychology students may also find success applying for more general scholarships in the areas of science, health and social services. In addition, psychology students are also good candidates for a variety of other scholarship awards, such as essay scholarships and community service scholarships.

The University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and the University of Minnesota both offer university-based psychology scholarships but to find out the full range of scholarship opportunities available to you, both based on your psychology major and on other characteristics, conduct a free scholarship search at For a taste of what you’ll find, check out the examples of psychology scholarships below.

AAIA Undergrad Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 02, Annually
Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Undergraduate Scholarships for Native American Students
Acceptance period changes from year to year.

Must be enrolled in your tribe; must be attending an accredited school full time both fall and spring semesters; must be seeking an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Open to high school Seniors who will be entering college in the Fall, College [...] More

ARC of Washington Trust Fund Research Grants
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The ARC of Washington Trust Fund Research Awards offers stipends for upper division or graduate students who have a demonstrated interest in the field of mental retardation.

Funds are renewable as long as the student is enrolled. Applicants are invited to send a brief letter to the Trust explaining the nature of the planned proposal and how it relates to the Trust's purposes with an estimate [...] More

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Scholarship for College Students
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers two $3,000 scholarships to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any area of service to people with developmental disabilities.

Eligible candidates are active, communicant members of a Lutheran church, are classified as a freshman, sophomore or junior status at a college or university (not necessarily a Lutheran college), have earned a minimum [...] More

Catching The Dream MESBEC Program
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Formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund, Catching the Dream (CTD) was chartered in 1986 to help provide Indian tribes, Indian communities and tribal organizations with professionally trained and educated Native Americans.

The MESBEC program is the oldest of CTD's programs providing scholarships for high-potential Native American students in Math, Engineering, Science, Business, [...] More

College of Saint Rose Academic Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The College of Saint Rose is committed to enrolling students with superior ability and proven achievement. To support our commitment, the College offers a generous array of academic scholarships. These scholarships are not based on financial need, but on the merits of students' academic achievement.

The College of Saint Rose scholarships are awarded upon acceptance to Saint Rose and are [...] More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Application Deadlines: November 12, Annually
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although [...] More

Franklin D. Boyce Annual Health Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 17, Annually
This Franklin D. Boyce Annual Health Scholarship awards $2,500 to promote health occupations and is potentially renewable for three additional consecutive years. Eligible students for this scholarship must live in Hopewell, Prince George, Petersburg or the surrounding areas.

Completed applications must be received in the Foundation office on or before February 17th by 4:00 p.m. If the due date [...] More

Health Careers Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 08, Annually
Winners of the Health Careers Scholarship Program 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. The program is open to higher education students entering their junior and senior years of full-time undergraduate study in the coming fall. This program is not open to [...] More

Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The JCCs of North America Graduate Education Scholarship Program is designed to deepen and enhance the professional knowledge of current and future JCC professionals. Incorporating classroom study, internships, networking opportunities, professional development conferences and seminars, JCC Association Graduate Scholars are on the fast track to become effective and successful JCC [...] More

Medical & Health Professions Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Medical & Health Professions Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

- 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 or health professions
- Eligible persons may apply during any year of their [...] More

NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA) was established in 1941 with the purpose of uniting members "to render charitable services which are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children, and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services." Today, the growing Association continues the focus of meeting the needs of children and youth [...] More

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center
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The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis

Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More

NFRW National Pathfinder Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
Established in 1985 in honor of First Lady Nancy Reagan's efforts in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, the National Pathfinder Scholarship is awarded annually to women who are studying in a related field.

Three scholarships of $2,500 each are given to the best candidate nominated by her state Federation president and chosen by the NFRW Executive Committee. Applicants must be currently [...] More

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
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The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas [...] More

Society For The Scientific Study Of Sexuality (Student Research Grant)
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Each year the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality awards two grants of $1,000 each to students who are doing sexuality research. The purpose of the research can be a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree granting program and members of the SSSS.

Deadlines for submission of applications are February 1st and [...] More

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