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Awards and Scholarships

The Psychology Department offers several merit-based awards and scholarships to Psychology undergraduate and graduate students. The award amounts and criteria vary. Please see the details below and contact the Psychology Department with any questions.

Jerome and Cindy Seidman Award

Amount:  Varies
Criteria:  Scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement (highest cumulative GPA).  Awarded to two full-time undergraduate Psychology majors.  In the event of a tie, selection is based on service to school and community.  No application required.  Please click on the link to read Dr. Seidman’s Introduction of the Faculty commencement speech and to view a list of past Seidman Award recipients.

Nancy Draper Fund

Amount:  Varies
Criteria:  Scholarship is awarded based on highest GPA and financial need.  Students must major in program(s) offered by the Psychology Department.  Recipients must be in good academic standing.  Students must be Rising Junior undergraduate psychology majors.  Awards will be applied to tuition (or books) for the fall semester of the next academic year.  No application required.

Nancy Walsh Scholarship

Amount:  Varies
Criteria:  Scholarship is used to assist psychology majors.  The number of scholarships is determined by the Department Chair.  To be eligible for this award, a student must be a Rising Senior undergraduate psychology major.  Students with the highest GPA and who meet criteria for financial need will be awarded scholarships.  No application required.

Orpha M. Lutz Fund

Amount:  Varies
Criteria:  Candidates are nominated by full-time faculty members in the Psychology Department for excellence in research or teaching.  Recipients (3 graduate and 7 undergraduate) are chosen by faculty committee.  To be eligible for this award, students must be a Rising Junior, Rising Senior, or Graduate Student.  No application required.

William Dortch Scholarship

Amount:  Varies
Criteria:  Scholarship is awarded to assist one incoming freshman psychology major with a high school average of C or better.  The student must demonstrate need and potential contribution to the field of human development.  Recipient to be selected by the Chair of the Psychology Department.  No application required.