48 Great Private Scholarships for Counseling and Psychology

By Kirsten Hughes

Published 8/2014

Following are 50 great scholarships for students pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degrees in psychology and counseling. Most scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and professional promise, however many scholarships are also awarded based on the diversity and experience you bring to the field. Everyone brings something unique to the classroom. Identifying and highlighting what makes you stand out can help you in securing more funding for your education through scholarships.

Undergraduate Scholarships

1. Allyn and Bacon Awards

Allyn and Bacon is a publishing company focusing on social sciences, humanities, and education. They offer three awards for the best overall empirical research papers. First place will receive $1,000. Second place will receive $650. Third place will receive $350. All recipients will have their abstracts published in Eye on Psi Chi.

Deadline: Variable

Amount: $350 – $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate Psi Chi member

2. APA Society Convention Research Awards

Psi Chi is The International Honor Society In Psychology, it was the first student organization to be affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA). Students who believe they have completed competitive research are encouraged to apply. They offer two undergraduate awards of $300 each.

Deadline: January 31

Amount: $300

Eligibility:

  • Students who have completed competitive research.
  • Ability to attend and present at the annual APA convention.

3. Bachelor Degree Human Services- Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) Scholarships

Two scholarships will be offered to Human Services-Board Certified Practitioners (HS-BCPís) who are planning a career in counseling. The foundation, which encourages counselors to provide services in under-served communities, is looking for students in a bachelor’s degree program in a helping field who plan to work towards a master’s degree in counseling.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility:

  • Active status of HS-BCP credential in good standing.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Acceptance or current enrollment in good standing in a bachelor’s degree program in a helping profession with the intention to enter a master’s degree program in counseling.

4. Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship in Social Science

Students enrolled in Social Science related majors are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Selection is based on academic history, extracurricular activities, and employment history. Financial need is not considered.

Deadline: April 1

Amount: $500

Eligibility:

  • Full-time student in a Social Science bachelor program during the academic year the scholarship is received.

5. Dr. Hans and Clara Zimmerman Foundation

This foundation was established by Dr. Hans Zimmerman to provide financial assistance to individuals in Hawaii wishing to pursue an education in a health field (including clinical psychology). This is one of the largest scholarship funds in Hawaii.

Deadline: February 20

Amount: $500 minimum

Eligibility:

  • Plan to major in health-related field (including clinical psychology).
  • College junior, senior or graduate student.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0.
  • Enrolled full-time at an accredited two or four year college or university.
  • Hawaii resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

6. Future Counselors of America Scholarship

This annual scholarship awards U.S. students in Psychology who seek a career in a relationship counseling or related field. This scholarship hopes to increase understanding and awareness around the psychological issues and challenges facing people as they increasingly use online resources to develop dating and long term relationships. It also hopes to support relationship professionals in learning how to support people in navigating these unique challenges.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • 500-900 word essay entitled ìThe Psychology of Online Dating.

7. Gallagher Koster Health Careers Scholarship Program

The program offers financial assistance for outstanding psychology students interested in a healthcare career. Upcoming college juniors and seniors can apply for a two-year renewable award if they exhibit dedication to healthcare (including psychology), academic excellence, and a dedication to community service. Five scholarships will be awarded, students will each receive $5,000 split into two payments to be dispersed in fall and spring semesters.

Deadline: May 16

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Enrolled as a full-time student for the two semesters leading up to your graduation date.
  • Junior or Senior at an accredited university.

8. HSF Toyota High School Scholarship Fund

The purpose of this scholarship, offered in partnership by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and Toyota, is to provide financial resources to outstanding Latino high school graduates. Scholarships are available to students of numerous disciplines including counseling.

Deadline: December 15

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Hispanic heritage.
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
  • Must apply for federal financing aid using (FAFSA).
  • Intention to enroll as a full-time freshman to pursue your first undergraduate degree at a U.S. accredited institution.

9. Ida M. Pope Memorial Scholarship

The Hawaii Community Foundation is the third largest private provider of post-secondary scholarships in the state and offers numerous scholarships to the residents of Hawaii. The Ida M. Pope is offered specifically to female students of Hawaiian ancestry pursuing degrees in Health, Science, Mathematics, or Education (including counseling and social work).

Deadline: January 31.

Amount: Unspecified.

Eligibility:

  • Hawaiian ancestry (all applicants must submit a copy of their birth certificate to verify ancestry).
  • Female.
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Pursue a major in one of the following fields: Health, Science, Mathematics, Education (includes counseling and social work).
  • Be a resident of the State of Hawaii.
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
  • Attend an accredited two or four year college or university as either an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Be a full-time student.

10. Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

The JACL is oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. The mission of the JACL is to maintain civil rights, promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community. Over 30 one-time scholarships are awarded, nationwide, to undergraduate and graduate students annually.

Deadline: March 1 (entering freshman), April 1 (all other applications)

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility:

  • Active National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background.
  • Enrolled full-time in the fall of the year you will receive scholarship.
  • U.S. college, university, trade school or any other institution of higher learning at undergraduate or graduate level.

11. Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarships

The Udall Scholarship offers as many as fifty $5,000 scholarships to sophomore and junior college students annually. The scholarships are offered in three main areas related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Areas of interest for the Udall Foundation, that will match undergraduate psychology students experiences are considered under health care, including but not limited to counseling and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities.

Deadline: Unspecified

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native health care.
  • Be a sophomore of junior level student at a two-year or four-year institution.
  • Have a grade-point average of at least a ìBî or the equivalent.
  • Be pursuing full-time study during the following academic year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

12. National Federation of Republican Women National Pathfinder Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of former first lady Nancy Reagan. The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) offers three scholarships each year to women pursuing careers related to substance abuse. This scholarship is targeted towards republican women majoring in psychology and other health professions.

Deadline: June 1

Amount: $2,500

Eligibility:

  • Woman in the Republican party.
  • Sophomore class standing or higher (Junior, Senior or Master’s level).
  • U.S. Citizen.

13. National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

This scholarship offered by the National Institute of Health (NIH) is for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. This program not only offers scholarship support but also the opportunity to receive paid research training at the NIH during the summer and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year and can be renewed up to 4 years. Recipients can use the scholarship within the academic year towards tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses.

Deadline: March 3

Amount: Up to $20,000

Eligibility:

  • U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident.
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the U.S.A.
  • Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class.
  • Having ëExceptional Financial Needí as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office.

14. Pride Foundation Scholarship

The pride foundation provides scholarships to current and future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and straight ally community. The Pride Foundation offers over 50 scholarships with one application, 10 of which are geared towards students pursuing degrees in the health and wellness fields of counseling and psychology. Students may apply for more than one scholarship.

Deadline: January 15

Amount: up to $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington resident.
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Commitment to social justice and LGBTQ concerns.
  • Leadership skills.

15. The JDRF Outreach Scholarship

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation offers over 30 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each, to students who are actively involved in the diabetes community and successfully managing the challenges of living with Type 1 diabetes. The JDRF Outreach Scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in Mental Health (Psychology/ Social Work).

Deadline: April 15

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Incoming freshman at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school.
  • Living with and managing diabetes.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • High academic performance, community and/or extra-curricular activities.

16. Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CIA)

The Undergraduate Scholarship program for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) provides funding for your education as well as summer work sessions at the CIA during college and full time employment following graduation. The CIA works to match your major with meaningful work within their system with the expectation that you will maintain employment with the agency following graduation for 1.5 times the length of your scholarship.

Deadline: October 15

Amount: $18,000 Annually plus benefits

Eligibility:

  • US citizenship.
  • 18 years of age by April 1 of your senior year.
  • 1500 SAT or 21 ACT scores or higher (high school students).
  • 3.0/ 4.0 scale high school or college GPA or higher
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling up $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more.
  • Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees.
  • Available to work in the Washington, DC area during your periods of employment.
  • Maintain full-time college status once enrolled.

17. Womenís Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

The Womenís Independence Scholarship is available nationally to women who have left an abusive domestic situation and who are pursuing and education designed to provide economic independence for themselves and their children.

Deadline: No deadline, but takes about two months to review new applications.

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility:

  • Women who have survived intimate partner abuse and have been separated from their abuser for a minimum of one year, but not more than seven.
  • Citizen or legal resident of the United States.
  • Applied to or is officially accepted into an accredited course of study at a United States institution.
  • Financial need.
  • Desire and ability to complete a training and/or academic program.
  • Plan to use training or education for career advancement or reentry into the job market.
  • Recipient of non-profit domestic violence agency services.

Graduate Scholarships

18. American Psychological Foundation (APF) Graduate Student Scholarships

The American Psychological Foundation offers 16 annual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Graduate student.
  • Each graduate department of psychology that is a member of COGDOP may submit nominations.
  • Submit research proposal.
  • Proposals will be rated on description of context for research and students previous accomplishments.

19. APA Society Convention Research Awards

Psi Chi is The International Honor Society In Psychology, it was the first student organization to be affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA). Students who believe they have completed competitive research are encouraged to apply. They offer two graduate awards of $500 each.

Deadline: January 31

Amount: $500

Eligibility:

  • Students who have completed competitive research.
  • Ability to attend and present at the annual APA convention.

20. Benton-Meier Scholarships

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) offers two annual scholarships at $2,500 each. Scholarships are for graduate students studying neuropsychology, demonstrating a commitment to innovative research, and making a difference in people’s lives.

Deadline: June 1

Amount: $2,500

Eligibility:

  • Completed doctoral candidacy.
  • Research in and commitment to neuropsychology.
  • If human participants are involved must secure IRB approval form host institution.

21. Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award

This scholarship is for the advancement of research on the psychology of bisexuality. This award, through the American Psychological Association Division 44, acknowledges the importance of continuing and increasing the understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues in psychology.

Deadline: February 1

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level.

22. California Psychological Association Foundation (CPA-F) Scholarship

The CPA-Foundation scholarship aims to support funding for minority students whose interests and talents lie in the field of psychology. The CPA-Foundation values and would like to see more minority professional psychologists in leadership roles in minority communities and throughout the state of California. The hope is, through this scholarship, to enrich the field of psychology for the benefit of all persons.

Deadline: November

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility:

  • A member of one or more established ethnic minority groups.
  • Graduate of a regionally accredited undergraduate institution, and have been accepted into a doctoral program in psychology at a regionally accredited or approved institution in the State of California.
  • Full-time student.

23.Colorado Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to Master’s level counseling students living in Colorado due to a grant from The Colorado Trust. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage counselors to commit to serving communities that historically have less access to mental health services. This scholarship targets ethnically, culturally and racially diverse communities and rural communities as priorities to benefit from having increased access to mental health counselors. The foundation is offering three $5,000 scholarships.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Master’s level counseling student in Colorado.
  • Experience with minority or rural communities.
  • Commitment to providing counseling services one of these underserved communities for two years after graduation.
  • Enrollment in good standing in a CACREP- accredited master’s degree counseling program. Must have completed at least 18 credit hours prior to application and carry at least six credit hours during the current semester.
  • Commitment to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential prior to graduation.

24. David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology

With the goal of funding future training and education, this cash scholarship is for supplemental training and education opportunities that would not otherwise be available to the student. Named for David Pilon, one of the founding co-chairs of American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) in 1988.

Deadline: May 7

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Graduate student members of APAGS.
  • Enrolled at least half-time as a student in good standing at a regionally accredited university.

25. Fred Adair Scholarship

The Fred Adair Scholarship provides a scholarship opportunity for Masters level counseling students living in Virginia. Students interested in this scholarship must have experience with one of the three following populations, military service members, minority or rural communities, and a commitment to serving one of these underserved populations following graduation.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Master’s level counseling student in Virginia.
  • Experience with military, minority or rural communities.
  • Commitment to providing counseling services one of these underserved communities for two years after graduation.
  • Enrollment in good standing in a CACREP- accredited master’s degree counseling program. Must have completed at least 18 credit hours prior to application and carry at least six credit hours during the current semester.
  • Commitment to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential prior to graduation.

26. George C. Thornton, III Graduate Scholarship

Offered through the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), this scholarship will go to a doctoral student passionate about the scientist/ practitioner model. Dr. Thornton was dedicated to training future I-O psychologists using the scientist/ practitioner model. The candidate should have a history of achievement in the science and the practice of industrial and organizational psychology.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $3,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a Student Affiliate of SIOP.
  • Ph.D. student in I-O psychology at a recognized I-O degree granting university.
  • Must have completed the masterís degree in I-O psychology in order to have enough background to demonstrate excellence in the field.
  • Must integrate I-O psychology science and practice.
  • Past recipients or recipients of other SIOP sponsored scholarships are not eligible.

27. Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) Scholarships

This scholarship is established to increase the number or professional counselors incorporating and providing career development services in their practice. Global Career Development Facilitators collaborate with government employment agencies, universities, human resource departments, and private consulting firms to support clients in reaching career goals. Two scholarships will be awarded, one U.S. GDCF and one International GDCF, to receive $5,000 each.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Enrollment in good standing in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)- accredited masterís program.
  • U.S. applicants must have an active GCDF credential.
  • International applicants must have an active GCDF credential and be enrolled in an advanced education program in counseling, or be a student enrolled in a GCDF training program and a post bachelor’s counseling program, as appropriate to their country.
  • Commitment to provide career development services for at least two years after graduation.
  • US applicants must be willing to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential prior to graduation.

28. Malyon Smith Scholarship Research Award

This scholarship is awarded annually to graduate students focused on working towards advancing research in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity. The goal is to support science and the future of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender research in psychology.

Deadline: February 1

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level.
  • Evidence of IRB approval.

29. Masterís Level Human Services- Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) Scholarships

The NBCC Foundation works to increase the mental health and well being of all people through quality counseling. One of the foundation’s goals is to improve access to mental health services in under-served and never served communities domestically and abroad. The NBCC is offering this scholarship to students working towards their masterís degree in order to pursue a career in counseling.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Active status of HS-BCP credential in good standing.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Acceptance or current enrollment in good standing in a CACREP- accredited masterís degree counseling program.
  • Commitment to apply for the National Certified Counselor credential prior to graduation.

30. Master’s Student Minority Scholarship

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Research and Education Foundation will offer three scholarships to masterís level minority students (up to $2,000 per recipient). The AAMFT is specifically looking for minority individuals showing promise in and commitment to a career in marriage and family therapy education, research, or practice.

Deadline: January 31

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled in a Master’s degree program or post-degree training program in marriage and family therapy accredited by the AAMFT COAMFTE.
  • Applicants must be AAMFT member.
  • Demonstration of commitment to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

31. Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship

Awarded, to a candidate pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in the mental health field, in Ms. O’Donnell’s name, this scholarship is intended to promote her legacy of helping others. The Foundationís goal is to raise awareness about the connection between mental health and community violence. Scholarship recipients will have a passion for supporting victims of violence, emergency management professionals, and health-care practitioners.

Deadline: March 4

Amount: $2,500

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled or accepted into an accredited graduate program majoring in the mental health field in the United States.
  • Provide evidence of past involvement in extracurricular, volunteer, research, and/or career-related activities.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in one or more of the ideals to which Melanie Merola OíDonnell committed herself.

32. Military Scholarships

The affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, the NBCC Foundation works to increase the mental health and well being of all people through quality counseling. One of the foundation’s goals is to improve access to mental health services in under-served and never served communities domestically and abroad. The NBCC is offering this scholarship to increase the number of counselors available to serve military personnel and their families.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility:

  • Enrollment in good standing in a CACREP-accredited masters degree counseling program. Must have completed at least 18 credit hours prior to application and carry at least 6 credit hours during the current semester.
  • Prior or current active duty U.S. military or the spouse of a service member. Veterans who have served in the military in the last five years and received an honorable discharge.
  • Commitment to provide counseling services to military personnel and their families for at least two years after graduation.
  • Commitment to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential prior to graduation.

33. Minority Scholarships

The affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, the NBCC Foundation works to increase the mental health and well being of all people through quality counseling. One of the foundation’s goals is to improve access to mental health services in under-served and never served communities domestically and abroad. The NBCC is offering this scholarship to increase the number of counselors available to minority populations.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility:

  • Enrollment in good standing in a CACREP-accredited masters degree counseling program. Must have completed at least 18 credit hours prior to application and carry at least 6 credit hours during the current semester.
  • Possess substantial experience with ethnically, culturally and racially diverse communities.
  • Commitment to provide counseling services to underserved or minority populations for at least two years after graduation.
  • Commitment to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential prior to graduation.

34. Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship

The Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship program is set up to encourage graduate students who are passionate about childrenís issues to pursue a career in childrenís media and further the values and principles of Fred Rogersí work. Four scholarships are offered ($10,000 each).

Deadline: January 14

Amount: $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Graduate student of accredited college or university.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment, through coursework or experience, to any combination of at least two of the following fields: early childhood education, child development/ child psychology, film/ television production, music, animation, production of cross-platform entertainment.
  • Must have the goal of working in childrenís media.

35. NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program

Offered by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Education and Research Trust (ERT), this scholarship intends to support minority graduate students in their pursuit of careers as School Psychologists. The NASP hopes to lower financial barriers to culturally diverse and promising graduate students so that they can one day serve diverse student populations in school based programs.

Deadline: November

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Full-time or part-time minority student.
  • United States Citizen.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in (or accepted for enrollment in) a NASP-approved institution.
  • Intention to become a School Psychologist.
  • Good academic standing.
  • Minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.0.
  • NASP member.

36. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

The U.S. Navy offers five comprehensive scholarships to psychology graduate students annually. As a student moving through your graduate program and onto your predoctoral internship, you will transition from the Navy Individual Ready Reserve to rank of Lieutenant. Your pay and allowances will reflect your rank.

Deadline: April 7

Amount: 100% tuition and books plus monthly allowance and health and dental insurance

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled in your first year of an APA-accredited PhD or PsyD program in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • A citizen of the United States
  • Less than 42 years old at the time you are commissioned.
  • Meet medical, weight and security clearance criteria for appointment as a commissioned naval officer.
  • Maintain full-time student status.

37. Pi Gamma Mu Scholarships

Pi Gamma Mu, the oldest honor society in the social sciences, offers up to 11 scholarships each year, 5 named/ endowed scholarships and six additional scholarships. Pi Gamma Mu serves the various social science disciplines which seek to understand and explain human behavior and social relationships as well as their related problems and issues.

Deadline: February 15

Amount: $1,000 – $2,000

Eligibility:

  • Pi Gamma Mu member.
  • First or second year graduate student in a social sciences program.

38. Point Foundation LGBT Scholarships

The Point Foundation is The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund. Their focus is to enable promising LGBTQ students to reach their academic and professional goals and impact their community and society through leadership. The Point Foundation matches applicants with named scholarships based on the applicants academics, interests, field of study and financial need. There is only one application to complete be eligible for all the scholarships.

Deadline: March 3

Amount: Variable

Eligibility:

  • Strong academic ability.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Involvement in LGBTQ community.
  • Professional experience.
  • Financial need.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year university in the fall of the year you would receive scholarship.

39. Randy Gerson Memorial Grant

Sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation, this award goes to graduate students studying Systems Theory focusing on couple and/or family dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. Projects contributing to Bowen Family Systems Theory and/or the advancement of Dr. Gearsonís work will be given priority.

Deadline: February 1

Amount: $6,000

Eligibility:

  • Full-time graduate student in Psychology enrolled and in good standing at an accredited university.
  • Demonstrated competence in Systems Theory.
  • If human participants are involved must secure IRB approval from host institution.

40. Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship

The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) offers this scholarship in memory of Ronald D. Lunceford, a Marriage and Family Therapist actively involved in advancing the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy. This scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to a person from an underrepresented ethnic population.

Deadline: December 31

Amount: $4,000

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled in a M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. program which will qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.
  • Involvement with the CAMFT.
  • Community service experience.

41. Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants

The Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant aims to support the understanding of the issues and challenges Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered (LGBT) people come up against in forming, defining, and maintaining families. This grant is for the empirical and applied research focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and lesbian, gay and bisexual family therapy.

Deadline: November 1

Amount: $12,000

Eligibility:

  • Advanced graduate student, in good standing, endorsed by a supervising professor.
  • Commitment to LGBT family issues.
  • If human participants are involved must secure IRB approval from host institution.
  • Preference given to dissertation candidates.

42. Rural Scholarships

The affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, the NBCC Foundation works to increase the mental health and well being of all people through quality counseling. One of the foundation’s goals is to improve access to mental health services in under-served and never served communities domestically and abroad. The NBCC is offering this scholarship to increase the number of counselors available to serve rural communities.

Deadline: June 30

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility:

  • Enrollment in good standing in a CACREP-accredited masters degree counseling program. Must have completed at least 18 credit hours prior to application and carry at least 6 credit hours during the current semester.
  • Residence in a rural area as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Commitment to provide counseling services in a rural area for at least two years after graduation.
  • Commitment to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential prior to graduation.

43. Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship

The Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship supports graduate students working towards increasing the public’s awareness of the impact that psychological pain and stigma has on the experience of adults living with physical disabilities.

Deadline: October 1

Amount: $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Full time graduate student at an accredited university.
  • Need to receive IRB approval before funding can be provided, if research involves working with human participants.
  • Preference given to students with plans to use media to disseminate findings to public.

44. Scott Mesh Honorary Grant for Research in Psychology

This grant is intended to support dissertation research leading to a doctoral degree in the field of psychology. In appreciation for his work in launching American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), this grant is named in his honor.

Deadline: May 7

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Graduate student members of APAGS.
  • Enrolled at least half-time as a student in good standing at a regionally accredited university.

45. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Graduate Student Scholarships and Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) is the scientific study of the workplace. The SIOP scholarship recognizes the achievement of a graduate student and supports doctoral students research in IOP. The award can be used without restriction for graduate school expenses. Three awards will be offered. The Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship ($3,500) will go to the highest ranked student and two additional students will receive scholarships ($3,000 each).

Deadline: June 30

Amount: $3,500

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time and be in good standing in a doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology or a closely related field at a regionally accredited university or college.
  • Student Affiliate of SIOP.
  • Dissertation plan must be approved by their advisor.
  • Each program may only endorse one student per year.

46. The F. Edward Herbert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

Recipients of this scholarship will receive full tuition for an accredited graduate-level clinical or counseling psychology program plus a monthly stipend of over $2,000 from the U.S. Army health care team.

Deadline: Unspecified

Amount: 100% tuition plus living expenses and books plus monthly stipend

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizen with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school.
  • Be enrolled in (or have a letter of acceptance from) an accredited graduate program in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
  • Maintain full-time student status during the length of the program.
  • Qualify as a commissioned officer.

47. The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) Scholarship

The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries works to provide services to benefit the general public with an emphasis on the needs of children. The purpose of scholarship is to support graduate study in fields which address the special needs of children and youth. This scholarship is for those that plan to develop careers providing direct services for children.

Deadline: February 1

Amount: Unspecified

Eligibility:

  • Working or planning to work directly with children.
  • Pursuing graduate level studies for one year in fields that address the special needs of children and youth. Graduate studies include, but are not limited to: Counseling, Psychology and Mental Health.
  • U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of a state with a Junior Auxiliary Chapter.
  • Planning to attend a U.S. college or university for full-time or part-time study.

48. Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship

Over 50 million Americans live with mental illness. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with mental illness often prevents people from seeking appropriate services for treatment and recovery. The focus of this scholarship, sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation and the contributions of Drs. Violet and Cyril Franks, is to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Deadline: May 15

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Full-time graduate student.
  • Good standing at an accredited university.
  • Commitment to issues related to stigma in mental health.
  • If human participants are involved must secure IRB approval form host institution.

In the process of securing funding for your education, remember that the financial aid office at your college or university is set up to help you find school and department specific scholarships. In addition to the scholarships listed above, there will be scholarships available through the psychology and counseling department at your college or university. In searching for school specific scholarships, or community based scholarships, consider what you as an individual bring to the field. Funding sources frequently look to support specific populations. Diversity (ethnicity, gender, member of the LGBTQ community, military service member etc.), and experience in working with, or intention to work with, specific populations after graduation are all areas that can lead you to further funding for your education through scholarships.

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