2020 $1,000 Pursuit of Excellence in Psychology Scholarship

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psychology-scholarshipAs one of the most popular majors worldwide, psychology is a fascinating field of study that offers students the opportunity for personal growth while opening a wide variety of career prospects. Even if you’re not striving for a doctoral degree to become a licensed psychologist, having a background in psychology can be extremely helpful for working in human services, social work, education, criminal justice, counseling, therapy, business, human resources, journalism, advertising, and more! While exploring theories on human behavior and thought processes, a psychology degree will prepare you with the interpersonal skills that can be applied to virtually any field.

We appreciate the hard work and unique dedication that goes into earning a psychology degree, and we know it comes with a significant expense. That’s why we’re offering the $1,000 Pursuit of Excellence in Psychology Scholarship to help make earning your degree a little more affordable.

Submission Deadline

The application window is open until December 1, 2020. We will accept and consider any qualifying submission that comes in by midnight on this date.

Apply now for the Pursuit of Excellence in Psychology Scholarship essay contest and you could be our $1,000 winner!

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a qualifying bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate program in psychology or any one of the 15 subfields recognized by the American Psychological Association (Brain Science and Cognitive; Climate and Environmental; Clinical; Counseling; Developmental; Experimental; Forensic and Public Service; Health; Human Factors and Engineering; Industrial and Organizational; Educational; Quantitative; Rehabilitation; Social; Sport and Performance).

Qualifying bachelor’s and master’s programs are those housed at any college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Qualifying doctorate programs are those accredited by the APA.

All current psychology students must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their program. Even if you have completed only one semester/quarter of the program so far with a 3.5 GPA, you are eligible to apply.

All recently accepted graduate students who have not completed a full semester/quarter must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their undergraduate program. If you completed a master’s before transitioning to a doctorate program, the master’s program GPA would need to be 3.5.

All recently accepted undergraduates who have not completed their first semester/quarter must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in high school.

Scholarship Application Requirements

You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:

  • Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
  • 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (1,000 words or less)
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate program (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university letterhead) – Applicable only to students who have not yet begun classes or who have not yet completed a full semester/quarter in their psychology program.
  • Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements – (transcript summary or another verifiable document with school letterhead) – As a currently enrolled student in a psychology bachelor’s or master’s program who has completed at least one semester/quarter you must have a 3.5 for that period. As a newly accepted undergraduate student who as either not begun classes or not yet completed a full semester/quarter, you must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA in high school. As a newly accepted graduate student who as either not begun classes or not yet completed a full semester/quarter, you must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA in your undergraduate studies; if you completed a master’s before transitioning to a doctorate program, the master’s program GPA would need to be 3.5.

The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.

Any false or inaccurate information on the application form or plagiarized content on the essay would be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Essay Topic

Scholars and practitioners, innovators and changemakers… professionals earning a degree in any one of the disciplines and specialties within the field of psychology set the stage for being able to make a real positive impact on the lives of clients and society.

In 1,000 words or less, tell us why you made the decision to devote your life to learning and practicing psychology. Perhaps it was a personal life experience that made you want to become a counselor, or perhaps you see an opportunity to help make mental health services more available in your community, or perhaps you see opportunities to innovate in business and industry through the application of psychological principals.

Whatever the case may be, we want to hear about what brought you to the field of psychology, and what you plan to do after completing your education.


Selecting the Winner

Our staff will review all applications and essays that meet the basic requirements and select a winner based strictly on the strength of the essay.

The essay topic is all about your personal experience and your own subjective thoughts and opinions. So naturally, there is some subjectivity to our selection process. This means that everyone with a qualifying GPA who is enrolled in or has been accepted to a qualifying program has an equal shot at winning, regardless of background, employment history, or extracurriculars. We feel this is the most equitable way to approach the selection process.

We know that all applicants are worthy of the award, but we’re limited to choosing just one winner per year.

Announcing the Winner

We will announce the winner of the Pursuit of Excellence in Psychology Scholarship within 30 days of the close of the application window on December 1, 2020.

We will start by contacting the winner by phone or email to deliver the good news. At that time, we will ask for proof of current enrollment and transcripts covering the period of time that passed since submitting the application. No further documentation would be required for students who submit their essay and application within the spring quarter/semester.

If the selected recipient is unable to supply the required documentation, or if the GPA has dropped below 3.5 since submitting the application, we reserve the right to rescind the award and give it to another applicant.

We will ask the winner to provide a picture of themselves along with a few words that we will publish right here on BestPsychologyDegrees.com.

We will then make our official announcement to share the good news with our readers.

Paying Out the Award

We will make out a check for the full $1,000 award and send it directly to the winner in one lump payment immediately upon making our official announcement.

The winner is free to use the proceeds at their discretion to apply toward tuition, books, housing, or any other expenses they need to cover during their graduate program.

Non-Discrimination Policy

BestPsychologyDegrees.com does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All qualified applicants are given equal consideration and are assessed strictly based on the strength of their essay. It is at the sole discretion of our staff to select the applicant we feel best exemplifies the traits and values of a great psychologist.

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