Scholarships & Awards
Through generous gifts, endowments and grants, the Department of Psychology is proud to annually recognize our undergraduate and graduate students' academic excellence, research creativity, service, and educational resilience.
If you like to contribute to our ability to offer these awards, then please consider making a designated gift through our donation page.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
For all scholarships, “student” refers to any matriculated individual in good standing pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at San Jose State University. Students who graduated in the Fall semester prior to the Spring deadline are also eligible. “Psychology major” refers to an undergraduate student who has officially declared a major in Psychology. “Psychology graduate student” refers to an individual currently accepted and enrolled in a Master’s Program within the Department of Psychology. “Qualified” refers to any Psychology major or graduate student who meets the stated requirements for a given scholarship. Note that being qualified and submitting an application alone do not guarantee an award. These scholarships are competitive and applications will be judged on their merit.
Apart from requirements specific to the individual scholarships (e.g., additional supporting documentation), all applicants must submit the following as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the deadline stated above. Late materials will not be accepted.
- A completed application form. Download application HERE.
- The most current official degree progress report (with overall and Psychology GPA, declared major/degree program) or transcript
- A clear personal statement that provides requested information for the specific scholarships for which they are applying. Personal statements should not exceed 2 pages (double spaced, 12-pt font); please use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
FRANK D. PAYNE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In memory of Dr. Frank Payne, Professor of Psychology and former Chair, two $500 annual scholarships will be awarded to Psychology majors or Psychology graduate students. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 overall and 3.5 in Psychology, and have plans to pursue a career that includes psychological research. In their personal statements, students must describe how they plan to pursue a career that includes research in psychology.
JOHN AND VIVIAN MACRAE SCHOLARSHIP FOR EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL RESILIENCE
Dr. John MacRae was deeply devoted to his students and served as a faculty of our department from 1954 to 1980 and as Department Chair. Thanks to a generous gift in honor and memory of John and Vivian MacRae, an annual scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded to one current SJSU Psychology undergraduate or graduate student who is succeeding in their education in spite of great personal challenges.
JAMES AND BECKY MCGAUGH RESEARCH AWARD FUND
This award has been established to recognize Dr. James L. McGaugh's (SJSU BA 1953 Psychology and Faculty member of the Department of Psychology from 1957 - 1961) significant contribution to research and education in psychology and neuroscience. Eligible candidates will be SJSU Psychology undergraduate or graduate level students whose research is being presented (or has been presented) at an annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. In considering worthy candidates, preference is encouraged but not required for students whose research involves advancing society’s understanding of learning, memory and/or biopsychology. Financial need is not required.
LOY S. BRALEY SCHOLARHIP
This award has been established in memory of Dr. Loy S. Braley. Loy was a Psychology Professor at SJSU for approximately 30 years with a primary focus in personality theory and cognition. Loy was known for stimulating lectures and high expectations for his students. He was also well known for the support he gave his students, both in his classroom and in his office. A knock on his office door was greeted with his wonderful smile and a commitment to student-centered learning. This $2,000 annual scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate entering their last year at SJSU or a graduate student. The scholarship is meant to support first generation college students with financial need and/or a disability of any type.
ROBERT AND MARALEE HICKS SCHOLARSHIP
This $1,000 scholarship is in memory of Maralee J. Hicks (SJSU BA 1956 Philosophy) and Robert A. Hicks, PhD. (SJSU MA 1960 Psychology and Emeritus Faculty member of the Department of Psychology). Eligible candidates will be SJSU Psychology undergraduate or graduate level students whose research is being presented (or has been presented) at an annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. In considering worthy candidates, preference is encouraged but not required for students whose research involves advancing society’s understanding of motivation. Financial need is not required.
RONALD G. RABEDEAU MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
An annual $1000 scholarship in memory of Dr. Ronald Rabedeau, former chairman of the Department of Psychology, will be awarded to a Psychology major or Psychology graduate student. This award is to encourage and support students studying in areas related to Dr. Rabedeau’s professional specializations and interests. Qualified students are those who are studying (and/or conducting research in) the areas of Neuroscience, Psychobiology, Experimental Psychology, Statistics, Learning, Motivation, or combinations thereof, and they are encouraged to apply. In their personal statements, students must describe how their interests are relevant to the areas listed above. Relevant information includes coursework (and grades) in these areas, previous research experience in these areas, interest in conducting future research in these areas, etc.
CHARLES W. TELFORD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
An annual $250 scholarship in memory of Dr. Charles Telford, the first Chairman of the Department of Psychology, will be awarded to one qualified Psychology major. A grade point average of 3.5 overall and 3.5 in the major is required of applicants. In their personal statements, students should describe their current areas of interest in psychology and career goals.
The Psychology Research Committee (PRC) has allocated up to ten (10) travel scholarships of $500 each for students who are first-author presenters of papers or posters at professional association meetings (e.g., WPA).
THE ALAN E. KAZDIN ENDOWED LECTURE IN PSYCHOLOGY
In honor of Professor Alan Kazdin, Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and an alumnus of our department (B.A. 1967). This generous endowment funds an annual lecture featuring distinguished psychologists from across the nation.
PSYCHOLOGY EMERITUS FACULTY COLLOQUIUM FUND
Edward W. Minium, Professor of Psychology, taught at SJSU from 1948 until his retirement in 1982. Both he and his wife, Juanita, shared a love and respect for the university. This gift from Dr. and Mrs. Minium was made in deep respect and fond memory of Robert L. Baron (SJSU '51, '57) to assure annual support for programs or projects that foster interchange among students, faculty, and significant workers in the field of psychology.