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.
For all scholarships, “student” refers to any matriculated individual in good standing pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at San Jose State University. Scholarships will be distributed in the 2019-20 academic year. Students who are seniors and graduating either Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 are not eligible for undergraduate student scholarships as they will have completed their studies at the time the scholarship is granted.
“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. Number of scholarships awarded and amount of money for each scholarship will vary each year depending on number of qualified applicants and available funds.
How to Apply:
- Sign in to Spartan Scholarships using your MySJSU login information.
- Complete and submit the General Application - This will give you access to other scholarships and awards in addition to those in Psychology.
- Click on the "Opportunities" menu and select "Recommended."
- Find the scholarship/award opportunity of interest and click on the "Apply" button.
- Provide any supplemental application material (e.g., personal statement, degree progress, etc.)
FRANK D. PAYNE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In memory of Dr. Frank Payne, Professor of Psychology and former Chair, two scholarship 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 (it will vary based on the yearly balance) 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. Dr. Braley was a Psychology Professor at SJSU for approximately 30 years with a primary focus in personality theory and cognition. Dr. Braley 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 $2000 annual scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate entering their last year at SJSU or a graduate student. The applicant must be a first generation college student, have a disability of any type, OR have financial need (preferably be able to show that without this scholarship, the student will not be able to complete the expected course of studies).
ROBERT AND MARALEE HICKS SCHOLARSHIP
This 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.
ALAN E. KAZDIN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is to provide reimbursement for future or past convention/conference expenses for graduate Psychology students. Recipients will present a paper/poster in an annual convention/conference of a national or international organization (regional, state, and local organizations and conferences do not qualify). The student must be the first or sole author of the paper/poster or the person giving the presentation.
PSYCHOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
This scholarship is for students in the Psychology Department. More details to follow.
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.
SPITZE ENDOWMENT FOR PSYCHOLOGY
This scholarship is for students majoring in psychology who are enrolled full time and qualify for financial aid.