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MSP offers assistance to students in the form of academic scholarships and need-based grants and loans. MSP is committed to contributing annually to assist in student scholarships and aid. Scholarship and financial assistance funding is supported by gifts from alumni, family, staff and friends. Generally, funds are disbursed in the form of tuition credit.

New Student Scholarships

Cereta Perry Scholarship (CPS)
Incoming MA Student – $1,000;  Incoming PsyD Student – $2,000
This scholarship honors the late Cereta Perry, PhD, co-founder of CHS/MSP, and her contributions to diversity in education. Dr. Perry was a lifelong advocate of MSP and its mission. This scholarship was established to recruit and support the academic goals of diverse incoming Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) students. This scholarship is awarded following review of first semester academic performance and is distributed in the form of a tuition credit in the second semester.

Application deadline: August 15

Continuing Student Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Jill Benton Humanistic Psychology Scholarship (JBHPS) –  $1,000
This scholarship honors Jill Benton, former MSP librarian and alum, and her commitment to humanistic psychology. The JBHPS supports a PsyD student who is committed to advancing the science and practice of humanistic psychology as demonstrated by excellence in scholarship.

All full-time PsyD students and students in full-time internships may apply. Eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstration of a commitment to the values of humanistic psychology.
  • Demonstration of a passion for learning.
  • Excellence in scholarship.
  • Advocacy for MSP via positive contributions to its community.

Application deadline: October 20

Aombaye Ramsey Diversity Award (ARDA)   –  $1,000
The Aombaye Ramsey Diversity Award (ARDA) was created in 2004 to honor Dr. Aombaye Ramsey’s lifelong commitment to social justice. This award supports a PsyD student who shares that same commitment to advocate on behalf of diversity issues. Priority will be given to applicants who belong to an ethnic, racial, or cultural group traditionally underrepresented in the field of psychology. 

All full-time PsyD students and students in full-time internships may apply. Eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrated promotion of diversity issues and awareness through professional presentations, clinical work and/or research.
  • Expertise in working with and strong advocacy of underserved populations.
  • Continuous good academic standing.

Application deadline: October 20

Marjorie Scott Scholarship for Excellence (MSSE)
MA graduate – $1,000;  PsyD graduate – $1,500

The Marjorie Scott Scholarship for Excellence was established in January 2006 to honor Dr. Scott’s encouragement of academic excellence. This scholarship is presented at commencement to a graduating student from each academic program who has best achieved excellence in academics, clinical work, and research.

Eligibility criteria:
  • Successful fulfillment of all degree requirements.
  • Outstanding academic achievement throughout the program.
  • Active participation in the MSP community.
  • Demonstrated excellence in academic performance, presentations, clinical training, scholarly projects, publications, and professional behavior.
  • PsyD graduates – demonstrated excellence in dissertation.

Application deadline: June 15

Student scholarship recipients are asked to contribute an acceptance statement about the impact of winning the award, personally or professionally. Read the acceptance statements here to find out more about our exceptional students.

The external scholarship websites listed below are not maintained or endorsed by MSP but are made available as a reference.

APA- Affording and Repaying Graduate School

The Financial Aid Information Page – The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

FASTWEB – Paying for School just got easier Scholarship Search

Sallie Mae’s Scholarship Search

Scholarships for Psychology Majors

Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)