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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.

Student scholarship recipients are asked to contribute an acceptance statement about the impact of winning the award, personally or professionally. 

New Student Scholarships

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. Click here for application.

Application deadline: August 15

Continuing Student Scholarships & Financial Assistance

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. Click here for application.

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 extended: March 28th

The Sidney Berkowitz Scholarship for Clinical Excellence was established in 2022 to honor Dr. Berkowitz, beloved former faculty member, esteemed clinician, and long-time supporter of the Michigan School of Psychology. Dr. Berkowitz freely gave
of his time for guest lecturing on topics relevant to psychotherapy for many years following his retirement from MSP. Click here for application

Eligibility criteria: 

  • be in good academic standing in an MA or PsyD program.
  • show excellence in clinical work as demonstrated by average ratings of 4 or higher in the faculty supervisor’s evaluations of clinical training for Master of Arts students, 4.7 or higher for PsyD practicum students.
  • demonstrate a commitment to clinical practice using humanistic values/principles.
  • make effective use of supervisory meetings.

MA Application deadline extended: May 31st

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. Click here for application.

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 extended: March 28th

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. Click here for application.

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 24

MSP designates funds each year to support students’ professional development. These funds are intended to help off-set the cost of conferences and professional development trainings for MSP students. Funds are prioritized for students who are presenting at the APA Convention or for APA Division Conferences. However, a request for funding may be submitted for any psychology-related professional development opportunity. Click here for application.

Application deadline: at least 1 week prior to event

External Scholarship Websites

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

APA- Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

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

CareerOneStop – US Department of Labor Scholarship Search

FASTWEB – Paying for School just got easier Scholarship Search

College Board Scholarship Search

Sallie Mae’s Scholarship Search

Ways to pay for graduate school 

Scholarships for Psychology Majors

MI Veterans Affairs Agency – 1-800-MICH-VET 

Doctoral Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

MI Kids Now Loan Repayment Program (application period annually in July)


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