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MiSPP offers assistance to students in the form of academic scholarships and need-based grants and loans. MiSPP 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


The Cereta Perry Scholarship (CPS) honors Cereta Perry, PhD, co-founder of CHS/MiSPP, and her contributions to both alumni and diversity. Dr. Perry was known for her relationships with students, many of which were sustained as they became alumni. Although she formally retired from CHS in 1998, she remained an advocate of MiSPP and its mission as her principles and teachings have been carried forward.

Incoming Full-Time MA Students -  $1,000
This scholarship was established for the purpose of recruiting diverse master’s students. It is awarded to a promising incoming student ​.​ This scholarship is reserved for applicants who belong to ethnic, racial, cultural,​ religious,​ and sexual identity groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of psychology. The student must demonstrate good academic standing in the first semester at MiSPP. The award will be granted in the form of a tuition credit for the second semester. Application Deadline: ​August ​15.

Incoming PsyD Students  -   $2,000
This scholarship was established for the purpose of recruiting diverse doctoral students. It is awarded to a promising incoming student ​.​ This scholarship is reserved for applicants who belong to ethnic, racial, cultural,​ religious,​ and sexual identity groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of psychology. The student must demonstrate good academic standing in the first semester at MiSPP. The award will be granted in the form of a tuition credit for 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 MiSPP librarian and alumna, and her commitment to aiding student research in humanistic psychology. The JBHPS supports a second-year (PsyD II) student who completed the MA program and was admitted and enrolled directly into the PsyD program; and is committed to advancing the science and practice of humanistic psychology. Eligibility criteria are completion of the MA program at MiSPP with immediate enrollment into and successful completion of the first year of the PsyD program; demonstration of a commitment to humanistic psychology with a passion for learning and research throughout both programs; continuous good academic standing and full-time enrollment; and advocacy for MiSPP 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 third year (PsyD III) 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. Eligibility criteria are 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; and continuous good academic standing and full-time enrollment.  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 are successful fulfillment of all program requirements for completion; outstanding academic achievement throughout the program; active participation in the MiSPP community; and demonstrated excellence in academic performance, presentations, clinical training, scholarly projects, publications, and professional behavior. Application deadline: June 15.

Student In-Need Grant (SING)   -   Need-based up to $1,000
The Student In Need Grant (SING) was first established by an anonymous alumna who was proud of achieving her Master of Arts degree at MiSPP while enduring many life challenges. This individual vowed to uphold the spirit of giving by “passing it on” so that current students could be supported in the same way. Need-based grants are awarded to MA and PsyD students experiencing unforeseen financial hardship who have exhausted other avenues of funding. Students must be in good academic standing. This grant allows MiSPP to respond to unique situations as they arise throughout the year. 

Student Emergency Loan Fund (SELF)   -   Need-based up to $1,000
Available to MA and PsyD students. The Student Emergency Loan Fund (SELF) was established in 2005 by an anonymous donor to provide immediate aid to students with an emergency financial situation who have exhausted other available financial resources.  To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need.


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

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

Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)