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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

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/MiSPP, and her contributions to diversity in education. Dr. Perry was a lifelong advocate of MiSPP 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 MiSPP 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 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 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 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 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 MiSPP 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 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)