College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarships for the  Department of Psychology  

Please consider donating to one or more of these worthwhile scholarships. To donate please go to the WIU Foundation Office and we thank you for your willingness to support our outstanding students!

Alphons J. Richert Scholarship in Psychology Clinical/Community Mental Health Program

Criteria:

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be accepted to the Western Illinois University School of Graduate Studies and be enrolled in the Psychology Clinical/Community Mental Health Program

Terms:

Amount of award will be at least $1,000 annually and will be applied to the recipient's student account, divided between fall and spring semesters. Based on fund availability, the Department of Psychology (Clinical/Community Mental Health Program faculty) may determine to increase the amount of the award or make multiple awards at their discretion.

Selection Process:

The faculty of the Clinical/Community Mental Health program will select recipient(s)

Applications and Inquiries:

Dr. Tracy Knight
Clinical/Community Mental Health Coordinator
Department of Psychology
100 Waggoner Hall
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593
www.wiu.edu/psychology/

Application Deadline:

April 1

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

May be awarded during recipient's internship year

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The Bettye D. Thompson Scholarship in Gerontology

Criteria:

  • Class level: Student must be at least a Sophomore and have completed at least 9 s.h. of the following: 
    • Gerontology 200 - Introduction to Gerontology
    • Psychology 423G - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
    • Sociology 405 - Sociology of Aging in Rural and Urban American
    • or three (3) s.h. from the approved list of electives
    • Student must have at least a cumulative total GPA of 3.0 and GPA of 3.0 in the Gerontology minor
  • Major/Minor: Student must be a declared minor in Gerontology
  • Student must be a United States Citizen

Terms:

Award of $500 divided equally between fall and spring semesters

Selection Process:

Applicants must provide the following items:

  • a letter indicating their interest and career plans in gerontology
  • scholarship application
  • official transcript showing their declared major and minor

Selection of awardee will be made by the Gerontology Scholarship Committee. Applications will be evaluated after the spring semester of each year.

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Application Deadline:

Following the spring semester of each year

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

The student must apply each year in order to be considered for the award

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Donald J. Poindexter Award

Criteria:

  • First Preference to:
    • Entering freshman who graduated from Peoria Manual High School
    • Minimum 3.3 GPA
    • Graduate in upper 25% of high school class
    • Psychology major
    • Ethnic minority
    • U.S. Citizen
  • Second Preference to:
    • Currently enrolled WIU student who is a graduate from Peoria Manual High School
    • Minimum 3.3 GPA
    • Minimum of 30 semester hours completed at WIU
    • Extracurricular involvement
    • Psychology major
    • Ethnic minority
    • U.S. Citizen
  • Third preference to:
    • Currently enrolled WIU student
    • Minimum 3.3 GPA
    • Minimum 30 semester hours completed at WIU
    • Involvement in an independent research project (ongoing or just completed) is preferred
    • Extracurricular involvement
    • Psychology major
    • Ethnic minority
    • U.S. Citizen

Terms:

Award amount will vary depending on annual endowment interest earnings

Selection Process:

Recipient will be selected by the Department of Psychology Scholarship Selection Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Application Deadline:

December 1. Letters of recommendation may be requested if there are multiple candidates

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

The student must reapply each year and enter the applicant pool

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Eric Ward Teaching Assistants Fund

Criteria:

Student must excel in statistics and serve/have served as an assistant in helping other students learn statistics

Terms:

Assistantships will carry a stipend and require approximately eight hours of work per week for the 16 week semester. The number of awards will depend on the availability of funds and payments will be made through Payroll

Selection Process:

Each semester a psychology department committee, composed of faculty who teach the statistics course PSY223, will evaluate nominations from statistics instructors for teaching assistantship awards for the next semester

Additional Information:

Each assistant will be assigned to a faculty member who is teaching a section of undergraduate statistics

Applications:

Student(s) are nominated by Psychology faculty

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Fagan-Wise School Psychology

Criteria:

Students with expressed interest in, or majoring in a school psychology related discipline. Demonstrated desire to graduate and contribute to said career field.

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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James E. Ackil Research Award

Criteria:

  • Completed an independent research project in neuroscience. Research carried out in order to assist someone else with his or her project does not qualify.
  • Undergraduate or graduate class level, with priority to undergraduate students

Terms:

At least one student each year (or more than one, depending on availability of funds) will be selected to receive a monetary research award of $150 ( or more if funds allow).

Selection Process:

Students will be nominated for this award. Nominated students will need to submit a face sheet and 400-word abstract with a copy of the completed project. The undergraduate Services Committee will make the award based on the quality of the research project. The recipient(s) will be acknowledged at the Spring Awards Ceremony.

Applications:

Students must be nominated by a faculty member of the Department of Psychology

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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James Joyce Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Psychology major
  • Demonstrate superior scholarly and professional performance at WIU

Terms:

Award is usually $100 and given in one semester. The department determines the award amount.

Selection Process:

The Department of Psychology screens all majors as well as requesting nominations from department faculty. Awards are usually made in the spring semester.

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Lori Lynne Myers School Psychology Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Graduate students in the Department of Psychology
  • Completed first year of training
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the profession of school psychology, high standards of professional behavior, and outstanding academic achievements in coursework and practica.

Terms:

Advertised award amount will be determined each year based on the annual interest earnings on the endowment. Award will be applied  to the student's university account ½ fall and ½ spring. Failure of the student to remain in good academic standing or to make satisfactory progress toward a degree may result in withdrawal of the scholarship.

Selection Process:

Recipient will be selected by a scholarship committee consisting of the Chair, Department of Psychology, two School Psychology faculty members and one graduate of the School Psychology program who is working as a school psychologist.

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Mila R. Allen Showers Scholarship

Criteria:

  • First preference to a senior with a minor in gerontology
  • Second preference to a senior Psychology student performing gerontology research
  • Third preference to a senior or graduate student majoring in Psychology
  • Minimum 3.0 WIU cumulative GPA

Terms:

Award amount varies based on funding. The award will be applied to the student's university account ½ fall and ½ spring

Selection Process:

Student is nominated by a Department of Psychology faculty member and presented to the Gerontology Scholarship Selection Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Deadline for Application:

August 15th

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes, but the student must be nominated and be considered with nomination pool

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Department of Psychology

Criteria:

Students with expressed interest in, or majoring in any psychology related discipline. Demonstrated desire to graduate and contribute to said career field.

Terms:

Contact the Department of Psychology

Selection Process:

Funds are used at the discretion of the department

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Department of Psychology Outstanding Junior Award

Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled as a junior at WIU
  • Declared major in Psychology
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic performance and/or activities within the Department of Psychology

Terms:

The Department of Psychology will determined the award amount

Selection Process:

Recipient is chosen by the Department of Psychology Selection Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Department of Psychology Scholar

Criteria:

  • Major in Psychology
  • Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field of psychology

Terms:

The award amount is determined by the department

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Psychology Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Psychology
1 University Circle
Waggoner Hall 100
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1593

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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