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Department of Psychology Student Awards and Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the Department of Psychology, a number of scholarships are available for students who are majoring in psychology. Scholarships are competitive and each have separate eligibility requirements and require individual applications.

Here are descriptions of the currently available scholarships for undergraduate students. Selection of the recipients is made by the Psychology Department Undergraduate Scholarship Committee unless indicated otherwise in the description of the scholarship. 
Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships
(Faculty Nominated)
Undergraduate Scholarships
(Student nominated)


Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award. The Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award is given to a graduating senior in the department of Psychology. The recipient receives a plaque from the department, which is presented at the Spring Psychology department graduate recognition ceremony. Fall and Spring graduates are eligible to receive this award. Nominations must come from a faculty member in the department of Psychology.

Click here for the outstanding senior award nomination form.

The Psychology Foundation Account Award. This $250* award will be made to the senior psychology major who produces the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Thesis. The award will be given at the Spring Psychology department graduate recognition ceremony. Fall and Spring graduates are eligible to apply. Nominations must be made by the student’s thesis advisor.

Click here for the foundation award nomination form.

The Carol Smith Ripley Scholarship. This merit and need-based scholarship is awarded to a rising senior with a commitment to the study of psychology who plans to pursue a career in the field. Preference will be given to those applicants who are planning a career in psychological research as well as to those students with a demonstrated financial need. Nominations must be from a faculty member in the department of Psychology who has worked with the applicant in some sort of research capacity (e.g., the student served as a member of the faculty member’s research lab). In addition to the faculty nomination form, the student applicant should submit a form describing his or her financial need. This scholarship is typically valued at $1200* ($600 per semester applied toward tuition and fees).

Click here for the Ripley scholarship nomination form. Click here for the Ripley scholarship nominee statement of financial need.

The Earl and Norma Childers Scholarship. This merit-based scholarship is awarded to a psychology major with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a demonstrated commitment to a career in psychology. The scholarship is typically valued at $300* ($150 per semester applied toward tuition and fees).

The Miller-Moore Undergraduate Scholarship in Psychology. This merit and need-based scholarship is awarded to a rising senior psychology major who has demonstrated academic excellence in the field of psychology and has a demonstrated financial need. The award is valued at $2000* to be applied to tuition and fees for the senior year.

The University Book Exchange Scholarship in Psychology. This merit-based scholarship is awarded to a rising senior who has shown academic excellence in the field of psychology. The award is valued at $500* ($250 per semester to be applied to tuition and fees).

Click here to complete the online application for student-nominated scholarships.

*Dollar values on all scholarships may vary as they are dependent upon the current balances in the specific scholarship fund at the time of the award.

Help make someone's dream come true and be a scholarship donor! You can contribute to these or other scholarships for students in the Department of Psychology at ECU! For more information send an email to Scott Wells, Major Gifts Officer, at wellss@ecu.edu.