Scholarships and Awards

Department Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Psychology is pleased to offer several scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to those described below, funds are available to support students in other ways, including travel to professional conferences for peer-reviewed presentations. The Department also recognizes students annually with its “Outstanding Undergraduate Psychology Student” award. Scholarships, funding, and awards are given by the Faculty of the Department.

NOTE: Undergraduate scholarship applicants should ALSO complete the current Scholarship Application for Continuing Students.

Important note regarding scholarships: Students who are awarded institutional scholarships, including University Freshmen and Transfer awards and Honors and Athletics awards, and who subsequently are awarded an academic department scholarship may have one of their scholarship award amounts adjusted. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more details.

Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowment Fund Scholarship

Dr. Schuerger was a valued member of the Faculty of the Department of Psychology at CSU until 2003, and is currently Professor Emeritus. The Endowment Fund was created to honor his legacy by providing scholarships for deserving students. Two awards will be given each year; undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Sciences and Health Professions at CSU are eligible. According to the Fund Guidelines, there is a preference for the recipient of the Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowment Fund Scholarship to be a member of an under-represented student group; to demonstrate financial need; and to be an undergraduate major or graduate student in the Department of Psychology. Recipients will receive a credit toward tuition (applied by CSU to his or her account) for the upcoming academic year. The amount of the award varies each year. The annual application deadline is March 15.

Schuerger Scholarship Application  (download form to fill in editable fields, save and email as indicated on form)

Eileen C. and Carlos F. Cortes Endowment Fund Scholarship

Mr. Carlos Cortes was a School Psychologist in the Cleveland schools and a supporter of CSU’s School Psychology program. To honor Mr. Cortes’ memory and support the CSU community, Eileen Cortes established this fund with the intention of awarding scholarships to deserving students.  The recipient of the Eileen C. and Carlos F. Cortes Endowment Fund Scholarship must be a psychology major or graduate student (in good standing) in the Department of Psychology. According to the Fund Guidelines, preference will be given to students with interest in the profession of School Psychology, and to minority students. The recipient will receive a credit toward tuition (applied by CSU to his or her account) for the upcoming academic year. The amount of the award varies each year. The annual application deadline is March 15.

Cortes Scholarship Application  (download form to fill in editable fields, save and email as indicated on form)

Joyce A. and Ronald H. Zabor Endowment Scholarship

Upon her departure from Cleveland State University with 45 years of service, Joyce Zabor and her husband Ron established this scholarship to provide support to Psychology majors demonstrating financial need and academic promise. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The annual application deadline is March 15.

Zabor Scholarship Application  (download form to fill in editable fields, save and email as indicated on form)


To learn more about past award recipients, please visit our Student Award Recipients page.

If you are interested in supporting student scholarships and travel scholarships, please visit our CSU Foundation website and consider designating "Psychology".


More scholarships offered at Cleveland State University

The Hopkins Family Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Psychology and pre-vetinary medicine students at CSU.  Please see the College of Science & Health Professions page for more information.

Additional scholarships administered by the College of Sciences & Health Professions

Several scholarships are listed on the College of Science & Health Professions page for which students of Psychology might be eligible.  Please read the qualifications and application instructions carefully.

Additional CSU scholarships

A variety of scholarships for students at various stages in their education are offered through Cleveland State University.  Please search the University's Scholarships page carefully for qualifications and application instructions.

External Scholarships and Opportunities


66 Minority College Scholarships for 2019

A curated list of 66 scholarships for minority students and advice about how to find others independently. There’s also a detailed step-by-step guide to finding and applying for scholarships. Other details cover the wide range of financial aid opportunities available to minority students. Also included are the important financial aid dates to remember that make it easier to prepare and not miss the deadlines. You can see the full guide here:

American Indian College Fund for Graduate Students
Application deadline is May 31 every year

Amount: $1,000 - $2,000

AIGCS, a non profit organization, was established in 1969. Founders Robert L. Bennett (Wisconsin Oneida) and John C. Rainer (Taos Pueblo) created a program to assist American Indian college graduates to continue their educations at the master's, doctorate and professional degree levels. AIGC was founded to help open doors to graduate education for American Indians and to help tribes obtain the educated Indian professionals they need to become more self-sufficient and to exercise their rights to self-determination.

American Psychological Association
Search these two sites carefully. There are a number of scholarships available in different demographic and sub-discipline categories  (e.g. organizational psychology, clinical, etc):

Charles Westcott Scholarship

The Chart Westcott Scholarship was created to help students get the education needed in preparation for the realities of joining the workforce. With the ever-increasing price of education, the goal is for this scholarship to help a student get one step closer to obtaining their desired degree on their path to adulthood. Applicants will be required to submit a 500-word essay by no later than February 28, 2019, and the winner will be awarded a $1000 scholarship by March 31, 2019. You are eligible to submit an application to be considered for the Chart Scholarship if you are (a) a current high school senior that has been accepted into a university or college or (b) a current undergraduate university or college student who has not yet reached their final year of study. Deadline is February 28, 2019.

Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation website hosts a wide variety of locally funded scholarships.  Deadlines and eligibility varies.

College Now for Adult Learners (for undergrads only)


The College Scholarship Guide

Cleveland Psychological Association

COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships in Psychology
In conjunction with the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are available to graduate students who are currently enrolled in an interim master's program or doctoral program, to assist with research costs. Eligible scholarships include: the Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship ($2,000), the Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship ($3,000), and various $1,000 scholarships. Students who are currently enrolled in a terminal master's program must intend to enroll in a Ph.D. program.

Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Education Graduate Scholarship Program
Application deadline is June 6 every year. 

Amount: Varies.

Scholarships for Hispanic students.

Fellowships/Scholarships for minority and women students.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund- General College Scholarship Fund for Graduate Students
Application deadline is December 15 every year. 

Amount: $1,000 - $5,000

HSF is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF was founded in 1975 with a vision of strengthening the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans-the largest minority segment of the U.S. population. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community with more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. Headquartered in San Francisco, HSF has opened regional offices in Southern California, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Northeast and the Midwest. In addition, HSF launched the Washington, DC-based Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute to create public partnerships in support of its work. During its 31-year history, HSF has awarded more than 78,000 scholarships totaling $195 million to Latinos from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. HSF scholars have attended more than 1,700 colleges and universities.

Institute for Diversity in Health Care Management
 (degree earned in MBA, MPH, MHA, MPA, MSN, or BSN but Diversity Management may be allowed)

  • Cathy L Brock Scholarship, Amount: $1,000
  • Diversified Investment Advisors Leaders in Healthcare Scholarship, Amount: $5,000
  • Elliott C. Roberts Sr. Scholarship, Amount: $1,000 

Application deadline is January 31 every year.

Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship for Graduate Students
Application deadline is March 1 every year.

Amount: Varies.

Jewish Community Centers of North America Graduate Scholarship Programs
Application deadline: February 1, 2013.

Amount: $10,000/yr (up to 2 years).

Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships for Graduate Students of Polish Descent
Application deadline is January 5 every year.

Amount: $1,000 – 7,000.

The Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in August 2020:

     Summer 2020:

  •      Application deadline: 25 July 2020
  •      Results: 15 August 2020

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline.

Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found at:

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.

Point Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship for LGBTQ students.  Application deadline is January 19 every year.

Amount: Varies.

Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Foundation

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
As the nation's oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, the UNCF's mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions and increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 25 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 300 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 65,000 students at more than 900 colleges and universities across the country.