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Department of Psychology

Additional Opportunities

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarship applications for current students are due early in spring quarter:

Vandergrift Undergraduate Scholarship in Psychology

The $3,500 Elsie Lincoln Vandergrift Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who shows promise and accomplishment in psychology. This fund was established by Ms. Dorothy Helen Hanson to honor her friend and mentor, Ms. Vandergrift Benedict, a DU psychology student from the 1890s.

All psychology majors can apply. Preference is given to students who have fewer than 75 hours of University credit by the end of winter quarter. Applications for this scholarship can be completed between March 4 and April 11, 2014. Students can apply by logging into webCentral, choosing the Student tab, and then select 'DU departmental scholarship application" on the right hand side. Students will automatically be asked to complete required fields for any scholarships for which they are eligible. In addition, students must have at least 1 faculty member submit a recommendation for them by 10 am on April 14, 2014. These recommendations can be submitted here.

The monetary part of the scholarship is disbursed during the subsequent academic year, beginning in fall quarter.

Bernard Spilka Undergraduate Scholarship in Psychology

The $6,500 Bernard Spilka Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to the rising junior or senior judged most likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychology.

This scholarship is named for Professor Spilka, who retired from the University of Denver in 1997, after 40 years of devotion to the field of psychology. In particular, he was dedicated to facilitating undergraduate teaching and research and for encouraging the advancement of all students—especially women and ethnic minorities.

Eligible students are psychology majors, have a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA, and have 75 or more hours of University credit by the end of winter quarter. Applications for this scholarship can be completed between March 4 and April 11, 2014. Students can apply by logging into webCentral, choosing the Student tab, and then select 'DU departmental scholarship application" on the right hand side. Students will automatically be asked to complete required fields for any scholarships for which they are eligible. In addition, students must have at least 2 faculty members submit a recommendation for them by 10 am on April 14, 2014. These recommendations can be submitted here.

The monetary part of the scholarship award is disbursed during the subsequent academic year, beginning in fall quarter.

Trowill Award for Meritorious Work in Psychology

The $500 Trowill Award is an award and monetary prize given each spring to a graduating senior psychology major. It recognizes meritorious work in psychology.

This work may occur in a research lab, citizenship/committee work, field experiences, other areas of psychology or any combination of these.

Nominations are typically due in early April and can come from anyone—including self- nominations. To make a nomination, please email Dr. Kateri McRae at kateri.mcrae@du.edu (with "Trowill" in the subject header) the full name of the student, and indicate why this student should receive the Trowill Prize.

Please contact Dr. McRae at kateri.mcrae@du.edu, chair of the Department of Psychology Undergraduate Affairs Committee, with any questions regarding these awards.