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Scholarship and Awards Information

Described below are local, regional or nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships for undergraduates. 

Scholarships

William Bischoff Memorial Scholarship

The department offers an institutional scholarship in memory of the first chair of the Psychology Department. Scholarship funding must be applied toward academic expenses (e.g., tuition, textbooks, etc.) for the 2016 - 2017 academic year.  The deadline for 2016-2017 applications has passed, but a call for applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will begin in Spring 2017. Please check back here later for updates.

Student Research Awards

College of Charleston students involved in undergraduate research are encouraged to apply for these awards.

Charles Latimer Jr. Psychology Travel Award

The Department of Psychology at the College of Charleston values individualized and advanced student learning experiences. Such experiences include travel to professional conferences to present original research on topics relevant to psychological science. The Charles Latimer Jr. Psychology Student Travel Award will be given to students to help support these endeavors by helping to cover student costs associated with attending the conference or other presentation venue. Specifically, timely and outstanding applications from Psychology Majors will be given full consideration for this award. 

The deadline for Fall applications was riday, October 14, 2016.  These awards will cover travel through the end of January 2017. Please check back here or follow us on social media for updates on future application deadlines.

College of Charleston Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA)

College of Charleston's URCA provides a variety of additional competitive grant opportunities to students and faculty mentors, including Major Academic Year Support (MAYS; maximum award $4000), Research Presentation Grants (RPG; awards range from $50-$750 depending on level of conference), and Summer Research with Faculty (SURF; maximum award $6500). 

Graduating Student Awards

Graduating students may apply for Outstanding Student and HSS Scholar awards described below. In addition to the below noted criteria, other considerations for both awards may include personal statements and other relevant community service or work experience in psychology related areas (paid or unpaid).

Outstanding Student Award

Applications for December 2016 Graduates are now being accepted!

This is a competitive award given to 1-3 students through selection by the Department of Psychology faculty.  Minimum criteria for this award include the following:

  • GPA > 3.8
  • Psychology GPA > 3.8
  • No incomplete notation or grade lower than “C” on college transcript
  • 62 credit hours completed at the College of Charleston
  • Completion of > nine credit hours on independent course work (e.g. independent study, bachelors essay, tutorial, internship course, and teaching mentorship) completed in Psychology/Neuroscience at the College of Charleston.  Three of these nine credit hours can be met through completion of the Psychology  Internship or Teaching Mentorship course; six must be met through Independent Study or Bachelors Essay research.

Students who meet these criteria and want to be considered for these awards should complete the application and email it as a pdf to Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm (wilhelmjc@cofc.edu)  or submit it in a sealed envelope and place it in Dr. Wilhelm’s mailbox in the Psychology Department main office at 57 Coming Street.  Applications for December 2016 graduates are due by Tuesday, November 15, by 12 noon.

HSS Scholars

This is a competitive award given by the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston. The Department of Psychology selects two exemplary students who distinguish themselves through superior work in their majors to recommend to the Dean for this award.  Minimum criteria for this award include the following:

  • GPA> 3.8
  • Psychology GPA > 3.8
  • No incomplete notation or grade lower than “C” on college transcript
  • 62 credit hours completed at the College of Charleston
  • Completion of > nine credit hours on independent course work (e.g. independent study, bachelors essay, tutorial, internship course, and teaching mentorship). 
  • Applications are accepted between early and mid-semester for upcoming graduates. Please check back here for upcoming application deadlines. 

Note:  Three credit hours must be completed in Psychology/Neuroscience.  However, the remaining six credit hours may be completed
in other departments within the school of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston. Three of these nine credit hours can be met through completion of the Psychology Internship Course or the Teaching Mentorship, providing three additional hours are based on research (Independent Study research in psychology).

Other Scholarships and Awards

Many funding opportunities also exist outside the College of Charleston to support students. Highlighted below are links to a few current opportunities: