California Psychological Association Foundation
The goal of the CPA-Foundation Scholarship is to provide funding for minority students whose interests and talents lie in the field of psychology. The CPA-Foundation recognizes the need for more minority professional psychologists as teachers, administrators, practitioners and researchers who will participate fully in these functions in minority communities, as well as other areas within the state. By offering the Scholarship, the Foundation hopes to enrich the field of psychology for the benefit of all persons. Deadline for scholarship applications is in November.
CPA-F Minority Scholarship Program Applicant Guidelines
- Prospective applicants must be considered a member of one or more established ethnic minority groups. Minority status solely based on criteria other than ethnicity (i.e., physical disabilities) cannot be considered for this scholarship at this time.
- Applicants must be graduates from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution, and have been accepted into a doctoral program in psychology at a regionally accredited or approved institution in the State of California.
- Applicants must be enrolled full time graduate students for the 2008-09 academic year. The Foundation will distribute three (3) $2,000 scholarship awards.
- Applicants need to complete an application from the Foundation which includes an essay detailing their plans and goals for their graduate education as well as their future career. Three letters of recommendation should be submitted by persons familiar with the applicant's academic, research and relevant work experience. Applicants must use the Foundation's "Applicant Evaluation Form" to submit as the letter of recommendation. One recommendation should be from the applicant's major academic advisor.
- An official copy of the most recent transcript is required in order to process an application. Transcripts may be mailed directly from the academic institution to the Foundation.
- A letter directly from the respective graduate program to the Foundation, acknowledging the applicants acceptance into their program, is required.
- Applicants are required to disclose financial information. Scholarships are not awarded solely on the basis of economic need. Need, however, is taken into account when assessing the overall application.
- Due to time constraints and dispersion of Foundation officers, personal interviews will not be required or granted.
- The deadline for application materials is November 3, 2008. Announcement of scholarship recipients will be made in early January.
- The Foundation Board of Directors will also serve as the Selection Committee. Members of either the California Psychological Association Board or the Foundation Board and their immediate families are not eligible for Foundation scholarships.
- Applicants will be judged on their potential for pursuing doctoral level work in psychology. There will be no distinction or preference given to practitioner versus academic programs, or research careers as opposed to direct service providers.
- Final determination for awarding of scholarships will be made by a majority vote of the Foundation Board of Directors serving as the Selection Committee. All scholarship recipients will be notified by phone, with confirmation by mail to follow; all other applicants will be notified by mail. In the unlikely event that a recipient declines the award, the non-recipient receiving the highest vote will receive the grant.
- Awards are always in the form of a grant, administered by the recipient's respective graduate school. Most universities or graduate schools will establish an "accounts receivable" for the student to properly disburse funding. Grant checks from the Foundation will be payable to both the student and the school. The student will sign the check over to the Bursar, to be applied to the Spring Term.
- The Foundation does not specify specific duties or career objectives in return for the Grant money. The goal of the Foundation is to provide funding for minority students whose interests and talents lie in the field of psychology. The Foundation recognizes the need for more minority professional psychologists as teachers, administrators, practitioners and researchers who will participate fully in these functions in minority communities, as well as other areas within the state. By offering the Scholarship, the Foundation hopes to enrich the field of psychology for the benefit of all persons.
The CPA-F scholarship guidelines, application, and applicant evaluation form are available for download using Adobe's Acrobat Reader, which can be obtained free of charge from the Adobe Web site.
Note: The CPA Foundation is currently revising the guidelines for this scholarship. Please check back for updated information.