Undergraduate Psychology Department Scholarships
Scholarship applications are now available.
Submissions will be due by March 1, 2019.
Items to prepare for the 2019 – 2020 scholarship application
Two Letters of Recommendation
On the application, you will be asked to provide a name and email address of two references who have agreed to submit a confidential reference form or letter on your behalf. One reference must come from an academic. Your reference will be notified via email through the application process on how to submit their confidential reference form or letter. All recommendations must be signed and on letterhead.
While it is not a requirement for the application, the committee encourages all eligible applicants to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that you don't miss out on opportunities for a Pell Grant.
Undergraduate Psychology Scholarships currently offered:
SCHOLARSHIP NAME: Tuition waiver – PSYCHOLOGY
Available to: Undergraduate students in Psychology
- Student must plan on taking 12 credits or more in both the Fall and Spring semesters of 2019-2020
- Be a Utah Resident
- Be a first time Bachelor's Degree student
- Have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the University of Utah.
- Be officially declared as a Psychology Major.
Amount of Award: $5,000
Additional Information: This scholarship does not cover any mandatory fees (lab, class, ASUU fees, etc.).
SCHOLARSHIP NAME: THE DANIELLE VACCA SCHOLARSHIP
Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology
Selection Criteria: The award is given to a student who has experienced loss at the hands of a drunk or impaired driver. The award is made from applications to the Department of Psychology that include a personal essay on the impact of drunk driving on the applicant.
Amount of Award: Typically $4,000.
Number of Awards: Typically one.
About: The Danielle Vacca scholarship was established in 2013 by Danielle Vacca's father, Joe Vacca, and her grandmother, Sina Vacca, to honor Danielle Vacca. Danielle was a University of Utah student killed in an auto accident by a drunk and impaired driver. Psychology has had the honor of awarding this scholarship since Fall, 2015. The Danielle Vacca scholarship provides $2,000 per semester for two semesters to juniors or seniors majoring in Psychology whose lives have been affected by a drunk and impaired driver. Qualified candidates must carry a minimum GPA of 3.0, maintain full-time enrollment during the scholarship period, and verify U.S. citizenship or legal resident status. In exceptional cases and with sponsor approval, the award can be split between two candidates. The applications are due at the same time as the Departmental and CSBS scholarship applications, in the spring term of each year.
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Preston Connor - Fall 2016
I met Heather on the school bus at the age of 14. She was a year ahead of me and it
mystified me that such an exotic, mature, beauty would condescend to ride the same
bus home as us mortals. She struck up a conversation with me over my U2 t-shirt and
we grew closer over the years from there. I always thought she was out of my league
so I never made any advances, but she was always there with a quick wit and knowing
Three years after high school I ran into her again when I returned to visit our small New England town. She was a sophomore at NYU, I was on the west coast, but we made plans to visit each other. We talked about our unrequited, mutual crushes. She told me I had always been such a charmer to her and she gave me one of the sweetest, soulful kisses that I have ever experienced. We began to speak regularly and make plans for an upcoming summer visit... In May she got into a car with someone who was more highly intoxicated than he let on. He crashed the car into a tree. Her neck was broken but she was conscious and begging him to call an ambulance. As a witness later testified: rather than help her, the driver of the car twisted and snapped her neck, ending her life. He tried to flee the scene to avoid responsibility but was ultimately arrested. He only spent 6 years in jail for killing my first love at the age of 22.
That loss is something I still feel, to varying degrees from time to time. The impact it has had on me is always in the back of my mind. At no time have I chosen to ride with a driver who has been drinking. I've always done my best to discourage any friends from driving regardless of how “little” they have been drinking. I have gone out of my way at all hours to pick up friends who were in need of a ride. These are things that I would likely have been doing anyway, so it isn't as if this incident determined my behavior. But it is always in my mind whenever one of these situations has arisen in my life since.
Sylvia Vowles - Spring 2016
My name is Silvia Hernandez Vowles, I was born in Madrid, Spain. I had the opportunity to live there until I turned fifteen years old, and then my family decided to move to Geneva, Switzerland to be closer to my grandparents. While living there, I obtained a High School Diploma in Philosophy-Letters and Languages. I speak fluently four languages that I have used for twenty-five years in the field of Business, as an Executive Secretary. My International background has allowed me to work for the United Nations and many other International companies. Six years ago, I married a dear friend that I met when I was just a nine-year old girl, and who brought me here to the United States. I have always loved the field of Psychology and never thought it would be possible for me to graduate in this exceptional profession. Psychology, has given a 360 degrees turn to my life in every aspect. With some skepticism on my part, due to the fact that I needed to go to college in another new language for me - Spanish and French being my previous ones, I decided to start my new adventure. So, three years ago, I finally fulfilled my dream to start studying Psychology, and next semester I will graduate to pursue my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Last summer, I also finished my Certificate in Positive Psychology. I love to study, and I know that in this field I will be studying until my life ends, but the most important is the impact that my help as a Psychology Professional has already had in the lives of special children with mental and environmental disabilities that I have been working with in the last four years, and the ones that I will be in contact with in the near future. Thanks for this great opportunity!!
Audrey Hancock - Fall 2015
I grew up in southern California and moved to Utah my junior year of high school. I am a transfer student here at the University of Utah. I have always loved psychology and learning about how the mind works, my favorite class here is the abnormal psychology class. I will be graduating in May 2016 and after I plan on going forward and getting a masters in drug rehabilitation and another in marriage and family therapy.
Please Note: The following scholarship(s) have a separate scholarship application process. These cannot be applied for via the department application.
Scholarship Name: Future Counselors of America Scholarship
Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology who seek a career in relationship counseling or a related field.
- Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
- 500-word (minimum) to 900-word (maximum) word essay entitled, "The Psychology of Online Dating." The essay should address the psychological issues and challenges facing singles given the growing popularity of online dating, and how relationship professionals can help online daters navigate these challenges. See more details at: http://www.datingadvice.com/scholarship
Amount of Award: $1,000
Entries postmarked by: June 30th, annually
Disbursement on: July 31st, annually
- Please title your essay “The Psychology of Online Dating”
- List your full name as recognized by your educational institution and a valid (.edu) email address
- Essay should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins
- Any resources should be cited using MLA format
- Any plagiarism or fabrication will disqualify student from award disbursement
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More Financial Resources
- Undergraduate Psychology Service & Internship (UPSI) Award
- The Undergraduate Psychology Service & Internship (UPSI) Award allows undergraduate psychology students who might otherwise be unable to engage in unpaid internships to pursue opportunities for meaningful professional and career development and community engagement. Certain criteria must be met in order to qualify.
- Hinckley Institute Scholarships
- College of Social and Behavioral Science Scholarships
- University of Utah Scholarships
- University of Utah Undergraduate Research Opportunities
- University of Utah Honors Scholarships
- University of Utah Alumni Association Scholarships
- University of Utah Women's Club Scholarships
- University of Utah Career Services Resources
- Outside Financial Aid Resources