The Bemidji State University Psychology Department will be offering the following scholarships for the Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 academic year. Each scholarship has specific criteria that will be considered.

Please see the last page of this application (attached below) for more information on the scholarships and the criteria. If applying for InPsyT, please follow the separate application link provided. Students may apply for more than one scholarship. Any student who feels they meet a scholarship’s criteria especially well are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline for all applications is Friday, March 25, 2022.

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Scholarship Information and Criteria

The Rafferty Scholarship(s) – $3,200

These scholarships were originally endowed by Mr. Kirk Gregg, a BSU Psychology major. Mr. Gregg announced the endowment on the 25th anniversary of his graduation from BSU; the scholarships were given in the name of Dr. Jim Rafferty because of the impact he had on Mr. Gregg’s life as an undergraduate at BSU.

Criteria: Currently enrolled at BSU, junior or senior status as of the coming fall semester, majoring in Psychology, with a BSU GPA of 3.0 or higher for all coursework (based on a minimum of 2 semesters at BSU) and a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all BSU psychology courses completed. Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating an interest in research psychology.

The Bender Scholarship – $700

This scholarship was originally endowed by Ms. June Bender (1977), a graduate of BSU’s Community Service program (now the Psychology major).

Criteria: The minimum qualifications for this scholarship are: sophomore, junior or senior status, majoring in Psychology, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to a female student 25 years of age or older. GPA, human service experience, achievements and awards, contributions to the Psychology Department, research activities, and endorsements from faculty will be taken into account.

The Lee-Jackson Scholarship – $700

This scholarship was originally endowed by Dr. Louise Jackson and Dr. Russell Lee, Professors Emeriti in Psychology.

Criteria: Outstanding junior or senior Psychology student. Preference will go toward students earning a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. Students of color are strongly encouraged to apply. The donor requests that, during the academic year, each scholarship recipient write a letter to the donor in which they comment on their experience in the department and on their post graduate aspirations.

Beltrami County Behavioral Health Scholarship – $2,000 (renewable)

The purpose this scholarship is to promote Bemidji State University and to increase capacity for mental health professionals by providing scholarships to full time students majoring in social work, nursing, or psychology who intend to work in the mental health field and intend to work in the Bemidji area.

Criteria: The recipient of this award must be a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in social work, nursing or psychology. Recipients must be graduated from a high school in Beltrami County, Clearwater County, Hubbard County, or Lake of the Woods County. American Indian students are highly encouraged to apply. Up to six $2,000 scholarships across departments will be awarded annually. Scholarship awards may be renewable.

Indigenous Students in Psychology Training – $500

The psychology department has a culturally based program called Indigenous Students in Psychology Training (InPsyT) to train and prepare American Indian psychology majors for careers in psychology. InPsyT will offer mentoring opportunities and a support network with Native Psychologists and mental health professionals.

Criteria: All Indigenous psychology majors are welcome to attend InPsyT Programming throughout the year to learn about American Indian Psychology and Indigenous research methods. There is an opportunity for up to 5 students to receive a $500 scholarship and have a paid trip to attend the annual Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) conference!

The InPsyT Scholarship is a separate application found here: InPsy Scholarship Application 2022

BSU also offers a variety of other scholarships (e.g., the BSU Alumni Relative Scholarship); more information is available through the BSU Financial Aid Office.


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