Scholarship Awards

MPA Donald G. Paterson Award in Psychology

The 2021 Awards will not be presented at this year's Annual Virtual Conference in April. All MPA award call for nominations will open at a later date and awards will be presented later in 2021.

This award is given to the outstanding college senior planning a career in psychology. The purpose of this $350 award is to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level. Nominations of students whose work has been directed at applied problems and field experience, in addition to students whose work has been mainly laboratory-theoretical in nature are welcome.

Nomination Instructions

Each institution, through its Department of Psychology, is requested to nominate a candidate to the Paterson Award Committee by submitting the following materials:

  1. Evidence of superior undergraduate achievement, both in psychology and in the broader areas of undergraduate education, supported by: a. A transcript of the undergraduate grade record; b. Undergraduate honors received; c. A paper or report of projects carried out and written by the candidate.
  2. Other evidence of potential for further work in psychology, supported by: a. Acceptance by recognized graduate schools or other plans for further professional development; b. Receipt of graduate fellowships and scholarships; c. Scores on relevant achievement and aptitude tests. (e.g., GRE)
  3. A resume or c.v.
  4. Evidence of personal characteristics and attributes which appear to contribute to effective work in the field of psychology and supported by:
    • maximum of three letters of recommendation.
  5. Send the above requirements to [email protected].