Can I get a full psychology undergraduate scholarship fresh from high school?
Yes, there are several ways for a high school student to receive a scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology.
The first and most likely route is through scholarships offered by universities and colleges that provide specifically tailored financial aid packages for incoming freshman students interested in majoring in psychology. Many of these scholarships are designed to cover all or part of tuition expenses as well as room and board costs and may be need-based or merit-based. You can search online for any university offering undergraduate psychology programs; then contact the college’s Financial Aid Office directly to find out what types of scholarships they offer–it’s also beneficial to check their websites, which often have detailed information about scholarship programs.
In addition, many private organizations also offer psychological sciences scholarships either on their own or through partnerships with schools. The American Psychological Association (APA), for example, awards up to $5,000 per year in educational grants through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). Similarly, the National Institute of Health (NIH) funds summer research internships with stipends ranging from $500 – $5,000 depending upon the experience level of the applicant.
Finally, it’s worth looking into local foundations or government funded initiatives like the US Department of Education’s SMART Grant program which offers grants between $4000 – $7000 based on family income levels and academic achievement scores—these tend not be widely advertised so you should inquire with your guidance counselor beforehand if they know about such opportunities at your current school or nearby ones you’re contemplating attending after graduation.
Overall, it’s possible! With some set aside time conducting comprehensive research into available options suitable for your individual needs as well exploration into unique opportunities within your local community—definitely doable! Good luck!