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Roberta Kniffley African-American Psychology Scholarship

The scholarship is designed to help cover the cost of education for outstanding African-American students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Scholarship winners receive $300 to go toward tuition, books, housing, or other education-related expenses.

Who is Eligible

African-American students who are enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and are in good academic standing. Applicants must have a GPA in psychology courses of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Students in any year of their studies are eligible to apply, but preference is given to applicants who are in their sophomore or junior year.

Application Process

Students must submit an application form and an unofficial transcript to be considered for a scholarship. See the application form, available here, for more information.


The deadline for the Fall award is November 1, the deadline for the Spring award is March 1.

Amber M. Heuerman Research Fund

The Amber M. Heuerman Research Fund is designed for undergraduate students majoring in psychology at the University of Louisville. The fund is used to reimburse travel expenses, poster costs, registration and other related incidental costs for students who have the opportunity to present their research projects. 

Who is Eligible

Students who have secured an opportunity to present research at conventions, meetings, forums, or seminars. The arrangements must have been made in conjunction with a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Application Process and Deadline

The student must submit an application form. Click here to download the form

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include airline tickets, ground transportation, mileage, lodging, and meals. Recipients of the scholarship should contact the departmental business manager prior to incurring any expenses to obtain more detailed information about maximum allowable dollar amounts for different expenses and the procedure for payment or reimbursement.

Total Allocation Amount

The maximum payment per student is $500.


The deadline for the Fall award is November 1 and the deadline for the Spring award is March 1. .

Virginia B. Seely Scholarship for Outstanding Psychology Majors

The Virginia B. Seely Scholarship recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding senior psychology majors at the University of Louisville. The scholarship amount is $1000 per student.

Who is Eligible

Nominees must be senior psychology majors who will graduate in the semester following awarding of the scholarship. Criteria for selection Outstanding students may have many positive qualities that distinguish them from their peers. These qualities should include, but are not limited to, some or all of the following:

• Critical thinking skills, especially as they pertain to scientific research
• Appreciation and support for diversity
• Excellence in research
• Outreach to the community in the area of psychology


Two faculty members in the department must provide nomination letters. Nomination letters should be emailed to Dr. Paul Salmon at The nominee must provide a CV and a written statement of accomplishments. The Friends of Psychology Committee will solicit the CV and statement after receiving two nomination letters.


Nominations will be accepted in the fall for students graduating in December, or in the spring for students graduating in May or the summer. The deadline for submitting nomination letters in the spring is March 19th. 

Scholarship History

The scholarship was established in 2013 thanks to the generous bequest of Dr. Harriette Atkinson, who received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville in 1954. The scholarship is named after Dr. Atkinson’s mother.

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