Since it was introduced in the nineteenth century, psychology has been a fast-growing and constantly changing field with practitioners all over the world. Despite that, there are many places in the world where there is a serious lack of trained mental health professionals, making this a field with great employment potential and one of the most popular majors in many colleges and universities.
What happens when a student needs help paying for a quality education? Many have to enter the workforce and take out student loans to cover the difference in what they can pay and what their tuition costs, but many also qualify for grants and scholarships. The purpose of these programs is to provide education to undergraduate and graduate students, often on the basis of financial need or scholastic merit.
Scholarships exist for any number of talents, interests, and group affiliations, so it should come as no surprise that the US Army provides a generous scholarship package to eligible members of the military and their families. Typically, an Army scholarship for an accredited program in psychology includes full tuition payment and an additional stipend of $2,000 or more to help with other expenses like room and board, transportation, books, and meals. Along with individual scholarships that might be offered from a psychology department or the university, students might be closer than they realize to funding their education with little out-of-pocket expense.
What is the process for getting a scholarship?
In the case of the Army, the medical department (AMEDD) has a board which focuses on providing scholarships to students willing to go back to school. These programs are available to both full-time and part-time students, and they don’t discriminate based on race, gender, religion, or any other factors. In addition, students should look into scholarships offered by the American Psychological Association (APA).
What are the monetary benefits and eligibility criterion for a scholarship program?
A stipend of approximately $2,000 per academic year is offered to students who receive an Army scholarship. This is to cover living costs like rent, food, transportation, and entertainment. The actual amount of the stipend received depends primarily on the student’s rank and length of service in the Army, as well as the branch, as there are different scholarships available for those enlisted in the regular Army and the Army Reserves.
Scholarship eligibility depends on the type of scholarship offered. For example, the Army Reserve (ROTC) scholarship is based on academic merit and is usually awarded to high school seniors about to enter college. In return for having tuition and a monthly stipend paid, students enlist for an eight-year term in the Reserves, four of which must be full-time. The Army Scholarship Foundation provides yearly funding for soldiers and their children and spouses, provided the recipient is under the age of 24 and maintains a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0. There are several other programs available for dependent children, veterans, and those injured or disabled while on active duty.
No matter what your involvement with the Army may be, there is a scholarship perfect for you to get you on your way to becoming a trained, skilled psychologist.