Awards and Scholarships

The Psychology Department has several awards available for undergraduate students made possible through generous gifts provided by faculty, alumni, lecturers and staff. The deadline for all award applications is October 15th. A committee of Psychology faculty and staff will review applications and select the successful candidates. Detailed information, including applications, can be found at the Scholarships@UW Madison website:

Please address all questions concerning these awards to

Arlene R. Davenport Psychology Career Development Award
: The purpose of the Arlene R. Davenport Fund is to annually support a Psychology student with financial need who has demonstrated a career interest in psychological research. Candidates for the award will be evaluated by a committee within the Department of Psychology. The fund was initiated on the occasion of Arlene Davenport’s retirement after 37 years of service to the Department of Psychology. She made many important contributions to the department through her advising but also by initiating many important programs, including the development and nurturing of Psi Chi, the national Honorary Society of Psychologist; an annual State Wide Undergraduate Research Symposium that continued for 25 years; and the successful development and shepherding of the Psychology Research Experience Program, a highly successful NSF funded program for minority and low income first generation students to develop research skills. It is felt that Arlene’s service can best be honored into the future through an annual scholarship for research oriented UW psychology students with financial need.

Guidelines: One-Two awards ranging from $500-1000 will be given to students completing research during their undergraduate career. Students with financial need with an interest in entering a career in psychological research will be given priority. Funds are to be used to help defray research and/or career development costs. Students who have not received additional award money will be given priority for the Davenport Award.

Deadline to APPLY is October 15th

Undergraduate Thesis and Travel Awards
Background and Guidelines:
This award was created by Dr. Joyce Rosevear, who received her Ph.D in animal behavior working with Dr. Harry Harlow. Undergraduates may receive an award to support research projects supervised by a psychology faculty mentor up to $1000 OR Students may receive an award to cover travel expenses to present their research up to $1,000. The research work or conference attended must be carried out during the current academic year. 

Deadline to APPLY is October 15th


Bryan’s Aspiring Psychology Student Award
Description: The Bryan’s Aspiring Psychology Student Award fund was created by and given in memory of Bryan Hendricks. After receiving his Ph.D., Bryan taught for 31 ½ years at the UW Colleges (in Wausau). Subsequently he joined the Psychology Department (as a Lecturer) at UW-Madison. He specialized in the entry level courses and thrived on working with bright, ambitious, energetic students. He was always known as Bryan by his students and colleagues. This award is intended to acknowledge students' excellent work as a UW-Madison student and to encourage them to enhance their educational experience by taking advantage of additional opportunities in the psychology major and on-campus.
Selection Criteria: Students who have declared the psychology major in the past year (June 1 – May 31) and have the top cumulative GPAs are selected to receive a one-time award of $2500 (25% of full-time resident tuition)

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Scholar Award
Description: Dr. Bryan Hendricks was a Senior Lecturer, valued colleague, and beloved professor in the UW-Madison Department of Psychology from 2005 until his retirement in 2012. Through the creation of this fund, he wished to reward outstanding full-time undergraduate psychology majors for their contributions to the research labs in the Psychology department.
Nomination Criteria: Scholarships will be awarded to full-time undergraduate UW-Madison psychology majors earning credit for work in one of the Psychology labs. Students will not be asked to apply for these awards, and financial need is not a requirement nor should it be considered when selecting students for the award. Each lab within the Department of Psychology is eligible to nominate its best student for this award and can set its own criteria for selecting the best undergraduate member of their research team, e.g., the hardest worker, the most creative, the best senior thesis, or however they like to define “best”. Recipients will be chosen by the Chair of the Department of Psychology.


The honors program offers many awards for students in the Honors program (either Honors in the major or Honors in Liberal Arts. These awards provide excellent funding for students as they work through their undergraduate studies. Some awards are geared towards research while others focus on other aspects of a student’s college career. More information on all of these awards can be found on the L&S Honors program website:

Summer Sophomore Apprenticeship Research Grants: These grants are intended to provide students with an introductory research experience in one of their areas of interest. The ultimate purpose of the Sophomore Apprenticeship Program is to allow talented students to learn what research is as well as how it is conducted within a discipline by actually doing it. This program provides the Apprentices with the opportunity both to develop research skills and to explore the research process.

Honors Thesis Research Grants: Five different grants and awards providing support for Honors Senior Thesis research are offered by the L&S Honors Program each year. These grants range from the Trewartha Undergraduate Honors Research Grant which provides students' with modest (averaging $700) supplies and expense budgets for their research to the Mark Mensink Honors Research Grant, the most prestigious Honors Senior Thesis Research Grant awarded by the program, which offers over $6,000 to the student recipient and $3,000 to the student's thesis advisor. Each year, these awards provide funding for Honors Senior Thesis research to over thirty-five Honors Students. These grants are competitive and provide award winners with the opportunity to undertake more demanding and extensive senior thesis research projects during the academic year or summer than might otherwise be possible. These include:

Trewartha Undergraduate Honors Research Grant
Tricia Nordby Hamrin Research Award
Ann J. Haney Infinite Boundaries Scholarship
Mark Mensink Honors Research Grant
Honors Summer Senior Thesis Research Grant

Study Abroad: The L&S Honors Program offers one award, the Abraham S. Burack Scholarship, to support Honors students studying abroad. This grant provides $500-$600 to students who will be participating in an official semester or year-long UW study abroad program. Another travel award offered by the program, the F. Chandler Young Travel Award, is given to an Honors Junior who has an outstanding undergraduate record to support either study abroad or research related travel during their Senior year. The F. Chandler Young Travel Award provides $2,500 to the award winner.

Community or University Service Project Funding: The Leadership Trust Award is annually awarded to up to two students to help plan, develop, and implement projects designed to improve the UW-Madison, the community, and/or the university student body. This award provides recipients with funds equal to two (2) semesters of resident, full-time tuition (currently totaling over $6,000) plus project funds up to but not to exceed $3,000 as justified in a submitted budget.

Merit-Based Awards: The L&S Honors Program administers one merit-based award for continuing or graduating students: the F. Chandler Young Distinguished Senior Honors Student Award.The L&S Honors Program's most prestigious award is the F. Chandler Young Distinguished Senior Honors Student Award. Funded by a generous gift from the Bassett Foundation in memory of long-time L&S Student Academic Affairs administrator F. Chandler Young, one cash award of $2,500 will be made annually at the Honors Reception at May graduation to recognize a distinguished honors student who will receive the B.A. or B.S. degree with Comprehensive Honors, Honors in the Major, or Honors in the Liberal. A student must be nominated by an L&S department, program, faculty member or undergraduate advisor to be eligible for consideration for this award.

The following awards are available to all students in any school/college on the UW-Madison campus. They are administered by the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office. If you are interested in one of these awards it will be important to look into the award criteria and application process early. In depth information can be found at: There is also information on national awards/scholarships at this site. Listed below are five campus wide scholarships:

Hilldale Research Fellowship: The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Scholarships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. Up to 80 Hilldale and 5 Holstrom awards are made each year. The student researcher receives $3,000, and faculty/staff research advisor receives up to $500 for costs associated with the research (e.g., supplies, faculty or student travel related to the project). If projects have more than one student or one faculty member together, the stipend levels will vary. A research project is not eligible if supported by any other undergraduate grant.

Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students for research-service projects involving community organizations under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Students must have at least sophomore standing at the time of application. Applications become available in October of each year with an application deadline in late February. Fellowships are awarded in March. Projects can begin as early as June. Applications are available at the Morgridge Center, 716 Langdon St., Room 154.

Theodore Herfurth and Teddy Kubly Awards for Initiative and Efficiency: These awards, supported by the Theodore Herfurth and Teddy Kubly family, are awarded to a senior man and senior woman who made the maximum use of their time at UW–Madison, demonstrating productivity in the classroom and the community. The awards are among the oldest presented at the university; the Herfurth award for a senior man was introduced in 1928, followed by the Kubly award for a senior woman in 1943. To compete, students first must be nominated by UW–Madison faculty or academic staff. Two awards are given each year, one to a senior man, the other to a senior woman. Award recipients receive $2,000 each. Occasionally runners-up (one man, one woman) are named, and receive $1,000 each.

Bascom Hill Society Scholarship: The Bascom Hill Society, the major donor honor organization of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, offers a full scholarship to one junior or senior student who has a solid academic record, has demonstrated leadership capability and has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to the University of Wisconsin and/or his or her community. The scholarship covers full tuition (in- or out-of-state), fees, books, and room and board for one year of undergraduate study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. One scholarship is awarded per year. The student must have unmet financial need of at least $1,000 for Wisconsin or Minnesota residents, or at least $5,000 for out-of-state residents.

Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Awards: The Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Awards for Leadership, Service and Scholarship recognize students who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions to the University and/or the surrounding communities while maintaining a record of academic excellence. Students must be juniors or seniors currently enrolled at UW–Madison. Recipients are selected by 22 academic and student affairs organizations, including the schools/colleges and student governance. Each organization has its own application and selection process.

University Bookstore Award: Supported by a generous grant from the University Book Store, this award recognizes undergraduate students who have completed an outstanding independent project, such as a senior thesis, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Projects in all academic fields are eligible. Recipients receive $1,000. Up to twenty awards are given annually.

Awards for students in the College of Letters and Science:
These awards are for juniors/seniors in the College of Letters and Science. Specific criteria is listed below with the scholarship name, but in general, the criteria for these awards include at least two of the following: academic merit, creative accomplishment, financial need, diversity of background, unusual force of character, and community service. Specific information and application materials for these awards can be found at:

Ralph B. Abrams Scholarship: This scholarship awards $1,000 each to four seniors annually who have a minimum 3.5 GPA at the time of application. Students must demonstrate previous outstanding performance and the promise for continued outstanding performance.

Alice V. Almasy Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship awards two (2) $500 scholarships to juniors or seniors who have exceptional ability and whose interests are concentrated in the Humanities.

Leo and Jean Besozzi Scholarship: This scholarship awards $1,000 to three (3) Seniors who have a minimum 3.5 by their Junior year.

George Enfield Frazer Jr. Scholarship: This scholarship awards $500 to five (5) Junior or Senior students who have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Jane Goddard Scholarship: This scholarship awards three (3) $1,000 scholarships to juniors or seniors who exhibit exceptional merit and academic achievement in the areas of the Humanities.

Jay C. Halls Scholarship: This scholarship awards $1,000 to a Senior who has a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA by the end of junior year.

Earl D. Johnson Scholarship: This scholarship awards $1,000 each to seven (7) Seniors who have a minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA by the end of their junior year; have financial need; and have completed at least two semesters on campus.

Lands' End: This scholarship provides two $1,000 scholarships to Juniors or Seniors in L&S. The recipient should have Junior standing or above, at least a 3.0 GPA, and a track record of leadership and involvement in campus and community activities. The award recipients will also be strongly encouraged to apply for a twelve week paid summer internship with Lands' End. Lands' End established this scholarship to encourage promising students to further their education. The scholarship is their way of rewarding students for hard work, academic achievements, and years of success in the future.

Lawton Grant: The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant is available to American citizens or permanent residents eligible for financial aid and who demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services. Students must be Wisconsin residents or Minnesota residents holding tuition reciprocity and be members of a statutorily underrepresented group. Grants for 2006-2007 ranged up to $3,000 per year based on financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services.

Florence Waste Pulver Scholarship: This scholarship awards $500 to six (6) Junior or Senior students who have a minimum 3.5 GPA.