Specialist in Education: School Psychology - Financial Support
The WKU School Psychology program attempts to provide an assistantship to every graduate student who wants one if funds are available. At times, students may obtain a graduate assistantship in other departments on campus. In the psychology department, graduate students who hold assistantships might be involved with faculty research, assisting professors with psychology classes, or assisting with the Psychological Clinic. The amount of the stipends (paid monthly) may vary, depending on the particular assistantship duties. Most stipends for assistantships are currently $8,000 for the academic year. Assistantships are assigned through the Psychology Department Head or his/her representative. If interested in obtaining an assistantship, please indicate so on the Psychology Department Application Form.
A few partial tuition waivers (amounts vary greatly) are currently funded by the Graduate School and given through the graduate programs in the Psychology department. The availability and criteria for awarding the tuition waivers can vary from year to year. Program faculty consider a student's financial need and academic merit when making the awards. No application is necessary.
Dotson and Cave: There are two scholarships named for former psychology faculty members (Dr. Elsie Dotson and Dr. Lourine Cave) that are specifically for WKU psychology graduate students (any program). The Cave scholarship is only awarded to Kentucky residents. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and strong academic records. The Cave scholarship may be awarded to one student or divided among a very small number of students. Amounts awarded have typically ranged from $1000 to $3000. The amount of the Dotson scholarship is approximately $600. After being accepted into the program, you will receive an application for these scholarships. Applications are usually due in the spring or early summer.
Jesse Keeling: Due to the generosity of Jesse's family and friends, a scholarship is available specifically for a 2nd year school psychology graduate student. Jesse was a school psychology graduate student at WKU who tragically lost her life in a car crash at the end of her first year of study. The amount of the scholarship can vary; the most recent amount was $4000. Applications are given to current school psychology students.
Note: All scholarship applicants must also complete WKU's TOP Dollar application.