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Receiving a $3,000 Scholarship; Two 2017 Recipients Share

Posted By Paige Anctil, Monday, October 23, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017


Receiving a $3,000 Scholarship;
Two 2017 Recipients Share

Paige Anctil
Psi Chi Awards & Grants Officer

Psi Chi truly continues to grow and expand, with the 2017 Psi Chi Scholarships being a great marker for this growth. This year, Psi Chi was able to give out a record total of 16 scholarships; and, for the first time, scholarships were available to our graduate student members. Psi Chi’s international growth was also reflected in our scholarships with applicants ranging from Malaysia all the way to Ireland. Psi Chi is proud to support and help our student members around the world as they continue learning and contributing to the psychology field.

We’ve asked one undergraduate recipient and one graduate recipient a couple questions about what receiving a Psi Chi Scholarship means to them. Rebekah Turbett is a senior at Albright College in Pennsylvania. She is currently the treasurer of her Psi Chi Chapter and recently had the opportunity to present her research at the Eastern Psychological Association this past March. Stephanie Campbell, a graduate scholarship recipient, is a second year PhD student in clinical psychology at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada. Currently the vice-president of her chapter, she will be running for president this coming year and looks forward to working with her chapter in reaching out to help those in need in the local community.

What was your first reaction upon reading your Psi Chi Scholarship notification e-mail?

Rebekah: When I first received the e-mail saying that I had won the scholarship, I honestly started crying. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude, and I was shocked that I received the scholarship. I count it a huge blessing, and an honor, to have been able to receive the scholarship and to represent Psi Chi.

Stephanie: When I received the notification from Psi Chi that I had been selected as a Graduate Scholarship recipient, I was overwhelmed with surprise, excitement, and pride. Knowing all that Psi Chi represents and stands for, there was no doubt that I was competing against an impressive pool of applicants. The fact that the judges felt my application stood out amongst this group was truly an honour. I want to thank Psi Chi for this valuable recognition.

How does receiving the Psi Chi Scholarship impact you day to day?

Rebekah: Receiving this scholarship has given me the ability to worry less about finances. This year, two of my three siblings are in college. Having to support three children in college and another child in high school was a huge source of stress for my family. Receiving this scholarship has covered the remaining costs of my education and has lifted that burden off of my family. It has also taken pressure off of me to pay for part of my education.

Stephanie: Beyond the obvious financial relief, this award has provided me with personal validation.  The academic journey is not always an easy one, but receiving awards such as this allows me to reflect on the process and feel a sense of accomplishment. All the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication has paid off, and it is an incredible feeling to have your efforts rewarded by such a prestigious organization.

What are you most looking forward to this year now that you can worry a little less about your tuition?

Rebekah: I am looking forward to dedicating more time to working on my senior thesis instead of worrying about working more to make ends meet. I am excited to explore how children differentiate between religion and characters such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, and the role parents play in teaching their children about religion.

Stephanie: Next year, I will be running for president of the Lakehead University Psi Chi Chapter. Now that I can worry less about tuition, I am looking forward to working with our executive team to continue building on our chapter’s successes. Each year, we have been expanding, and I plan to continue that trend by: reaching further into our community to help those in need, promoting a climate on campus that encourages collaboration (not competition), and supporting academic growth in all our members.  […]

What advice can you give your fellow Psi Chi members looking to apply next year?

Rebekah: Take the time and apply for the scholarship. I did not expect to win this scholarship, but I applied and took the chance. Please, take the chance to apply. It could bless you more than you know; all you need to do is step out and take the opportunity.

Stephanie: I would encourage future applicants to remember that a competitive application requires more than competitive grades. Psi Chi represents a host of admirable characteristics that exceed intellect. Try to demonstrate evidence of leadership, compassion, creativity, perseverance and humility. I took the approach of trying to help the reviewers get to know the person behind the application, and it appears my efforts were well-received by the panel.

Psi Chi Scholarships are quickly becoming Psi Chi’s most popular program, and it’s easy to see why when stories, like Rebakah’s and Stephanie’s, make it so clear how scholarships aid the daily lives and futures of the recipients. Psi Chi is currently working toward expanding the number of scholarships through our annual giving campaign, “Give Back to Psi Chi.” Donations will support Psi Chi programs such as our Membership Assistance Fund, as well as our awards, grants, and scholarships. In fact, to celebrate Psi Chi’s 100th anniversary, our vision is to award 100 scholarships.

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