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KPF Future Colleague Award

KPF is happy to announce the Future Colleague Award. These awards are given annually to undergraduate KPA members interested in applying to graduate school in psychology. The award will go toward graduate school application-related expenses. Criteria for the award include involvement in KPA/KPF (e.g., participation in mentorship programs, attendance at events, etc..) and interest in applying to psychology graduate programs. We strongly encourage applications from those who represent identities that have historically been excluded from psychology training programs. The amount and number of awards will be based on available funds and announced in advance on an annual basis. 

Award Requirements

Selection criteria: a selection committee will choose the recipients based on the following:

  • Please include in the cover letter

    • Be an undergraduate student or post-baccalaureate 

    • Current college GPA of 3.0 or higher*

    • Community involvement, volunteer, and/or leadership experience

    • Be a KPA member (free for undergraduate students)

  • Essay content

    • 2-pages max

    • The essay should provide a description of the applicant's characteristics and accomplishments. Include information about your primary career interests, volunteer/community work, plans, and/or goals that relate to your interest in the field of psychology. 

    • Include information on how this award could assist you in applying for graduate school in psychology.


Timeline and How to Apply

  • Please include a cover letter and essay with the information described above

  • Email as a single PDF to

  • Applications open on Monday, August 1st, 2022

  • Applications are due on Monday, September 19th, 2022


Award Details

  • KPF committee review applications: September 20th- September 30th, 2022

  • Winners announced and checks mailed- October 2022

  • Approximate value of the initial award: $400 

  • Recipients should intend to use the award towards preparation for graduate school or any relevant graduate school expenses (e.g., application fees, supplies, travel expenses)

*Applicants with GPAs below 3.0, can still apply. It will be important for these applicants to make a brief statement in their essays explaining their lower GPA. 

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