Awards & Scholarships

Each year MPAF seeks nominations for the following awards and scholarship, reviews nominees, and selects a candidate to receive the award at the annual MPA convention in April.

The Michigan Psychological Association Foundation is accepting nominations for the following awards:
If you know someone who meets the criteria for one of the awards, please submit a nomination to MPAF through [email protected] Nominees will be vetted for the award in February.




The Michigan Psychological Association Foundation is accepting nominations for the following scholarships:
Each year the Foundation awards a dissertation scholarship award to a deserving graduate level student of a Michigan University. Applications are received until the scholarship is awarded. Currently the level of the scholarship has been set at $2000. Please see the requirements for application below and submit any applications for review and consideration to [email protected]


Michigan Psychological Association Foundation is pleased to announce Maisha Lassiter as the recipient of the 2021 Dissertation Scholarship Award. Ms. Lassiter is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Program at Western Michigan University. Her dissertation will focus on factors affecting persistence attitudes among African American college students, including how campus climate, support systems, and sense of belonging impact African American college students’ attitudes of persistence in higher education.

The $2000 MPAF Dissertation Scholarship is awarded yearly to a graduate student who is a doctoral candidate and is a member of a community of color that is underrepresented in the field. The funds are unrestricted and intended to support students in the final stages of the doctoral programs. Previous recipients have focused their research on public health, juvenile mental health, and cultural barriers to seeking help, among other topics.

The scholarship is funded entirely by contributions from generous donors. Contributions may be sent to Michigan Psychological Association Foundation, 124 W. Allegan St., Suite 1900, Lansing, MI 48933.