Malyon-Smith scholarships for LGBT financial aid

Malyon-Smith Scholarships

You may not be aware that there is an organization called the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. This organization is a part of the American Psychological Association, and is instrumental in researching the problems and issues that the LGBT community faces. There are also two LGBT scholarships available through this organization for certain graduate students.

The Maylon-Smith Scholarships for LGBT is administered by the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. This organization welcomes anyone who is passionate about the issues and concerns of the LGBT community, in terms of psychological research, education, practice, training, and advocacy. The organization works on the international, national, and local level. The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues is also known as APA’s Division 44.

The Malyon-Smith Scholarship Program was named for the two founding presidents of Division 44. One of these people was Alan Malyon, and the other was Adrienne Smith, who was already deceased when the scholarship program was implemented.

The Malyon-Smith Scholarships award up to $1000 to a graduate student who is studying in the field of psychology, to enable that student to perform research in the psychology of gender identity and sexual orientation. You must be working at the graduate level, and you must be a full time student enrolled in the Department of Psychology at your school. Unfortunately, if you are majoring in social work or sociology, or any other allied psychology discipline, other than psychology, you are not eligible for this scholarship program.

Additionally, you must currently be working on a research project, or have a viable plan for such a project, and that project must pertain to sexual identity or gender issues. This information must be a part of your application, and will strongly be considered during the selection process. You must also include a copy of your curriculum vitae. Your faculty supervisor must also include information in your application that tells the selection committee about the quality of your research, and the feasibility of your research project. Without this information, your application for the Smith scholarship will not even be considered, and you must truly focus on this part of the application, as it is one of the most important deciding factors for the selection committee.

The deadline for applying for the Malyon-Smith Scholarshps occurs in early February of each year, and it is not known when the final selections will be made.

The same organization also offers the Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award, which also awards graduate students up to $1000. This award is made to students who are doing research solely in the area of the psychology of bisexuality. The same requirements apply to this LGBT scholarship, as to the Malyon-Smith Scholarships.