Department of Psychology - Scholarships & Awards


Scholarships & Awards

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Awards for Graduating Psychology Majors

Outstanding Student Award | Louise Johnson Award | Outstanding Researcher Award | Outstanding Student Commitment Award | Outstanding Scholar Award

For more information, review the guidelines for each of the following awards. 



2018-19 Awardees: Marissa McNeace, Isabel Delduarte, Ta'Niss Robinson, Jasmine Goode, and Jayma Goodwin



2017-18 Awardees: Michael Szeman, Douglas Johnson, and Scott D'Amico (not pictured: Stephanie Copeland)


Outstanding Student Award

This award is given to a student who excels in all areas- research, service, engagement, and scholarship.  This award will go to the most well-rounded candidate.

  • 2018-19: Ta'Niss Robinson
  • 2017-18: Michael Szeman
  • 2016-17 Tollie Schultz
  • 2015-16 Malyn Pope
  • 2014-15 Leah Brown
  • 2013-14 Keisha Carden
  • 2012-13 Vitta Clawson
  • 2011-12 Erin Sim
  • 2010-11 Meagan Burns 
  • 2010-11 Krysten Sobus
  • 2009-10 Lilah Campbell (Also 2010 Tillman Award Winner)
  • 2008-09 Chelli Lowe
  • 2007-08 Justine Rossi


Louise Johnson Award

This award is given to a student who contributes significantly to the department through activities such as peer advising, active service through Psi Chi/Psyc Club, participation on the SOS committee or other leadership/service roles in the department.

  • 2018-19: Jayma Goodwin
  • 2017-18: Douglas Johnson
  • 2016-17 Lindsay Gaynor
  • 2015-16 Sara Tennant
  • 2014-15 Kelsey Doucette
  • 2013-14 Angel DiDomenico
  • 2011-12 Jordan McElroy
  • 2010-11 Brittany Brock 
  • 2009-10 Sara Mallett
  • 2008-09 Lea Queener
  • 2007-08 Brooke Currie


Outstanding Researcher Award

This award is given to a student who is strong in many areas, but demonstrates exceptional research skills (independent work, work with multiple mentors, conference presentations, etc).

  • 2018-19: Jasmine Goode
  • 2017-18:Stephanie Copeland
  • 2016-17 Claudia Salazar
  • 2015-16 Emily Hokett
  • 2014-15 Holli Ryan
  • 2013-14 Brady Nichols
  • 2012-13 Chauntice Buck
  • 2011-12 Daniel Selvey
  • 2010-11 Amy Rivers 
  • 2009-10 Maria Schmelzer
  • 2008-09 G. Wayne Maury
  • 2007-08 Brooke Walters


Outstanding Student Commitment Award

This award is given to a student who has shown a high level of enthusiasm for their own learning and for the field of psychology.  The selection committee may consider obstacles that the student has overcome when deciding on a winner.

  • 2018-19: Isabel Delduarte
  • 2017-18:Scott D'Amico
  • 2016-17 Savannah Pewett
  • 2015-16 Tori Horn and Melissa Snodgrass
  • 2014-15 Amber Grant
  • 2013-14 Giulietta Rizzo
  • 2012-13 Brittney Black
  • 2011-12 Jamie Chrisman Low
  • 2010-11 Muri Mata 
  • 2009-10 Jamal Phillips
  • 2008-09 Jennifer Ludwig
  • 2007-08 Brittany Martin


Outstanding Scholar Award

This award is given to the psychology major with the highest overall grade point average who completed at least 65 hours of coursework (i.e.- the majority of their coursework) at Winthrop University.  If more than one student shares the highest GPA, the student with the greatest number of credit hours at Winthrop would receive the award.

  • 2018-19: Marissa McNeace
  • 2017-18: Michael Szeman
  • 2016-17 Rachel Broadway
  • 2015-16 Zane Repp
  • 2014-15 Leah Brown
  • 2013-14 Chantel Juitt
  • 2012-13 Katharine Lindberg
  • 2011-12 Jordan McElroy
  • 2010-11 Amy Rivers
  • 2009-10 Aimee West
  • 2008-09 Christine Strople
  • 2007-08 Brooke Currie




2016-17 Awardees: Claudia Salazar, Savannah Pewett, Lindsay Gaynor, and Tollie Schultz (not pictured: Rachel Broadway).


 2015 Awardees

  2015-16 Awardees from left to right: Melissa Snodgrass, Tori Horn, Malyn Pope, Emily Hokett, and Sara Tennant


 2014 Awardees

  2014-15 Award Winners from left to right: Leah Brown, Kelsey Doucette, Amber Grant, and Holli Ryan

 2012 Awardees

2012-13 Award Winners from left to Right: Vitta Clawson, Katharine Lindberg, Chauntice Buck, and Brittney Black 



2011-12 Award Winners from left to right: Jamie Low, Erin Sim, and Jordan McElroy


Awards 3

2010-2011 Award Winners from left to right: Brittany Brock, Meagan Burns, Krysten Sobus, Amy Rivers, and Muri Mata 

Awards 2

  2009-2010 Award winners from left to right: Award Winners Lilah Campbell, Maria Schmelzer, Jamal Phillips, Sara Mallett, and Aimee West


Awards 4 
2008-2009 Award Winners from left to right: Chelli Lowe, Jennifer Ludwig, and Lea Queener


2007-2008 Award Winners from left to right: Brooke Walters, Justine Rossi, Brittany Martin, and Brooke Currie


General Guidelines

  • Awards will be given in the Fall of each year.
  • Only seniors who are graduating in December of that semester or the following May will be eligible for nomination.
  • The chair or designee will obtain and distribute to all faculty a list of eligible seniors.
  • Nominations will be made by full-time or adjunct faculty.
  • Except for the Outstanding Scholar Award, which is based on GPA achieved with a minimum of 65 credit hours at Winthrop, individual faculty members nominate seniors for awards each fall. 
  • Awards will be determined with the opportunity for input by all full-time psychology faculty (either by e-mail or in a department meeting).
  • Awards are typically given in December.
  • An individual student will be eligible to win only one award, with the exception of the Outstanding Scholar Award. An individual student may receive the Outstanding Scholar Award and also be selected for a second award.
  • All students who are nominated are notified after decisions are made, whether selected for the award or not. 
  • Awards do not have to be given every year. A specific award will be given only if a deserving student is identified.
  • The department chair will be responsible for notifying award winners and nominees.
  • Award winners will be honored with a personal plaque (to be given to the winner), recognition in the department display case, and recognition at a department meeting. 

Last Updated: 1/17/20