Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Plotkin's Scholarships

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PlotkinEach year the Psychology Department awards three Plotkin’s Scholarships to one undergraduate, one masters and one doctoral student. This scholarship program was created in honor of the late Dr. Alan Plotkin, who was professor of Psychology from 1969 - 1998. His family set up the Plotkin Scholarship and Memorial Fund to honor his life’s work at Loyola.

Those eligible to apply for scholarship include rising-senior undergraduate Psychology majors, matriculating masters and doctoral-level graduate students. Applicants must have achieved an overall cumulative and major grade point average of 3.2 (undergraduate) or 3.5 (graduate) and be enrolled full-time in order to be considered.

In addition to the application, current resume or CV and letter of recommendation from a Psychology faculty member, applicants must also completed a 500 to 1,000 word essay  on how a theory, concept or research finding from one of the following areas of Dr. Plotkin’s areas of study has influenced how the student lives his/her life or perceives the world. These areas include: Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Sexual, Marital or Family Therapy and Consulting Psychology.

Applications are due each from by March 31st each year. Winners are notified of the results by the Alan Plotkin Scholarship Award Committee by the end of the Spring semester.

Past Recipients


  • Eric Cunningham, undergraduate
  • Katherine Zane, masters
  • Meg Tobias, doctoral


  • Lauren Chiaravalloti (undergraduate)
  • Leigh Ann Carter (masters)
  • Natalie Rallis (doctoral)


  • Laura Wolff (undergraduate)
  • Anne Bean (masters)
  • Rich Blake (doctoral)


  • Katie Dulfer (undergraduate)
  • Tess Drazdowski (masters)
  • Karina Champan (doctoral)