Florence Dunlop Scholarship for Psychology

Florence Dunlop Scholarship for Psychology

The Rundown

Dr. Florence Dunlop (1896-1963) was by all accounts, a remarkable woman.

In her honour, the Department of Psychology would like to establish a new scholarship fund for undergraduate psychology students with high academic achievement and financial need.

This fund, first launched during our 60th anniversary celebrations in 2013, is named after Dr. Florence Dunlop, one of the very first teachers hired in the Psychology Department here at Carleton. She was the first psychologist employed by the former Ottawa Public School Board, beginning her tenure with the Board in 1918 as a rural teacher, and going on to be the supervisor of special education from 1927 until 1961. There is an elementary school named after her in Ottawa South (Dunlop Public School, built in 1970). She graduated from Queen’s University in 1924, with her BA, and then went on to study at Columbia, graduating with her MA in 1931, and her PhD in 1935. She taught for 11 years at Carleton University, as an evening class lecturer, and dedicated her life to the welfare of children attending public schools in Ottawa. To celebrate her trailblazing and benefit generations of undergraduate psychology students to come, our goal is to fully endow this scholarship so it – and Dr. Dunlop’s legacy – exist in perpetuity.

The Background

The Department of Psychology at Carleton has over 2000 majors, and since 1953, more than 13,000 students have graduated with a BA in Psychology. Unfortunately, the Psychology Department has few scholarships for undergraduate students, and we would like your help to change that. Since 2013, we have raised almost $5000 towards the scholarship fund and have provided scholarships to two deserving students. Through your support, we would like to raise $25,000 to endow this scholarship and allow us to continue providing scholarships to more deserving psychology students each year.

Each gift to the Florence Dunlop Scholarship will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, making the impact of your support go twice as far. 

Make your gift on November 29 – Carleton’s Giving Tuesday – and your gift will be tripled (up to a maximum of $1000) as funds last.

The Rollout

The Department of Psychology would like to offer faculty, staff, and students, as well as alumni, the opportunity to contribute to this scholarship fund through the FutureFunder platform. Through this first phase of the project, our goal is to raise $5000.

Once funded, we will award this scholarship annually on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of Psychology to an outstanding student proceeding from first to second-year in a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Each scholarship will be valued at $1000.

The Benefits

As tuition costs rise, students have an increasingly difficult time meeting the financial demands of going to school and living. We’d like to reward academic excellence and support bright students in financial need.

Your gift today will help students like Traleena, a third year psychology student who is the 2016 recipient of the Florence Dunlop Scholarship.

“Receiving the Florence Dunlop scholarship increased my pride in my own accomplishments and encouraged me to continue to work hard. It meant so much to be recognized and appreciated for my dedication to the program. The scholarship gave me the confidence to approach third year fearlessly, with the knowledge my department believed in me. The scholarship helped pay for my tuition this year and gave me the freedom to concentrate solely on my future, which is preparing for my thesis next year! This scholarship not only helps alleviate financial stress, it empowers students to thrive, through the support of the department. I couldn’t be more honoured to be the recipient of the 2016 Florence Dunlop Scholarship.”

We hope you will join us in supporting generations of psychology students and celebrating the career of a remarkable woman – Dr. Florence Dunlop.