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Community Psychology

Community psychology deals with the relationships of the individual to communities and the wider society. Community psychologists seek to understand the quality of life of individuals, communities, and society. Their aim is to enhance quality of life through collaborative research and action.

Community psychology makes use of various perspectives within and outside of psychology to address issues of communities, the relationships within them, and people's attitudes about them. Through collaborative research and action, community psychologists (practitioners and researchers) seek to understand and to enhance quality of life for individuals, communities, and society. Rappaport (1977) discusses the perspective of community psychology as an ecological perspective with the person–environment fit being the focus of study and action instead of attempting to change the person or the environment when an individual is seen as having a problem.

Closely related disciplines include ecological psychology, environmental psychology, cross-cultural psychology, social psychology, political science, public health, sociology, social work, and community development.

Community psychology grew out of the community mental health movement, but evolved dramatically as early practitioners incorporated their understandings of political structures and other community contexts into perspectives on client services.

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Name Amount Deadline
FIRST Scholarship - Pacific University $2,500 February 28, 2017
Melanie Foundation Scholarship $2,500 March 06, 2017
Walter Jones Memorial Scholarship $2,000 March 23, 2017
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students Up to $4,000 March 17, 2017
Lucas Hunter Keye Memorial Scholarship $1,500 March 02, 2017
Beverly and Arnold Miller University Scholarship in Gerontology Up to $1,500 February 28, 2017
Wendell Wood Memorial Scholarship $500 March 23, 2017
Always Remember Never Surrender Scholarship $500 March 01, 2017
Paul Rebrovich Memorial Scholarship Up to $500 March 01, 2017
Dean's Scholarship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences - IUSB $500 March 10, 2017