Our story behind the scholarship.
We believe that it's paramount to connect college students to mental health providers who can reflect their identities and experiences, and/or integrate them into the core of care with cultural humility.
Being in the higher education space, we understand that it is difficult for many students to get the support they need to achieve their academic and career goals. The mission of this scholarship is to support individuals from diverse backgrounds who are interested in becoming mental health providers. Our aim is to reduce barriers for BIPOC to enter the field, not only to provide equal opportunity and support for aspiring providers, but also to address disparities in mental health care at large.
Eligibility and Entry
Eligibility: Graduate and postdoctoral students of color in the US who are actively pursuing a degree related to mental health (e.g. social work, counseling, psychiatry, occupational therapy) and are currently completing (or will complete) fieldwork/practicum/rotation in a university or college counseling center.
Candidates for the scholarship are graduate students from historically marginalized communities (e.g. Black, Hispanic and Latinx, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander). Graduate programs can be at the Master, Doctoral, or Professional/Medical level.
Application Requirement: Applicants must provide the name of the university counseling center of their current or upcoming placement, the dates of their placement, and the contact information for their supervisor at the university counseling center.
Essay Prompt: What inspired you to pursue a career in mental health care? How will your experiences support you in your work serving students? (500-1000 words).
Total Amount: $3,000 to one winner.
Application Deadline: June 15th, 2021
Winner Announcement: June 30th, 2021