Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship
The Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship established in William James College’s (WJC) Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health (CMGMH) reflects WJC’s commitment to promoting social justice and addressing mental health disparities among disenfranchised populations in the U.S. The highly competitive scholarship, which covers 2/3 of tuition costs, recognizes the achievements and promise of students, committed to pursuing Master’s (MA), Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees at WJC. Applicants will be evaluated based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership, and financial need. The scholarship is renewable annually, subject to awardees continued satisfactory academic progress, fulfillment of responsibilities (described below), and demonstrated financial needs.
The broad, long-term objectives for the scholarship are:
- To recruit students committed to pursuing careers in which they provide culturally informed mental health and/or organizational wellness services to historically underserved communities and groups (e.g., rural communities, immigrants/refugees, racial/ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, trauma-exposed children, disabled individuals).
- To increase diversity at William James College.
- To provide financial support to enable students to complete their graduate degree programs.
- Admission to and enrollment in a MA, CAGS, or PsyD degree program at William James College.
- Full-time matriculation at William James College.
- Good academic standing.
- Demonstration of financial need (students must submit FAFSA to the Financial Aid office).
- U.S. legal residency.
- Detailed long-standing evidence of exceptional and innovative advocacy of historically underserved communities and groups (indicated in curriculum vitae and/or recommendation letters). Please Note: To be competitive applicants should have 1-2 years of service to underserved groups, social/civil activism, community service, and/or leadership activities.
*Although not a requirement for the scholarship, priority will be given to applicants who intend to enroll in a concentration or area of emphasis, such as those listed below, that provides opportunities to receive specialized courses, training, and supervision specifically designed to address the needs of underserved groups.
- College-Wide Concentrations: African & Caribbean Mental Health; Global Mental Health; Latino Mental Health
- Counseling Emphases: Couples & Family Therapy; Forensic & Correctional Counseling
- Clinical Psychology Concentrations: Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience; Forensic Psychology
- School Psychology Concentration: Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience
Applicants must submit a scholarship application form and an essay (500 words) addressing:
- Concepts of privilege and oppression and how applicants’ own experiences with both phenomena have influenced their identities, values, and biases. Applicants must indicate how these concepts influence their commitment to reducing mental health and workplace disparities, and to providing culturally responsive advocacy and services to historically underserved communities and marginalized groups.
- E-mail the completed form and essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use a subject line that reads “Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship – CMGMH [Applicant's Name].”
The Admissions Office will recommend competitive applications to a selection committee responsible for selecting scholarship recipients.
- Maintain good academic standing at William James College
- Appointment as a Fellow in the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health (CMGMH), which includes the following tasks:
- Professional role modeling and mentorship of students in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services Completion Program at William James College
- Attendance at least one CMGMH event per semester
- Participation in activities including:
- Attendance at William James College health fairs, open houses, community events, etc.
- Representation at William James College fundraisers (e.g., Gala)
- Contact for prospective students
- Conference presentations/poster presentations
Scholarship Deadlines & Timeline
Applicants may apply to one of three scholarships selection periods with the following deadlines:
- November 29, 2017
- January 3, 2018
- April 4, 2018
To be considered for the scholarship, applications and FAFSA forms must be submitted with the William James College application and before applicants’ scheduled admissions interviews. The scholarship selection decisions will be made by committee within 10 days of applicants’ admission interviews and before admissions’ offers are made.