WMHCA is proud to announce our second annual scholarship opportunities. The graduate student scholarships are part of WMHCA’s commitment to increasing the representation of historically marginalized individuals within the field of counseling and increasing access to culturally responsive counseling for under served communities.

For 2022, we are offering one competitive $1000 scholarship to the most outstanding applicant. All other applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be entered into a lottery for $500 scholarships. WMHCA is committed to providing eight $500 scholarships. Additional scholarships may be available based on member contributions to the scholarship fund.

We invite all counseling and counselor education and supervision graduate students who meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Masters in Counseling student seeking to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor OR PhD Counselor Education and Supervision student seeking to further the field of Mental Health Counseling
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate connection with one or more of the scholarship categories through lived experience and dedication to providing culturally responsive services to the relevant community
  • Demonstrate a commitment to WMHCA mission and values

WMHCA Mission: Our mission is to promote quality mental health counseling services, maintain a viable and distinct professional identity, and influence public policy consistent with our professional ethics and values.

WMHCA Values:

  • Focus on the relationship; therapeutic alliance as primary
  • Personal development/self-awareness
  • Multiculturalism/diversity
  • Holistic focus for both clients and counselor striving towards personal growth
  • Ethical practice
  • Social justice/empowerment
  • Reduce Suffering

Timeline:

  • Applications due: October 16th
  • Applicants notified of awards: November 14th

 Applicant may apply to the following categories

  • Diversity and Equity: Students of historically marginalized identities with particular attention to BIPOC, immigrant, LGBTGEQIAP+, and disability identities.
  • Rural: Students from rural areas who demonstrate a commitment to work in and serve an area designated as rural by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Military: Students who are active-duty service members, veterans, or spouses of active-duty service members or veterans.

In addition to your application, please submit a 1-2 page personal statement. Your personal statement should address the following:

  • Why are you interested in the scholarship? Please include a discussion connected to WMHCA mission and values.
  • Indicate your financial need.
  • Discuss your relevant lived experience and your commitment to providing culturally responsive mental health services to one or more of the following groups, historically marginalized individuals and communities, rural service areas, and/or military individuals and families.