Master's Program

Scholarships

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The RMHC program has been awarded a five-year, renewable federal long-term training grant to increase the number of highly qualified rehabilitation counselors available to work within the vocational rehabilitation system. This grant provides scholarship opportunities for students beginning in 2016. Scholars will agree to work (for full pay and benefit) in the public, non-profit, or private vocational rehabilitation system after graduation for a designated period of time (typically 2-4 years) in exchange for tuition and other qualifying expenses. View more.

Spring 2017

For Spring 2017, there is $1,000 available for awards via the Calvin M. Pinkard and Susan D. Kelley scholarship funds.

DEADLINE for application, Saturday April 15, 2017 by 5:00pm.

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Calvin M. Pinkard Scholarship

Dr. Calvin Pinkard, Jr. was the founding Chair of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at USF, where he served as chairman for 30 years. Upon his retirement, Dr. Pinkard was honored with a scholarship in his name for graduate students who were pursuing a degree in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling and who were involved in community service activities.

This scholarship provides support for RMHC students who meet the following criteria:

Applicants must submit a statement of 500 words or less stating how they intend to use the funds and how they plan to use their degree to benefit others in the community. This statement will be read/reviewed by the scholarship committee and may be presented to the entire faculty. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered or reviewed. Completed applications should be sent to Dr. Rick Weinberg.

Susan D. Kelley RMHC Textbook Scholarship

Dr. Susan Kelley was a former Director of Graduate Studies and Interim Vice-Chair of the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program at USF. During her tenure at USF, Dr. Kelley was active in disability policy work, providing analyses and consultation to advocacy organizations, professional associations, and service providers concerned with the disability perspective in state and national health care reform.

This scholarship provides support to defray the cost of textbooks. The award is based on the following criteria:

These awards are based on financial need. Applicants must submit a 500 word essay describing their rationale for a need-based scholarship. This statement will be read/reviewed by the scholarship committee and may be presented to the entire faculty. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered or reviewed. Completed applications should be sent to Dr. Rick Weinberg.

Ineligibility

In order to maximize the Departmental resources available to students and broaden the number of students receiving awards of any kind, students who have been awarded a Graduate or Research Assistantship in any USF Department (while enrolled in the RMHC program) are ineligible to apply for these scholarships.

Review Process

1. Completed applications should be sent to Dr. Rick Weinberg via email weinberg@usf.edu. Please put "RMHC Scholarship Application" in the email Subject line.
2. Dr. Weinberg will forward the applications to the Scholarship Committee.
3. Applications are ranked by the committee.
4. Applications and candidate rankings may be reviewed by RMHC core faculty during the April faculty meeting.
5. Award decisions will be made via the Faculty Scholarship Committee.
6. Sarah Balmer will submit "Request To Fund" forms to the Deans office.
7. Award notifications will be announced in late April via letter sent to the student at the address written on the Application form.
8. Scholarship questions should be directed to Dr. Rick Weinberg.