Master's Program

Scholarships

RMHC 2019 Scholarship Recipients

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As future leaders in the counseling field, we encourage our students to seek scholarship opportunities and apply for them. Click here for a working list of available scholarships along with a timeline of deadlines. During the application process, be sure to use resources at your disposal such as USF Career Services and faculty mentors to help you put forth the best application possible.


 RSA Scholar

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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 additional information.


Spring 2020

Lynn Bartolotta Scholarship

Lynn was a student in the RMHC Masters program who passed away during her last semester in the program.  She was a top student and compassionate student counselor. Following her passing, the Lynn Bartolotta Scholarship was started by Lynn’s father to honor Lynn and to support current students in good standing who are experiencing significant financial need.

The award is based on the following criteria:

  • The student is currently enrolled in the RMHC Master’s program.
  • The student currently has at least a 3.2 GPA in the program, and has never been on academic probation.
  • The student is experiencing considerable financial hardship.
  • Following graduation the student intends to serve people who are typically considered underserved.

To apply:

Students should submit their CV or resume along with a statement of 500 words or less describing their financial situation, career goals, and how they would use the scholarship to further their educational and career goals.

Note: This statement will be read/reviewed by the scholarship committee and may be presented to the entire faculty.  Otherwise the contents of the essay will be considered confidential.

For Spring 2020, there will be between $2000 and $5000 available for the Lynn Bartolotta Scholarship.

DEADLINE for application: Friday April 17, 2020 by 5:00pm.

  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered or reviewed.
  • Completed applications should be sent via email to Dr. Rick Weinberg at weinberg@usf.edu.
  • Please put 2020 RMHC Scholarship Application in the Subject field.

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:

  • The student must have a 3.2 GPA or higher.
  • The student must have been in the program for at least one year.
  • The student will provide a copy of their CV or resume.

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.  Note: this statement will be read/reviewed by the scholarship committee and may be presented to the entire faculty.

Scholarship Application


 

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:

  • The student has been enrolled in the RMHC program for at least one year.
  • The student is not currently on academic probation.
  • The student must be receiving Financial Aid.
  • The student will provide a copy of their CV or resume.

The student will submit a statement of 500 words or less stating their rationale for this need based scholarship.
Note: This statement will be read/reviewed by the scholarship committee and may be presented to the entire faculty.

Scholarship Application

For Spring 2020, there is $1,300 available for awards via the Calvin M. Pinkard and Susan D. Kelley scholarship funds.

DEADLINE for application: Friday, April 17, 2020 by 5:00pm.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered or reviewed. Completed applications should be sent to Dr. Rick Weinberg via email weinberg@usf.edu.

Note:  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.