Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative Scholarships
Awards range from $2,000 - $20,000.
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling has received a transformative grant in the amount of $500,000 from the Oregon Health Authority that aims to diversify the behavioral health workforce, particularly in regard to those who serve communities that have experienced inequities in access.
The graduate school uses these funds to provide substantial scholarships to graduate students who, as practitioners, will increase access to culturally specific and culturally responsive services for people of color, tribal communities, and individuals who have experienced barriers accessing mental health services.
Admitted and current students from the following programs are eligible to apply:
- Art Therapy
- Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy
- Professional Mental Health Counseling
- Professional Mental Health Counseling, Addictions
- School Psychology
Completed application materials must be received by March 1, 2024.
The application opens December 1, 2023.
This application process consists of two parts including a personal essay and a short video
Student applicants must write a 5-7 page (double spaced) personal essay that encompasses the following criteria:
Your personal interest in the SHOI-like scholarship. Describe how you meet the
prioritized eligibility criteria listed above.
Your professional identity as a counselor, therapist, or school psychologist. Describe how
you see yourself fitting into your future career as a professional counselor, therapist, or
Your commitment to serve underrepresented communities. Describe your commitment
to providing mental health and/or substance use related services to one or more of the
- Members of historically underserved communities (e.g. BIPOC, LGBTQ+)
- Currently incarcerated populations
- Geriatric populations
- Populations in low-income inner cities and/or rural areas
- Veterans or military families
- Effective demonstration of your experience and knowledge with the marginalized communities you wish to serve. Where appropriate, use examples of your work/personal experience with the marginalized communities.
- A clear plan for future career goals for how you intend to serve the selected communities both during your graduate program as well as after you graduate. This can be through an internship, volunteer experience, or paid work.
- A statement confirming you have submitted a FAFSA for the year you seek scholarship funds.
Please provide a video answering the following questions. Limit the video to no more than 5
minutes. Videos must be submitted via a .mp4 or .mov file format. In your video, please answer
- How is the SHOI-like scholarship an ideal fit for you?
What is your target underrepresented community and/or communities and what barriers
would you address to eliminate disparities in mental health issues for this community?
In what way(s) would the SHOI-like scholarship help you on your academic and