Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) TeamUP Project Stipend

This stipend is part of the HRSA grant that was awarded to the CMFT department. Each year, 20 practicum students will be awarded a $10,000 stipend. Students are selected based on the following priorities: 1) working in integrated care settings, 2) providing services in a language other than English to linguistically diverse populations, or 3) working with vulnerable populations. No separate application is necessary.

Dean's Graduate Merit Research Awards

This merit-based scholarship is available to incoming and continuing students in the Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy only. Students awarded this scholarship are invited and expected to collaborate with faculty on faculty research projects. Students are selected based on the strength of their applications for admission; no separate application is necessary.

McArdle Clause Scholarship Program

This scholarship is available to incoming and continuing students in the School Counseling program only. Consideration will be given to students pursuing careers in K-12 school counseling education. The application deadline is March 15, 2018. Apply for the McArdle Clause Scholarship Program.

MFT Stipend Award Opportunity

Every year, $18,500 is awarded to MFT students who want to pursue a career in public mental health after graduation. USD students have been selected for this award in the past few years. The 2017-18 California MFT Stipend Program Application will be available on August 16, 2017 with an application deadline of October 4, 2017.
CA Educational MFT Stipend Application
CA Educational MFT Stipend Application Guide

USD Alumni & Class Legacy Scholarships

The USD Alumni Association is offering scholarships to students in the Counseling and Marital and Family Therapy Program.  Approximately 15 scholarships will be awarded including the Kyle O'Connell Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship available to students, currently enrolled in the study of healing arts including nursing and marriage and family therapy and who will provide comfort and hope for patients and their families struggling with terminal illness.  We are not accepting applications at this time.

Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP)

Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 to repay educational loans in exchange for a 12-month service obligation in a hard-to-fill or retain position within the County Public Mental Health System. Learn more about the MHLAP program.

The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation Scholarship

Supporting counselors-in-training is integral to the Foundation’s mission. By providing scholarships and fellowships, the Foundation increases the number of counselors committed to helping priority underserved communities. The Foundation offers scholarships and fellowships to master’s and doctoral counseling students, training awards to individuals earning the BCC certification, and professional development awards to CCE credential holders. Learn more about NBCC Foundation Scholars and Fellows.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment program

The NHSC LRP will provide funds to participants to repay their outstanding qualifying educational loans. Participants are eligible post-degree completion and will work at an NHSC-approved site providing primary health care services to communities in need. For more information on this program, please visit the NHSC website.

MFT Educational Stipend Program

The MFT Stipend Program is one of several incentive programs funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) under the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. These programs promote the academic education and practicum training of students in the mental health disciplines within the principles and values espoused by the MHSA in addressing the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities. For more information and to apply visit Phillips Graduate Institute. The application deadline has passed.

Vantage Point Annual Scholarship

In addition to providing treatment programs for people in need of behavioral health and trauma healing support, Vantage Point provides an annual scholarship for students in need of financial support while studying to be a mental health professional.  Scholarship deadline is March 31, 2018 with the winner announced April 20, 2018. Please visit the Vantage Point scholarship page for more information on this program.