Graduate Scholarship

The purpose of the Graduate Scholarship is to enhance the educational and professional
development of those seeking graduate education in the health and human service field.

Click here to download the Graduate Scholarship application.

MSSA Congratulates Elizabeth Hall, 2018-2019 Graduate Scholarship Recipient!

Elizabeth Hall, St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services along with a Graduate certificate in Addiction Studies at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. This will enable me to seek dual licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. To follow my passion, I aim to serve individuals in high-need, urban settings who are dealing with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through providing psychotherapy and psychoeducation while utilizing a person-centered approach. A future aspiration of mine is to seek a PhD in Psychology, which will allow me to share knowledge with others in a professional teaching environment. Experiences I have had thus far in the Human Services field have contributed to my understanding that providing encouragement and showing empathy can truly make a positive impact on a person’s life; as well as lead to a strong conviction in the resilience that is innate in the human condition."

MSSA will award a $1,500 scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year to a graduate student enrolled in a health and human service-related program. Applicants must have at least two semesters of college remaining during the 2019-2020 school year.

The applicants will be judged upon the following criteria: 

  • Has been accepted for admission, or is currently enrolled, in a graduate education program in the health and human services field
  • Can demonstrate how s/he plans to use their degree in the health and human service field
  • Is enrolled in a Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota college/university
  • Possesses the ability to successfully complete the chosen course of study
  • Demonstrate financial need

The Board of Directors, through the Membership and Diversity Committee is the administering body for the MSSA Scholarship Program.  The review and selection of applicants is managed by the Awards and Scholarship Chair.  

To apply, applicants must provide the following:

  1. Complete answers to the questions on the application form
  2. A copy of most recent college transcript demonstrating the applicant received at least a 3.0 grade point average (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
  3. One (1) letter of reference

Applicants are encouraged to be current members of MSSA. Student memberships are free for all full-time students enrolled in a health and human service-related degree program. To register for your student membership, start here.

Scholarship application must be received by the MSSA office between June 10 and August 1, 2019.

Scholarship recipients will be published in various MSSA communications, including (but not limited to) the membership newsletter, website, and social media. Scholarship recipients will be asked to submit verification of attendance for the fall semester 2019.

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