Mental Health Scholarship Now Available for Psychology Students

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The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is pleased to announce the launch of the CUNY/OMH Mental Health Scholarship Program for Underrepresented and/or Multilingual Students. This scholarship is now available for students in either the psychology BA or MA programs.

The scholarship fund is underwritten by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and was developed in partnership with CUNY to address the statewide shortage of mental health care workers while encouraging a more diverse pool of mental health practitioners. In addition to supporting psychology students from underserved populations, the scholarship program will also be available for bilingual psychology students.

Dr. Carla Marquez-Lewis, academic director for the Psychology Programs, shared her enthusiasm for this new scholarship. “We know from research that a diverse mental health workforce results in more successful patient care,” said Dr. Marquez-Lewis. “That is why I am thrilled that we can now offer our hard-working psychology students this scholarship opportunity. We live in a multi-cultural city and state, so we desperately need the cross-cultural voices and perspectives that CUNY SPS students bring to the table.”

To help students advance their education towards building rewarding careers while improving the mental health disparities and ensuring culturally relevant care, the CUNY/OMH Mental Health Scholarship will distribute CUNY SPS’ $40,000 endowment over the next four semesters. Successful applicants will receive $1,000 as a tuition assistance scholarship.

CUNY SPS students in the undergraduate or graduate psychology programs are encouraged to review the qualifications and apply for the scholarship (scroll down to the “Special Awards and Programs” section) before the December 29, 2023 deadline.

About the CUNY SPS Psychology Programs

The CUNY SPS MA in Psychology online degree program prepares students for employment opportunities and advanced studies that require a deeper understanding of behavior motivations, along with strong research, communication, and teamwork skills. The program’s fully online format makes it the first and only degree of its kind offered at the City University of New York (CUNY). The online format allows students to read course materials, participate in class discussions, and complete assignments on a more flexible schedule. In addition to the MA program, CUNY SPS also has a fully online BA in Psychology program that has been ranked #4 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology for 2023.

About the CUNY School of Professional Studies

As New York's leading online school since 2006, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) offers the most online bachelor's and master's degree options at the City University of New York and serves as the University's first undergraduate all-transfer college. With 26 degrees and numerous other non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor's degree, progress from an associate's degree, earn a master's degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers. Consistently ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report for its online offerings, CUNY SPS has emerged as a nationwide leader in online education. The School's renowned and affordable online programs ensure that busy working adults may fulfill their educational goals on their own time and schedule.

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