Department Scholarship Awards 2021-2022

Naomi Othman
Marjorie Howard Scholarship for Distance Education and the Richard E. Hardy Scholarship

I am hoping to work in emergency services once I graduate from the program and receive my LPC. I have a passion for crisis counseling and helping bring up those who are at their lowest. Both of these awards have eased my financial burden as I am an independent full-time student. I no longer have to worry about textbook costs or tuition for summer classes- which I am endlessly thankful for.

Karen Melcho
Marcia J. Lawton Quality of Life Scholarship and the Blair Craig Memorial Scholarship

As I matriculate through the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program, my goal is to work with individuals who identify with substance use disorders. Receiving tuition assistance awards from the department not only let me know that VCU is supporting my efforts, but they also believe in me. These awards are helping me continue my volunteer work in the recovery community, as they are alleviating some of my financial stressors. The more I am able to freely give back, the more I gain in terms of experience, strength, and hope.

Fran Singson
Commonwealth of Virginia Graduate Tuition Assistance Award

When it comes to my career goals, first and foremost, my mission is to make mental health care accessible to all individuals—regardless of age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. Specifically, my goal is to provide accessible and quality care to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community in my native Virginia Beach, including my own Filipino-American community. I hope to establish an environment that not only provides culturally competent and accessible care to this target population, but also works to educate and inform individuals of all generations on the importance of a proactive approach to wellness.

This award makes a huge difference in my life, as it allows me to pursue my education while alleviating some of the financial burden from my family. I am grateful, as this award has allowed me to dedicate more time to take part in research opportunities; I hope that this will put me on the path of confronting intergenerational trauma and normalizing mental health literature that focuses on the Filipino-American community.

Taylor Davis
Commonwealth of Virginia Graduate Tuition Assistance Award

Once I obtain my master’s from VCU, I hope to move on to a clinical psychology PhD program to become a children's psychologist. This award has brought me one step closer to achieving my goals and solidified my reasons for pursuing this path. I moved to Virginia on my own and have been supporting myself through school so to be recognized for all my efforts has made me so grateful.

Abbey Maslyn
Anne L. Chandler Scholarship

A passion of mine is working to improve access to mental health services and holistic care for vulnerable populations. I work with adolescents in foster care and am able to develop programs and implement holistic treatment methods that include movement therapy, mindfulness, meditation, and art therapy. After I graduation I would like to continue to serve this population in a new capacity as a licensed therapist. This scholarship allows me to continue working with non-profit organizations that strive to increase access to care.