Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship

William James College’s established the Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship to recognize the achievements and promise of students committed to pursuing Master’s (MA), Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees at the college. The award is 2/3 of tuition costs throughout students’ enrollment in the program. Applicants will be evaluated based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership, and financial need. The scholarship is renewable annually, subject to students’ continued satisfactory academic progress, fulfillment of responsibilities (described below), and demonstrated financial needs. There is a limited number of these highly competitive scholarships.

The broad, long-term objectives for the scholarship are:

  1. To recruit students committed to pursuing careers in which they provide culturally informed mental health and/or organizational wellness services to underserved groups (e.g., immigrants/refugees, racial/ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, trauma exposed individuals).
  2. To increase diversity at William James College.
  3. To provide financial support to enable students to complete their graduate degree programs.


  • Admission to and enrollment in a MA, CAGS, or PsyD degree program at William James College
  • Full-time matriculation at William James College while receiving the scholarship
  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstration of financial need (students must submit FAFSA to the Financial Aid office)
  • Applicants must be either a U.S. permanent resident or U.S. Citizen
  • Demonstrable advocacy of underserved groups or social justice commitment (evidenced in curriculum vitae and/or recommendation letters)
  • Applicants who are awarded the scholarship must enroll for the term they applied for- deferrals are not available to scholarship recipients.

*Although not a requirement for the scholarship, priority will be given to applicants who intend to participate in a concentration (e.g., College-Wide Concentrations including African and Caribbean Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Latino Mental Health, Military and Veterans Psychology, and Addiction Psychology; Clinical Psychology concentrations including Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience, Clinical Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Georpsychology, and Neuropsychology; Counseling Emphases including Forensic and Correctional Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapy, Couples and Family Therapy, and Health and Behavioral Medicine; the Talent Management Concentration in Organizational Psychology; and Leading Non-Profits and NGOs concentration in Leadership Psychology ), either as a major area of study or an emphasis, that provides opportunities to directly serve underserved populations. These concentrations provide specialized courses, training, and supervision in evidence-based and culturally informed mental health and/or organizational wellness services.

Application Procedures

  • Applicants must submit an application form and an essay (maximum 500 words) addressing:
  • Concepts of privilege and oppression and how applicants’ own experiences with both of these phenomena have influenced identities, values, and biases. Applicants must indicate how these concepts influence applicants’ commitment to reducing mental health and workplace disparities, and to providing culturally responsive services to historically underserved individuals and marginalized communities.
  • E-mail the completed form and essay to Use a subject line that reads “Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship - [Applicant's Name].”

Selection Process
The Admissions Office will recommend competitive applications to a selection committee responsible for selecting scholarship recipients.

Student Responsibilities

  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Full participation in activities including:
    • Mentoring of other students
    • Activities and programs of the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health
    • Attendance at William James College health fairs, open houses, community events, etc.
    • Representation at William James College fundraisers (e.g., Gala, etc.)
    • Contact for prospective students
    • Conference presentations/poster presentations

The scholarship application AND the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted on or before the application for admission deadline to the program to which you are applying. To see those deadlines please click on the “Deadlines for Admission” option of the pertinent program on our Times and Deadlines web page. Decisions will be made by the committee after completion of admission interviews. If you have questions, email

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African & Caribbean Mental Health College-Wide Concentration

African & Caribbean Mental Health

Global Mental Health College-Wide Concentration

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Latino Mental Health College-Wide Concentration

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